National Sports Center

Schwan Super Rink
1700 105th Ave
Blaine, MN 55449

Homeschool classesGetting there

Description: The National Sports Center is the world's largest amateur sports and meeting facility. The NSC campus operates over 100 unique programs and events in a variety of sports as well as hosting numerous national and international competitions annually that in total draws over 4 million visitors a year.

The complex is a 600-acre multi-sport facility located in Blaine, Minnesota. The campus includes:

  • 50 plus athletic fields
  • Eight-sheet Schwan Super Rink
  • Stadium
  • Gradient Financial Center meeting and events building
  • Victory Links Golf Course, an 18-hole golf course with bent grass putting course and driving range
  • Indoor Sports Hall with a FieldTurf field
  • 250-meter all wood cycling velodrome
  • 150-bed residence hall

Homeschool classes


The Ice Skating Institute (ISI) is a complete graded program of lessons. The ISI Testing Program makes every effort for skaters to earn badges. Instructors will test those skaters only ready to pass, creating a positive environment for learning. It is not uncommon for a student to repeat a level before mastering all the skills at that level. Skaters must be current members of ISI to register tests passed. Registration forms available at the Skating School office. ISI Badge Board display is in MASC Rink.

Skaters will receive a name/skill badge on the first day of class. Skaters should keep this badge and wear it around their neck each week. The name/skill badge will match the color of the sign displayed in the corresponding class area. The color represents the coach and not the level of class being taught. Skaters name, class time and level will be indicated on the front of each badge. Required skills for the skater’s level will be printed in the back of each badge. A punch will be placed next to each skill once it has been mastered. All skills must be punched in order to pass to the next level. If a skater masters all the skills at their current level they will move up to the next level, but skaters will not be moved during the last two weeks of a session. It is not uncommon for a skater to repeat a level.

Class includes 30 minutes of lesson from 10:30am-11am followed by 30 minutes of practice time from 10am-10:30am.

A punch card with eight free open skating sessions will be handed out on the first day of classes. Skaters are encouraged to practice their skills between lesson times. Check for the schedule. Passes are non-replaceable and not valid on Theme Open Skate sessions.

Skates: Boots of leather are recommended over vinyl or molded plastics. Blades should be properly sharpened. Double runners are not accepted.

Helmets: required for skaters ages 5 years & under. The helmet must cover the back of the head. Bike helmets are acceptable as long as the back of the head is protected.

Mittens or gloves: Required for skaters ages 5 years & under and recommended for all others to keep hands warm and dry.

Dress your skater in layers. It is important for skaters to be warm, comfortable and have freedom of movement while skating.

Parent/Child: For beginning skaters to learn the basic of skating with a parent or guardian. The adult skater must wear skates and accompany the beginning skater on the ice. Adults work along side the coach to help their skaters get the most out of each class.

Beginner: For those with little or no skating experience. Covers balance, proper falling and getting up unassisted. Skaters will be taught to march across the ice unassisted, skate and balance on one foot, and backward skating. No prerequisite for this class.

Pre-Alpha: For skaters that can skate unassisted with some flow and speed across the ice. Skills covered are the one foot glides, forward and backward swizzles and backward wiggles.
Prerequisite: skater must have passed Beginner class or meet that skating ability level.

Alpha: Skills for this level are forward stroking/strides, forward crossovers left and right and a one foot snowplow stop.
Prerequisite: skater must have passed Pre Alpha class or meet that skating ability level.

Target age range: classes are based on the skills rather the ages, options for 2½ years to adults

Parent/guardian/educator policy: No one is allowed on the ice without skates. Please watch your Beginner skater from the comfort of the bleachers. Watching from the hockey boxes is a distraction to the classes and you will be asked to move. Do not enter the Beginner teaching area during class time. Lessons should not be interrupted so that classes can stay on time and each group can receive their scheduled lesson time. If you wish to speak to the coach, please leave your name, number and question at the front desk and the coach will contact you. You may also contact the skating Directors.

Cancellation policy: All refunds will be assessed a $25 processing fee. After the first week of a session there will be no refunds granted unless due to a serious injury documented with a doctor's note. There are no make up lessons.

For more information, contact Anna Leik, Co Director, 763-717-3209 or aleik(at) or visit the National Sports Center website for information on Learn to Skate Programs, Class Schedules, Class Descriptions, Applications & Policies

Getting there

Parking information: The Schwan Super Rink Lot is adjacent to main parking lot. The National Sports Center asks that all participants and spectators park in NSC parking lots ONLY. Please do not use the parking lots of the various businesses adjacent to the complex. Vehicles parked in these lots to attend NSC events may be subject to towing at owner's expense.

Driving directions: The National Sports Center is located in Blaine, approximately 25 minutes north of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul. From the Twin Cities area, take I-35W north to Hwy 10 west to Hwy 65 north to 105th Ave NE. Take a right on 105th Ave NE. The complex is on both the north and south side of 105th Ave

To reach Schwan Super Rink, proceed on 105th Ave and turn right at the entrance past the brick marquee. Turn left at the T intersection in front of Schwan Center. Schwan Super Rink is straight ahead. Park in lot in front of building.

Information subject to change. Please check with National Sports Center for the most current information. Last updated on Mon, Sep 4, 2017.