Skaters in Pre-Hockey 1, Hockey 1 & 2 will be learning in “regular” skates (rental figure skates): Figure skating blades are designed to be longer and are gently curved. This design helps with balance. The curve of the blade (known as the rocker) is at the ball of the foot and are therefore easier to learn in. Hockey skate blades are more strongly curved and the rocker is set in the middle of the foot. This configuration makes hockey skates easier to generate speed in, turn, and stop. Once basic skating has been achieved in Pre-Hockey 1, Hockey 1 & 2, the transition to the hockey skate will begin in Hockey 3.