The Learning Process

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Athlete Development

Competitive or Recreational Pursuits of Athletes
     
Succeeding in any sport requires a substantial support system just to transport developing young athletes to and from practices, plus a taxi service to and from school.

      Some opportunities to participate in a limited number of sports are available in junior and senior high school varsity and junior varsity programs. Some sports may be supported via sports clubs in school. There also are sports that are organized by private not-for-profit sports organizations where the parents pay the entire cost to participate.

      The cost of equipment, protective gear, practice fees, and coaching adds to the necessity of raising considerable funds to cover training expenses. There are also expenses associated with entering a series of qualifying competitions requiring funds for transportation, lodging, meals, and coaching fees. In some sports like figure skating, there are others expenses such as costumes, cutting music, and the services of a choreographer.

      There are two major costs - fees for practice and lessons - that require coaches and athletes to take advantage of additional transference training for skill development, flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance. Low or no cost programs may be available at public park and recreational facilities.

The Role the Athlete
      It is the responsibility of the athlete to come all practices and meets, or competitions with the desire, commitment, energy, and dedication as their contribution towards a positive sports environment.

      Each of the figure skating disciplines have a unique system requiring the athletes to pass tests to become eligible to enter the different competitive event levels. There are also age requirements designed to allow skaters to compete against others of like ages and skills. Generally most sports have requirements such as age and/or weight divisions to accomplish a similar goal.

      Passing MITF tests provides the basis to succeed in earning a gold medal in free skating, pairs, Compulsory Dances, and Free Dance.

      The following articles provide a perspective for coach and parental expectations of physical skill development related to the athlete's age and social maturity.

PDF  Athlete Development

PDF  Long Term Athlete Development

PDF  Training Theory

PDF   Coherence in Athletic Training Education

PDF   Overtraining Of Athletes

PDF   Exercises

PDF   Skating Drills

PDF   On-Ice Exercise Drills 1

PDF   On-Ice Exercise Drills 2

Resources:
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Program Development
Athlete Development
Skill Development
How We Learn
Stages of Learning
Parent-Teen Relationships
Youth Development
Stages of Skill Development
Stages of Figure Skating Skill Development
Long Term Athlete Development Framework
Techniques of Sports Skills
Biomechanics
Principles of Motor Skill Mechanics
Newton's Laws of Motion
Athlete Training Principles
Being Successful in Sports
Age Appropriate Sports Training
Effect of Learning Environment
Essential Feedback

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