San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Coaching - Avocation or Career The Process of Certification
The United States Figure Skating Association (USFS) does not certify a
rating system of skating
instructors; however, the Professional Skating Association (PSA)
presntly has a voluntary
"Rating System" for its membershipthat will becocme manitory starting
Although many colleges and universities offer degree programs in recreation education, the University of Delaware is the only one in the USA that offers a degree that is related to figure skating.
Anyone who wants to teach and can find a skating school director that will hire them can call themselves a skating coach. How can parents and skaters decide who has the qualifications to become your coach?
Skating instructors/coaches who are pursuing a career in figure skating, by teaching the USFS Figure Skating Tests and participating in the Competition structure, must be members of the PSA as of September 1, 2008. Parents who are looking for qualified instructors should consider asking prospective coaches if they hold a PSA rating as a part of their evaluation process to select a coach.
PSA ratings are presently offered in the following categories. Contact the PSA to learn more about the cost and when testing is offered.
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PSA Rating Requirements for Free Skating
actual PSA documentation is
more detailed and are under revision.
Continuing education credits are received from participation in
CE units are based on content and duration of the
To maintain a rating, instructors must continuously maintain 24 credits throughout the duration of a 3-year rolling window. Instructors who fail to do so will have their rating inactivated. Continuing education insures that instructors are current with the latest techniques and requirements.Information about the PSA
Professionals interested in becoming PSA members or earning PSA ratings should contact the PSA directly for specific and up-to-date information on requirements, costs, locations, and dates.
publishes a "Coaches
for member instructors. A training video
for Moves in the Field is also available for coaches to purchase. The
for Moves in the Field is also available
to parents and skaters.
The PSA also publishes a MITF and a Complusory Dance Manual that are
to parents and skaters.
All individuals who interact with USFS skaters should have cleared a background check and carry liability insurance. See Liability Insurance
The PSA also offers health insurance for its members. See Health Insurance.
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:
All materials are copy protected.
The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.