Figure Skating Strategies
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
a non-profit educational organization
Common Sense Strategies
Skaters should always test new skating outfits at practices in which they perform a complete run through of their test or competition programs. Some skaters costumes are not ready until the day of the test session or competition. It is an unpleasant surprise to discover that you are unable to freely move your arms or the crotch is too long or short. This will create a negative mood that will stress even the most well prepared skater.
Skaters need to be encouraged to sharpen their blades at least a week or two before a test or competition. Between sharpenings, the skater or parent should know how to hone the blades to remove nicks and maintain the blade as near as possible to condition of optimum skating rather than allow the blades to alternate from being very sharp and gradually become dull over a period of weeks or months.
Condensation can form on the cold blades when they are transported from rink to warmer outdoor temperatures. The blades should be allowed to warm-up before putting on guards to protect the blades. The guards should also be completely dry or the blades will develop rust.
Don't leave your skate bag out in the trunk of the car when the outside temperatures are blazing hot or cold. Extreme temperatures can damage the leather of boots and warp CDs.
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:
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