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Common Sense Strategies

Maintain Equipment
      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.

Recommended Reading:


      Principles of Athletic Training
     
     
      Mental Training for Athletes

References:

   
Training Plan for Success
   
Example of an Annual Training Plan
Constructing an Annual Plan
Low and No Test Training Plan
Short and Long Term Training Plan
Advanced Training Plans
Nov, Jr, & Sr Skaters Periodized Plan
Training In Women
MITF Critique Sheets: Pre-Pre to Senior
MITF Lesson Plans: Pre-Pre to Senior
MITF Discussion Topics
Over Training Athletes
 


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:

  Developing Training Plans
  
  
Elite Skaters IJS Handbook
  
Beginning and Test Skaters
Different Approaches to Teaching Jumps
Performing Triple & Quad Jumps
Common Sense Strategies
IJS Strategies Strategies for Training
PDF Strategies for MITF Tests
PDF Strategies for Free Skating Tests
Strategies for Triple & Quad Jumps
Achieving Triple & Quad Jumps
PDF Difficulty Versus Quality
PDF Strategies for Complusory Dance Tests
Strategies for Pair Tests
Strategies for Free Dance Tests
Strategies for Selection by a Synchro Team
Strategies for Partner and Team Selection
PDF Strategies /Tactics to Succeed
Trainability of Children
PDF Trainability of Children
PDF Trainability of Young Athletes
Writing Goals & Objectives
Psychomotor Domain Taxonomy
Psychomotor Objectives
Course Syllabus
Writing Quality Lesson Plans
PDF Writing Objectives
Long Term Athlete Development
Processing Criticism
Test & Competition Strategies
Strategies for Competitive Training
Long Term Planning
Skill Acquistion Timing
Average Time Required to Pass Tests
Building a Commitment
PDF Guide To Winning
PDF 101 Ways to Motative Students
Personality Theory in Coaching
Strategies of a Sucessful Skating Coach
Calculating Base Values & GOE Scores

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