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Competitive Training Strategies

Mastering a foundation of essential skills will shorten time necessary to acquire advanced skills
It takes much longer to correct technical errors that have not been learned properly.  There are no short cuts in learning how to control the basics - edges, turns, and power stroking.

       Jumping skills are predicated on learning how to jump as high as possible from secure edges at full speed and having an upright gyroscopic position in the air that does not wobble. While some skaters prefer to jump rather spin, the ability to perform multi-rotational jumps requires the ability to perform and have controlled exits from fast forward and backward scratch spins.

       Skater who lack the flexibility to perform an excellent spiral position will have difficulty performing forward and backward camel spins.

       A well rounded skating ability should be the goal of skater and coach. Performance and presentation skills should at the same level to consistently receive high scores in competitions.

Competition is a primary motivation of parents and possibly their children

       Competition motivates athletes, parents, and coaches to strive put their full effort into achieving their goals. 
A beginning skater becomes more comfortable competing when they have increased opportunities to perform.

       A practice competition can consist of skating skills or program run-throughs or exhibitions.

       Work with your skating club to organize sanctioned events such as:
  • Exhibitions of skater's badge skills in a test or competition format with critiques from judges
  • Program run-throughs with critiques from judges on practice sessions
  • Hold exhibitions for experience skating in front of an audience with critiques from judges
  • Enter a local competition(s) to gain competitive experience
       The strategic plan of a coach should be to encourage their students to participate in the local competitions prior to recommending entering competitions require one or two nights in another city.

       Coaches should recommend to skaters that they participate in as many exhibitions, critiques, and competitive opportunities as is affordable.

       It make good business sense for a coach to have as many skaters, as possible, entered into an open competition considering that traveling and over night stays cause a loss of lessons at their home rink.


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:

Fitness Training Considerations
Kirkpatrick's Evaluating Training Programs
Skating Training Environment
Training Figure Skaters
Group Classes
Fitness Training
Personal Training Plan
Daily Training Plan
Seasonal Training
Training for Junior & Senior Athletes
Age Guidelines for Training
Developing a Plan for Training
Developing Skating Skills
Group Training Stages
Training Priorities
Strategies of Sports Training
Training Task Analysis
Value of Annual Planning
Competitive Training Strategies
Verbal and Nonverbal Communications
PDF  Core Body Training
PDF  Endurance Training Plan

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