Skating Workshops

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 San Diego Figure Skating Communications
 
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Fundamental  Skating Skills
Workshop Topics & Lesson Plans*

  
       It is essential that every beginning skater be taught the correct techniques to perform each element.  If a teacher uses a short cut as a way to introduce a concept, it is imperative that the correct technique replaces the short cut before it becomes a bad habit requiring a lot of time and lessons to correct.

       Parents and skaters need to understand that there are different stages of proficiency. These include:
Beginner -
Just learned concept as a conscious skill
Converting conscious skill to an automatic muscle memory skill
Pre-Preliminary
Preliminary
Pre-Juvenile
Juvenile
Intermediate
Novice
Junior
Senior

       Each skating level has a standard level of minimum performance expectations concerning:
Power
Size and shape of lobes
Core body control and strength
Balance / Transition of weight when holding a static position
Coordination of entire body when changing edges and feet, or direction

      
It is estimate that over 10,000 training hours are required to move from a beginner to senior skill proficiency.  There are variables such as:
Natural talent of the individual
Skills of the instructors
Quality and fit of skating equipment
Availability of training sessions
Desire and self motivation of the individual
Support system to get a young athlete to practice sessions
Availability of finical resources
Good health and free of injuries

Content Taught in Fundamental Group Skating Skills Classes
Level 1  
    Two Foot Snowplow Stop
    Forward One Foot Glide alternating feet
    Forward to Back Two foot Turns in Straight Line
    Back Two Foot Glides
    One Foot Snowplow Stop - Right and Left Foot
   
Level 2   
    Hockey Stop
    Back to Forward Two Foot Turns in Straight Line
    Back One Foot Glide - Right and Left Foot
    Forward to Back Two foot Turns on Right and Left Curves
    Forward Dip in Straight Line
   
Level 3   
    Forward Half Scooter Pushes on a Curve - CW & CCW Direction
    Forward Outside 3-Turns- Right and Left Foot
    Forward Alternating Scooter Pushes in straight line
    Forward Two Foot Slalom Edging
    T-Stop on Right and Left Foot
   
Level 4   
    Forward Stroking in straight line - Flat Edges
    One Foot Forward Glide Blue line to Red line - Change feet glide Red line to Blue line
    Forward Outside edges - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Inside Mohawk turns- Right and Left Foot
    Back Dip in Straight Line
    Forward Dip on an outside curve - CW & CCW Direction
   
Level 5   
    Forward crossovers in counter clockwise direction
    Forward crossovers in clockwise direction
    Forward Stroking using Shallow Inside Edges
    Forward Inside edges - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Inside 3-Turns- Right and Left Foot
    Backward Dip on an outside curve - CW & CCW Direction
  
Level 6 
    Back Half Scooter Pushes on a Curve -CW & CCW Direction
    Back Outside Rat Tail Pushes from a back glide
    Back One Foot Glides on Outside Curves
    Back One Foot Glides on Inside Curves
    Back Two Foot Slalom Edging
   
Level 7   
    Back Outside Rat Tail Pushes from standing position
    Back Outside Edges - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Inside to Outside Edges - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Outside to Inside Edges - Right and Left Foot
    Forward One Foot Slalom Edging - Right and Left Foot
   
Level 8 
    Back Inside Rat Tail Pushes from standing position
    Back Inside Edges - Right and Left Foot 
    Backward Crossovers in counter clockwise direction
    Backward Crossovers in clockwise direction
    Back to Forward Outside Mohawks in counter clockwise direction
    Back to Forward Outside Mohawks in clockwise direction
    Back One Foot Slalom Edging - Right and Left Foot
   
Level 9   
    Alternating Forward crossovers - CW & CCW on 1/2 circles
    Alternating Inside Mohawks on 1/2 circles
    Forward Outside Swing Rolls - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Inside Swing Rolls - Right and Left Foot
    Back Outside Spiral - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Lunge - Right and Left Foot
   
Level 10   
    Alternating Backward crossovers  - CW & CCW on 1/2 circles
    Alternating Outside 3-Turns on half circles
    Back Outside Swing Rolls - Right and Left Foot
    Back Inside Swing Rolls - Right and Left Foot
    Back Lunge - Right and Left Foot
    Back Inside Spiral - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Outside Figure Eight
    Forward Inside Figure Eight

Level 11
    Backward Outside Figure Eight
    Backward Inside Figure Eight
    3’s to Center
    Waltz Eight
    Forward Outside 3’s/Back Inside 3’s on Figure Eight - Right and Left Foot
    Forward Inside 3’s/Back Outside 3’s on Figure Eight - Right and Left Foot

The General and Free Skating Workshops are designed to be taken concurrently.

Summer Workshops
   
Theater
On Ice
   
General
 
MITF

Free Skating
 
Dance Turns
 
Figures
  
Synchro
 On-Ice
Workshops
T of C
   

The above MITF elements were used in MITF Workshops prior to the revisions in the MITF tests. Coaches are encouraged to make modifications that will specifically target your prospective target audience.

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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 Workshop Topics
Workshops Off Ice
Summer Workshops & Seminars
Fundamental Skating Skills Workshops
Adult Workshops
Artistry Workshops
Dance Steps & Turns Workshops
MITF Lesson Plans Group A
MITF Lesson Plans Group B
Off Ice Seminar Program
Figure Workshops
Free Skating Workshops
Synchronized Skating Workshops
Synchronized Skating Elements
Connecting Elements Workshops
MITF Summer Workshop Schedule
Values Derived From Ice Skating

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