Basic Skating Programs

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ISI & USFS Basic Skills
Group Class Lessons
Both the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) and the United States Figure Skating Association (USFS) have developed "Learn to Skate" group classes that embody the concept of making the process fun for the participants. The concept is to verify the skater's progress in acquiring skating skills by testing and awarding badges. These badges allow skaters to enter ISI and USFS Basic Skills competitions at their badge level.

    ISI and USFS Basic Skills instructors are trained by their respective organizations. Test and competitive judges also must be certified by their respective organizations. Official USFS judges may be used in Basic Skills to test and judge competitions.

    ISI competitions allows skaters to enter their national championships without participating in a qualifying structure of regional and sectional competitions.

    The Basic Skills Program does not offer a national basic skills championship. However, some states have organized their basic skills competitions in a fashion of a state grand prex series with a state championship.

    There also is a state program held annually by sponsoring state organizations and national biennial State Games program.

    Both the ISI and Basic Skills programs require instructors to have background checks, carry liability insurance, and be rated by the ISI for ISI activities and the Professional Skating Association for the USFS coaches.

<> 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:

Learn to Skate Program
Table of Contents - Basic Skills Bridge Program Handbook
USFS Basic Skills
Basic Skating Skill Classes
Basic Skating Skills Program
ISI & Basic Skills Badge Levels
Basic Skills Competitions
ISI & Basic Skills Competitions
ISI & Basic Skills Programs
Test and Competition Strategies
Transferable Skating Skills
Basic Skating Skills Q &A Topics
Eligibility Rules ISI Competition Participation
ISI Endorsed Competitions
Figure Skating Development Programs
The Sport of Figure Skating
Figure Skating Disciplines
Free Skating
Ice Dancing
Pair Skating
Building a Program of Synchronized Skating
Artistic, Interpretive, & Showcase Events
Theater On Ice Events

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