Skating Workshops

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San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Off-Ice Seminar Topics

     The following is a list of seminar topics for a potential audience of new parents, their young skaters, and prospective judges. Generally most people will not have any idea about the questions they should ask unless the previously have participated in a sport. SOme of the areas of concern include:

  • Private verses group lessons.
  • Selecting a private coach or trainer.
  • Trying out for a team.
  • What is the most affordable equipment to purchase?
  • How much practice is required on a weekly basis?
  • Participation in out of town competitions.
  • What is a reasonable amount to spend annually on the sport?
  • Home schooling?    

     Many clubs host such seminars annually for new members so that they are acquainted with the many facets of becoming a USFS member taking tests and entering competitions. Because the local hosting club can usually draw upon the talents and expertise of local elite skaters, coaches, and judges, the cost is usually very nominal.

    Some examples of possible topics that were included in an off ice seminar for parents and skaters:

Week 1
Incorporating Elements of MITF into Free Skating Programs
Week 2
The importance of a skater's presentation skills
IJS Presentation Guidelines
Week 3 Understanding GOE's and Program Deductions
Week 4 What Is A "Well Balanced Program"?
Week 5 The role of music selection and the Choreographer
Week 6 Understanding the Judging System
Week 7 Judging Spins   plus  Cheated Jumps   &   Evaluation Of Jumps 
Week 8 Judging Tests Verses 6.0 Competition
Week 9  
MITF Judging Criteria
Week 10     
Appropriate Costuming

Recommended Reading:

Summer Workshops
On Ice

Free Skating
Dance Turns
T of C


Physical and Mental Training Considerations

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:

Sports Seminars
On-Line Seminars
Seminar Ideas
Off-Ice Seminars
Enhancing Endurance Training
Enhancing Coordination
Basic Skating Skills Courses
Video Clips of Basic Skating Skills
PDF  Weekly Off-Ice Workouts

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