Seminar Ideas

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San Diego Figure Skating Communications

Off-Ice Seminar Ideas

        The following topics are provided as possible suggestions that can be hosted as independent seminars or be combined with others to create half, full, or multiple day seminar packages. Skating demonstrations on ice or video should be used as part of the seminars.  If the seminar is exclusively targeting skaters, it may be possible to divide the audience into small groups as part of a "skates on" process of a comprehensive learning process.

Starting the process
  1. List the topics you want to cover in your seminar(s).

  2. Describe the target audience (coaches and/or parents & skaters), estimated number of participants, and a fee structure most likely to maximize the number of participants.

  3. Talk to rink management about dates and cost of available times for on and off-ice sessions. Depending on event schedule, plan for morning and afternoon snacks plus lunch and/or dinner.  Generally there is not enough time for people to drive or walk to local food service establishments so consider offering an optional fee for meals/snacks. 

  4. In your feasibility study, develop costs for:

  • Using the ice and meeting facilities

  • Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for presenters

  • Equipment rentals - video projector, mikes, speakers, etc.

Most presenters prefer to bring their own laptop computer to display PowerPoint slides and Video clips.

Event schedules should include time for Q & A sessions.

Events on the ice will require a portable mike.

Recommended Readings for Attendees:

Guide for New USFS Members (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice and 1 hour on-ice)
Guide for New Parents (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice and 1 hour on-ice)

10 Commandments for Parents (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice and 1 hour on-ice)

Sports Nutrition  (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice)

Sports Injuries, Sciences, and Medicine (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice)

Technical classes (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice and 2 hours on-ice)

Technical classes should include both Technique and Performance components as part of the focus of skating disciplines and designed to cover specific skill levels (No test through Senior) as determined by potential participation:
Developing a Short and Long Term Training Plan (STTP & LTTP)    (2 hours off ice minimum recommended, 4 hours perferred.)

     Discussion of  how stages of maturation can impact training decisions. An overview of the factors that influence free skating performance and a plan for organizing their introduction and training to maximize ice and lesson time. Includes:
  • Components of Free Skating Performance

  • Talent
  • General Training Principles

  • Periodization

  • Training Intensity and Volume

  • Time Table for Skill Acquisition
  • Training For Free Skating

  •  Measuring Success

Synchronized Team Skating (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice and 2 hours on ice)
Synchronized Skating Curriculum
Synchronized Skating Bridge Program

Lesson plans
The Best You Can Be   (Recommend a minimum of 2 hours off-ice)
   A Step-by-Step guide for implementing a LTAD plan.

    Complete level-by-level curricula for developing skaters from their first steps on the ice to the Gold Test. Learn how to organize lesson plans to maximize individual skaters' ice and lesson time. Plan effective group lessons. Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly planning. Includes:
  • Charting Student Progress - Communication with parents via email. Provide parents with progress towards meeting established goals. Keep them informed and advise them if the skater needs some extra practice and/or lessons to be on pace for the first competition planned.

  • The Art & Science of Coaching

  • Curriculum
On and Off Ice Drills   (A minimum of 2 hour on and 2 hour off-ice is recommended)   Best if divided into small blocks presented over several week.

   Drills are important at every level from Beginner to Gold test. This seminar discusses a variety of effective drills that can matched to achieve specific purposes, when they should be introduced, performance standards, how to put together an effective drill sequence, and how to run a drill session. Includes:
  • Introduction

    • Power and Creative Stroking (Previous Creative Movement experience is desirable)
    • Choose Music that is appropriate for drills
A comprehensive guide to choose, develop, and use drills.
Performance Considerations  (Recommend a minimum of 4 hours off-ice)    Best if broken down into 2 hour blocks over several sessions. Can be a self paced web seminar.
Artistic & Interpretive Seminar  (2 hour off-ice & 2 hour on-ice minimum recommended)
   An exploration of artisitic and Interpretive elements of skating to different musical tempos and themes

   The on-ice Artistry in Motion classes provide an introduction to this fun-filled fundamental activity for artistic growth. Includes:
  • Fully guided on-ice class

  • Specially edited music for each exercise
   This seminar provides an overview of Artistry in Motion classes and how to motivate skaters to improve their artistry.  Discover how just 15 minutes a week can have a noticeable impact on artistic development:
Interpretive Skating  (2 hour off-ice & 2 hour on-ice minimum recommended)
    How to use Interpretive Skating to improve overall artistic performance in all branches.

   Interpretive Skating is the ability of an individual to listen to a musical selection and improvise their own choreography that conveys the concept of the music as an entertaining presentation on ice. Discover what is necessary to be successful in creating and skating an Interpretive Program. Learn the rules and identifying the music's theme and what choreographic moves are appropriate for the skater's age and skills:
  • Discuss the steps of creating an interpretive program from conception to completed product

  • Incorporating Creative Movement and audience entertainment in choreography

  • Cultivating a skater's imagination and originality

Music and Choregraphy   (2 hours off-ice minimum recommended)
    Choosing music and using choreographic movements suitable for age and skill development

      Explain how the concepts of the Artistic and Interpretive Skating Seminars can be applied to free skating tests and competitive artistic performances. An overview of the creative and choreographic process. Designing effective programs. Technical and artistic strategic program construction. Includes:
Ice Shows and Carnivals  (2 hours off-ice minimum recommended)
     Potential audience: board members, interested parents, coaches, Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
Judging Tests and IJS Competitions (3 hours off-ice minimum recommended)

The Judging System (3 hours off-ice minimum recommended)
A discussion of the new International Judging System and how it impacts skaters.
History of Figure Skating  (2 hours off ice)
Learn about the history of skating from the beginning to the present day. Trace evolution of skating rules.

Additional topics:
Seminar Reading materials

Note:  Hosting free seminars is generally not a problem. However, because of
possible local business license and state sales tax codes, it is suggested that organizations hosting seminars, restrict the offer of items for sale intellectual property unless conducted
by the
author(s) of the materials who would be responsible complying with permits, collection, and payment of all appropriate fees and sales taxes.

Individuals attending a seminars may be provided with links to reading materials
and PowerPoint presentations. Costs associated with speaker fees, transportation,
lodging, and meals plus rental of a conference room, ice fees, hospitality, and costs
associated with planning and promoting are generally considered legitimate expenses
for registered IRS non-profit hosting organizations.

All materials are copy protected.  For profit use requires the author's written permission prior to use.
Personal use of the materials is permitted for education purposes unless expressly prohibited by the author/publisher. Credit must be given to the authors as the source of the materials.



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:

On-Line Seminars
Seminar Ideas
On and Off-Ice Seminar Ideas
Off-Ice Seminars
Endurance Training
Building Endurance
Develop Coordination
PDF  Weekly Off-Ice Workouts

All materials are copy protected. 

The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.

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