San Diego Figure Skating Communications
a non-profit educational organization
On-Ice Workshop Considerations
Know your Target Audience
The age and skating knowledge makes a really big difference in the ability of the presenter to capture and hold the attention of the audience. A multimedia presentation will make your points with a more lasting impact. Using software like PowerPoint provides an quick and easy way to strip the information down to its key components. The Power Point Training slides can be printed out as handouts allowing those attending to write cryptic comments as the presentation occurs.
Ideally the materials would be on a web site for downloading and reviewing prior to attending the seminar. This allows more time for the audience to ask pertinent questions during the Q&A period.
Information is the "Key" to being successful in any undertaking!
Informational topics and workshop lesson plans are provided to serve as examples and provide a starting point for USFS clubs, ice rinks, and schools to begin hosting on and off-ice workshops for specific ice skating disciplines designed for Summer Skating Workshops.
Workshops can be scheduled as individual events, as part of a series of events over several days, or as weekly events that occur over several weeks. The goal should be to provide written support materials, including exercises that can be performed to assist learners in having fun without providing a sense of frustration and reduced self esteem.
It is extremely important that complex tasks of performing each skill set be broken down into its simplest and most basic action and gradually progressing through the necessary individual steps to accomplish the ultimate goal.
Gross and fine motor skills vary widely in type and complexity; however, the learning process of acquiring various motor skills is similar. Paul Fitts (1964; Fitts & Posner, 1967) postulates three stages (or phases) of learning:
Source - Attention and Motor Skill Learning.
It is necessary to design workshop materials that take into consideration the following factors:
Skating Skills and Training
Developing Workshop Topics
Skill Development Environment:
Sample Workshop Registration Application
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:
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.