San Diego Figure Skating Communications
a non-profit educational organization
On-Ice Workshops -
Communicating is the Key to Success
Communicating Information is the "Key" to being successful in any workshop or seminar!
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.
Note: A series of sessions is much more effective than one extended length
presentation, even one that has one or two breaks per morning, afternoon,
and evening session. Every one has a tolerance to the amount of inform-
ation that can be absorbed as short term memory before it spills over and
is lost. The preserve this information the short term memory must be con-
verted into long term memory during a recovery period. This process is
similar to the muscle memory conversion that occurs is skill development.
Complex tasks must be broken into the simplest, most basic tasks
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.