San Diego Figure Skating Communications
In Preparation to Teach
In many states a teacher completes 4 years of study to prepare them for obtaining a teaching certificate for the elementary, middle school, or high school. An additional year of study including a semester of classes in how to teach and a semester of hands on "student teaching" experience in a classroom under the supervision of a master teacher.
The closest a figure skater can get to a college or university degree related to figure skating is in Physical/Recreation Education or sports medicine or trainer programs.
An athlete may be at different learning stages at the same time:
Your success as a coach is measured by your being able to determine where your athlete is at various learning stages so you can target the most effective instruction, motivation, and feedback plan to achieve success for each task.
Regardless of the type of skill being taught, the basic levels of instruction are constant:
There is more to being a good coach than knowing specific skating technical and performing skills.
All students learn differently. They progress at different rates and their ultimate potential will vary due to multiple internal and external factors.
An instruction and training program must be customized to meet the specific physical, mental, social, and emotional needs of each skater.
There are two basic types of skills a coach uses to communicate with students:
What is a simple skill for one skater may not be as simple for another.
Behavior Modification References:
Self-Management Exercise and Goal Setting
Shaping Target Behavior
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.