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San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Recreational Skating for Fun
Recreational ice skating can be defined in many ways, but the most basic definition is a recreational skater is anyone who figure skates for fun and personal pleasure. The involvement in ice skating does not dominate a person's private time, but may involve a passion that is different from acquiring an education, pursuing full or part-time employment, and/or family responsibilities."
There are two "Learn to Skate" program for beginners - one is organized by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) and the other by the United States Figure Skating (USFS). The emphasis of both programs is the positive reward of phrase for continued improvement which encourages skaters and parents to continue to enroll in additional group classes.
Badges Acknowledge Achieving Specific Levels of Skills
Both USFS and ISI have a well developed structure of group class programs with badges or levels that the skaters receive when they have demonstrate specific skill performance. The bench marks to pass the tests to move from one level to the next are set very low to serve as an enticement for skaters to continue taking group levels and eventually encourage them to take private lessons.
The investment of properly fitted skating boots and blades is an essential part of the process of acquiring more advanced skating skills - figure, hockey, and speed skating.
After starting private lessons, coaches will create a personal free skating program that is initially performed without music and eventually is set to music. Rinks and clubs generally provide these developing skaters with an opportunity to skate in recitals and shows.
The ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skill programs have developed a competition structure that has events for all of the different badge skill levels. Many of the events may be divided into smaller groups (6 skaters) according to age. The concept is to have skaters compete against others of about similar ages and skills. All skaters in an event receive an award.
In events where only one skater enters, the skater is awarded first place. In some states the skaters in participating competitions earn points to qualify for a special "Skate Off Championship Competition" at the end of the skating season.
Most states have a winter state games program that allow skaters from that state to enter a championship based on the ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skill badges and USFS MITF/Free Skating tests.
Eventually skaters join a local figure skating club where they practice to pass USFS tests and train to enter USFS non-qualifying competitions where the emphasis is on identifying skaters based on their performance and awarding the top three skaters with medals. Events are typically much larger (12 to 18 skaters) then ISI and Basic Skill events.
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:
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