San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Seminar Ideas -
On and Off-Ice Workshops
There are two parts of learning how to participate in every sport or recreational activity.
It is important to learn the correct techniques and the physics associated with performing a motor movement prior to attempting to initiate and perform the actual gross and fine muscle/nerve actions.
Off ice presentations should include video demonstration, illustrations, diagrams, and charts that the attendee can take with them as reference materials. This also is an excellent opportunity to introduce the concepts of warming up and stretching off the ice prior to performing a series of warm up maneuvers on the ice.
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.
The cost of renting the ice is usually the largest expense of hosting a workshop. The division of the workshop into on and off ice sessions allows for grouping the skaters by their skill and then by age if registrations are sufficient. If the numbers are small, consider dividing the ice into half or even quarters. This also depends in the topic(s) being covered. Remember that even MITF can be divided into sections and further subdivided into components such as turns, edges, code body, flow, pattern, etc.
Starting the process
Event schedules should include time for Q & A sessions.
Events on the ice will require a portable mike.
Large, important conferences will offer transcriptions of each session so individuals can purchase a copy for sessions they were not physically able to attend.
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:
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:
Synchronized Skating Bridge ProgramThe 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:
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:
A comprehensive guide to choose, develop, and use drills.
An exploration of artistic 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:
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:
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:
Potential audience: board members, interested parents, coaches, Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
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.
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 organiz-
ations hosting seminars, restrict the offer of items for sale intellectual property
unless conducted by the author(s) of the materials who would be responsible comply-
ing 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:
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.