Establishing goals creates a
pathway to success
Setting goals and objectives
for figure skaters to follow to master
the skills that are necessary to be successful. Goals and objectives
are an effective
motivational technique that boosts skill learning as well as performance in competition.
Ice skaters tend to be more
focused and committed
to training when goals are clearly established and they know
unquestionably when they have achieved them.
Figure Skating Goals
are three different types of goals coaches can establish to help
develop the skills to be successful as an athlete:
- Outcome goals are those
that compare the performances
of athletes with those of other athletes. For example, qualify at
regional to enter sectional championships.
- Performance goals are used to improve an athlete's
performance. For example, tracking
total points scored based on event summary sheets .
to improve the execution of
specific skill. For example, landing fully rotated jumps on a
secure edge on a bent knee,
with full free leg extension, and erect upper body
- Set realistic, yet challenging goals. More difficult goals
better results than easy goals.
Coaches and parents must be very specific about their
expectations of what the skater can
accomplish in a given timeline.
Specific goals are more effective than do-your-best goals or no goals.
Goals must be meaningful to the skater. He/she must
relevance of goals so they are motivated to achieve them. This is
especially true of teenagers who may be challenging authority figures
at home, work, and school.
Identify the target skills that an athlete needs to
develop, the conditions under which the athlete is to perform these
skills, and the reward for achieving the goal.
For example, completion of 90% of
attempted multi-revolution jumps
that are fully rotated and landed on a
secure one foot landing will be rewarded by incorporating the jump into
Offer constructive feedback
and be precise about the progress.
It is very important that each skater participates in the
process and provides input back to their coach on how they perceive
their progress. Better
results are achieved using this approach than assigning goals without
the involvement of the skater.
Adjust goals to accommodate individual differences, such
gender, physical attributes, abilities, stage of learning, past
experience, or other pertinent qualities.
- Establish base line for skaters at the start of each
season in different areas -
- Footwork sequences
- Special items (i.e. spread eagles, spirals, pivots,
Track scores from fitness or sport skill tests as an
objective measure of how how off-ice training is progressing.
Track progress of testing. Review actual test sheet
Track placement and summary sheets of IJS events.
Good goal setting gives a skater an “edge” in
three areas: Direction, Feedback, and
Support. Many skaters achieve some success without using formal
goal setting, but virtually every great athlete who consistently
succeeds, uses some form of goal setting. Using goal setting is as
necessary as having a coach.
Setting Tips for figure skaters, dancers, etc.
goals for performance athletes! What is a goal? A
goal is simply a stepping stone to a greater
accomplishment or dream. Your dreams can become a
reality with a
clear vision, a plan, perseverance, and luck.
Principles of Effective Goal
This article is adapted from Goal
Setting for Synchronized
Skaters and Coaches
for yourself what you believe you can achieve and are willing to expend
the effort to accomplish!
Responsibilities as a Skating Parent
This page should help you do much more than survive your child's
skating experience. Helping your child set performance goals.
Set Realistic Goals for Yourself
for individuals who have never
previously taken the time. You may want
to become a world champion ice skater; however, is this a realistic
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