Programs Designed to
Retain Figure Skaters
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Skating Actively During School
Achieving Full Potential in Skating Sports and Academics
It is possible to achieve your full potential in achieving skating and academic goal. The key is to identify what needs you have, interest in pursuing, while matching your personality and other traits to insure that you have a natural aptitude for success in these areas.
A middle or high school counselor or private physiologist can administer tests to help a student athlete focus on aptitude areas with a high probability of achieving success.
There is no reason to sacrifice your
education in order to
skate. Education is a life long asset and it is an endurance race, not
a sprint. Skating fame is brief and rather
transitory in contributing to life goals and a career.
Ask around the rink - parents,
coaches, to obtain help with
school related issues. It is very possible that skaters may have
previously established a precedent with school officials while
school in your district.
Ask your figure skating club to help
intervene with local school principals, district administrators, and
state Interscholastic Federation to recognize figure skating as
legitimate athletic endeavor that helps athletes develop training
habits that transfer into increased success in academic pursuits.
Help the school and counselors help you plan in advance to organize your schedule, arrange for physical education credit, and legally take time off to compete in competitions. The goal is to receive the same treatment as other school athletes - make up tests and have teachers assign homework that can be completed through independent study.
One approach is to ask to establish a figure skating club at the middle and high school level. It would be very helpful if other USFS clubs, in close proximity in the region, would join in an effort to establish a similar proposal so a schedule of meets could be included in the proposal. Don't attempt to have an ice skating team (hockey, speed, curling, or figure skating) as a varsity sport at your first meeting. The expenses of the club teams will have to be the responsibility of parents due to the extreme budget constraints facing most school districts throughout the USA.
Don't setup the school administration
refuse to help. Inquiries that are made at the start of a
new school year are likely to encounter administrative resistance
they are busy with urgent problems about student schedules, balancing
classroom numbers, and possible reassignment of teachers. It is not
surprising that they can not spare the time to deal with sports related
issues at this time.
changes can take six months to a year to navigate through
the necessary channels. If someone has previously established a
precedent, you generally will encounter far fewer problems. It is very
helpful if someone, who has an elementary, junior or senior high school
teaching credential, can be recruited to monitor the skaters at the
rink and complete the paperwork the district requires.
Individual Skating Competitors
Qualifying competition (regional) announcements are available after Sept. 1. Increasingly clubs hosting regional competitions are including non-qualifying events to defray expenses. Rinks that have double sheets of ice can reduce the need to begin regionals on Wednesday or Thursday. This reduces the interruption of the skaters school attendance to one day.
After skaters qualify for sectionals and national competitions, school administrators are more likely to work with the relatively smaller numbers to receive an independent study program to allow the athletes catch up with their classmates for the time they will be absent.
Novice-level skaters and above can fill out a request for USFS Headquarters to send a letter of support for the student's absence. USFS club officers should prepare a letter for all other skaters to use to support their case. Teams should ask for a letter supporting the team members absence.
If your skater qualifies for
again for the U.S.
Championships, you can download the School Absence Support Letter on
this page to take to your school. A letter of congratulations addressed
to your skater's school is sent to the skater's home address. Parents
can then take the letter and certificate to the school for recognition.
An athlete can print the form in
and/or senior year and write a summary of all their
skating accomplishments. If they are requested in the fall of your
senior year, they will be sent to your school for the school to present
you at an appropriate time in the spring.
Personal Copy of USFS Rulebook
This publication contains all of the rules and regulations that govern the sport of figure skating in the USA. Part of the publications received is a U.S. Figure Skating directory that contains current listings of all the committees, their members and their phone numbers. Call Headquarters (719) 635-5200 to order a rulebook. It is a wealth of information and an absolute necessity for any skater or coach.
School Programs are under the auspices of the Program Development Committee.
Source 2011 USFS Website
Learn to Skate Program
Table of Contents - Basic Skills Bridge Program Handbook
Team Ice Skating Sports
High School Skating Clubs
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.