The Learning Process

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Skating Training Environment

The Challenges
      The challenge to rink management is to attract, develop, and maintain repeat business that is constantly being renewed from their group beginning through advanced skating classes recruited originally from a promotion to attract new business for public skating sessions.

      As the skaters advanced through the group class programs, they have options to specialize and go into speed, hockey and figure skating classes,  A successful class program can create more new skaters who np longer can practice on afternoon public skating sessions.

      As skater progress to novice and advanced skill levels the goal of management at every ice rink facility should be providing options for these skaters to specialize in specific skating sports such as a training environment for:
  • Figure skating program
  • Hockey skating program
  • Speed skating program
  • Curling program
Demand Can Exceed Supply
       The demand for specialize practice sessions begins in earnest when school starts after the summer break. The ice sports are intense leading up to the season ending competitions and tournaments. Some rinks operate 22 hours out of a 24 hour day. Management usually reserves the 2 hour empty time for ice maintenance.

      There is a physical limit to how a rink with a single sheet of ice can schedule its practice times, especially at convenient hours for school age children and working adults during the week.  Weekends are especially busy from early morning to late evening hours as management attempts to accommodate everyone.

      Unfortunately only figure skating has a steady demand for ice and will even double or triple usage during the summer school vacation. Some rinks have one week hockey camps, but the leagues rarely are active all year like the competitions for developing and emerging figure skaters.

     Challenging on and off ice programs are designed to progress the skater through higher levels of testing and competitive skating. 

For more information refer to   Kendall Ice Arena
Summer Elite Camp Information Download

Ice Skating Rink Amenities:
  • Freestyle Sessions
  • Private and Group lessons
  • On ice Power Conditioning Classes
    • Stop Action Video Analysis
  • "Off-Ice" Strength, Flexibility, Conditioning, Jump, Ballet, and Dance Classes
    • Full Gym with complete cardio and weight machines on site
    • Jump and Core Training
    • Mirrored Ballet/Off Ice Studio
  • Summer Training Camp
  • Expert Skate Sharpening and custom boot fitting
  • Overhead Track and portable Jump Harness Training
  • Fully stocked Pro Shop
  • All Coaches and Instructors are members of PSA
  • PSA Nationally Rated and Ranked Coaches
  • All year training sessions

An Affiliated USFS Skating Club hosting:
  • USFS Test Sessions
  • Competitions
  • Ice Shows, Carnivals
  • Seminars and Clinics
  • Exhibitions
"Off Ice" Training
      “Off-Ice” Jump and Conditioning.  This class is for Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, and Senior skaters working on axels and multi-rotation jumps.  This class is designed to help develop  skaters develop their skills for both test and competitive figure skating. 

      The focus is to improve the fitness level of skaters, thus helping them achieve their figure skating goals.  A strong body core is needed to perform difficult jumps and spins.  This class includes aerobic and anaerobic training, agility, strength, jump technique, spinner, and flexibility exercises. Skaters enrolled must participate in approved athletic footwear.

Power Stroking and Edging Class
     This workshop covers preliminary through Juveniles Moves in the field, edge work and the development of power and stamina/ conditioning.

Requires Coaches approval

Elite Power and Edge Class
    This advanced workshop class covers Intermediate through Senior Moves in the field, edge work and the development of power and conditioning.

Requires Juvenile Freeskate or Intermediate Moves

Recommended Reading:

Learn to Skate Program

Table of Contents - Basic Skills Bridge Program Handbook

Principles of Training Athletes:

Developing Course Materials:

Developing A Training Plan


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:

Fitness Training Considerations
Kirkpatrick's Evaluating Training Programs
Skating Training Environment
Training Figure Skaters
Group Classes
Fitness Training
Personal Training Plan
Daily Training Plan
Seasonal Training
Training for Junior & Senior Athletes
Age Guidelines for Training
Developing a Plan for Training
Developing Skating Skills
Group Training Stages
Training Priorities
Strategies of Sports Training
Training Task Analysis
Value of Annual Planning
Competitive Training Strategies
Verbal and Nonverbal Communications
PDF  Core Body Training
PDF  Endurance Training Plan

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