Special Olympics Curriculum

The Bridge Special Olympic curriculum provides an introduction to ice skating.

    No previous experience skating is necessary. The workshops are designed for skaters for whom this will be their first time on ice through more experienced skaters.

    Skaters will be divided by skill groups to accommodate skaters at all levels.

    The concept is to build on a skater's basic ability to perform edges and turns by adding the concept of mini programs without music.

    The curriculum listed is designed to help introduce various forms of ice skating.

    Depending of the skill of some groups, skaters may only work on one principle for the entire allotted time during the session.

    Skaters are encouraged to participate in off ice instruction to maximize the value of the on-ice time.

Discussion topics:
➢    Opportunities available to test and compete in ice dancing
➢    Variations of technique and style
➢    Application of pattern
➢    Ice utilization
➢    How to read dance patterns
➢    Tracking
➢    Partnering

U. S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program
Special Olympics Badge Program

   The Special Olympics Sports Skills Program is designed for people with mental retardation who may exhibit any number of physical impairments. The Special Olympics Figure Skating Badge Program allows athletes to learn skills in a progressive order and earn badges at each level. Athletes who complete the Special Olympics Badge Program will be prepared to move into the existing badge program at local rinks.

Badge 1
A. Stand unassisted for 5 seconds
B. Fall and stand up unassisted
C. Knee dip standing still unassisted
D. March forward 10 steps assisted

Badge 2
A. March forward 10 steps unassisted
B. Swizzles, standing still: 3 repetitions
C. Backward wiggle or march assisted
D. 2-foot glide forward for distance of at least length of body

Badge 3
A. Backward wiggle or march
B. 5 Forward swizzles covering at least 10 feet
C. Forward skating across the rink
D. Forward gliding dip covering at least length of body: L & R

Badge 4
A. Backward two-foot glide covering at least length of body
B. 2-foot jump in place
C. 1-foot snowplow stop: L & R
D. Forward 1-foot glide covering at least length of body: L & R

Badge 5
A. Forward stroking across rink
B. 5 backward swizzles covering at least 10 feet
C. Forward 2-foot curves left and right across rink
D. 2-foot curves left and right across rink

Badge 6
A. Gliding forward to backward 2-foot turn
B. 5 consecutive forward 1-foot swizzles on circle: L & R
C. Backward 1-foot glide length of body: L & R
D. Forward pivot

Badge 7
A. Backward stroking across the rink
B. Gliding backward to forward 2-foot turn
C. T-stop left of right
D. Forward 2-foot turn on a circle: L & R

Badge 8
A. 5 consecutive forward crossovers: L & R
B. Forward outside edge: L & R
C. 5 consecutive backward ½ swizzles on a circle: L & R

Badge 9
A. Forward outside 3-turn: L & R
B. Forward inside edge: L & R
C. Forward lunge or shoot the duck at any depth
D. Bunny hop

Badge 10
A. Forward inside 3-turn: L & R
B. 5 consecutive backward crossovers: L & R
C. Hockey stop
D. Forward spiral 3 times length of body

Badge 11
A. Consecutive forward outside edges: minimum 2 on each foot
B. Consecutive forward inside edges: minimum 2 on each foot
C. Forward inside Mohawk: L & R
D. Consecutive backward outside edges: minimum 2 on each foot
E. Consecutive backward inside edges: minimum 2 on each foot

Badge 12
A. Waltz jump
B. 1-foot spin: minimum of 3 revolutions
C. Forward crossover, inside Mohawk, backward crossover, step forward: step sequence
     should be repeated clockwise and counter clockwise
D. Combination of three moves chosen from badges 9-12

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