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ISI and Basic Skills
Transition Program

       The summer workshop courses have both on and off ice components that are designed to assist in developing new skills and perfecting existing skills of skaters who have a background in Learn to Skate programs of either the ISI or USFS.
 
       Our Summer Workshop Program is open to currently enrolled Basic Skills, ISI, and USFS skaters of all ages and abilities from pre-schoolers to adults and beginners to advanced skaters.

       Classes begin with the fundamentals and progress to more advanced and specialized figure skating skills: figures, Moves In The Field (MITF), free skating, dance, spotlight/showcase, Synchronized Team Skating, and team free skating events.

       On-line seminars will be hosted for skaters and parents covering the following topics:

  • A Nutrition Game Plan for Skaters
  • Goal Setting and Mental Preparation
  • Building Self Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Successful Sports Parenting
  • Selecting Boots and Blades
  • Finding a Coach
  • Understanding the Athlete's Physical Growth and Development
  • USFS Parents Code of Conduct
  • First Competition
    • Preparation
    • Tips from a Judge
    • Mental Preparation
    • Goal Setting
    • What to eat before competing
    • Appropriate competitive attire

         The Figure Skating Club and the management of the local ice skating facility are proud to partner  with the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills and the ISI Learn to Skate Programs. The curriculum is designed
to provide a bridge between both programs so skaters can compete in competitions sanctioned by both organizations.

         The objectives match the goals endorsed by both organizations:

1.   Making skating safe and pleasurable for our members

2.   Establishing personal goals designed to improve skating skills through a system of progressively increasing the level of difficulty, which will bring confidence and satisfaction at each step.

3.   Building a solid foundation which will serve skaters well if pursuing figure skating by testing and entering USFS and ISI competitions.

Classes Offered

ISI & USFS Basic Skating Skills Topics - Group 1

                    PDF Files


USFS Moves In The Field Topics - Group 2

                             PDF Files

    
  


The Basic Skills Transition Program is designed to
assist skaters in improving
existing figure skating skills and acquiring new abilities.

The Program of workshop is open to Basic Skills and USFS  skaters of all ages and abilities — from pre-schoolers to adults, beginners to advanced skaters. It consists of workshops, badges, and competitions.

There are workshops with levels that begin with the fundamentals and progress to more advanced and specialized figure skating skills: figures, Moves In The Field (MITF), free skating, dance, spotlight/showcase, Synchronized Team Skating, and team free skating events.

The Basic Skills membership year starts on July 1 and ends on June 30. The $10 fee includes insurance coverage when the member participates in Basic Skill activities.

Basic Skills membership is the same as USFS membership - from July 1 through June 30.  For $10 the skater receives Sports accident insurance coverage when participating in Basic Skills activities.

On-line seminars cover topics of interest to skaters and parents.

Basic Skills Competition Events

The (insert club name) is proud to partner with the
U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Bridge Program.

The Basic Skills Transition program is a well designed curriculum whose
goals and objectives are endorsed by the sponsoring club and the United
States Figure Skating Association.

  • Making skating safe and pleasurable for our members
  • Establishing personal goals designed to improve skating skills through progressive levels which will bring confidence and satisfaction at each step.
  • Building a solid foundation which will serve skaters well if pursuing figure skating by testing and entering USFS competition
 

Classes Offered

Snowplow Sam 1 – 3

Introduces preliminary skills to pre-school skaters. Learn dips, swizzles, wiggles, and stops.





Basic Skills 1 – 8

Eight carefully planned levels allow the beginning skater to feel comfortable on the ice while gaining the basic skating techniques needed to advance into any of the specialized areas of the Basic Skills Program.


Free Skate 1 – 6

Upon completion of Basic 1 – 8, skaters learn jumps, spins, footwork, and other exciting athletic and artistic moves.

Artistry in Motion 1 – 4

Promotes overall ability to coordination technical skating skills while mastering the basic concepts of incorporating presentation skills in a total performance package necessary to succeed in spotlight and showcase events.



Synchronized Skating 1 – 4

Promotes overall fitness, improves balance and coordination while mastering the basics of skating on a synchro team.




Dancing 1 – 6

Promotes overall control of edges and turns while skating to a variety of fixed dance tempos. Skater will become familiar with performing Pre through Pre-Silver set pattern dances.
    

Pairs 1 – 6

Promotes overall control of edges and turns while performing elements featured in tests and competition events.

  

Adult 1 – 4

Provides skaters with an introduction to the edges and turns pair elements in tests and competition events.
  
   
  
Theater on Ice Basic Skating

Provides skaters with an introduction to the competitive world of production numbers of a professional ice show.


 
Hockey

Provides skaters with an introduction to ice hockey.
  
  
 
Speed Skating

Provides skaters with an introduction to speed skating.
                         

Special Olympian Programs for figure skating

Includes Special Skaters and
Sports for Exceptional Athletes figure skating events.



Figures 1 – 4

Provides skaters with an introduction to the basic 8 and serpentine figure with turns incorporated in the MITF tests.


Off-Ice Exercises

Promotes overall body strength, stamina, and flexibility, including warm-up and cool down exercises.


Off-Ice Presentation Exercises

Provides skaters with a familiarity of basic ballet positions that are commonly used in conjunction with spins, jumps, and various connecting turns and movements.


Test Track

Provides skaters with an opportunity to compete against other skaters in competitive events based on the USFS test requirements.


Well Balanced Program Track

Provides skaters with an opportunity to compete against other skaters in competitive events based on the USFS well balanced program requirements.


   
                   

   
References:


Resources:

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:

Skating Training Programs
Basic Skating Skills Program
Summer Basic Skating Workshops
High School Skating Programs
Collegiate Figure Skating Programs
Summer Figure Skating Programs
High School Figure Skating Programs
Test and Free Skating Track
PDF  Principles of Jumping
PDF  Theater On Ice Basic Skills

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