San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Test & Elite Skating Standards
The Test Track Program designed to allow skaters participate in a full academic preparation program for college admission. Test track skaters take the same USFS tests to qualify to enter qualifying competitions; however, they compete against other skaters who are enrolled in school full-time.
Many skaters do carry a full load of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and attempt to balance late night studying and early morning skating session in cold rink rinks. Sleep deprivation is common and requires the skater to adhere to a very strict schedule. Also required is a very dedicated parent who gets the skater up and provides the transportation to to the rink and school.
Some people seem to have disdain in their voice when talking about anyone who does not want to become an elite athlete. The primary reason to participate in a sport is because of the comradeship of other athletes and the fun they derive from participation - not the winning.
Individuals who lack the obsessive/compulsive drive, that it takes to reach the elite stasis, have a broader view of what they want to accomplish in life. They participate in physical exercise, sports, and recreational activities and in the process they acquire the habits of maintaining a healthy life style. The benefits they derive includes:
The Elite Track option is for skaters who wish to participate in the process of selecting skaters at regional, sectional, and nationals which ultimately results in the selection of skaters who represent the United States in international figure skating championships such the World Figure Skating Championships and the Winter Olympic USFS Figure Skating team.
Many elite skaters pursue alternative education programs in order to have enough time to participate in a very full training program on the ice plus additional training sessions off-ice that consists of:
There are educational scholarships that are open to both Test and Elite Track skaters.
World Recreational Team Championships Ice Skating Institute Recreational Ice Skating · The ISI Handbook ... Worlds, because it gives everyone a chance to skate against great competitors.
Serious Recreational Skaters - Figure Skating - About.com If you do not feel you can commit to being a serious competitive skater, it may be easier to commit to the lifestyle of a “serious recreational skater.”
Welcome to U.S. Figure Skating
The USFSA is the national governing body of the sport of figure skating in the United States and has a membership of over 140,000.
Ice Skating Instruction for a Serious Competitive Skater It is rare for a skater to just jump immediately into competitive skating. Usually a child starts taking group lessons and progresses to passing badges and entering local skating competitions, Basic Skills events, and recreational ice skating.
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:
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