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Tips for Skaters and Parents

This discussion is geared for parents of new ice skaters.
       It is important for parents to learn how to balance the skating in your child's life with school and other family obligations. It is vital that parents provide a nurturing environment that also is positive and supportive for each sibling. It should be obvious that children receive the recommend uninterrupted sleep on a regular schedule. Every family member should participate in a well balanced, nutritious menu that only allows healthy snacks and drinks. Understand the importance of assisting your child in developing their self confidence.

       A short list of tips includes the following:
  • Every parent should encourage their child to master the basic skating skills.  Just being proficient to pass a test with the minimum skills is just "kicking the can" down the road by postponing their skill development. Mean while bad habits become a major problem that requires additional time and expense in the future to correct basic errors that never should have been acquired in the first place.

  • It is highly recommended that the child prepare their choice of clothing for school the night before. Baths or showers should occur the night before not at 5:00 a.m. when time is of the essences while preparing to leave for an early morning practice session/lesson at the ice rink.  Allow enough time for food and off-ice exercising. The skater should never dash into the rink with their skates on and dash out onto the ice with their muscles being stiff and properly warmed up.

  • Parents, or an authorized adult, should always be present when the skater is practicing so in the event of an injury, the necessary health care decisions can be immediately taken.

  • Parents should not devote their time exclusively to work related problems on their computer of cell phone.  When your child has a lesson - watch the lesson and prepare a list of questions that you can ask the coach in person or by email/texting.

  • The ideas and suggestions have been gathered from individuals who wish they had been aware of the following when their child started skating:

  • If the rink does not have a coffee shop/food service facility, bring a thermos of hot coffee and hot chocolate, plus nutritious snacks.

  • Bring a change of clothing for school. Allow time to change and store the skates properly. The parent may perform the drying of the skate blades and properly storing them for transit while the child is changing their clothes.  Don't allow sweaty outfits, tights, socks, etc. to be stuffed in a bag and forgotten until the next time they are  need.  Make sure these items are washed after each use and have different outfits that can be used day so the outfits can be laundered, if possible, on a non skating day.


Recommended Reading:

Parent Information - Welcome to US Figure Skating Parent Information. Your Responsibilities as a Skating Parent. As a parent of a skater or skaters, you want the best for your child. This page should help you.

Figure Skating for Parents - Understanding the Test Levels June 5, 2007 ... If you are thinking of signing your child up for some figure skating lessons, there are some things to consider. Summer is a great time to start.

References:

Parents - Welcome to US Figure Skating Whether you are new to figure skating or have been involved with the sport for ... in learning more about figure skating, tips for parents with children beginning to ... for parents of competitive skaters, we have information and resources for you!

Basic Skills - Welcome to US Figure Skating Basic Skills program was created to be the best Basic Skills Parents · Club Parents · Responsibilities as a Skating Parent ... The U.S. Figure Skating... The curriculum keeps skaters enthusiastic about learning from the time they begin lessons until the time ... Click here to see information about the Skate Coach App Series.

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:

Tips for Skaters
Training Tips for Ice Sports
PDF Strength Training Tips/Techniques
PDF Acquisition of Skills
PDF Developing Athletes
PDF General Training Principles
PDF Good Training Habits
PDF Measuring Core Body Stability
PDF Youth Athletes
Ice Hockey Tips
Speed Skating Tips
Figure Skating Tips
Curling Tips
PDF Strength Training Tips/Techniques
PDF Crossover Training
PDF Exercises you can perform at home

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