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Training Strategies

    Competitive athletes, parents, and coaches are largely motivated by the desire to win.  The more a beginning skater is able to skate in front out an audience, the more comfortable they will be in performing in a test or competitive environment.

Simulating a test or competition can be achieved through participation in the following activities:
  • Skating skills demonstrations
  • Skating critiques in front of judges
  • Run-throughs of their program
  • Exhibitions
  • Shows or carnivals
Work with your skating club to organize sanctioned events such as:
  • Exhibitions of skater's badge skills in a test or competition format with critiques from judges
  • Program run-throughs with critiques from judges on practice sessions
  • Hold exhibitions for experience skating in front of an audience with critiques from judges
  • Enter a local competition(s) to gain competitive experience
The strategic plan of a coach should be to encourage their students to participate in the local competitions prior to recommending entering competitions require one or two nights in another city.

Coaches should recommend as many competitive opportunities as parents can afford.

It makes good business sense for a coach to have as many skaters as possible entered in each open competition. This reduces the amount of traveling and over night stays for the coach.

Some coaches charge for attending competitions. Maximizing the number of students who enter the same competition reduces the prorated expense to each skater.


References:

Physical and Mental Training Considerations

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organization/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Chapters Learning Table of Contents -
The Learning Environment:     The Learning Process
Skill Development Environment: Mental Training:
   
The Process of Learning
  
Physical and Mental Training Considerations
    
Sports Information Sports Training

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