Basic Skating Skills Program

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USFS Basic Skills Program

Badges and Competitive Events

Inexpensive Group Classes for beginning and more experienced skaters
      The "Learn to Skate" program for beginners organized by the United States Figure Skating (USFS) emphasizes the positive reward of phrase for continued improvement which encourages skaters and parents to continue to enroll in additional group classes.

      The Basic Skills Program has badges or levels that the skaters are required to demonstrate specific skill sets. The bench marks to pass the tests to move from one level to the next are set very low as an enticement for skaters to continue taking group levels and eventually encourage them to take private lessons.

      After starting private lessons, coaches will create a personal free skating program that is initially performed without music and eventually is set to music.  Rinks and clubs generally provide these developing skaters with an opportunity to skate in recitals and shows.

      The USFS Basic Skating Skill programs has developed a competition structure that has events for all of the different badge skill levels. Many of the events may be divided into smaller groups (6 skaters) according to age. The concept is to have skaters compete against others of about similar ages and skills. All skaters in an event receive an award.

      Eventually skaters join a local figure skating club where they practice to pass USFS tests and train to enter USFS non-qualiying and qualifying competitions where the emphasis is on identifying skaters based on their performance and awarding the top three skaters with medals. USFS qualifying and non-qualifying events are typically much larger (12 to 18 skaters) then ISI and Basic Skill events which are about 6 skaters per event.

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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:

Ice Sports
Disciplines of Ice Skating
Recreational Ice Skating
USFS Basic Skating Skills Program
          Competitions for Basic Skills Skaters
PDF  Colleges with Intercollegiate Skating Clubs
PDF  Colleges with Synchronized Skating Programs
Skating Associations

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