Basic Skating Skills Program

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USFS Learn to Skate Program

Basic Skating Skills

Good Advice to Follow!
      The best way to learn to skate is by developing a strong foundation of the basic skating skills such as:
  • Skating Forward in a Straight Line
  • Stopping when going Forward
  • Skating Backwards in a Straight Line
  • Stopping when going Backward in a Straight Line
  • Skating on Forward Outside and Inside Edges
  • Skating on Backward Outside and Inside Edges
  • Turning Forward to Backward on Two Feet
  • Turning Backward to Forward on Two Feet
  • Turning Forward to Backward on One Foot
  • Turning Backward to Forward on One Foot
  • Forward Crossovers in a Counter Clockwise Direction
  • Forward Crossovers in a Clockwise Direction
  • Backward Crossovers in a Counter Clockwise Direction
  • Backward Crossovers in a Clockwise Direction
      Subsequently, skaters who have completed the above basic skating skills classes can progress to taking group introductory classes in figure skating, ice hockey, and speed skating that are included in the USFS Learn to Skate program.  For more details by linking to Summer Basic Skating Workshops.

Inexpensive Group Classes are great 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.

Basic Skills Competitions
      The USFS Basic Skating Skill program 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.

      At some point a beginning skater may wish to specialize in ice hockey, speed or figure skating. The Basic Skills Programs has programs designed to transition to these activities.

Advanced Skating Classes
      Eventually skaters interested ice hockey, speed or figure skating will need to become involved with an ice hockey league, speed skating association or Figure Skating Club affiliated with the ice rink.

      Prospective figure skaters will need to join the local figure skating club where they can practice to pass USFS tests and train to enter USFS non-qualifying and qualifying competitions. These activities are designed to be fun for all participants. As skaters become more advanced, the emphasis is on identifying skaters based on their performance and awarding the top three skaters with medals which allow them to progress to USFS national qualifying events. USFS qualifying and non-qualifying events typically consist of much larger (12 to 18 skaters) groups of skaters then ISI and Basic Skill events which are usually about 6 skaters per event.

Recommended Reading:


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
USFS Learn To Skate 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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