Special Olympic
Winter Sports - Figure Skating

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San Diego Figure Skating Communications

USFS Special Olympics Program

The Bridge Special Olympic curriculum provides an introduction to ice skating.

    No previous experience skating is necessary. The workshops are designed for skaters for whom this will be their first time on ice through more experienced skaters.

    Skaters will be divided by skill groups to accommodate skaters at all levels.

    The concept is to build on a skater's basic ability to perform edges and turns by adding the concept of mini programs without music.

    The curriculum listed is designed to help introduce various forms of ice skating.

    Depending of the skill of some groups, skaters may only work on one principle for the entire allotted time during the session.

    Skaters are encouraged to participate in off ice instruction to maximize the value of the on-ice time.

Discussion topics:

➢    Opportunities available to test and compete in ice dancing
➢    Variations of technique and style
➢    Application of pattern
➢    Ice utilization
➢    How to read dance patterns
➢    Tracking
➢    Partnering

U. S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program
Special Olympics Badge Program

   The Special Olympics Sports Skills Program is designed for people with mental retardation who may exhibit any number of physical impairments. The Special Olympics Figure Skating Badge Program allows athletes to learn skills in a progressive order and earn badges at each level. Athletes who complete the Special Olympics Badge Program will be prepared to move into the existing badge program at local rinks.

Special Olympian Badges

Compulsory Competition Elements
Compulsory Element Group Level 1
Compulsory Element Group Level 2
Compulsory Element Group Level 3
Compulsory Element Group Level 4
Compulsory Element Group Level 5
Compulsory Element Group Level 6

Freeskating Special Olympian Level I Program
Freeskating Special Olympian Level II Program
Freeskating Special Olympian Level III Program
Freeskating Special Olympian Level IV Program
Freeskating Special Olympian Level V Program
Freeskating Special Olympian Level VI Program

    The following materials are designed to help coaches become a better at working with Special Olympic Figure Skaters.
                                         source - Special Olympics North America

General Information:


   Detailed information on figure skating, including illustrations and video clips.



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:

Levels of Skating Skills 
Modifying Patterns of Behaviors
Role of Sleep in Athletic Performance
Identifying & Reacting to Moods
PDF  Planning Special Olympic Season
          USFS Special Olympics

All materials are copy protected. 
The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.

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