Basic Skating Skills
Transition Program

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Video Clips

    The list of video clips below is provided to allow parents to follow the elements in the Basic Skating Bridge elements as their child participates in the 2008 Summer Workshops at the Kroc Ice Center in San Diego, CA.

    The Video Clips were found on the Web and demonstrate a variety of basic figure skating skills.  Some files have attached comments on technical points that differ from the Basic Skating Skills Bridge Program. 

    These clips will likely frustrate anyone who has a dial-up service as they take a while to load.  They can be accessed from either a Windows or Macintosh computer browser, but requires video playback software installed that is specific to your computer platform.

    The United State Military Academy Dept. of Physical Education (DPE) connection is very slow to load even with a cable modem. It requires both Flash and Quicktime Software to display. Free reader copies are available.

    It is our desire to eventually produce our own video clips that will load quicker and be archived on a DVD. Our goal is to link these video clips to the workshop lesson plans developed over the past five years and are used in the summer workshops at the San Diego Ice Arena and the Ray and Joan Kroc Ice Center.  A demonstration pilot of the video project will be competed in the spring of 2013.

Expert Village Video Clips
DPE Video Clips

When Sitting on the ice, How to get upright

Forward Swizzles
Forward Sculling (Fish)

Backward Swizzles

Backward Swizzles

Backward Sculling (Fish)

Backward Wiggles

Basic Edges

Two Foot Glide
Two Foot Glide

One Foot Glide

One Foot Glide

The free leg should be behind and over the tracing, and held in a natural extension.
The free leg should NOT Be held close to the
skating leg in a tucked position!

One Foot Glide

Two Foot Dip

Shoot The Duck

Forward Stroking

Forward Stroking

The free leg should extend backwards
after the stroke - NOT to the side!

Forward Stroking

Backward Stroking

Backward Stroking

The free leg should extend forward over
the tracing after each stroke, NOT to the side!

Snowplow Stop
Snowplow Stops

One Foot Snowplow Stop


Hockey Stop

Two Footed Spin

A two foot spin should have bot toes pointed
in with the heels apart

Two Foot Spin

Learning to Spin

Spinning Forward on One Foot
One Foot Spin

Advanced Scratch Spin

Forward Crossovers

Forward Crossovers

Never step over! This error is very difficult
to unlearn and correct once learned.

Alternating Clockwise and CounterClockwise forward crossovers

Forward Crossovers counter clockwise direction

Forward Crossovers clockwise direction

Backward Stroking

Backward Crossovers

Backward Crossovers

Backward Crossovers counter clockwise direction

Backward Crossovers clockwise direction

Forward Spiral must achieve hip height or higher

Backward Spiral must achieve hip height or higher

Forward Outside 3-Turn

Forward Outside 3-Turns

Forward Outside Left 3-Turn

Forward Outside Right 3-Turn

Forward Inside Left 3-Turn

Forward Inside Right 3-Turn

Forward Inside Mohawks

As you complete the mohawk, the Free
Leg MUST continue backwards in a
normal free leg extension!  The free
leg should not be held in stag position
next to the skating foot!

Back to Forward Two Foot Turn

Back to Forward Mohawk Step

Two Foot Jump

Bunny Hop
Bunny Hop

Waltz Jump
Waltz Jump

Half Flip Jump

Half Lutz Jump

Split Jump

Stag Jump

Ballet Jump

Walley, Half and Full Toe Walley Jump

Toe Loop Jump

Salchow Jump

Flip Jump

Loop Jump

Lutz Jump

Axel Jump


Competitive Figure Skating FAQ: Technical Elements  This article is part of the FAQ list for (amateur) competitive figure skating. This section covers technical elements of figure skating, such as jumps and spins. ... If the jump is approached from an outside three turn and step instead, .... used in free skating as a simple turn or in step sequences, but choctaws are more typically ....

USFSA & ISI Figure Skating Levels, Ice Skating Test Levels - Describes the figure skating skills.

Figure Skating Skills For example the entrance to certain jumps includes a three turn or a mohawk. ... Figure skating steps a skills that when put together form what is called a footwork sequence. Some figure skating steps are variations on or combinations of turns. ... - Spins in figure skating are often the most fun for a skater to learn.

Summer On Ice Skating Workshops
Jump Training


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 Skills and Training
PDF Acquisition of Skills
PDF Allocate Training Resources
PDF Determining Ability
PDF Developing a Training Program
PDF Developing Athletes
PDF General Training Principles
PDF Good Training Habits
PDF Pathways to Skating Goals
PDF Practicing School Figures
PDF Training Stages
PDF Figure Skating Training Program
PDF Strength Training Tips/Techniques
PDF Strength Training for Women
         Video Skating Clips
PDF Power and Acceleration Workout
PDF Measuring Core Body Stability
PDF Youth Athletes
PDF Smart Training
PDF Coaching
PDF A Common Training Fallacy
PDF Crossover Training
PDF A primer on Periodization Training
PDF 8 Year-Round Strength Drills
PDF Periodization Training Schedule
PDF Conditioning - Aerobic and Anaerobic
PDF Cardiovascular Yearly Training Cycle
PDF Resistance Exercises you can do at home
PDF Strength Program for Figure Skating
PDF Strength Training Benefits Figure Skaters
PDF Exercises you can perform at home

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