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A Weekly On-Ice Training Plan

    
The chart below can be used in conjunction with a projected Annual Training Record to determine the number of hours per week a skater needs to skate to satisfy his training objectives and annual training volume based on the current number of hours skated per week.

Wks/Yr                                                                      Hours/Year   
     
50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 550 600 650 700 750 800 850
24 2.08 4.17 6.25 8.33 41.67 12.50 14.58 16.67 18.75 20.83 22.92 25.00 27.08 29.17 31.25 33.33 35.42
26 1.92 3.85 5.77 7.69 9.62 11.54 13.46 15.38 17.31 19.23 21.15 23.08 25.00 26.92 28.85 30.77 32.69
28 1.79 3.57 5.36 7.14 8.93 10.71 12.50 14.29 16.07 17.86 19.64 21.43 23.21 25.00 26.79 28.57 30.36
30 1.67 3.33 5.00 6.67 8.33 10.00 11.67 13.33 15.00 16.67 18.33 20.00 21.67 23.33 25.00 26.67 28.33
32 1.56 3.13 4.69 6.25 7.81 9.38 10.94 12.50 14.06 15.63 17.19 18.75 20.31 21.88 23.44 25.00 26.56
34 1.47 2.94 4.41 5.88 7.35 8.82 10.29 11.76 13.24 14.71 16.18 17.65 19.12 20.59 22.06 23.53 25.00
36 1.39 2.78 4.17 5.56 6.94 8.33 9.72 11.11 12.50 13.89 15.28 16.67 18.06 19.44 20.83 22.22 23.61
38 1.32 2.63 3.95 5.26 6.58 7.89 9.21 10.53 11.84 13.16 14.47 15.79 17.11 18.42 19.74 21.05 22.37
40 1.25 2.50 3.75 5.00 6.25 7.50 8.75 10.00 11.25 12.50 13.75 15.00 16.25 17.50 18.75 20.00 21.25
42 1.19 2.38 3.57 4.76 5.95 7.14 8.33 9.52 10.71 11.90 13.10 14.29 15.48 16.67 17.86 19.05 20.24
44 1.14 2.27 3.41 4.55 5.68 6.82 7.95 9.09 10.23 11.36 12.50 13.64 14.77 15.91 17.05 18.18 19.32
46 1.09 2.17 3.26 4.35 5.43 6.52 7.61 8.70 9.78 10.87 11.96 13.04 14.13 15.22 16.30 17.39 18.48
48 1.04 2.08 3.13 4.17 5.21 6.25 7.29 8.33 9.38 10.42 11.46 12.50 13.54 14.58 15.63 16.67 17.71


Instructions

Determine the number of practice hours a skater is currently skating. Outline the short and long term skating expectation and goals.
1

Discuss the number of practice hours per week your coach recommends to pursue a specific training program.  Most skaters gradually shift to weekday practice sessions before school.

When the sport was based upon figures, skaters would practice on patch sessions for 45 minutes and then free skate for 45 minutes. Depending on skill levels and the starting time for their first class, some skaters were able to participate in two 1.5 hour sessions.

Skaters whose classes started at 7:15 would skate at 5:00 am and rush to school after the session ended at 6:30 am. Starting early had the benefit of school ending early and they could skate on uncrowded afternoon sessions until other grades let out.

Designated Physical Education (PE) classes usually did not start until middle school. Some school districts would give skater PE credit for their participation in a qualified figure skating test and/or competition program. This allowed skaters to arrange their schedule for their PE class as the first of last class in the day which was actually a skating practice session.

Review the Annual Training Plan chart.

2. Based on the competition calendar and projected testing schedule, calculate the number of weeks per year the skater will skate (training and competitions). Remember to allow for breaks in the  schedule such as Spring break, Christmas/New Years, other national and religious holidays competitions, test days etc. 

Select the number of training weeks in the column Wks/Yr and read across to select the number of total practice hours per week. Then read up that column to determine the total number of practice hours per year.

References:

Physical and Mental Training Considerations

Health, Fitness, & Wellness Services

Principles of Sports Training:

Training Principles for Athletes

The Process of Learning

Mental Training:

Skill Development Environment:

Resources:

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:

  
  
Sports Information
PDF  Off Ice Training Guides

     
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