Fort Saskatchewan Figure Skating Club SKATERS HANDBOOK 2009 / 2010 2009 / 2010 Fort Saskatchewan Figure Skating Club Andrea Broen President firstname.lastname@example.org Kelly Sowa Vice President Rdrnnrsowa Beth Budd Secretary email@example.com Nadine Eastman Advertising firstname.lastname@example.org Angela Hoefling Ice Chair email@example.com Kimberly Jensen Special Events firstname.lastname@example.org Carla Woodley Treasurer email@example.com Jennie Reddick Registration Coordinator Dukncuk@hotmail.com Kelly Sowa Test Chair Rdrnnrsowa Darcy Broen Webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org Clyde Hammer Skating Director email@example.com FSFSC Special Events Halloween Skating Party October Christmas Family Fun Skate and Party December Regional Competition January Ice Show March Annual AGM May The Fort Saskatchewan Figure Skating Club is committed to quality in both the programs we offer and the services we provide. We are proud members of our sport governing body Skate Canada. Skating Towards Excellence! 2009 /2010 Professional Coaching Staff Mr. Clyde Hammer Phone: 780-936-6071 firstname.lastname@example.org Professional Highlights *FSFSC Skating Director *NCCP Level 3 Certified *NCCP Partial Level 4/5 Certified *Trainer of numerous Sectional medalists and champions in both AB and SK *Trainer of Western, Divisional, Junior National, Canadians, Star Skate National, Canada Games , and AB/SK Winter Game Competitors. *Seneca College (Coaching Techniques Course) *Gold Figure, Gold Freeskate, Junior Competitive, ISU 4 th and 3rd Class *Have had Skaters Pass Juvenile to Senior Competitive Singles Tests *Extensive Gold Test Level Experience *20 years coaching experience ________________________________________________________________________ Mrs. Judy Henry Phone:780-656-0270 email@example.com Professional Highlights *NCCP Level 2 Certified *Senior Silver Dances *Pre Novice Competitive *Class 4 Skating Skills *20 Years Coaching Experience *Trainer of Alberta Winter Game Skaters *Competitive and |High Test Level Experience *Skated Competitively in Synchronized Skating _____________________________________________________________ Ms. Cindy Wong Phone: 780-977-7151 firstname.lastname@example.org Professional Highlights *20 years coaching experience *NCCP completed Level 2 (in Singles, Pairs, Dance) *NCCP Partial Level 3 (Theory & Technical) *Gold Skills*, Gold Freeskate*, Gold Dance*, Novice Competitive* (*student accredited) *Graduated Seneca College with honors in Coaching Techniques for Figure Skating *Accepted & participated into a Russian Exchange program to learn from the top level Russian Coaches *Mentored with an American Coach for 2 summers *Attended numerous clinics, workshops, seminars (including Doug Leigh's Seminar in Barrie) *Sectional level coach *Coach of a "Junior Development Team" member for Alberta Mrs. Angela Frey (Sonnenberg) Phone: 780-914-8098 or email@example.com Professional Highlights *Novice Competitive *Gold Freeskate *Gold Skills *Gold Dance * NCCP 1 certified and Partial NCCP Level 2 * Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education student *7 years coaching experience Mrs. Tracey Hammer Phone: 780-936-6071 firstname.lastname@example.org Professional Highlights *NCCP Level 2 Certified *NCCP Level 3 Theory and Technical *NCCP Level 4 Tasks *Gold Freeskate, Gold Figure, Gold Dances, Gold Skating Skills *Former Senior Ladies Competitor *Trainer of Western, Junior National, Star Skate National, and Canada Games Competitors and AB/SK Winter Game Competitors. *Extensive Gold Test Level Experience *Former Intermediate Level Judge *13 Years Ballet, Tap and Jazz Training *16 years coaching experience *Seneca College (Coaching Techniques Course) FSFSC Rules and Expectations 1) All skaters must keep active throughout each session. Excessive talking, working together, or fooling around will not be tolerated. We made some great strides last season, and would like to raise the bar again this season. 2) Parents should observe from the stands and not for the players box. Skaters need to remain focused at all times. If you have to communicate with your child, please be brief so the session flow can continue. 3) Skaters must remain on the ice for the entire session. This is for safety reasons, and to ensure each athlete is getting the most out of each session. There will be exceptions on extremely cold days at our Sportsplex Arena. 4) All skaters must ask permission to get off the ice. Once again, this is for safety reasons…we need to know where everyone is at all times. 5) Water or fruit juice are the only acceptable drinks allowed by the ice surface. 6) Skaters will be expected to respect all coaches on the ice at all times. 7) Swearing or poor sportsmanship (kicking the ice) will not be tolerated and result in the skater being asked to leave the ice. A parent meeting will follow. 8) Skaters are encouraged to make healthy snack choices and should avoid chips, pop, or candy. 9) Skaters will be encouraged to practice good manners in both practice and performance circumstances. 10) Skaters should be on time for all sessions. Arrangements for late arrivals can be organized through your base coach and skating director. On Ice Etiquette: *Coaches, skaters in lessons, and skaters doing their program have the right of way on the ice. *After completing a skill (jump, spin, etc.), skaters should move to the side of the boards so they are out of the way of the other skaters *Skaters arriving late should come on the ice and get to work right away (as to not disrupt session all ready started) *Music (program) playing is on a first come first serve basis. Coaches always have priority over the music. We may need to use music rotation or a signup sheet as we get closer to competitions. *No Freeskating is permitted during skill and dance sessions unless you are in a lesson. Some exceptions may apply under discretion by the Professional Coaching Staff. *Change rooms must be kept clean. Preparing For Skating Sessions All skaters are encouraged to do some kind of off-ice warm-up prior to coming on the ice. Even if you are late, it is a good idea to do something vs. nothing. The warm-up should be dynamic in nature and include the skater mentally doing a brief overview of the skating tasks ahead. When possible, try to arrive at the arena at least 25 to 30 minutes early to allow enough time to properly warm-up for each session. Stretching at the boards on the ice will be discouraged. Plan Each Practice and Practice Each Plan During the off-ice warm-up or even the drive to the rink are great times to think about your training session ahead. Skaters need to practice leaving all their issues of the day behind them, and refocus into the here and now. Having a plan for the day will ensure that the skaters are getting the most out of each session. Skaters should set small, daily, achievable goals that include all aspects of skating (spinning, jumping, skating, dance, skills, programs, etc.). Research has proven that most athletes in almost every sport don‟t need more training time, better coaching, or more support, they simply need to train harder with the time they have. All our skaters will be encouraged to use their time to the fullest. On Ice Warm-up This should include several laps forwards and backwards in both directions. 2 foot skiing with deep knee actions, practicing the different edges and turns, and most of all getting into their knees and the ice should be the key objectives. Test Days There are 4 different areas a skater can be test in (Skating Skills, Dance, Freeskate and Interpretive). Low tests are classified as Preliminary to Senior Bronze and High Tests are Junior Silver to Gold. All tests are evaluated according to a set standard outlined by Skate Canada. Each component of a test is evaluated on the same scale of Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, and Needs Improvement. Skaters are not compared to each other, only to the standard. Depending on the level of the test being taken, there are certain passing criteria which must be met. That means that there are a certain number components which must be rated at least satisfactory or the test to pass. Otherwise the test is designated as a retry. There is no limit as to the number of times that a skater may attempt a test. Each test in the Skate Canada program must be taken sequentially, with the exception of competitive tests. After you have skated you will receive a test results paper from the Judge indicating if you have passed or need to retry. Coaches Comments: It is primarily up to your coach to when your child is ready to test. It is important to understand that even if a test is ready, and will pass, sometimes it is recommended that they remain back on their current level to further develop the required skills. This will ensure the basics are established and the skater will not have problems in the future on the higher tests. Skaters who are just starting off in the STARSkate program may take several season before taking a Skating Skills or Freeskate Test. The lower Dance Tests are fairly each and often tested within the first year of taking private lessons. Parents should not put tests up without consulting with their base coach first. Poorly executed tests will often harm the reputation of the skater, club and coach. Whether a test passes or fails, it needs to be a positive experience for the skater and they need to feel confident with their skills having support from both the coach and parent. Test vs Competitive Skating I go to competitions, does that mean I‟m a competitive skater? Being a competitive skater has very little to do with how many competitions you enter in per season. Skate Canada outlines competitive skating as anyone who competes at a Sectional level or beyond. The categories at Sectionals include Pre Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior. In order to compete as a competitive skater, you must pass a competitive freeskate test. The entry level for competitive skating is Pre Juvenile/Juvenile and the skater must be 11 years and under. For the entry level, skaters are required to land an Axel and 2 different double jumps. Their skating ability has to be at around a Senior Bronze level demonstrating good crosscuts, turns, and some transitions. Each level and competitive test becomes progressively harder. Competitive Skating is age sensitive and skaters need to establish good basics early in their skating careers. Lesson Recommendation Sheet / Skating Grid Accelerated Program -2 Freeskate Lessons per/day -1 Skills Lesson per/week -1 Dance Lesson per/week (for skaters interested in being competitive) *Skate 4 to 5 Days per/week Senior STARSkate Level -1 Freeskate lesson per day / each day you skate -1 to 2 dance lessons per week -1 to 2 skills lessons per week *Skate 4 to 5 Days per/week Junior STARSkate Level -1 Freeskate lesson per day/each day you skate -1 dance lesson per week (Can be Semi Private) -1 Skills Lesson per week (Can Be Semi Private) -2 or 3 group lessons per/week *Skate 3 to 5 Days per/week Junior Development -Follow program outlined -1 addition private lesson per week Competitive Skating Competitive skating is an early specialization sport. The following is only a guideline and it is very important you consult with your coach if your child is interested in competitive skating. Ages 6 to 8 -skate 3 to 5 days per/week -skate 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day -participate in a variety of sports -ballet, gymnastics, ball sports are excellent -should skate fall, winter, spring and some summer Ages 8 to9 -skate 4 to 5 days per/week -participate in a variety of sports -ballet (or other dance), gymnastics, ball sports -longer skating season required Ages 10-11 -Pre Juvenile / Juvenile Competitive -personalized plan by your coach(s) Ages 12-up -Pre Novice, Novice, Junior, Senior -personalized plan by your coach(s) FSFSC STARSkate Program Skating Skills Skating Skills are a combination of fundamental skating movements, executed on a pattern with the option of using music. The objective of the Skating Skills program is mastery of the basic fundamentals of skating - edge quality, control, power and speed. Skating will typically not learn or try any skating skills their first year or two in the private lessons program. There a 6 different levels and each level must be evaluated by an Evaluator and receive a pass before they are able to test at the next level. Ice Dance Consisting of seven levels of tests, the Dance Test program teaches timing, musicality, rhythm interpretation, structure as well as basic skating skills such as edges, flow, control and unison. The dances in the STARSkate Program can be tried in any order but a candidate must pass the required number of dances in a dance test before proceeding to the next level. Free Skate Free skating consists of the execution of jumps, spins, footwork, field movements and stroking, either in isolation or performed in a program to music. Each test consists of 2 parts - Elements in Isolation and a Free Program. Skaters will typically not get a program to music until they are able to execute several different jumps and spins. Interpretive The objective of the interpretive program is to encourage and develop skaters‟ creativity, expression, musicality, movement, interpretation of music, as well as the use of space, rhythm, line and style. The program provides skaters with the opportunity to explore the performance aspect of skating with less focus on the technical elements. The Interpretive tests consist of skating and interpreting a piece of music 2.0 to 3.0 minutes (+/- 10 seconds) in length. Skaters can take interpretive tests as individuals and/or as a couple (male/female, female/female) at four levels: Fun / Fitness / Achievement STARSkate Programs Offered Junior Development Program This program is for skaters who have just moved up from Advanced Canskate (introductory STARSkate) or Canskate. It is designed as a stepping stone between the STARSkate Program and the Canskate Program. There are designated ice times so we can group skaters together, and provide the best possible programming. The #1 focus of this program is to establish the basic skating skills for future skill development. Skaters will learn the fundaments of Figure Skating in a positive, motivating learning environment. The Group Development times are included in your registration fees, but private and semi private lessons are an additional charge. Skaters entering this program should take coaching option #1 for their coaching requests to start with. A complete consultation with the Skating Director is recommended to set up your lessons and schedules. Junior STARSkate Once skaters have mastered the basic fundamental skating skills, they are ready to start working on the Skate Canada STARSkate tests. Age, Maturity, and skating level are the prerequisites for becoming a Junior STARSkater. The Skating Director and Professional Coaching Staff will let you know when your child in ready for this program. Senior STARSkate Skaters must have passed Preliminary Freeskate Test to enter into the Senior STARSkate Program. Age, maturity, and skating level will be taken into consideration for skaters not meeting the Preliminary Standard. Competitive Skate Skaters wanting to become competitive will be placed on an accelerated program based on their goals. Skate Canada STARSkate Program Judged and Evaluated Tests DANCE TESTS FREESKATE TESTS SKATING SKILL TESTS Preliminary Preliminary Preliminary Dutch Waltz Elements Waltzing 3 Turns Canasta Tango Program (solo) Waltzing Mohawks Baby Blues Expanding Circles Junior Bronze Junior Bronze Junior Bronze Swing Elements Threes and Mohawks Fiesta Tango Program (solo) Power Circles Willow Expanding Senior Bronze Senior Bronze Senior Bronze Ten-Fox Elements Brackets Fourteen Step Program (solo) Power Circles European Change Threes Junior Silver Junior Silver Junior Silver Keats Foxtrot Elements Multi Turns Power Threes Harris Tango Program (solo) Loops American Waltz Flying Choctaws Rocker Foxtrot Senior Silver Senior Silver Senior Silver Paso Doble Elements Rockers Starlight Waltz Program (solo) Threes and Brackets Blues Expanding Killian Gold Gold Gold Viennese Waltz Elements Counters Westminister Waltz Program (solo) Threes and Mohawks Quickstep Expanding Argentine Tango Silver Samba Interpretive Tests Competitive Introductory Juvenile Bronze Pre Novice Silver Novice Gold Junior Senior LTAD Overview Long Term Athlete Development Skating alone will develop a certain amount of musical asymmetry. We rotate in one direction, we land on the same leg, and we practice repetitive movements and skills. Without proper systematic training, skaters can develop muscle imbalances, injuries, and become physically restricted, limiting them from reaching their full potential. Considerations for what each athlete is doing both on and off the ice have to be taken into account in each of the 6 different training phases. Phase 1 – FUNdamentals / Ages 5 to 9yrs old) This phase is appropriate for boys aged 6 to 9 and girls aged 5 to 8. The main objective should be the overall development of the athlete‟s physical capacities and fundamental movement skills. The key points of this phase are: Participation in as many sports as possible Speed, power and endurance are developed using FUN games Appropriate and correct running, jumping and throwing techniques are taught using the ABC's of athletics Introduction to the simple rules and ethics of sports Strength training with exercises which use the child‟s own body weight; medicine ball and Swiss ball exercises Training programs, based on the school year, are structured and monitored but not periodized Develop the athlete's: o ABC's (Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed) o RJT (Running, Jumping, Throwing) o KGBs (Kinaesthetic, Gliding, Buoyancy, Striking with a body part) o CKs (Catching, Kicking, Striking with an implement) The first „critical period of speed development‟ will occur during this phase, age 6-8 for girls and 7-9 for boys respectively. Linear, lateral and multi-directional speed should be developed and the duration of the repetitions should be less than 5 seconds. Fun and games should be used for speed training and the volume of training should be lower. Latest Research / Physical Literacy We also know that being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills as a child. Therefore, to create an active and healthy population ALL Canadian children need a sound foundation of movement and sport skills to build on later in life; and this foundation is called Physical Literacy. Physical Literacy: What Exactly is it? Physical literacy is the development of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills, that permit a child to move confidently and with control, in a wide range of physical activity, rhythmic (dance) and sport situations. Physical literacy also includes the ability to “read” what is going on around them in an activity setting and react appropriately to those events. For full physical literacy children should learn fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills in each of the four basic environments: 1) On the ground – as the basis for most games, sports, dance and physical activities 2) In the water – as the basis for all aquatic activities 3) On snow and ice – as the basis for all winter sliding activities 4) In the air – basis for gymnastics, diving and other aerial activities Learning fundamental sport skills before mastering related fundamental movement skills reduces performance ability later. Coaches Recommendations for Younger Children *Skate 2 to 4 days per/week @ 1.5 to 2 hours per/day *Other Activities (include gymnastics, ballet, soccer, yoga, swimming, track) Gymnastics is by far one of the best off-ice activities you can do for skating. It develops lower and upper body strength, balance, total body flexibility, and also has an aesthetic value similar to skating. 1 to 3 Classes per week is ideal. The number one objective at this age level is physical literacy. Please keep in mind that skating is a early specialization sport and kids need to skate at least 2 to 4 days per week for approximately 10 to 11 months of the year. 2009 / 2010 Calendar Of Events Please check Alberta Web Site for updated information. Dates and location may change periodically. October 2-4 Royal Glenora Competition Edmonton AB October 9-11 Sask Skate / Open Saskatoon SK Oct. 29 to Nov. 1st Sectionals Springbank AB November 20th NE Region Open Vegreville AB December 2-6th Western Challenge Missisauga ON December 5-6th AB Winter Game Run-offs St. Albert AB January 11-14 National Championships London ON February 5-7 Edmonton Regional Funskate Edmonton AB February 12-14 Winsport Competition Calgary AB February 26-28 Jean Norman Competition Prince Albert SK March 4-7 STARSkate Championships Airdrie AB March 26-28 Pease Region Invitational Grande Prairie AB April 9-11 Chinook Competition Lethbridge AB April 23-25 Sunsational Competition Edmonton AB Recommended Competitions Junior Level Skaters (all 4) 1) NE Region Open 2) Edmonton Regional Funskate 3) STARSkate Championships 4) Sunsational Competition Senior Level Skaters (5 out of the 8) 1) NE Region Open 2) Edmonton Regional Funskate 3) STARSkate Championships 4) Sunsational Competition 5) AB Winter Game Run Offs 6) Jean Norman Competition 7) Pease Region Invitational 8) Winsport Competition Competitive Skaters (all 7) 1) Royal Glenora 2) Sask Open/Sask 3) Sectionals (qualify on then Westerns, Nationals) 4) AB Winter Game Run-offs 5) Winsport Competition 6) Sunsational Competition 7) Jean Norman Competition Coaching Structure 2009 / 2010 Skating Season We would like to continue this season with our team coaching concept. However, several changes have been put in place to give parents a better understanding of how team coaching works. Option #1 Team Coaching: Under the discretion of the Skating Director, the coaching team will decide what is best for your child. A BASE Coach will be assigned based on who has more open time available, and your primary skating days/interests. This is a team effort and the Skating Director will work with the designated Base Coach to ensure the best possible training schedule is put in place. This option also gives the skater the best of what each coach has to offer. Younger Skaters just moving up into the STARSkate or Junior Development Program are recommended to take this option for lessons to start with. As the season progresses, you can choose a Base Coach or have one assigned to you. This system works best for meeting everyone‟s lesson requests and on days your primary coach is not there. Option 1 also gives the Skating Director more input into the overall development of the skater and allows flexibility within lessons. Please Note: Team Coaching does not mean you will be getting a different lesson in the same discipline by all 3 coaches each week. It does mean that your Base Coach / and Skating Director will over see everything, but other coaches may be responsible for your Skills/Dance or Freeskate, or give additional lessons where required. Research has indicated that the team coaching system has proven to be far superior to having just 1 coach. All top training centers and elite skaters have multiple coaches working with them on all different aspects of their skating. Option #2 Having Only 1 Coach You as the parent always have the option to choose just 1 coach. Please let the Skating Director know if you are going to choose this option and who you would like your solo coach to be. Base Coach: Cindy, Judy and Clyde are the 3 Base Coaches to choose from. Tracey and Angela will be giving extra lessons on the days they are there, but at this time will not be taking on their own students. Setting Up Lessons We are asking that all parents/guardians phone, or set up a meeting with the Skating Director to discuss skating days, lesson requests, budges, competitions, test days, etc. It is essential that we know what your requests are so we can make the best possible effort to accommodate your needs. Please give me a call, or set up a meeting prior to handing your Winter Registration Form in. Equipment Inexpensive figure skates may draw some buyers, but anyone who "knows figure skating" also knows that figure skates must be purchased from stores that deal exclusively with figure skates and figure skating supplies. An “unwritten rule” in the ice skating world that is passed on to those new to the sport is that cheap boots and blade sets that are sold at sporting good stores or department stores are not acceptable. Figure skating coaches may recommend a certain figure skate for a new ice skater. Take the time to consult your coach before purchasing skates. Where to get your skates sharpened! Where to Buy Skates! United Cycle (103 Street, 78 Ave.) –ask for Leanne Pro Skate (91 Street, 51 Ave.) Taking care of your skates 1) Always dry blades thoroughly after skating. 2) Get blades sharpened on a regular basis by a professional. 3) Wear skate guards on ice skating blades when walking on hard surfaces, floors, and/or concrete. 4) After drying skates thoroughly, cover and store the blades inside of towel-like soakers. 5) Do not leave or store blades inside of plastic or rubber skate guards. 6) Polish figure skating boots on a regular basis. 7) In addition to drying blades thoroughly, dry off the boot's sole completely. 8) Open up the boots a bit, so they can air out, after each skating session. SKATE CANADA PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT Skate Canada is committed to ensuring that all skaters have the opportunity to participate in a safe and welcoming environment that is encouraging and promotes their overall development. Parents have an enormous influence on skaters‟ experiences in the sport. The quality of a skater‟s experience is determined by their relationships with parents and the manner in which parents conduct themselves in the Skate Canada environment. In this code “parents” shall refer to “parents and guardians”. This code applies to all parents who are members of Skate Canada or have children who are members of Skate Canada. Parents shall abide by this code at all times while participating in any Skate Canada club or school, competition, or activity. • All parents are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner consistent with the values of fair play, integrity, open communication and mutual respect. • Parents shall always model positive and responsible behaviour and communicate with their son/daughter that they expect them to do the same. Parents will assume the major responsibility for their son/daughter‟s on ice conduct and attitude. • Parents shall at all times treat all individuals and property with dignity, courtesy and respect, including but not limited to skaters, coaches, officials, volunteers, other parents, and all other individuals that are part of the club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada. • Parents shall refrain from any behaviour, or comments, which are profane, insulting, harassing, sexist, racist, abusive, disrespectful or otherwise offensive without hostility or violence. • Parents shall emphasize the importance of values like sportsmanship, respect, cooperation, competition and teamwork to their son/daughter offering praise for competing fairly, participation and skill development. • Parents shall set high, but reasonable expectations for their son/daughter‟s participation in skating focusing on development and enjoyment for the child. • Parents shall instill confidence in their son/daughter‟s ability and skill development, always avoiding comparisons with other skaters. • Parents shall celebrate the acquisition of skills and goals achieved by their son/daughter. • Parents, along with the professional coach and the athlete, shall be considered members of a team whose main concern is the child‟s overall progress and development. Parents shall respect that the professional coach is responsible and empowered for the on-ice and off-ice development of the athlete. A parent‟s role shall be to take a healthy interest in their child‟s progress and development and be responsible for the child‟s nutrition, rest, adherence to off-ice training regimen set by the coach or other fitness professional, overall health, life-balance, and moral and emotional support. • Parents shall ensure their son/daughter wears proper skating clothing and equipment. • Parents shall avoid any conduct, which brings their club, skating school, Section or Skate Canada, into disrepute, including but not limited to abusive use of alcohol, nonmedical use of drugs and gambling. • Parents shall openly support and uphold this code of conduct policy and take action and steps to ensure other parents follow and uphold this code of conduct policy. • Parents shall adhere to the policies, procedures, rules, standards, and ethics of Skate Canada at all times.