Off ice jump goals and guidelines

04/29/13

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Often coaches cannot agree on a single off ice jump class curriculum and there are many ways to teach the same skills,   if no curriculum is set then there needs to be goals and guidelines such as these.

 

Goals

In order to reach goals,  goals for off ice technical jumping classes need to be set for each level,  this is a guide as to what I think they should be :-

 

Stage 1 would apply to Skaters who have completed Skate School and are working on their preliminary tests

Basic control and posture

Skaters should be able to demonstrate good posture during loading, explosion and air positions.  Quarter, half and single rotation jumps should be mastered with good control. 

Power Skipping should be introduced; demonstrating good co ordination of arms and legs and sufficient height and jump length. 

Basic jumps such as the Waltz jump should be introduced.  

Basic jumping skills such as the landing position for jumps should be practised.   Particular attention needs to be focussed on technique to avoid bad habits such as head pre rotation.

Basic jump drills designed to develop strength and jumping ability should be introduced.

 

Stage 2 - would apply to Skaters that are close to or have passed one or more preliminary tests

Axel jump off ice

Progressions aimed at teaching skaters to execute a single Axel jump off ice should be included.

Basic jumps such as the Loop jump should be introduced showing good form and control,  the skaters should be aware of what is required to execute a double loop jump on the ice.

The air position for double jumps should be introduced and practised with various drills,  skaters should be able to demonstrate the air position with good form and be able to snap into it quickly.    Particular attention needs to be focussed on correct position to avoid bad habits such as wrapping.

Skaters should be able to simulate or approximate all on ice jumps with good form.

Skaters should be able to execute simulated combination jumps.

Simple jump drills designed to develop strength and jumping ability should be included.

Particular attention needs to be focussed on technique to avoid bad habits such as head pre rotation and poor air positions.

 

Stage 3 would apply to Skaters that are close to or are landing a single Axel jump on ice

Axels and doubles

Skaters at this level should be able to demonstrate a single Axel jump with good form and height.

Skaters should be able to execute 1 rotations in the air and land on one leg and punch out for the landing position with good form.

Other more advanced skills such as the flying sit spin and flying camel (flying portions only) should be introduced.

Skaters should be able to simulate or approximate all on ice double jumps with good form.

Skaters should be able to execute simulated double combination jumps.

More advanced jump drills designed to develop strength and jumping ability should be included.

Particular attention needs to be focussed on technique to avoid bad habits such as head pre rotation and poor air positions.

 

Stage 4 would apply to Skaters that have mastered 3 or more double jumps on ice.

Double Axel off ice

Skaters should be introduced to a double Axel jump off ice with the aim of executing at least 2 rotations in the air (off ice).

Skaters should be able to execute 2 rotations in the air and land on one leg and punch out for the landing position with good form.

Skaters should be able to demonstrate flying spins such as the flying sit, camel and be introduced to the butterfly and death drop (jump potions only).

Skaters should be able to execute simulated double combination jumps in rapid succession with good form.

Advanced jump drills designed to develop strength and jumping ability should be included.

Stage 5 would apply to Junior and Senior skaters

Triples

Skaters should be able to demonstrate a double Axel jump off ice with at least 2 rotations in the air and good form.

Skaters should be able to execute at least 2 rotations in the air and land on one leg and punch out for the landing position with good form.

Skaters should be able to demonstrate flying spins such as the butterfly and death drop (jump potions only) with good form.

Skaters should be able to execute simulated double or triple combination jumps in rapid succession with good form.

Advanced jump drills designed to develop strength and jumping ability should be included.

 

Monitoring

For each level the skaters need to be strictly assessed and graded;  this will then be used to assess whether the goals set for the level and class are being achieved and the level of success.  Report cards need to be given to skaters and overall results reported to the club administration.

At the first session, at the start of each season the skaters in the entry level need to be assessed,  from this assessment an indication of how many skaters are likely to achieve a single Axel jump off ice in the next few months, call this an estimate.  When the skaters are assessed the estimate should be compared with the actual to see if goals are being achieved.

On a regular basis the classes should be monitored by an experienced off ice jump training coach to assess whether the goals set for the level are being worked on.  The assessment should include :-

         Correct Skills

         Control of skaters they are doing what is required and understand the instructions with minimal talking.

         Continuous movement : a target of 80% continuous movement should be met or exceeded.  For example extended periods of talking by the coach will not achieve the required minimal continuous movement target of 80%..

         Attendance records are being kept,  attendance levels are acceptable

         Skaters are suitably attired

 

Coaches/trainers should be assigned to the same level / class for at least a season,  therefore they should be accountable for goals being met by the class they are coaching,  if they are not then new coaches should be assigned or recruited.

 

Curriculum

There is no curriculum available from Skate Canada or from any other skating association internationally as far as I know,  there would be an advantage for clubs to develop one as it will help uniform the skills taught in the classes and ensure that quality skills that are likely to achieve the require goals are met.

If the classes are run by non figure skating coaches,  then a curriculum needs to be developed and taught to the trainers.

 

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