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Providing a balanced program

Yes of course,  assuming you are a sole coach to a student,  not part of a team,  then providing a balanced program is essential, moreover it is important to regularly assess your skaters to ensure they are developing all skills as even as possible,  for example; their skills are at a level which is consistent for their test level. 

Skills can be roughly divided into jumps, spins, skating skills, interpretation skills,  skating skills can be roughly divided into stroking, posture, turns, steps, power & speed and progressions.

Skaters have varying talents according to what they enjoy most,  some may be good at spinning,  others jumps,  some may be good at interpretation and artistry.   It is your role as a coach to design a program of lesson plans that balances skills and provides additional emphasis on skills that may be lacking in each skater,  for example if a student of yours is behind in spinning ability then you need to spend more lesson time on spins.

So this sort of leads on to the next topic,  which is ...

 

Lesson planning

So where does one start when designing an on ice lesson plan for a skater?

It starts with objectives for your student,  so talk with your student and their parents and decide on achievable short and long term goals,  short term is 5 weeks or so,  long term is 3 months to a year.

You cannot skate/coach/live without having objectives!

Long term objectives may be to do well in the championships 10 months away,  short term may be to get that jump consistent in the next month or two.   Now to coach a skater to do well in a championship in 10 months time you first may have to analyze the competition and get a feel for the standard required to do well at the level your skater will compete at.  For example in the lower levels being good at spins and skating skills is essential.  Once you have decided what type of skills need to be worked on and how much the on ice lesson plan will come into place.  Now you might have noticed I said "on ice" lesson plan.  A complete plan includes off ice classes,  these may be run by an ice skating coach or a sports trainer.

For any skater that has finished skate school,  off ice classes are essential!

Type of off ice classes - stretch/flexibility,  core strength development,  jump rotation,  dance/ballet classes.

You should have sufficient knowledge and / or training in at least one or two of these.

 

 

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