much on-ice practice time per week is required to transition from group
classes to the USFS skill based test and competition structure?
Skaters should practice for a minimum of forty-five minutes on the ice prior to taking their group class.
A good practice schedule would consist of a minimum of forty-five minutes on four different public sessions the week of the group class.
The Basic Skating Skill program incorporates basic edges, turns, and introductory free skating elements. Some rinks offer classes in ice dancing, synchro, and artistic skating that can be taken concurrently. Skaters should take classes in off-ice exercises and ballet if offered, as these are important elements in developing a successful figure skater.
To deliver performance levels well above the minimum expected to pass a test, the skater must be able to develop the self discipline to complete a regular practice routine without being nagged by their coach or parent to stop wasting time.
Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.
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