Coaching Disciplines

DEFINITIONS OF COACHING DISCIPLINES

  • USFSA Basic Skills
    • Fundamental movements and basic skills for beginners of all ages.
    • See USFSA Skate-With-U.S. program.
  • Ballet
    • It’s no shock that most professional athletes use ballet in their training.
    • It improves coordination, balance, strength, posture, and flexibility.
    • Anyone can take classes and exercises are fairly easy on your knees and back.
  • Choreography
    • A Freestyle arrangement of steps that connect technical jumps/spins to create body movement, to interpret a music selection.
    • Dance Set pattern of steps to prescribed music, incorporating timing, musicality (expression, posture), rhythm structure and skills.
  • Free Skate or Freestyle
    • Combines the technical elements found in figure skating with creativity and movement to music.
  • Ice Dancing
    • A discipline of figure skating which draws from the world of ballroom dancing.
    • Ice dancers skate as a couple consisting of a man and a woman. Ice dance differs from pair skating by having different requirements for lifts, requiring spins to be performed as a team in a dance hold, and by not allowing throws and jumps.
    • Ice dancers must always skate to music that has a definite beat or rhythm. Singles and pair skaters more often skate to the melody rather than its beat.
  • Ice Hockey
    • A team sport with fast skating movements, edges, quick turns and stops.
    • Requires a considerable investment in protective equipment.
    • An exciting sport for all ages.
  • Interpretive Skating
    • Creativity & movement to music, emphasizing performance over technical.
  • Moves-in-the-Field (MIF)
    • Skating movements, edges and turns on a pattern without music.
    • It replaced “Figures.”
  • Power Skating
    • Enables skaters to develop stamina and control on the ice.
    • Especially desirable for those interested in competing or testing in figure skating or playing ice hockey.
  • Synchronized Skating
    • The team sport in figure skating.
    • Each team is composed of 8 or more skaters at different skating and age levels.
    • It tends to emphasize Interpretive Skating skills.
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