Most frequent questions and answers
The benefits are numerous. Figure Skating improves posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, enhances muscle strength and endurance. Skating teaches sportsmanship, goal setting, and develops the ability to cope with adversity. Plus, not everyone can say they ice skate! You can choose to skate recreationally, or even choose to to compete. Skaters who are participating in the Learn To Skate program can enhance their skating skills at a faster rate by also participating in private lessons offered by Southern Edge coaches.
- Recreational Skating
Recreational skating and being in the club is fun way to get involved and meet new friends. The club sponsors events, parties, and recitals which allows skaters to develop new friendships. Which makes skating even more exciting and fun. They will also be introduced to the interesting world of figure skating.
- Recreational Skating
Test sessions are held throughout the year for skaters who are ready to move up a skating level. When are you ready to test? When a coach feels a skater is ready to test, The coach will notify the Club President or Vice President. After testing, the club will follow up to makesure all paperwork is done, even if you tested at another facility. What if I don’t pass my test? You can test again when you and your coach feel ready, which can be as soon as 28 days! There are different types of skating test; Moves in the Field, Free Skate, Ice Dance and Adult Moves in the Field.
- Moves in the Field is a basic skills progression. Each test level has several set patterns of turns, edges, spirals and steps that get progressively more difficult.
- Free Skate requires skaters to perform a program with jumps, spins and step sequences. In order to test a specific level of free skating, skaters must first pass the corresponding Moves in the Field test.
- Ice Dance structures require skaters to perform three to four set pattern dances per level.
- Adult Moves in the Field specific levels designated for adults age 21 and older, but adults may also choose to test and compete at standard levels.
Each test is another accomplishment that needs to be celebrated, because of the work and dedication it takes to achieve.
Moves in the Field and Free Skate
- Senior (Also known as a Gold Medalist)
If your child is interested in participating in a competition, talk to your child’s coach to see if they feel your child is ready for this. Your child’s coach can help determine which events you should sign your child up for, as you don’t want to find out at the last minute that your child doesn’t have a competition program. United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) rules that a skater has to have a coach to put them on the ice for every event. There is a competition fee that is due to the host club when you register for competition, you will also have a coaches fee that will be handled between you and your coach. Skaters should be at their scheduled event at least an hour early, as the event can run ahead of schedule.
You are representing Southern Edge Figure Skating Club so please show good sportsmanship to other skaters and teams.