group class instructor suggests that my child easily loses focus during
class and should concentrate more on perfecting his/her basic skating
Parents and skaters need to understand that the skills being taught in the group classes are required content designed to aid the skater in acquiring the basic fundamental body positions and control to perform more advanced turns and free skating elements.
There are no shortcuts for a beginner to acquire the basic balance and body control to stroke on all four edges (forward and backward, outside and inside), followed by the ability to smoothly change directions and performed controlled stops.
Parents should express positive encouragement when their child demonstrates basic improvement so they begin to understand the importance of the connecting steps, edges, and turns that are required in USFS free skating programs.
Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.
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