(Almost) Everything you need to know about choosing a figure skate coach
If you – or your little one – is getting serious about the sport of figure skating, you are going to want to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to support them as best you possibly can.
And while making sure that they have quality figure skate equipment come all kinds of safety gear, and plenty of time on the ice is of extreme value, you also want to be completely sure that they are paired up with the perfect figure skate coach to get the most out of their talents and ability.
Unfortunately, finding the right figure skate coach can be a real challenge – especially if you haven’t been involved in the world of figure skating for that long and amount of time.
At the end of the day, you’ll want to take advantage of all the inside information that we break down for you below so that you can speed up and streamline the skating coach selection process and practically guarantee that you or your child is always paired up with the right professionals going forward.
Let’s dive right in!
Take your time before you choose any figure skate instructor
The last thing you want to do is rush into trying to find a quality figure skate coach.
There are going to be a tremendous amount of different options to pick and choose from (especially if you live in a city or a major metropolitan area). That means that you are going to have a real tough time narrowing down the list of options and coming up with just one to move forward with if you rush things along.
It’s also impossible to check into the background of a professional skate coach and skate instructor in a short amount of time, and that’s one of the most important elements of finding the right expert for the task at hand.
Set aside a week or two so that you can do some casual research and then some more intensive digging when you’ve narrowed down your short list to between three and five different coaches you are most interested in working with.
Then interview these coaches individually so that you can get a feel for who they are and what they bring to the table. Do this ahead of time, and you won’t feel rushed leading up to the figure skating season.
Get clear about your expectations and intentions
Another critical thing you’ll have to knock right out of the park before you choose a skating coach is what you hope to get out of the time you or your child spends being coached in the first place.
The worst thing you could do is turn a coach loose with absolutely no expectations and no real idea of your intentions, just going through the motions and hoping that you’ll get better somewhere along the line.
That usually doesn’t happen.
Instead, you’ll want to get crystal-clear about your figure skating intentions, your expectations of working with a top tier coach, and how you’d like to progress and where you’d like your focus to be.
Zero in on these details and make sure that you are as crystal-clear as possible when communicating them to your new coach and you’ll be good to go!
Choosing between a private skate coach and a skate class
A lot of people are going to have the option to make a choice between a private figure skate coach and a group skate class, and you’ll have a little bit of a time trying to figure out exactly which of these two options is best for you or your little skater.
Usually, those that are just getting started benefit most from a group skate class, as they’ll be able to pick up the basics and fundamentals of figure skating in a group setting without having to drop a tremendous amount of money on these foundational skills along the way.
After you have nailed the fundamentals – or after you have helped your child learn the basics of figure skating – then (and only then) will you want to move forward with a private coach.
They’ll be slightly more expensive for private lessons, but they’ll be able to provide a custom tailored and focused training routine for you or your little skater.
Get ready for a dedicated practice schedule
At the end of the day, it’s crucial that you choose the best figure skate coach you can find – but it’s also important that you get ready for the commitment necessary to make the most of these lessons or this personal tutelage.
You need to set aside time every day (or at least several times a week) to:
- Maximize your personal fitness so that your strong, flexible, and have plenty of endurance to figure skate
- Spend time out on the actual ice with you are private coach or group lessons so that you can practice and
- Try to ingrain the routines and the skills that you’ve been taught as much as possible all on your own
With a dedicated training schedule as outlined by your coach, you’ll be able to improve your skills and your ability dramatically and much faster than you ever would have thought possible before!