PARENT / SKATER EDUCATION PORTAL
This page is dedicated to answering your questions pertaining to the world of Figure Skating and related materials.
How do I pick a coach for private lessons?
Picking a private coach can be a hard decision. There are many questions that you need to ask yourself when deciding which private coach would be best for the skater. While the Tidewater Figure Skating Club can not recommend any certain coach, we can guide you in what to look for when picking a private coach.
1. The coach should be registered with USFS (and possibly ISI), PSA, and have the required Insurance and background checks.
2. The coach should take the time to sit down with the skater and the parents and discuss thier bio / resume. Be advised that each coach has thier strengths and weaknesses. A coach should never preasure you to hire them.
3. The coach should be understanding of the skaters and parents needs along with the skaters goals.
4. The coach should be ethical when it comes to testing and or competitions. The skater should never be placed into a position where they are not 100% ready.
5. The coach should take the time after each lesson to discuss with the skater and parents what went well and or what needs to be worked on during practice time.
6. Remember that the coach works for you!!!!!!!
What is SafeSport?
SafeSport is a program that is required by the United States Figure Skating Association that requires each club to adopt. This program is geared to ensure the safety of each and every skater. Here is a list of items that is required by each club to follow when it comes to Club Sanctioned activities:
1. Ensures that each Coach when attending a Club Sanctioned event, (test session, competition, club ice etc.) is complete with their USFS registration including background checks.
2. Has each parent and skater sign their "Code of Conduct" forms, and to ensure that these are followed.
3. Reports to the appropriate authorities signs of abuse, (physical, emotional, and sexual.)
4. To develop locker room policies.
5. To develop anti bullying policies which include bullying by the means of Social Media.
This list in not an all inclusive list, but this list gives you and idea of what the SafeSport Program is all about.
Where can I find rules, procedures and policies that pertain to skating?
You can access all of this online, at the websites of: United States Figure Skating Association, Ice Skating Institute and through the Professional Skaters Association.
What does my "membership dues" cover?
Your membership dues cover a variety of different items. $60.00 is used to pay for your USFS membership while the rest goes towards: judges expenses, ice expenses, hospitality, administrative costs, Club insurance, and other items associated with running the Club.