Learn To Skate Newsletter Jan 2022




Happy Near Year!


FSCLA would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!


With this new year, will be new programs and other changes. We are excited to show you.



 

Test Corner

The following skaters have passed their tests at the end of the last session.

Congratulations to you all. We are all so proud of you. Keep skating!


(From left to right) Jess Dugas, Olivia Gunawan, and Josie Dugas have all passed their Basic 2 test







(From left to right) Charlotte Mayfield and Madison Mayfield (Passed Basic 1), Kristina Breaux (Passed Basic 5)










 

News


New Program:

We will be starting an Aspire Program every other Saturday. This will be for skaters that have passed on the Basic Skills Levels and are in the Free Skate Levels.

This class will be where we will work on Moves in the Field, Free Skate Levels, Advanced Off-Ice, and much more. This class will only be for a few months but will be every other week due to Hockey.

Pricing and how to sign up will come in another email.

Dates

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:

1/10/2021 - Learn to Skate Starts! Please make sure to sign up

https://www.fscoflouisiana.com/programs


1/15/2021 Aspire Program


1/29/2021 - 12 pm - Member Meeting


1/29/2021 - 1 pm - Show Meeting and sign up (Spring Show) Skaters/Parents must attend the meeting in order to be in the show. Sign up with be that day as well. More information to come.


03/05/2021 - Show Pictures


05/21/2021 - Tentative Show Date

Membership Meeting:

We will be having a membership meeting for all FSCLA Club Members. This will be an opportunity to update everyone on new policies, volunteer hour requirements, and more. If you are interested in becoming a member, this is a great opportunity for you to learn more about what being a club member is about.


If you are interested in being on the board, this will be a great time to learn what the board does and get more information on how you can become more involved. We are always looking for more parents and skaters to become board members. Without our board, we can't run the program or shows.


If you are curious about joining the club or simply interested in knowing more about the club, we welcome you to attend! Please reach out to any board members or coaches with any questions regarding the club and membership.

 

In Skating This Month


National Skating Month is coming soon!


We will be hosting several events in January and Feb. In January we will be doing a clinic with prizes, games, and so much fun.

The theme this year is “The Next Century of Figure Skating Starts With YOU”.


Keep a look out for our rink’s celebration. We will be having all different types of games, events, and even a clinic!


 

Parent Connection


Competition

The Learn to Skate competitions promote a fun, introductory competitive experience for beginning skaters. The Learn to Skate competitions are offered throughout the year at various rinks. Skaters in the Learn to Skate curriculum are eligible to compete at these events.

Once a skater has tested USFS, there are two different types, or ‘tracks,’ of competition in figure skating. The Well Balanced Event (WB) has been around since the beginning; however it just has a new name. In the past, a skater entered at their level and exhibited their skills. There were few requirements as to what could be done at each level. Some coaches would ‘sand bag’ by holding their skaters back levels to win the competition, even though the skater could and should have competed at a higher level. USFS created the Excel Series that has Test Track and Excel Plus within the series, with hopes to retain skaters who might be discouraged by the high technical difficulty of some of the elements. This type of competition has more restrictions about what is allowed at each level, so the competition is more at level playing field. Skaters are offered opportunities for success in a competitive atmosphere and stay excited about their abilities.

A skater may begin competing at non-qualifying events before they have tested into the official USFS levels. These Test Track events are called Beginner, High Beginner, and No Test. Typically, skaters competing at these levels are at the USFS Free Skate levels 1-6, or just starting to enter the competition arena, and have not yet landed their axel. Skaters that would like to compete in qualifying events, such as Regionals and Sectionals, would enter the more competitive WB Event at the Juvenile level, and some regions offer non-qualifying Test Track events at all levels. Skaters competing at the Juvenile and Intermediate levels can qualify to the US Junior Championships, and Novice, Junior and Senior competitors can qualify to the US Championships, often called Nationals. There are international events at the Junior and Senior levels. You see senior level skaters competing at the World Championships and Olympic Games. There are also non-qualifying and qualifying competitions offered at the Adult Levels, and each year there is an Adult National Championship!

 

Quotes

“If you don’t have fun, it’s hard to do your best.”

– Kimmie Meissner













 


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