I have been incredibly lucky to practice my craft alongside some of the best coaches in the world; coaches who care, and go the extra mile for their students, time and time again. Coaches who have inspired me, challenged me, and taught me so very much. So as I step away from the world of coaching, I wanted to say a thank-you to all my fellow coaches.
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According to the great God Google, judgment is defined as “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions”. I find this rather ironic, since more often than not, the conclusions made about single parents, and particularly single parents of children with ANY type of exceptionality contain neither consideration or common sense.
Parents can be our biggest allies as coaches. It is OUR job as coaches to figure out how to communicate effectively with them, set the parameters for expectations for them and what they can expect from us, and create a positive learning environment.
If I could go back in time and give advice to my younger coaching self as she was starting out, here are the things I would tell her.
I’d like to share with you an incident that I have yet to reconcile within myself as to whether I was right or wrong; whether I over-reacted or under-reacted, whether I was defending myself or being petty, whether I was calling out someone for trying to take me down a peg or whether I was actually the one who made her feel badly.
I wrote this piece in January 2017 after the controversy surrounding the judging of the women's event at the 2017-2018 US National Figure Skating Championships. In light of Ashley Wagner's bravery for coming forward with her allegations of sexual abuse, I thought it only appropriate to re-post.
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A step by step primer on how to set your goals for figure skating or dance.