coaching, figure skating, product review, Uncategorized

SkateCanada Canskate: Has It Lived Up to the Hype?

As a coach with 30 years experience working in the Canadian figure skating system, and a skater of 47 years who also amateur coached, (I can't be that old, can I?) I've seen and coached in nearly every variation of learn-to-skate program offered by SkateCanada. From the N.S.T. program, to Parent-and-Tot, to Learn-to-Skate, and EVERYTHING… Continue reading SkateCanada Canskate: Has It Lived Up to the Hype?

Book Review, coaching, figure skating

A Book Review of “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

Product: “Smartcuts:  How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow Price:  Kindle Price $17.99 Cheapest Place to Buy:  Amazon.ca Note: I do NOT currently receive any perks or money from my reviews. My goal is to give my HONEST opinion about books and resources that can help anyone be a better coach, administrator,… Continue reading A Book Review of “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

coaching, figure skating

Here’s to the Coaches

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.

coaching, figure skating

Sports Parents Get a Bad Rap

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.

coaching, figure skating

Feedback: The Highs, the Lows and the In-Betweens

It's not an understatement to say that the ability to give positive, timely and helpful feedback in the right manner at the right time can be a game changer for young athletes and differentiates the good coaches from the best coaches.