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?

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

THE CHAIR

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.

Equality

TO SPEAK UP OR NOT SPEAK UP-That is the Question

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.

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.

coaching, figure skating

Skating Clubs: What Makes a Good Executive?

A skating club executive sets the tone for the rest of its membership; how the people on the executive treat each other, the skaters, the coaches and the parents who participate in their club determines the climate and culture for the entire organization.