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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: My goals were very simple after all
« Last post by Feebee on May 23, 2017, 11:00:04 AM »
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Apparently, my goal was really simple -- it was just to be comfortable on the ice. And after 6 years, I've finally met that goal.

omg, I relate to this so much, and I feel really comforted by the fact that it took you 6 years. I'm on year 2 (that's kind of 2 years condensed, one with a good coach,the other not as much) and I've been feeling so embarrassed by the fact that I'm _still_ not comfortable on the ice yet.

very one of the things you listed above are things I struggle with, still. Fear of crossovers (this comes and goes, but gets worse if I trip and fall badly, which I do every few months or so), hunched over back on backwards stroking, and strong crossrolls/russian stroking. In my head I should be further along by now, my skills are all there, so why can't I do them comfortably? But reading this made me remember that it takes time to get to that comfort zone, even after you have the skills.



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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: USFSA Governing Council 2017
« Last post by icedancer on May 23, 2017, 09:58:01 AM »
Our regionals have a full list of non-qualifying events that include the test track levels in addition to the non-qaulifying and qualifying well-balanced levels. At least they have for the last few years, we haven't been in the skating world for all that long.

What region are you in?

If that is the case then I don't think the new testing structure will affect the Test-Track skaters at all.

I am in the Pacific NW and I don't believe there are any Test Track events at our Regionals.  BUT I don't follow it that closely because I am not a parent of a skater or a coach and I am not a competition judge - I think we probably don't have enough skaters to divide it out.  I will ask a friend at the rink this morning as she has been more involved with that side of things that I have.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: USFSA Governing Council 2017
« Last post by DressmakingMomma on May 22, 2017, 10:41:40 PM »
Our regionals have a full list of non-qualifying events that include the test track levels in addition to the non-qaulifying and qualifying well-balanced levels. At least they have for the last few years, we haven't been in the skating world for all that long.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: USFSA Governing Council 2017
« Last post by icedancer on May 22, 2017, 09:46:46 PM »
Yes, answers questions, and also yes, brings up more. :)

One nice thing for me is that our coaches are definitely on top of everything, so I don't need to worry about any of this kind of thing. I'm just curious, more than anything.

It makes sense that the test matches up better with what is needed to compete, I've always found that confusing. My child does not skate well-balanced and probably never will, so I'm not quite sure where these changes will leave her. Will she be able to pass the prelim freestyle without the axel and doubles in order to compete in the test track level? It will be interesting to see how the two different tracks mesh with the new testing requirements.

Well that is great that her coaches are on top of it!  The changes sometimes confuse a lot of the people around skating - parents, skaters, judges and coaches!

What I don't know is if - say at Regionals there will be (or have been in the past) - a "Test track" Preliminary competition (for instance) and then a "Competitive level" track Preliminary - it may depend on the region. 

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: USFSA Governing Council 2017
« Last post by DressmakingMomma on May 22, 2017, 09:31:10 PM »
Yes, answers questions, and also yes, brings up more. :)

One nice thing for me is that our coaches are definitely on top of everything, so I don't need to worry about any of this kind of thing. I'm just curious, more than anything.

It makes sense that the test matches up better with what is needed to compete, I've always found that confusing. My child does not skate well-balanced and probably never will, so I'm not quite sure where these changes will leave her. Will she be able to pass the prelim freestyle without the axel and doubles in order to compete in the test track level? It will be interesting to see how the two different tracks mesh with the new testing requirements.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: USFSA Governing Council 2017
« Last post by icedancer on May 22, 2017, 09:04:05 PM »
Good question!

I think in most ways it will be the same as it has been because the test requirements haven't reflected what we actually see in competition for a long long time.

Looking at the Pre-pre I see that for a test a skater can now (well starting late next year - after Regionals actually so it won't affect this year's skating season) - do a more complex program to music rather than individual elements.

The requirements are broader for the test - waltz jump or axel - instead of just waltz jump.  They can do full rotation jumps but can still do a half-flip or half-lutz if desired (these jumps will never be competitive at Pre-Pre and never have been but they were required for the test) -

There are two spins at Pre-pre rather than just one - so that is a change in the test requirement.

For Preliminary all of the same elements for the test are there but they are broader - a skater can do an axel on a test (never could do an axel in the past until Juvenile where it was required) and they can do a couple of doubles (sal and toe I think but not flip lutz and loop) - so there are restrictions.  The spin requirement is a little broader and they have more to choose from.

Does this answer your question? Or does it just bring up more questions?

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Change of concussion recovery standards
« Last post by ChristyRN on May 22, 2017, 06:51:03 PM »
I wasn't given instructions to walk, but to rest. I moved around the house a lot and slept *a lot*. I got out and went to Eastern sectionals about a week later, closely supervised. I read, but didn't watch TV. Missed my bronze moves test. For once in my life, I actually followed doctor's instructions. I did OK. The trauma doc told me it would be three months or so before I felt like my old self, and she was right. The only residual symptom I have (other than the total memory loss) is a slight worsening in remembering names and having to write more lists to finish tasks.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Review of Riedell 255 Motion and Eclipse Astra Blades
« Last post by tothepointe on May 22, 2017, 05:26:33 PM »
I'm a lower level than you but I skate on Eclispe Astra's which were premounted onto my Riedell 910 Flairs. I've not had any issue with them rusting and for me they were a step up from my previous blade. They are a lower level blade now discontinued which is why there is no info available on them. But they probably weren't the appropriate blade for your level.

I live CA so essentially a desert so they might prevent rusting.

I think where I get them sharpened makes more of a difference since I have access to one of the country's top skate techs.

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: USFSA Governing Council 2017
« Last post by DressmakingMomma on May 22, 2017, 05:14:03 PM »
Thanks for the link. I scrolled through and I wonder how competition levels are going to be handled with the new freeskate testing requirements. It makes sense that tests are reflective of what skaters need to compete at a particular level (which I think is currently really confusing). But, how is that going to work with test track, for kids who already have passed the easier freeskate test in order to skate test track but definitely aren't ready to skate well-balanced.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: USFSA Governing Council 2017
« Last post by skategeek on May 22, 2017, 05:11:19 PM »
Thanks for posting -

I don't know why but your link didn't open for me so I went to the website and opened it on my own - this is the link - the only difference being the back-slash at the end:

http://www.usfigureskating.org/content/2016-17%20Combined%20Report%20of%20Action%20FINAL.pdf

Maybe this will work for others - I don't know!

That works!  (Also, the link they posted on their Facebook page accidentally went to last year's report, not this year's.)
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