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Re: Learn to Skate USA (USFSA Basic Skills Rebranding)
« Reply #100 on: July 15, 2016, 08:35:33 PM »
I'm a card-carrying LTS USA Instructor!

The book contains the lesson plans for each level and skill along with a glossary, teaching tips, and diagrams. These are available on the instructors portal as separate documents.

Back cover is sturdy cardboard (which our mail carrier bent a bit) and the front cover is card stock.  Much better than the lightweight lesson planner from a few years ago. 

My Instructor's packet contained an ID card, Lesson Plan book, a double-sided flyer and a pair of gloves with the logo on them. 



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Re: Learn to Skate USA (USFSA Basic Skills Rebranding)
« Reply #101 on: July 15, 2016, 09:10:17 PM »
Are the gloves touch screen compatible?
I didn't try them but they don't have the tell-tale colored tips.
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Re: Learn to Skate USA (USFSA Basic Skills Rebranding)
« Reply #102 on: July 19, 2016, 08:15:08 PM »
So along with the new program all the rinks are raising group lesson pricing. Was $125/130 for 1/week for 6 weeks plus some places give a public skate session card, now $150 for 6 weeks. We used these sessions as practice and ways to get other coaches input but that's a big jump- almost $200 over a year... And my daughters coach isn't even getting paid more. These programs only shoot out 1-2 serious skaters a year so I'm thinking its a way to make more $ off hockey skaters.... Kind of disappointed.

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Re: Learn to Skate USA (USFSA Basic Skills Rebranding)
« Reply #103 on: July 19, 2016, 10:07:17 PM »
So along with the new program all the rinks are raising group lesson pricing. Was $125/130 for 1/week for 6 weeks plus some places give a public skate session card, now $150 for 6 weeks. We used these sessions as practice and ways to get other coaches input but that's a big jump- almost $200 over a year... And my daughters coach isn't even getting paid more. These programs only shoot out 1-2 serious skaters a year so I'm thinking its a way to make more $ off hockey skaters.... Kind of disappointed.
I don't think all the rinks are changing their prices. There hasn't been any talk of changing the price at my rink. Plus my rink does 8 weeks with an 8 punch card for publics for $130 ($150 for jump and spin- which is FS 3 and up). I'll keep an eye out for when the next session starts at the end of August but we are still on the above pricing now.


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Re: Learn to Skate USA (USFSA Basic Skills Rebranding)
« Reply #104 on: July 20, 2016, 12:16:46 AM »
If they don't change the skills themselves, but only the levels they are taught at, it might seem like it only impacts instructors. And that's mostly true. I bet even instructors probably don't need to retrain - they just need to look at the new list of skills for each level.

But not quite. If a student has passed through a level, he/she might assume he/she is ready for the next level. But now that might not be true, because an assumed skill may not have been taught to them yet. If you take the next class in the very next session, you can trust most experienced instructors to try to compensate for the missed skills. But after a while, they won't. If you miss a session or two, you may have to repeat a level, maybe more than one level. People will be annoyed.

It's a little like when Arthur Murray [I think ?] ballroom dance classes changed names and content (many years ago), and all the students who had taken their lessons found they were no longer qualified for a specific next step - that there WAS no clear next step. I never took their lessons - they were very expensive and more or less aimed at the pro and semi-pro level. But I knew students who felt cheated. There were a LOT of complaints.

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Re: Learn to Skate USA (USFSA Basic Skills Rebranding)
« Reply #105 on: October 26, 2016, 09:55:06 AM »
The LTS USA membership director resigned recently.  Our rink requires the LTS USA registration for skaters, but I don't think they're checking on its status.
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