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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by ChristyRN on January 20, 2018, 08:03:50 PM »
When a skater wears a boot that is too long, the rocker is mounted too far forward, usually under the toes unless the skater has a gap at the heel.  That usually results in the skater tripping/dragging the toepick and spinning either on the flat area behind the rocker if they balance the ball of their foot, or on the toepick because finding the sweet spot under your toes is almost impossible.  If you re-read the original post, that's exactly what's happening.

Get boots that fit with blades that are the right size.  You may not be able to move the blades to the new boots because they may not fit properly.

And, speaking from experience, this is a *terrible* bad habit to have to re-learn. I spent 12 years in too-big skates before I had my feet measured and was properly fitted with a shorter split-last boot. Twelve years. Nearly four years later, I haven't unlearned/relearned how to spin on a rocker that isn't underneath my toes anymore. I try to find the sweet spot and almost immediately go up on my toe picks.

Please listen to the advice you've been given and get boots that fit. You won't regret it.
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Off-Ice Training for Skaters / Ballet vs skating Spinners
« Last post by laraxsha on January 20, 2018, 10:12:43 AM »
So my coach told us to buy a spinner to help with our training, however where I live they're not very easy to buy/very expensive. So I was wondering what is the difference between dance and skating spinners? Would I be able to use a dance spinner instead?? as they are much cheaper. And if not what are the best brands or types of spinners to get

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Media Center / Re: Love on Ice
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 19, 2018, 09:27:47 PM »
Enjoying this show on Hallmark right now.  Anyone else watching?
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Late to the party but learning how to dance!
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 19, 2018, 11:36:58 AM »
Safety First: wear a helmet, gloves and wrist guards until you can skate on one foot backwards with ease. 

Go to the rink's public/open skating sessions and skate. 

Start near the wall, you can hold on with one hand, but hold the other arm up for balance.  Face the direction you want to skate.

Use small marching steps - don't try to walk.
Bend and lift your knees to march, putting the foot back down next to the other.  Don't put it down in front - this is not walking, it's skating.

If you get wobbly, don't grab the wall, instead: bend your knees, keep your weight over both feet and feet pointed straight ahead (and parallel to each other/wall.)
You can put your hands on your thighs to get your balance back - just let yourself glide to a stop.

Once you feel comfortable marching along the wall, take a step to the left and march without touching the wall.  Add a short two-footed glide in that semi-sitting position.
Practice that over and over until you're in control. 

I personally think adult skaters should be able to march and glide before they start lessons. 

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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: Ice Rinks In Flordia
« Last post by davincisop on January 19, 2018, 11:09:12 AM »
That's a broad question.

Where in Florida?

RDV Ice Den - Orlando
Ice Factory of Central Florida - Kissimmee
Space Coast Ice Plex - Melbourne
Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex - Daytona
Panthers Ice Den - Coral Springs (near Ft. Lauderdale)
Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex - Ellenton Florida
Daytona Ice Arena - Daytona Beach
Ice Sports Forum - Tampa

There are more but I've never skated at them.

I skate primarily at RDV which has a decent amount of adults. I've heard Ellenton does as well, and the rink in Tampa, but I don't know which one because there are three in that area.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 04:08:16 PM »
When a skater wears a boot that is too long, the rocker is mounted too far forward, usually under the toes unless the skater has a gap at the heel.  That usually results in the skater tripping/dragging the toepick and spinning either on the flat area behind the rocker if they balance the ball of their foot, or on the toepick because finding the sweet spot under your toes is almost impossible.  If you re-read the original post, that's exactly what's happening.

Get boots that fit with blades that are the right size.  You may not be able to move the blades to the new boots because they may not fit properly.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by Bill_S on January 18, 2018, 03:36:08 PM »
Seeing the pictures using reflected light, I'd now wager that your blades are probably OK. That doesn't look bad at all - not nearly as bad as I previously imagined it. I thought that maybe you had a couple of inches that were flat which would have been troublesome.

So your first priority is to get boots that fit. If your feet are sliding in them, that's way too much room inside.

BTW, spins are hard to do. It will take some serious time to learn them well. Nick is right.
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by SinusPi on January 18, 2018, 03:18:57 PM »
Perhaps it would, but the flatness is actually quite indistinct - without a curvature guide to put against the blade, it wouldn't be visible at all. Normally I wouldn't have noticed, but someone somewhere suggested that every fraction of a millimeter counts, so I went into paranoia mode. :>
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The Pro Shop / Re: Figure Skating Blade Reference - Archives
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 02:48:25 PM »
I know there are some dead links in this topic, but I came across this nice web page about common issues in figure skate blade sharpening.

http://www.betterfigureskater.com/were-my-blades-sharpened-correctly/
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The Pro Shop / Re: Flat spot instead of spinning rocker?
« Last post by FigureSpins on January 18, 2018, 02:47:23 PM »
If you know the boots are too big and the rocker's too flat, replace the skates.  (Just fyi: a side photo of the blades, showing the profile contours, would be easier to view.)
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