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Looking at the ice: haven't you had that dream where you are skating along and all of a sudden you are in a swimming pool?

That could happen!  You need to look down to make sure it doesn't!! ::>)
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It took me 3 years to not have to remind myself to not look down at the ice all the time.

I've been at it 15 years and still look down. It's the hardest $*%#*( habit to break. I tell my coach I want to see where I'm going to land when I fall.
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We are in the UGL region. Two years ago, just test track pre-pre had 3 or 4 flights with at least 14 skaters in each flight. The have a QR and then a final round, so even though it is non-qualifying, it is still a great competition. With my daughter's age and current skating level, I just can't imagine she will get to the point of being able to skate a well-balanced, qualifying event at regionals before becoming and adult, so I really appreciate the opportunity for her to skate in test track events at regionals, even if they are non-qualifying.
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It took me 3 years to not have to remind myself to not look down at the ice all the time.

but what if it goes somewhere??  ;)
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: My goals were very simple after all
« Last post by Jf12 on Today at 11:46:44 AM »
It took me 3 years to not have to remind myself to not look down at the ice all the time.
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Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: My goals were very simple after all
« Last post by Feebee on Today at 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 Today at 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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