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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #50 on: August 16, 2015, 02:42:54 PM »
Oh nice! Thanks for the update
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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #51 on: August 16, 2015, 03:00:10 PM »
I've got it now and I've been through the whole thing looking at all the videos.  Pretty good so far as I can tell, though there are a couple of glitches.  In Adult 6, the Lunge description has the written description for backwards crossovers to landing position instead, and the video is for the spiral, not lunge.  I assume those bugs will be fixed in an update (something similar happened for Basic 1-8).  For Perimeter Stroking with Crossover End Patterns, though, there's something that might actually be an error, or at least confusing.  The description reads "The skater will perform four alternating forward crossovers separated by strong forward inside edge transitions.  The end pattern consists of a minimum of three crossovers.  Instructors should have students practice inside edges down the long axis.  Draw pattern on ice (Use Adult Bronze MIF pattern)"  But the video appears to show the skater simply doing forward stroking down the long side of the ice, with crossovers along the short side.  Does anyone know which is correct?

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #52 on: August 17, 2015, 12:39:47 AM »
I would guess that the element for adult 6 would be what was shown in the video. The description appears to be very similar to the perimeter stroking in the adult bronze test, which does not seem level appropriate for adult 6?
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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #53 on: August 17, 2015, 07:27:22 PM »
That's what it looks like to me.  I'm wondering if I should write them about it, but I'm hoping to get more confirmation of what's correct before I do.  If it's really just that the wrong description was pasted in, that seems like a much easier fix than if the video was done incorrectly.

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #54 on: August 18, 2015, 06:58:21 AM »
Another bug is that the second half of the Adult 6-Bunny Hop video should have the on-screen title of "Bunny Hop / Straight Free Leg" instead of "Name / Description." 

I'll report the Lunge and Bunny Hop glitches to Mark Fitzgerald at Rink Tank.  He's usually pretty good at fixing things quickly.
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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #55 on: August 18, 2015, 07:12:40 AM »
I don't see anything wrong with the perimeter stroking video, per se, but the description is misleading.  This IS supposed to be the Perimeter Stroking pattern from Adult Pre-Bronze and Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field.  However, the entry steps are optional on that pattern. 

The app lists the demonstrators' intro steps, but you don't have to do those particular steps for a class evaluation or Moves test.  The demonstrator starts out facing the short wall and does her intro across the hockey crease line, which is a little confusing when the description talks about long axis but the description is correct.   I teach it with two strong strokes along that short axis followed by a single forward crossover as the intro before starting the pattern.

The "strong forward inside edge transitions" is a fancy-schmancy way of describing forward stroking.  The judges want to see bend, shift and push.  The demonstrator is heading down the long axis of the ice, which is correct.

The five crossovers at each end are intriguing: one in the corner to start the curve along the short axis, one above the hockey circle, one above the goalie box, another above the second hockey circle, then one more in the corner, almost heading down the ice.  I usually for "less is more" by using four crossovers on the end pattern, but I might try that with my smaller skaters since kids don't count.  I was afraid that letting them do six would cause them to do 26!  Five is do-able.


Would you please report this particular issue to the developer?  I think that a question coming from one of their target users would be helpful.  (vs. an old instructor/coach who skated ISI.  ;-) )  The email to use is info@rink-tank.com
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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #56 on: August 18, 2015, 07:16:53 AM »
Thanks, will do!

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #57 on: August 18, 2015, 07:37:23 AM »
Another slightly confusing thing, though I don't think it's incorrect:  In Adult 4, one skill is "Backward Crossover to Landing Position"  In Adult 6, there's "Backwards Crossovers to a Backward Outside Edge Glide (Landing Position)."  The app uses the same video clip for both levels, showing "beginning" (single crossover), intermediate (multiple crossovers), and advanced (three turn, multiple crossovers).  I don't think it's incorrect, but maybe it would be less confusing to users if the caption said "beginning (Adult 4)" and "intermediate (Adult 6"?

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #58 on: August 18, 2015, 09:57:26 AM »
In the Instructors Manual, it does list both with very similar Objectives and Focus Points, but different Teaching Tips.  I agree that it's confusing in the curriculum to list the same skill twice so the app could help clarify the progression from beginning to intermediate/advanced.  Good suggestion - pass it to Mark.

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #59 on: August 18, 2015, 10:06:36 AM »
No worries!  He e-mailed back and said he'd look at my feedback and make corrections.  Just found him on FB, thanks to your link.  (Apparently there are two different Rink Tank pages and I'm on the other one that only deals with official announcements, etc.  I didn't really want to post a bunch of errors on their public page.)

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #60 on: August 18, 2015, 10:12:38 AM »
I agree: if you make an comment on the App Store page, it's there forever and (to my mind) that just confuses people after the fix has been made.  That's why I suggested email. 

Hopefully, our Basic Skills program will get the badges for Adult 5 & 6 because they're still using the 1-4 curriculum. I'd rather use the new curriculum.
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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #61 on: August 18, 2015, 10:25:43 AM »
My rink is ISI (and for the adults, doesn't really focus on following the curriculum or doing testing), but I've been keeping track on my own of my progress through the USFSA skills.  Passed Adult 1 and 2 at a different rink last summer, and I can do most of Adult 3 and some of 4.  I'm thinking about doing the NJ Basic Skills competition series this year, too.

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #62 on: August 19, 2015, 06:35:15 AM »
Heard back and he's going to get the revised app posted asap.  Apparently a couple of the glitches (some of the captions) had already been fixed but somehow got dropped from the uploaded version.  He'll fix the others, too.

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Re: ipad/ipod touch/iphone apps for skating
« Reply #63 on: August 19, 2015, 11:15:34 PM »
Yay! Nice work guys :)
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