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Recreational Figure Skating FAQ



Almost everything you wanted to know about recreational figure skating

Copyright 2002-2003 1995-2001 Karen Bryden

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Part I: Questions and answers

-0 Foreword
ice skating FAQ: 0 Foreword
-1.1 Should I buy skates or rent them?
ice skating FAQ: Should I buy skates or rent them?
-1.2 Should I buy figure skates or hockey skates?
ice skating FAQ: Should I buy figure skates or hockey skates?
-1.3 Why are there different kinds of blades for figure skates?
ice skating FAQ: Why are there different kinds of blades for figure skates?
-1.4 How often do I need to sharpen my skates?
ice skating FAQ: How often do I need to sharpen my skates?
-1.5 Are hand-held sharpeners useful?
ice skating FAQ: Are hand-held sharpeners useful?
-1.6 Will figure skates give me enough ankle support?
ice skating FAQ: Will figure skates give me enough ankle support?
-1.7 How do I know my skates are worn out?
ice skating FAQ: How do I know my skates are worn out?
-1.8 What is skating leg, free leg, outside edge, inside edge, LFO, RBI, etc.?
ice skating FAQ: What is skating leg, free leg, outside edge, inside edge, LFO, RBI, etc.?
-1.9 Why do I skate mostly on my inside edges?
ice skating FAQ: Why do I skate mostly on my inside edges?
-1.10 Why do most skaters spin and jump counterclockwise?
ice skating FAQ: Why do most skaters spin and jump counterclockwise?
-1.10.1 Is there an easy way to tell what my "natural" spinning direction is?
ice skating FAQ: .1 Is there an easy way to tell what my
-1.11 Why can I do X on my right leg but not my left?
ice skating FAQ: Why can I do X on my right leg but not my left?
-1.12 What's the difference between a crossover and a progressive?
ice skating FAQ: What's the difference between a crossover and a progressive?
-1.13 Turns. What's a counter, rocker, bracket, 3-turn?
ice skating FAQ: Turns. What's a counter, rocker, bracket, 3-turn?
-1.14 Turns. What's a mohawk, choctaw?
ice skating FAQ: Turns. What's a mohawk, choctaw?
-1.15 Are spin trainers any good?
ice skating FAQ: Are spin trainers any good?
-1.16 Will inline skating improve my ice skating?
ice skating FAQ: Will inline skating improve my ice skating?
-1.17.1 Should I join ISI or USFSA?
ice skating FAQ: .1 Should I join ISI or USFSA?
-1.17 What are USFSA, ISI, Skate Canada, NISA, etc?
ice skating FAQ: What are USFSA, ISI, Skate Canada, NISA, etc?
-1.18 What are MITF?
ice skating FAQ: What are MITF?
-1.19 Sessions; freestyle, dance, open, public, patch ; what are they?
ice skating FAQ: Sessions; freestyle, dance, open, public, patch ; what are they?
-1.20 How do you make an outdoor rink?
ice skating FAQ: How do you make an outdoor rink?
-1.21 Why does my music sound terrible in the ice rink?
ice skating FAQ: Why does my music sound terrible in the ice rink?
-1.22.1.1 Should I tip my instructor?
ice skating FAQ: .1.1 Should I tip my instructor?
-1.22.1.2 What are the rules for taking a coach to competitions?
ice skating FAQ: .1.2 What are the rules for taking a coach to competitions?
-1.22.1 What are the guidelines to deal with coaches?
ice skating FAQ: .1 What are the guidelines to deal with coaches?
-1.22 How do I find a suitable private instructor?
ice skating FAQ: How do I find a suitable private instructor?
-1.23 Is there a painless way to leave my coach?
ice skating FAQ: Is there a painless way to leave my coach?

Part II: Basic Skating

-2. Basic Skating
ice skating FAQ: 2. Basic Skating
-2.1 First time out
ice skating FAQ: First time out
-2.2 Falling and protective equipment
ice skating FAQ: Falling and protective equipment
-2.3.1 Snowplow stops
ice skating FAQ: .1 Snowplow stops
-2.3.2 Hockey stops
ice skating FAQ: .2 Hockey stops
-2.3.3 T-stops
ice skating FAQ: .3 T-stops
-2.4 Posture
ice skating FAQ: Posture
-2.5 Stroking
ice skating FAQ: Stroking
-2.6 Skating backwards
ice skating FAQ: Skating backwards
-2.7 Forwards and backwards cross-overs
ice skating FAQ: Forwards and backwards cross-overs
-2.8 Forward 3-turns
ice skating FAQ: Forward 3-turns
-2.9 Backward 3-turns
ice skating FAQ: Backward 3-turns
-2.10 Mohawks
ice skating FAQ: Mohawks
-2.10.1 Open and closed mohawks
ice skating FAQ: .1 Open and closed mohawks
-2.10.2 Where does the name "mohawk" come from?
ice skating FAQ: .2 Where does the name
-2.10.3.Tips to learn a mohawk
ice skating FAQ: .3.Tips to learn a mohawk

Part III: Adult Skaters

-3.1 Adult beginner skaters
ice skating FAQ: Adult beginner skaters
-3.1.1 The skater mother from Hell and other horrors
ice skating FAQ: .1 The skater mother from Hell and other horrors
-3.1.2 Talent vs. determination
ice skating FAQ: .2 Talent vs. determination
-3.2 Amount of practice needed to make progress
ice skating FAQ: Amount of practice needed to make progress
-3.3 Adult-Onset Skating Syndrome (AOSS)
ice skating FAQ: Adult-Onset Skating Syndrome (AOSS)
-3.4 Lessons
ice skating FAQ: Lessons
-3.5 the pay-off!
ice skating FAQ: the pay-off!
-3.6 Skating programs for adults
ice skating FAQ: Skating programs for adults
-3.6.1 USFSA adult testing track
ice skating FAQ: .1 USFSA adult testing track
-3.6.2 Skating competitions for adults
ice skating FAQ: .2 Skating competitions for adults

Part IV: Boots

-4. Boots
ice skating FAQ: 4. Boots
-4.1 Selecting new boots
ice skating FAQ: Selecting new boots
-4.2 Breaking in your boots:
ice skating FAQ: Breaking in your boots:
-4.3 Maintenance
ice skating FAQ: Maintenance
-4.3.1 Waterproofing
ice skating FAQ: .1 Waterproofing
-4.3.2. Re-plugging the screw holes
ice skating FAQ: .2. Re-plugging the screw holes
-4.4 Selecting used boots
ice skating FAQ: Selecting used boots
-4.5 Lacing
ice skating FAQ: Lacing
-4.6 Children's skates
ice skating FAQ: Children's skates

Part V: Blades

-5. Blades
ice skating FAQ: 5. Blades
-5.1 Buying new blades
ice skating FAQ: Buying new blades
-5.2 Three ways of checking used blades:
ice skating FAQ: Three ways of checking used blades:
-5.3 Mounting
ice skating FAQ: Mounting
-5.3.1 Problems with warping
ice skating FAQ: .1 Problems with warping
-5.3.2 Checking for mounting problems
ice skating FAQ: .2 Checking for mounting problems
-5.4 Rocker
ice skating FAQ: Rocker
-5.5 Grind or hollow
ice skating FAQ: Grind or hollow
-5.6.1 Advanced blade features: K-pick
ice skating FAQ: .1 Advanced blade features: K-pick
-5.6.2 Advanced blade features: Side honed, parabolic and tapered blades
ice skating FAQ: .2 Advanced blade features: Side honed, parabolic and tapered blades
-5.7 Sharpening explained by an expert
ice skating FAQ: Sharpening explained by an expert
-5.8 Maintenance
ice skating FAQ: Maintenance

Part VI: Figure skating skills

-6. Figure skating skills
ice skating FAQ: 6. Figure skating skills
-6.1 Dance
ice skating FAQ: Dance
-6.2 Freestyle skating
ice skating FAQ: Freestyle skating
-6.2.1 Waltz jump
ice skating FAQ: .1 Waltz jump
-6.2.2 Salchow
ice skating FAQ: .2 Salchow
-6.2.3 Toe-loop
ice skating FAQ: .3 Toe-loop
-6.2.4 Loop jump
ice skating FAQ: .4 Loop jump
-6.2.5 Flip jump
ice skating FAQ: .5 Flip jump
-6.2.6 Lutz jump
ice skating FAQ: .6 Lutz jump
-6.2.7.1 Axel exercises
ice skating FAQ: .7.1 Axel exercises
-6.2.7. Axel jump
ice skating FAQ: .7. Axel jump
-6.2.8 Two foot spin
ice skating FAQ: .8 Two foot spin
-6.2.9.1 about dizziness
ice skating FAQ: .9.1 about dizziness
-6.2.9 Forward Scratch spin
ice skating FAQ: .9 Forward Scratch spin
-6.2.10 Backspin
ice skating FAQ: .10 Backspin
-6.2.11 Sit spin
ice skating FAQ: .11 Sit spin
-6.2.12 Camel spin
ice skating FAQ: .12 Camel spin
-6.3 Synchronized skating
ice skating FAQ: Synchronized skating
-6.4 Figures
ice skating FAQ: Figures

Part VII: Injuries

-7.1 Concussion
ice skating FAQ: Concussion
-7.2 Arm injuries
ice skating FAQ: Arm injuries
-7.3 Knee injuries
ice skating FAQ: Knee injuries
-7.4.1 Bumps on feet
ice skating FAQ: .1 Bumps on feet
-7.4 Foot injuries
ice skating FAQ: Foot injuries

Part VIII: Off-ice training and endurance

-8. Off-ice training and endurance
ice skating FAQ: 8. Off-ice training and endurance
-8.1 Weight training
ice skating FAQ: Weight training
-8.2 Improving turn-out
ice skating FAQ: Improving turn-out
-8.3 Knee strengthening exercises
ice skating FAQ: Knee strengthening exercises
-8.4 Plyometrics
ice skating FAQ: Plyometrics
-8.5 Pilates
ice skating FAQ: Pilates
-8.6 Off ice warm-up
ice skating FAQ: Off ice warm-up
-8.6.1 The cooling-down
ice skating FAQ: .1 The cooling-down

Part IX: Appendices

-9.1 Appendix 1: Commonly available blades
ice skating FAQ: Appendix 1: Commonly available blades
-9.2 Appendix 2: Test requirements
ice skating FAQ: Appendix 2: Test requirements
-9.2.1 ISI tests (incorporating changes introduced in Jan 2004)
ice skating FAQ: .1 ISI tests (incorporating changes introduced in Jan 2004)
-9.2.3 USFSA Adult freestyle test requirements
ice skating FAQ: .3 USFSA Adult freestyle test requirements
-9.2.4 USFSA test dances
ice skating FAQ: .4 USFSA test dances
-9.2.5 FFSG freestyle "Club" track test requirements
ice skating FAQ: .5 FFSG freestyle
-9.2.6 NISA test requirements
ice skating FAQ: .6 NISA test requirements
-9.3 Appendix 3: Comparative table of national freestyle tests
ice skating FAQ: Appendix 3: Comparative table of national freestyle tests









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