This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.
Scope of this Archive
Welcome to the news group rec.sport.skating.ice.recreational. The
charter of the group (below) encompasses a wide variety of skating
activities aimed at the active recreational skater. This archive
contains responses to frequently asked questions about ice skating,
and contains outstanding contributions to the news group which have
appeared in the past. It is aimed at the recreational and lower level
competitive figure skater.
Charter of rec.sport.skating.ice.recreational
Appropriate topics for this group include public skating, social or
dance sessions and outdoor skating; learning to skate and more
advanced group or private instruction; equipment selection, use,
maintenance, and troubleshooting; and stretching, training and fitness
Discussion of skating skills on both hockey and figure skates are
welcome. The group is aimed specifically at skating from the
Notes on posting to r.s.s.i.r..
In general, if you follow the Usenet etiquette rules you can't go
wrong. Everyone will be grateful if you try to stay on topic, make
sure that the subject of your post corresponds to its actual contents
and ignore outrageous posts and trolls. In particular, pay attention
to these points:
1. In general, avoid cross-posting to other groups as much as
possible. Even when cross-posting to other skating or related
groups is justified, this practice sometimes results in a bunch of
off-topic posts addressed to r.s.s.i.r. Similarly, check and, if
necessary, edit the "newsgroups" and "follow-up" headers of posts
you reply to.
2. Sharing movies and pictures is popular and very useful to receive
feedback about your technique and for general discussion of a
skill, but please, do not send those files in the body of your
post or as an attachment. Read the FAQ on posting binaries to
newsgroups to understand why. The best procedure is to put the
file in a web site and post the URL to the group. Be aware that
doing this will generate lots of visits to your page. If your file
is very large and you have a bandwidth restriction on file
transfers, access to the page may be temporarily blocked by your
provider. To avoid this situation, double-check the conditions
that apply to your site.
3. It has become common practice in the group not to refer to one's
skating instructor(s) by their names as a matter of course (many
people use nicknames). The main reasons to do this are
1)preserving the instructor's privacy 2)avoiding that a particular
miscommunicated or out of context instruction or comment affects
the reputation of the instructor. This practice does not apply if
the identity of the instructor is already public knowledge (for
instance, if you are posting about a publicly advertised skating
camp with famous coach X, it is OK to quote X by name).
The Following Disclaimer Applies to This Archive
This archive is furnished "as is" without express or implied warranty.
If you wish to learn figure skating, please sign up for a class
(offered at many rinks) so you can have an instructor demonstrate the
proper techniques and help correct you if you're doing something
wrong. Rely on a good instructor to help you select skates and other
Other FAQ's on Skating
There are five other FAQ's posted regularly to rec.sport.skating.*,
rec.answers and news.answers. They are the amateur and professional
figure/artistic skating FAQ list posted by Sandra Loosemore, the
Inline Skating FAQ by Tony Chen, the Conventional Roller Skating FAQ
and the Skate Books FAQ by George Robbins and Welcome to
rec.sport.skating.* posted by Charles MacDonald.
Other URLs on Skating
Charles MacDonald keeps a current listing of Skating URLs at
This archive represents the collective wisdom of the news group
rec.sport.skating.ice.recreational and the mail list
firstname.lastname@example.org. Many people have contributed to this work, far too
numerous to mention. However special thanks go to George Robbins and
Janet Swan-Hill, who have written major portions of this document.