Young Artist's Showcase 
By: Terri Milner Tarquini

The Young Artists Showcase (YAS2) completed its intense online and live competition for the second year, fulfilling the wishes of its creator, Audrey Weisiger. Her goal is to encourage and nurture blossoming choreographers and to keep the memory of a famous choreographer alive


2012 Best Competition Practices Survey

What are the best strategies to assist competitive skaters to do their best in competition? This brief survey will take a look at what PSA coaches are doing to create the strongest environment possible for the athlete/coach team. Help us gather our collective wisdom, coaching tips and best competition practices. Please take a few moments to click on the survey link below to share your advice and suggestions.

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Conference Preview

Sports Psychology and Skating
By: Dr. Gloria Balague

1. In your own words, what is sport psychology?

Sport Psychology is learning to be your own best “Mental Coach”, learning to “think right” in sport.



David Jenkins

An interview with David Jenkins, 1956 Olympic Bronze medalist, 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist, 3-time World Champion and 4-time US National Champion. We discuss how he and his brother Hayes worked together, his loathing of figures, how a boxing promoter came to own the rights to his performance from CBS, and how he was the first person to figure out and land a triple axel.

By: Saga Krantz

Saga Krantz, coach of the Haydenettes, who earned the gold medal at the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Championship and a bronze medal at the 2011 World Synchronized Championship, shares her tips for teaching circles in synchronized skating.  Here are her tricks of the trade:

When skating the circle element always remember to keep in mind these basics:

1. Skating the same size circle
2. Equal speed and power
3. Upper body facing the center of the circle (unless choreographed differently)
4. Same tempo and timing



By: Penny Arsenault, Montreal, Canada

To convince my 8 year old student Ben to get his dance tests, (since he had totally refused to skate with me) I pointed out that his friend and role model in the club had gotten his dance tests with me accompanying. He considered for a while, and then very seriously replied "well ok, but I'm not lifting you up, there's no way" !!!!

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(formerly ARC FORWARD)

By: David Decaprio

Tips, hints and reminders to make your coaching future brighter.
Big Spring, Energetic Summer, Fantastic Fall…making it happen starts right now!
You've passed your CER exams, you've planned the fall competition levels for each of your skaters, and you've created the spring and summer periodized training cycles for them. You've even updated your file on each skater with the rulebook & IJS requirements for their new level. What's missing? If you're coaching a skater at a new level for the first time the answer could be.... a lot.



Hoser: (n) A Canadian derogatory term popularized by the MacKenzie Brothers (from their "Great White North" segments on the old SCTV program). It is derived from the pre- ice resurfacer days, where the LOSING hockey team would have to hose down the ice after the game. Thus the term "hoser" being synonymous with "loser".


Skating on the world wide web

John Misha Petkavich, Senior Men
1972 US Championships, Long Beach CA

Long Program

In 1972 John Misha Petkavich, the reigning US Champion was favored going into the national championships. Coached by Arthur Bourke and Gus Lussi, John was considered a dynamic jumper and a trend setter regarding the outfits worn by skaters. A student of Harvard University, he studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Take a journey back in time and enjoy the 5:00 long program!

Photo courtesy of U.S. Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame.


Willful Tolerance
By: Jimmie Santee

In my “Over the Edge” editorial in last months PS Magazine, I wrote about abuse in coaching, emphasizing that it is imperative that coaches be diligent in keeping an eye out for suspect or abusive relationships. As it was reported regarding the Penn State fiasco, this was not always the case. Many adults in positions of authority ignored the signs of abuse or simply didn’t report what they saw. While it could be considered a criminal act in some instances, willful tolerance, as it is being called, definitely exposes the observer to civil liability





February 1 , 2012
Issue #1




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