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WIN Program

By Terri Milner Tarquini

When it comes to synchronized skating, the WIN program has its goal in its name. WIN (World, International, National), overseen by the Synchronized Skating Development Subcommittee as part of the Athlete Development Committee of U.S. Figure Skating, is interested in novice, junior, senior, and collegiate synchro coaches looking to take their programs to the next level.

Alternating between the World Synchronized Skating Championships, last year in Budapest, and the World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships, in March in Mississauga, Canada, coaches selected as part of the program are treated to hotel accommodations, airfare, an event ticket - and a rinkside view through the coaches, judges, and officials eyes.

Skating Where Skating is not “King”

By Kent McDill

In a town where basketball is king (only because there isn’t a rank above “king”), the Greensboro Ice House entices athletes young and old to put on figure skates.

“There is a real interest in cultivating the sport in an area that doesn’t always first think about ice skating,” said Nicole Gaboury, a PSA master rated program director who is the skating director at the Greensboro Ice House in North Carolina.

Teaching Positive Coaching

In her 17 years with the Positive Coaching Alliance, Chief Impact Officer Tiny Syers has seen all sorts of reactions to her work. But today the reaction is much more positive than it was when the PCA got its start in 1998.

“Certainly, there is still skepticism around the idea of a Positive Coaching instruction, people thinking it is soft and happy talk and all about promoting equal playing time,” Syers said. “But we are starting to see coaches who are aligned with us, like Steve Kerr (of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association) and Pete Carroll (of the Seattle Seahawks of the national Football League) who are able to be positive and win on the scoreboard.”

Skater Services at U.S. Figure Skating Championships

By: Bob Mock

I recently received a letter for the Cleveland Coaches Council regarding the lack of skater services at the U.S. Championships.

It has been brought to our attention that the amenities of hairdressers, makeup artists, seamstresses, and blade and boot specialists available for the competitors at the U.S. Championships the past few years has dwindled. It is important that competitors look and feel fabulous when they step on the ice to perform their programs, as they have worked long and hard to get there. Dressing for the event is part of the process.


Divots & Pivots

Coaches Chuckle

Tips for U.S. Figure Skating Continuing Education Requirements (CERs)

By Ann Miksch

U.S. Figure Skating mandates Continuing Education Requirements for all coaches. PSA administers the CER courses for U.S. Figure Skating. U.S. Figure Skating clubs enforce Coach Compliance at test sessions, competitions and at all club activities.

By: Diane Agle

I had a young beginner in a class and his skates were enormous for a 5 year old. I found his Mom and said, "I think your son's skates are much too big and he needs a smaller size.” The Mother replied back to me, "Oh, I was wondering about that because he's wearing his sneakers inside of the boots and skates!”


Ice Times

Ice Cube

Sarah on ice blog

Check out the Sarah on Ice blog to follow the adventures of an adult just learning how to skate.

Presenting Stephanie Chace Bass, Co-winner of the Creative Visionary Award at the 2016 U.S. Open Professional Skating Championships.

Meet your Area Rep

Stacie Kuglin
Area 10 Representative

Reflecting back on my 48 years in skating, I've often wondered if the coaches, judges, and skaters who were a part of my skating had any idea how they shaped my life. When recently asked who had the greatest influence on me as a skater, I instantly thought how lucky I was, because there were so many. I then became completely overwhelmed with the daunting task of just picking one. I finally decided to go back to where it all began for me: the Civic Center in Great Falls, Montana.

Gloria Leous
Area 17 Representative

I never could have imagined how watching a holiday skating exhibition would completely change my life. I was a 14-year-old public session skater, and thought I was pretty good. I had taught myself a few tricks, and I owned those public sessions. Lessons? Tests? Shows? Competitions? The possibility of these never crossed my mind. I honestly didn't know that there was anything more than my happy little public session bubble.


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