To all my students, I apologize for not being able to make our last class of our Learn to Skate session next weekend and I'm also sorry that I missed this past weekend's class. I was away at my skating competition in Darien, CT and will be away again at the National History Bowl competition in Arlington, VA next weekend. I will certainly be thinking of you and sending my good luck wishes your way as you prepare and take your final skating test.
US Figure Skating offers two types of tests - Learn to Skate and Moves in the Field and Freestyle/Dance judged tests. Many of my introductory students are enrolled in the basic skills group classes and it’s the program where many new skaters start so the test to be taken will be the Learn to Skate basic skills test. These tests are conducted informally in front of the instructor during class time and there is no official US Figure Skating appointed judge panel. The test fees are included in your group instruction program costs. At the end of each seven-week session, skaters take an on-ice test and are evaluated on the skills required for that level and if the skater demonstrates mastery of the skills and requirements are all met then they will progress to the next advanced skill level. Taking these tests are also a good way to continually challenge your skills and abilities. Each skater will receive a certificate and badge to honor the student's achievement. I've provided a test day checklist of some important things to remember to help you and your child better prepare. I am confident that all my students will skate great and successfully pass their tests because you all have consistently been practicing hard and are well prepared for your test. You all have come a long way since stepping and gliding and learning to fall and should be so proud of your accomplishments.
Test Day Checklist
1) Arrive to class early so you're not rushed getting skates on and have plenty of time to stretch and get ready
2) Don't forget to bring your skates along with your soakers and guards
3) Stay warm and wear gloves and sweater/jacket
4) Wear appropriate skating clothes (pls see my 11/5 and 11/12 posts)
5) Bring water bottle because your mouth may get dry especially if nervous
6) Relax and stay confident...remind yourself you are well-prepared and will skate great!