Competitive skating coach
Jump technician, Spins, footwork, choreography, off
ice jump classes, stroking and skating skills.
Coaching at the
Canadian Ice Academy
Mississauga and various clubs in Ontario, Canada,
for session times and availability please
Cell phone (289) 937 4151
Off ice jump classes
Many World and International coaches believe that teaching jumps off ice
in classes and in warm ups helps accelerate on ice performance,
skaters get their jumps faster and stronger if they do off ice jumping
on a regular basis.
skills should be taught and to what levels, follow
this link for
NEWS; April 2013
Melodie lands her first clean Double Axel in competition,
watch the video. This was the short program from the
Scarborough Skate competition on April 26th 2013, Melodie placed
4th. The jump itself was fully rotated, but it was a 2
foot landing which meant some -2 and -3 GOE marks. But great going
for a first double Axel landed in competition.
Click here for
Coming soon - double Axel notes, in 2008 I wrote some
detailed notes on how to coach a single Axel, many coaches and
skaters have benefited from these notes. Soon I will write some
notes on the 2A given what I have learned in the last few years.
Above - Melodie Grafton with Alissa Czisny
(left) , picture taken October 2011 at Skate Canada.
More pictures and videos of Melodie,
Talent; what is
Skate Canada research
has shown that talent is not just a natural gift but rather a product of
some natural “ability” plus “opportunity”. Opportunity in this case
refers to quality coaching and skating experiences, and quality
Often when a skater starts to do well,
perhaps in competitions or starts to land their Axel jump clean, that's
when parents will start to say "Oh your son/daughter has talent",
What they are seeing is more than just natural ability, the skater
has had "opportunity", for example the parents of the child took
him/her to the ice rink for plenty of ice time and lessons,
purchased good quality skates, the skater most likely has had
Off Ice jump classes & Training
Many World and International coaches believe that
teaching jumps off ice in classes and in warm ups helps accelerate on
ice performance, skaters get their jumps faster and stronger if
they do off ice jumping on a regular basis.
have started to implement off ice jump classes, but there is room for
improvement in these classes as there is no off ice jump curriculum or
standards, Skating associations should be striving to develop an off
ice Jump class curriculum. Many coaches do not support their skaters
attending off ice jump classes, few coaches have any experience or
training in off ice class classes. please
follow the link to off ice
jump curriculum that I have developed over 7 years, please feel
free to use it.
Off ice jump classes & training is 'Worlds Best
It is not just for competitive skaters,
recreational skaters who want to land their jumps sooner and stronger
Many sites and coaches talk about the
benefit of off ice classes for figure skaters, but very few give
details on what should skills should be taught in an off ice jump class.
Click the link and download it for
FREE. Includes videos of all the skills.
Above : Sasha Cohen showing her wonderful spirals
What is it?
The Dartfish software was used by Kristy Krall in the Kathy Casey /
Kristy Krall seminar Sept 2008 to great effect, to analyse jumps.
Here's an example of what it can do :
Capture video and play it back in slow motion or frame by frame just
like a VCR and a video camera, measure the air time in a jump
which helps determine if the skater has enough height to rotate the
jump, compare a skaters jump side by side and frame by frame with
an Olympic skater doing the same jump successfully, this then shows
where our skater went wrong. It can also superimpose two images on
top of each other so you can compare skaters doing the same jump.
You can also draw lines on top of the image to illustrate correct
By measuring jump flight/air time, and other benchmarks during
flight time, goals can be set and monitored, for example if
a skater is working on a double Axel they need at least 0.46 seconds of
air time, 0.5 if they have a more open takeoff, if they only jump
about .42 then they need to gain about .08 in air time. Once this
is known, targets can be set for gaining air time and a training plan
can be set in place to meet those targets.
I am not endorsing it's use and I am not selling it, but it is
worth looking at if you teach doubles or triples. It really takes
the guess work out of teaching these jumps and dumms down the process.
Here is the web site
There is also a more cost effective
software solution at this web site,
this is what I use, for an example of video analysis
Parents - coaches are not allowed to approach you to offer you lessons if you
already have a coach!
What is solicitation by a coach?
This is when a coach approaches the parents of another coaches student
and offers them lessons or entices them to change coach, in some cases
this coach may criticize your coach. If
this occurs to you it is a breach of the coaches code of conduct,
you should inform the approaching coach that you already have a coach
and if they persist record details such as what was said and when,
then give this to your coach and/or the rink manager. For
more details on what constitutes solicitation click here,
this is from the PSA USA web site. Other forms of solicitation
include a coach approaching you and offering to team coach your child,
often they will say such things as your son/daughter is talented and
needs a coach of his/her caliber, perhaps not in those words,
but they may go on about their skating achievements. This form of
solicitation is also a violation of the coaches code of conduct in most
Solicitation is a serious offense,
solicitation destroys skaters careers, coaches careers and clubs!
The International judging
system ( IJS )
Click here, from the ISU web
site click the link in the top right hand corner - enjoy watching
figure skating on your computer!
- search for your favorite skater - watch and enjoy!
Hunter Ice skating club -
Australia's best ice skating club web site!
Ready to use music for programs
You will need the latest Adobe shockwave video player to see videos
on this web site, click on this link
If your child is at or going to compete
at levels above skate school, for example Preliminary and up,
then a good knowledge of the International Judging system ( IJS ) by the
coach is important.
Click here for more
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