Madison, WI (PRWEB) December 29, 2013
Figure skating educational website iCoachSkating.com has just announced a list of its most recently published figure skating videos. These educational figure skating videos are appropriate for all figure skating participants, including figure skating coaches, skating parents, youth figure skaters and adult figure skaters. The videos cover such topics as figure skating jumps, figure skating spins, and other figure skating moves.
iCoachSkating.com was launched in 2008 as a response to the lack of high-quality educational material for figure skating coaches on the Internet. Website founder and figure skating coach Trevor Laak created the website as a way to share cutting-edge teaching techniques from some of the best coaches in the world. Subscriptions were initially restricted to figure skating coaches, but access to the website was expanded in 2011 to all figure skating participants. The website has seen steady and continuous membership growth over the last 5 years.
It requires a great deal of skill and knowledge to be a proficient figure skater or figure skating coach. So the range of topics covered by videos on iCoachSkating.com is very broad. The faculty includes Olympic coaches Audrey Weisiger, Michelle Leigh, Tom Zakrajsek, and Frank Carroll. Laak said, "This list of videos is typical of the quality and range of topics covered at iCoachSkating.com. It touches on jumps, spins, skating skills, basic and advanced concepts, turns and steps, figures, and off-ice training."
In today's announcement, the following presenters and topics were discussed:
Nick Perna finishes a multi-part series on the flip jump. This has been a comprehensive series on the flip jump which is often overlooked. In part of this series, Perna notes how similar the three-turn entrance is to the three-turn entrance commonly used for the salchow. He also addresses the classic problem of a skater not creating any rotation. In one video of the series, Perna focuses on the details of creating a double flip from a single or a triple flip from the double. Perna shows a number of exercises to help perfect the proper movements and timing.
In another video, Sheila Thelen works with a skater to correct a double toe loop take-off. She addresses a common double toe loop take-off problem in which the jump pivots “too far” and jumps around rather than straight through. Thelen uses a drill at the boards to build the correct timing, movement, and feeling of the double toe loop take-off.
In two videos, figure skating Moves in the Field expert Karen Olson discusses the forward and backward cross strokes as required on the USFS Juvenile Moves in the Field test. In the forward cross strokes video Olson discusses important testing considerations relating to location amd expectations, and she offers solutions for the most common errors. For backward cross strokes, Olson starts the skater at a standstill and slowly builds the feeling of the turned out hips and feet and the idea of keeping the feet close together.
Also in two videos, US National Champion Ryan Bradley teaches a salchow class at the G2C Supercamp in the summer of 2013. Bradley starts with the entrance and he discusses both the forward outside three turn entrance and the back outside three turn mohawk entrance. He explains what he’s looking for and you can see good and bad examples from the skaters in the class. This concept of fully controlling the entrance edge is incredibly important in jumping. Bradley compares the salchow to the axel and he demonstrates exactly what he wants in the drills.
Kori Ade continues a multi-part off-ice jump class with drills for straight line waltz jump and axel. Ade focuses on the walking entry so the skaters don’t need to speed up before stepping into the jump. The purpose of these drills is to help skaters keep the flow for on-ice axels and to prevent spinning into the take-off. Performing figure skating off-ice jumps can speed successful on-ice execution.
Choreographer Chris Conte continues with his class on edges and power generation. As noted in Parts 1-5, this class was in Korea. In these videos, Conte explains the alignment he is looking for when he has the class do a series of very large lobe power pulls and shares a challenging drill. Once a skater has mastered this, they will have mastered back power pulls.
Spin specialist Charyl Brusch shares information about how to do and teach the challenging backspin. Typically the backspin is an element that takes a long time to develop. Brusch suggests starting from a two foot spin and then learning to pick up the other foot without trying to cross the feet. She explains this in detail and the tip about the “big toe” is very helpful for many skaters. This is a great presentation about how to learn a backspin.
Olympic Coach Frank Carroll offers insights about proper blade usage. As Carroll explains, skaters often don’t think much about what part of their blade they should be skating on. So he offers an easy to remember “speedboat analogy” that will help both skaters and coaches alike.
Olympic coach Michelle Leigh continues her work with a skater on double axel. The previous video was focused on axel exercises at the wall where Leigh emphasized the sideways nature of the take-off and the pivot before the skater leaves the ice. Leigh focuses on the step or the desired body position on the forward take-off edge. The information in this video applies at every level of skating and is important for skaters learning a waltz jump.
Figure skating strength and conditioning coach Kristina Anderson discusses important concepts related to off-ice training for figure skaters. In particular, Anderson addresses the myth that off-ice training will “bulk up” female figure skaters or make them appear overly muscular. All skaters trying to improve their athleticism should do off-ice strength and conditioning training.
In two videos, turns and footwork expert Amy Brolsma shares how she teaches backward outside figure skating choctaws. Brolsma describes and shows a relatively simple drill at the wall and she explains that the skater must fully shift weight or the drill is worthless. She also describes the movement in detail and suggests using training aids to develop the correct movement of the shoulders.
Finally, Page Lipe continues her discussion of compulsory figures (also called school figures). Lipe discusses forward outside threes to center which she notes, “is a really important control figure.”
This list represents a typical set of presenters and topics, covering a breadth of topics from basic skills for very young skaters to elite jump technique for advanced skaters. Each video contains multiple figure skating tips and tricks as well as detailed explanations of the underlying foundational concepts.
iCoachSkating.com is currently open to new subscribers. Subscriptions are available on a monthly, 6-month, and annual basis and are renewed automatically. Those interested in "how to figure skate" or "how to teach figure skating" are encouraged to Like the iCoachSkating.com Facebook page, follow iCoachSkating.com on Twitter, or sign up for free updates on the home page of the website. The website contains hundreds of educational videos. The 100 most recent are posted on the Recent page and the rest are accessible through the Archive section, the Coaches section, or using the Search function.
About: Founded in 2008 by figure skating coach Trevor Laak, iCoachSkating.com is the premier online training and educational resource for all figure skating participants, providing instructional figure skating videos on a broad range of topics, including figure skating jumps, figure skating spins, and other figure skating moves. The website has helped thousands of figure skating coaches, adult figure skaters, figure skating parents, and youth figure skaters by providing cutting edge training techniques and information about how to figure skate and how to teach figure skating. The company's mission statement is "to inspire a new era in figure skating education based on updated information and ideals, so quality information is available to all skaters and coaches in a convenient and cost effective manner." To learn more about iCoachSkating.com, please call 888-677-2892 or visit them online at http://icoachskating.com.