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The Three Way Partnership

Role of the Skater

  • Be honest
  • Remember, you only get out of something what you put into it
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. Take pride in your strengths. Work on your weaknesses
  • Be committed to being an athlete
  • Always be supportive of your fellow skaters
  • Make a point to learn something every day of your life
  • Keep your mind open. Stay away from people who will try to close it
  • Stick to the task
  • Each test or competition is only a rung up the ladder of success. When you reach the top, the joy is not in being there but the realization of how much effort you put forth in order to get there.

Role of the Coach

  • Be honest
  • Love children
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. Take pride in your strengths. Work on your weaknesses
  • Establish personal standards in dress, lifestyle, ethics and morals
  • Accept the responsibility of your role and realize the effect you have on children
  • Communicate with the skater and parents regularly. Sometimes the parents don’t know all of the questions to ask
  • Commit to learn something every day of your life. Know more tomorrow than you know today
  • Realize that there are teachers, coaches and managers; you may not be all three
  • The end result is not the tests passed or the competitions won, but the quality of your work in helping the skater become more prepared for the next challenges in skating and in life.

Role of the Parent

  • Love your child for what he/she is
  • Be realistic about their ability
  • Be realistic about their strengths and weaknesses
  • Don’t live your desires through your child
  • Understand their skating career will have peaks and valleys
  • Accept the judges’ decisions. Do not blame a poor mark on a judge. Everyone has good days and bad days. To fail a test does not mean the child is a failure
  • Measure success by their development as a person, not as a skater
  • Communicate with the coach. Make sure you ask questions and understand the total commitment and involvement
  • Be a person your child can be proud of
  • In consultation with your child and your coach, set realistic goals
  • Understand that rink gossip can only be harmful to your child, the coaching team and yourself
  • Be supportive of all coaches and skaters
  • Avoid the temptation to make comparisons between your child and other skaters
  • Offer positive encouragement, rather than criticism