We want to teach skaters to make decisions in the moment that will allow them to perform under stress and anxiety. Some of the best skaters at practice will fall apart when the spotlight is on them, and often in competition the meek ones jump out to surprise the hell out of everyone, DON’T assume you know how someone will perform under stress. Skaters need to be trained to be able to take the focus off of themselves and aim it at the overall situation. Teaching skaters from the beginning to keep their eyeballs OFF of the floor is a valuable piece of information. Looking around and behind them while moving forward should be drilled into athletes from day ONE.
A student’s learning is influenced by the teacher’s expectations. NEVER LOSE HOPE IN A SKATERS ABILITY TO IMPROVE. if you lose hope in your skater, the odds are unfairly stacked against them being able to realize their potential or gain the experience that they deserve to find. Some skaters will never gain the confidence to become athletes but that is their decision, not yours.