If you ask your skaters what they want to work on
They want to work on this:
All of the above are achieved by this:
Before you let anyone move past rookie status Make Sure:
WANT to improve
Can identify exactly why they are skating
Can weave, shift their weight, maintain eye contact with other skaters
Have confidence in their ability to focus on the MENTAL aspect of learning
Skate powerfully, fast, and relaxed
Mirror each other in walls of 4
Overcome self doubt
Weave horizontally in unison with another skater
Communicate non verbally and verbally
Skate while looking behind them 95% of the time
Obviously this is easier said than done. How do you focus on skills testing to separate the levels during a busy practice? I will let you know as soon as I figure that one out, but I do believe it is important.
My next advanced practice will include time for some basic skill evaluations. It is really easy to get ahead of ourselves to let people skate, then they get broken or people around them get broken.
It is a tough call to hold skaters back when they believe they have more skill than they really do; not that they aren’t capable but there is a difference between being capable and being ready.