Seminars have been held for coaches and skaters in Austria, Australia, Argentina, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA since 1995.
A seminar lasts from 2 to 4 days. Local skaters can be used as demonstrators.
- be 12 years old and above
- have a good level of skating skills
- be capable of learning quickly new steps or patterns and able to feel the rhythm of skating movements
The complexity of Jumps performed by demonstrators does not play a decisive role. It is desirable that demonstrators be able to perform all or some Double Jumps.
The seminars cover the following subjects:
A. How to Teach Young Skaters (Upgrade to Learn to Skate programs)
Principles, teaching methods, systems of exercises to teach the basics of figure skating technique.
Main stages of the teaching process (overview):
1. Movements Up and Down, how to teach children to bend their knees
2. Skating on one foot, how to push
4. Curves (an extremely important technical quality)
6. Basic combinations of Crossovers, Mohawks, and Curves
7. Basic approaches to Curve Jumps (Axel, Salchow, Loop)
8. All four Three Turns
9. Combinations of various Three Turns and Curves
a) Exercises, including those used at the previous stages
b) Jumps from the basic approaches studied at Stages II and III
Jumps are taught on the same principles of technique as at the previous stages
11. Basic Spins
12. Back Scratch Spin (as a spin and as the base for the position in the air in jumps)
13. Change of feet in Spins (forward to backward)
14. Flying Spins
B. Concept of Technique in Figure Skating.
This concept establishes the strong logical link between basic skating skills and the technique of difficult Jumps.
1. Main Idea and Theoretical Concept (biomechanical principles)
“How to learn and improve difficult Jumps while working on your skating skills.”
Theoretical presentation and discussion in a conference room.
2. Skating Skills (on ice)
Principles of how to arrange exercises and a system of exercises.
a) Rhythm and deep Edges
b) Difficult coordination
c) Quickness of Steps and Turns
d) Rotational exercises
3. Technique of Jumps (on ice)
All Jumps are presented as follows:
a) Main technical requirements
b) Exercises to learn Jumps
c) Common mistakes
d) Exercises to correct mistakes
4. Technique of Spins (on ice)
a) Basic positions and difficult variations
b) Change of feet (forward to backward and backward to forward)
c) Flying Spins
5. Special off-ice exercises to learn or improve figure skating Jumps
(off-ice training facility)
C. Planning of the Training Process
Principles of and practical advice on how to plan the training process within the season, training period, training week, preparation for competitions.
1. Main principles of planning (classical approach)
Training cycles and periods in modern skating
3. Planning of a training week (microcycle) in different periods
4. Preparation for competitions.
Examples of a 2- or 3-week pre-competition training plan
5. “Planning tools”
- working on elements
- working on programs
- practices at competitions
6. Composition of a program
Seminar “PREPARATION PACKAGE”
1. The seminar is planned for coaches of young and advanced skaters competing (trying to be selected to participate) at National Championships for levels from Juvenile up to Senior.
Participating skaters (brought by coaches or selected by an organizer/s) should be placed in groups according to their standard.
2. The seminar has the task to present the methods:
- “How to teach the technique of skating and to get skaters ready to perform a program” (skating skills and the elements are taught under the same technical concept. The basic technique of executing: curves, turns, steps, jumps, spins – is set up under the same principles. Training methods to prepare for competitions.)
- “ How to construct and to choreograph programs” (in order to: present the advantages and cover the lacks of your skater, develop skater’s presentation capability, provide the best way for skaters to execute successfully their elements in the program, fully utilize the ice surface, express the music, fulfill the IJS requirements and collect points)
- “How to choose and to cut a music for programs” (in order to: make it suitable for each individual skater, make it attractive for judges and audience, develop skater’s presentation capability, fulfill the requirements of modern figure skating).
- “How to evaluate the elements and the programs” (in order to collect more points and to make reasonable corrections to the elements and to the programs )
3. These 4 subjects cover the entire process of On Ice preparation (besides medical and psychological aspects and Off Ice training) : Methods of Teaching & Training + Methods of selecting Music + Methods of Choreographing Programs + Methods of Evaluation = Final Product (result at competitions)
Technique & Training (Alexander Vedenin); Choreography (one of the World best choreographers); Evaluation (World top ISU level expert); Music (musician with 35 years experience of working with the World best skaters and coaches)
It is important that the presenters know and understand each other very well and are able to work and make presentations together.
III. Structure of the Seminar
1. Presenters introduce their concepts (rules, ideas, main methods of work, theory) in a conference room. Each such presentation should be followed by a discussion with participating coaches. (questions & answers)
2. Presenters introduce their methods at practices:
A.Vedenin: On ice and Off ice.
On Ice: methods, stages, exercises to teach the basic technique and how to progress to difficult elements. Training complexes to get ready to perform programs.
Off Ice: special exercises related to figure skating elements.
Choreograph: On Ice: distribution of elements on the ice surface, approaches to elements, transitions, variations of landing positions and exits out of the elements.
Example of making a program for a demonstrator skater.
Judge & Technical Controller: Video presentation: showing + explaining a process of judging (Tech. Panel + Components by Judges) using the performances of previous season at various competitions (for various levels).
Musician: Presenting methods of selecting and cutting music in a conference room on a computer. Teaching methods how to use computer programs for making programs. Choosing music (several versions) for a demonstrator-skater.
3. Presenters work together at the same on ice practice, producing the “Final product”.
a) A demonstrator-skater performs a program. A.Vedenin, Technical Controller, Choreograph judge this program as a Tech. Panel. Techn. Controller is also acting as a judge to evaluate the components. This performance should be taken on video and each element should be shown (on a big screen) and discussed with coaches right after the performance on ice.
Controller is moderating the discussion and provides the comments on each element and explains the marks. A.Vedenin and Choreograph are participating in the discussion and suggest the possible solutions how to increase the level or a quality of an element or a way to improve Components for this very skater.
b) A.Vedenin guides a practice “How to teach spins: from basic positions and basic technique – to difficult variations and spins of “Level 4” for programs”. Controller is participating in the practice providing comments (evaluating, judging) the quality of basic positions and the Levels of final spins for programs. Each participating skater will figure out the best combination of positions (in each spin) possible for this very skater at the moment.
c) A.Vedenin guides a practice “How to teach steps and to construct step sequences”.
Controller is participating in the practice providing comments (evaluating, judging) the quality of steps and the level (+ quality) of a step sequence. The task of a session is – to figure out what are the principles (ideas) of learning the turns and steps as well as principles of combining them into a sequence. During this practice session an example of a complete step sequence (Level 3) will be created. (possible to execute for the participating skaters)
d) the similar session is presented by Choreographer and Controller under the same structure.
4. Closing Discussion
Final discussion of presented methods of “How to construct The Final Product” (elements and programs).
IV. Duration and terms
Such a seminar should take 3 – 4 days (depending on number of the participants and on the ice availability). It can be provided for a team of one country as well as for group of several countries.