Yes, that makes sense.
Originally Posted by mskater93
What's more confusing is why wouldn't there be coaches who teach on public sessions, for those working on skills that can be profitably practiced in that context and who may not need yet to join the club for practice ice or for competing/testing?
I'm sorry if I'm coming off as though I'm insulting the entire coaching profession- that's totally not my intent. I'm not saying that I think I'm too good for a coach or they're unnecessary, I'm just saying that I don't think getting a coach when I'm not sure whether I want to be recreational or competitive is a good idea. If I did get a coach and then decided I would rather just skate for fun, I feel like I would be wasting their time, especially as it's summer, and summer ice time is something I understand is a privilege for actual competitive students. The more time a coach has with those students, the better. I don't know how many club "kids" have summer ice, or how many adults in the club are already at the freeskate levels and need that time, too.
I grew up in sports and never once have I had a coach that is "nice" enough to go out of their way for someone who isn't 100% committed to a competitive goal. That's just not the way it works. Skating could be different, but I don't really have anything to back that opinion up. The club coach I talked to takes students on the side for hockey training, but not for skating, for whatever reason. Could I still ask someone else? Sure!
It may be because of the way the rink hours are divided? I'm in a rec/community center (there's a gym, two pools, preschool area, library- you know those kinds of places) and the FSC and Hockey share ice time. The Hockey clubs (including the shinny/drop-in groups) have the ice from 6pm-Midnight/5-7am, and I think the skating club has it from 2-6. 8am-1:30, the rink is property of the rec center and is open for drop-in use by community members, which is why it's incredibly cheap for ice time. There's a 15yo rink monitor (sort of) giving out rentals/taking fees. I don't know if the coach I talked to just doesn't want another student- or there might be some kind of rules against them using non-FSC ice. Or, maybe the club has it's own rules about non-club skaters. I don't know, I didn't ask.
Originally Posted by gkelly
Ask the rink management -- the teenage monitor if that's the only person around -- whether they offer/allow private lessons on the open drop-in sessions and (unless the answer is No) which coaches are available teach at the times that are convenient for you.
Even if the figure skating ice time for competitive skaters is limited, if you're skating on open sessions you wouldn't be taking anything away from them. You'd be giving a coach more business.
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