Frequently Asked Questions
Q. My child has been taking group lessons in the Learn to Skate program but we have noticed that some skaters work on an individual basis with the coaches. How does that work?
A. Your child may begin to take private lessons at any time. He or she doesn’t have to complete all of the Learn to Skate lessons first. There are several reasons why your child may want private lessons.
- To progress at a faster rate;
- To receive the benefits of individualized instruction geared to your child’s learning rate and personality
- Your child has expressed an interest in entering competitions.
Q. How do I set up private lessons and how would I know which coach to choose?
A.You can ask at the Skate Shop at the rink for assistance in contacting a coach or you may approach one of the pros directly. You can also follow the link to the Club Pro‘s page to find information about each coach. Each page contains the coach’s area of expertise, their coaching background, what they do at the BG Skating Club and if they are currently accepting new students. The page also lists contact information for each coach. Perhaps you or your child has a favorite from Learn to Skate lessons or you have noticed one whose particular style of working with the skaters has impressed you.
Q. When are these private lessons given?
A. Private lessons are given during during special sessions designated for figure skaters to take lessons and to practice. These sessions are called:
Freestyle Sessions: (Jumps, Spins and Stroking)
Dance Sessions: (Specific steps and timing to music)
>Moves in the Field Sessions: (Patterned stroking, edges and turns)
Figure Skating Sessions: (Also called General Sessions on which freestyle, dance or moves in the field are permitted.)
Check the Weekly Ice Arena Schedule for the session times.
Q. Is figure skating an expensive sport?
A.It can be; but not necessarily. Your expenses will depend on how involved in skating your child becomes.
Ice Time Fee: When you take private lessons, you pay the coach a fee and you are still responsible for ice-time charges. The actual prices of the sessions depends on the length and the type of session. Typically the prices are between $4.00 to $8.00. Sessions are thirty minutes to an hour long.
Private Lesson Fees: The cost of private lessons vary with the different pros but range from about $8.00-10.00 per fifteen minute increments. The frequency of lessons will be determined by you and your child’s coach. Most skaters practice several times during the week to improve the skills learned in his or her lessons.
Q. Where do I pay for this?
A. You pay for ice time at the Skate Shop immediately prior to the start of a given session. You pay the coaches directly for the lessons.
Q. What should my child wear?
A. Your child can wear anything that is comfortable for practice. For lessons coaches prefer skatewear or dancewear so that they can see the skater’s body lines. This type of clothing can be purchased at many different places, including our own Skate Shop.
Q. What about skates?
A. A new pair of beginner level skates can usually be purchased for around $75.00. You need to be sure that they provide good support for the ankles. As your child progresses and begins doing jumps and more difficult elements he or she will need a stiffer boot that will provide more support and blades that will hold the edges and stand up to the punishment they take.
Many skaters purchase used skates. The BG Skate Club sponsors a Used Skate Sale twice a year. Check the Calendar of Events for the next schedule skate sale. These are a fraction of the cost of new ones and are sufficient where skaters usually outgrow their skates before they wear them out.
The skates you see worn by skaters doing double and triple jumps cost in the neighborhood of $1,000.00, but don’t panic. That’s a long way down the road.
You should probably talk to your child’s coach about the type of skate he or she needs and whether there might be a pair of good used ones available in the right size.
Q. You mentioned competitions. How does that work and when can my child expect to begin competing?
A. There are competition levels available for all skill ranges. Your coach can help you decide when your child is ready. He or she will help you choose appropriate music and plan a skating routine that incorporates the necessary elements for your child’s level. For competitions, you will want a little more dressy skatewear. These costumes can be purchased new or used, made by a seamstress, or, if you are handy with a needle and thread, you may make them yourself.
There is an entry fee for competitions and medals are given for the top three or four placements.
The competitions that are held in our area are listed on the Competitions page.
Q. How is it determined what level my child will skate and compete at?
A. At the beginning levels your coach will make that decision in conjunction with you and your skater. After your skater has progressed through the basic and freestyle levels he or she will begin taking tests conducted in front of a panel of judges in order to advance from level to level. Again your coach in conjunction with you and your skater will determine when it is time to test. Check the Calendar of Events for the next schedule testing dates.
Q. What exactly is the Bowling Green Skating Club?
A. The Bowling Green Skate Club is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to offer education in all types of figure skating, to encourage and cultivate a spirit of fraternal feeling among skaters and to produce or cooperate in the production of a biannual Ice Horizons Show. Contact Pat Rabb (president) by phone at (419)354-4730 or email [email protected] for BG Skating Club information.