Is 13 yrs of age to old to start training for figure Ice Skating?
My daughter is very upset because she wants to be a professional Figure Ice Skater, however I told her that at age 13 with no past Ice Skating training it is to late to start to train.I told her she can do it for fun but I will not invest the Thousands $$$$$ it would tke considering her age. I am am very much the type of person who encourages dreams, but this one is just not vesable for the investment......Any thoughts on this, from people who either train in figure skating or are ice skaters themselves??????
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Hope I can give you some detailed info on figure skating. I was a former competitive figure skater and have been coaching figure skating for 15+ years in the DFW area. My students range from beginning level through national competitors.
There are two recognized organizations in the United States for figure skating: USFSA (United States Figure Skating Association) and ISI (Ice Skating Institute).
USFSA is the road to the US Figure Skating Championships, Worlds and the Olympics. The levels in USFSA are pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juv, juv, intermediate, novice, junior and senior. In the qualifying competitions, there are specific age restrictions for the appropriate levels.
For example: to compete at the regional level in juv girls the age limit is 12 years. Keep in mind that even at the pre-preliminary level the girls are doing axels.
Initially, the skater would do learn-to-skate classes and private lessons to get them through the basic skill level. Then they would move up to pre-preliminary levels and begin a series of tests: field moves (replaced school figures) and freeskate tests. Successfully passing these tests qualifies the skater for their competition levels.
I would highly recommend that your daughter skate through the ISI program. There are numerous competition opportunities for your daughter's age range.
Check with the local skating rink in your area to see if their skating classes follow the ISI curriculum. It is geared primarly for recreational skaters and even goes through adult levels for competitions. It is a great organizations and they even have their own "Worlds" each summer with no qualifying, unlike USFSA. Any eligible ISI skater can compete at ISI Worlds. It is being held this year (July) in Boston. One of my skaters is competing at that competition. My students range from ISI to USFSA skaters and both organizations are wonderful!
She should start with learn-to-skate classes and supplement a private lesson once a week. Repetition is key in figure skating and she should be practing twice a week. This would be in addition to her learn to skate class.
Please purchase her a pair of skates. The rental skates are HORRIBLE....no support and they never sharpen the blades, making it difficult for the skaters to even hold an edge. Skates can be expensive.....however, the 'Riedell' boot & blade can be purchaed for around $150. You don't need an expensive boot & blade until the skater starts landing double jumps and requires a strong support to hold the edge.
ISI is lots of fun....competition events range from the traditional freeskate program to the "spotlight" where technical merit is not awarded and the more creative you can be as far as character, footwork, etc., you will do well.
ISI's headquarters is in Dallas, TX. She would need to join the ISI organization (around $15/yr) to become eligible to compete in ISI competition events. The private lesson coach would test her ($5/test) so she can compete at that skill level. The levels in ISI are Pre-alpha, alpha, beta, gamma, delta, Freeskate 1 through Freeskate10.
ISI is lots of fun, affordable and give your daughter the opportunity to see if she likes it or not. Skating is NOT easy and the more your practice, the greater the improvement.
Have her practice initially on a public skating session (less $) and her private lesson to begin with can be conducted on that type of session. If you are preparing for a competition and she is at the Delta level, then it's the right time to move to a freestyle session for practice/lessons.
If you reside in the DFW area, I would be more than happy to speak with you in person.
Thank you and I trust this was informative.
She should start early. Like, NOW.
Ask the people who do the ice skating if there are scholarships or finacial help.
no not really
i bet if she goes all out, she could do it. Its a ton of commitment, but you dont have to start as a toddler.
It's much harder to start late - but not impossible. One question, how flexible is she? That can make a difference, esp. with the age thing.
no, thats kinda a great age because your older you know more and you know how to travel also you can get more jumps right and train yourself harder any age is a perfect afe to make dreams come true
Yes, it is kind of late. If and only IF your daughter develops ice skating fast, and competes in competiton, and wins greatly, let her. . . THough, considering that she is 13 years old, I would think 8 or 9 could be one of the best choices of ages to start.
No, Not only that 13, is kind of late, she should be studying at school on concentrating on academics to get a good career and succeed.
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