DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR ALL THE COMPETITIVE GROUPS

SEASON 2019-2020

As the club continues to grow, we have to introduce new steps in order to organize work more efficiently and challenge our skaters to improve every step of the way. We believe that these small adjustments will help achieve that. And, as the technical level of the club grows, we hope to increase the criteria for advancement to all groups (except 3; test as required by NSF) in the following seasons.

As the level grows, so does the training plan for each individual groups. Each group will be training elements appropriate for their level and all skaters will train adequately challenging elements, no matter what the name of the group they are in.

Group 3

Group 3 always needs to have two coaches and after the first test in the winter, ideally three.

Group 3 will be divided into three subgroups, 3a, 3b and 3c. They will all have same training hours – this is just to more easily divide skaters between coaches and also give skaters a clearer idea on what they need to achieve before moving to group 2. Also, when and if there is an extra training for group 2 and we want to include some additional skaters, it is easier to invite 3a than skaters specifically by name. When there are two coaches on group 3, the more experienced coach will have two groups. In rare cases it is possible to have the entire group with one coach in which case the entire group will uniformly be working on the same plan of basic skating skills – edges, steps and turns.

3c

Skaters freshly moved from skating school and skaters who have not yet achieved requirements for 3b. NSF test 1 is required to be included.

3b

Skaters need to achieve ALL of the following in order to be included:

- all edges (forward outside/inside, backward outside/inside)

- waltz threeturns

- nice crossovers forward and backward

- waltz jump

- two footed spin (5 rounds)

3a

Skaters need to achieve ALL of the following in order to be included:

- Waltz jump, 1S

- Backward outside crossrolls

- Forward outside double threeturn

- Mohawk cross to both sides

- One footed upright spin (5 rounds)

Group 2

Group 2 always needs to have three coaches.

Group 2 will be divided into two subgroups, 2a and 2b. They will all have same training hours – this is just to more easily divide skaters between coaches and also give skaters a clearer idea on what they need to achieve before moving to group 1b. If extra ice is available for group 2, they will occasionally be split into two groups in order to ensure optimal training.

2b

Skaters need to achieve ALL the following in order to be included:

- 1S, 1T, 1Lo, 1Eu

- Forward and backward outside double threeturn

- Threeturn/mohawk/crossover combination steps

- At least 1 spiral with 90◦ angle

- Spin on 1 foot with entry and landing position, min 4 revolutions

- Slyngetrinn both ways

- Shoot the duck move (up and down on 1 foot)

2a

Skaters need to achieve ALL of the following in order to be included:

- All single jumps (excluding 1A)

- All 4 double threeturns

- Combination steps of threeturns/mohawks/crossovers

- Sit spin, 4 rotations (standing leg at 90◦ angle or less)

- Parallel spin, 4 rotations (free leg both knee and foot above hip level)

- Forward inside single twizzle

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Group 1

Group 1 will be divided into two subgroups – 1a and 1b. If extra ice is available for group 1, they will occasionally be split into two groups in order to ensure optimal training; unless otherwise specified, they will have same training hours.

Skaters need to achieve ALL of the following in order to be included:

1b

- 1A (landed and verified in competition by Technical Specialist)

- At least 1 cleanly rotated and landed double jump

- Close on at least one other double jump

- Spin in all 3 basic positions (upright, sit, parallel) + combo spin

- Forward inside double twizzle

- Backward outside double twizzle

- Being able to follow the group’s skating skill level

1a

- 4 cleanly executed double jumps (in competition)

- At least one 2+2 combination

- At least one level 2 or above spin

- All difficult turns (rocker, counter, twizzle, bracket, loop)

- At least 90% attendance on practice (injury and illness excluded)

We recommend that the skaters in group 1 attend a minimum of 4 practices per week and 2 competitions per semester. Also skaters in this group are expected to work every day on their own flexibility and warm up before ice practice whenever the time allows that.

Group Elite

Group Elite is divided into 2 subgroups – gold and silver.

Skaters need to achieve the following in order to be included:

Silver

- All (5) double jumps (excluding 2A)

- At least two 2+2 combinations

- At least level 2 on all spins and level 3 on at least one spin

- Being able to follow the group’s skating skill level

- Category and age of skater may be taken into consideration by the coaches but will not be a deciding factor.

Gold

Any 1 of the following 2 criteria (regardless of age and category)

- 2A or any triple jump landed in competition

- Podium placement in NM in following categories – Debs, Novice, Junior or Senior

*If extra ice is available for group Elite, they will occasionally be split into two groups in order to ensure optimal training. Elite Gold will have priority when assigning extra ice and resources. Unless otherwise specified, they will have same training hours.

**Elite gold will have option for extra music runs on practice in order to do triple jumps to program music. This will not influence the planned music runs for all skaters on Elite.

***SKK skater(s) representing the Norwegian skating federation national team, will in accordance to their individual development plan(s), be allowed to have a visiting coach on the ice during SKK training hours. This has to be informed and approved by SU in advance. All costs are covered by the skater, unless otherwise agreed.

Sara & Danguole