LOCO Minimum Skills Benchmarks
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Basic Skating Skills
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Goal: Demonstrate confidence and comfort with basic skating form and "derby stance"
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Testing: Observed during lap skating
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YesNeeds ImprovementNo
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Bends at knees and hips with shoulders back
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Uses steady, confident, fluid strides
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Uses both feet to push forward on straightaways
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Stopping & Falling Skills
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Goal: Demonstrate "falling small"/ Recovery may be longer
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Testing: Observed during lap skating, as skill is called
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YesNeeds ImprovementNo
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Plow Stop: Come to complete stop from moderate pace
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Single knee (left) fall or tap
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Single knee (right) fall or tap
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Double knee fall
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Superman/4 point fall
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Balance & Agility
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Goal: Demonstrate ability to move quickly in a variety of directions and to avoid obstacles safely
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Testing: Individual skills demonstrated one at a time (stationary skills can be tested in one group)
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YesNeeds ImprovementNo
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Can grapevine/cross-step slowly or fast
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Can skate on left foot for at least 2 seconds
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Can skate on right foot for at least 2 seconds
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Squats and propels self on straightaways and around turns (sticky skating)
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Pack Skating
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Goal: Demonstrate ability and comfort skating in a derby pack.
Able to monitor and adjust to changes and speed, and show ability to safely evade other skaters
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Testing: Pack work & Pace line
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YesNeeds ImprovementNo
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Comfortably looks left, right, and behind while skating in a pack
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Skater adjusts to the variable speeds (decrease/increase) of a paceline
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Can weave through a paceline (arms length apart)
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