Workshops


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We are always looking for future workshop hosts. If you would like to host a workshop, please fill out and send in an application.
Basic Skills workshops are run in three different formats: full-day workshop with ice time, half-day workshop with or without ice and learn-to-teach seminars for new Basic Skills instructors. This is done in an attempt to make it easy and efficient for all instructors and directors to attend if they would like. We try to ensure that we are reaching everyone in our audience so that something new is learned by all, and everyone walks away with more than they came in with.

Upcoming Workshops

July 28, 2013 Workshop - Oak Lawn, IL

August 4, 2013 Workshop - Chagrin Falls, OH

August 11, 2013 Workshop - Washington, DC

August 24, 2013 Workshop - Lynnwood, WA

September 7, 2013 Workshop - Troy, NY

What You Will Learn

Throughout our instructor workshops, we discuss many important topics that are crucial to becoming an invaluable asset to your team. Topics such as "Teaching Techniques" and "Group Dynamics" are always crowd favorites. Both sessions are done on and off the ice, and get into topics such as different ways of teaching the basic elements to educational activities that are fun for skaters of all ages to setting up traffic patterns. This knowledge is important for a group class to be run well. Off the ice, our classroom discussions range from "Customer Service," "Basic Skills Competition Structure," "Lesson Planning" and "Marketing and Promotion of the Basic Skills Program." Promoting your Basic Skills program is everyone's responsibility, regardless of whether you are an instructor or the program director.

Our director meetings consist of important topics such as "Parent Education" and "Growing and Retaining Your Membership," among others. Communication with our directors is so important, so that we are not missing any steps along the way in reaching our skaters. As a Basic Skills program director, you have our trust to run the program according to the Basic Skills Program standards, and we feel it is necessary to touch base with you as often as possible so that our lines of communication are always open.

One thing that is consistent throughout all seminars is the open communication between the attendees and the speakers. We strive not only to educate our instructors and directors, but we always look forward to learning new things from you as well.



Attendees learning about the best practices of Basic Skills Programs at the All Seasons Ice Rinks in Naperville, IL.

Instructors trying out new teaching tips during a recent workshop at the Glenview Ice Center, IL.

PSA credit is given for attending the seminars. An affidavit form is given to everyone and needs to be sent in to PSA within two weeks of the event.

If you are interested in hosting a Basic Skills workshop, please contact Erin Schopf at eschopf@usfigureskating.org. Please check this page often if you are interested in attending a workshop in your area.