Skating can be a confusing and expensive sport, and the parent plays a pivotal role in any young skater’s sport. The best way you can help your skater is to learn about the sport yourself so that you can make informed decisions in consultation with your coach. Understanding the complexities of tests, competitions, jumps, spins, and all other elements takes some time, but allows a parent to understand when a skater has skated well or poorly to note progress.
In addition, it helps when discussing the sport with the skater and assisting them in setting personal goals. Spending time at the rink allows the parent to observe the interaction between coach and skater and gives some idea of the aims and objectives at any point in the career. As well, it shows the skater that you are interested in their skating and eases the pressure of competition. The balance between being supportive and obtrusive is maybe hard to judge, and it is important that parents, as well as skaters, maintain a balanced approach to the sport.
The coach is the best judge of the skater’s progress, but parents should get to know the coach and make sure they understand the coach’s view of the skater’s abilities and progress. Parents have a further responsibility to the coach and to the club. You can help your coach by getting the skater to the rink on time, paying coaching bills promptly, and by letting the coach and rink monitor coordinator know if your skater will not be attending a regular session. You can help the club by becoming involved and volunteering.