Choosing A Coach
When you are ready to advance
beyond the group lesson environment, you will need to select a
coach to give you private lessons on club ice sessions. GGBFSC has
many qualified coaches available for lessons. A current listing of
coaches, their qualifications and fees is posted on the club
website. Talk to other skaters (and parents) who have been
skating a while to see what their experiences have been like, talk
to coaches you have an interest in, and watch them working with
Be aware that there is a limited
amount of ice time at all rinks, and instructor's schedules will
fill up. You may not be able to make arrangements with your first
choice. You will deal directly with the coach, not the club or rink
to set up lessons and pay fees.
Your coach is a critical part in
your skating experience. It is important to heed their advice. They
will determine suggested practice times, and make suggestions
regarding testing and competing. In general, a coach may spend
about 15 to 20 min. per 55 min sessions on the ice with a
You will receive a separate bill
from your coach for time spent with each skater. They also charge
for time spent with the skater at test sessions and competitions,
as well as travel expenses.
The relationship between skater and
coach is, of course, very important. Parents are usually a key
additional component. Courtesy and communication are vital in this
partnership, but when special situations arise and a coaching
change is requested, USFSA offers the following guidelines
regarding the proper and ethical sequence of behavior.
First, inform the current
professional: the skater or parent of the skater should discuss
with the current professional the desire to discontinue the
business relationship. Once the final bill is paid, lessons can
begin with a new professional.
The new professional must confirm
with previous professional that the resolution of the relationship
has taken place and that the final bill has been paid before giving
any lessons to the skater.
Next, approach the potential new
professional: the skater or parent of the skater should approach
the new professional to set up lessons. (Again, this should take
place only after the current professional has been informed of the
desire to discontinue lessons.)
The potential new coach should
remind the skater or parent to discuss the situation with the
current coach. The parent or skater must pay the final bill to the
current coach before starting lessons with the new coach. The new
coach should confirm with the previous coach that notification has
been provided and that the final bill has been paid. The new coach
and the parent or skater can set up lessons.
GGBFSC does not act as intermediary
between pro and member. We urge each party to resolve the situation
both privately and respectfully. In the event of any unresolved
issue the GGBFSC Board of Directors will provide advice and
suggestions; and may exercise its right to authorize a final
decision in the matter.
You are expected to respect all
pros who teach on the ice and they in turn will respect and help to
protect your rights as a member of GGBFSC.
All pros must be USFSA members and
approved by the GGBFSC Board of Directors. The board recommends the
pros follow the code of ethics as outlined by the Professional
Skaters Association (PSA) and requires the same respect be given
the GGBFSC rules.