Due to the nature of certain jumps,
they are most commonly performed in the same vicinity of the rink
each time. A diagram of the rink is included to show where each
jump is most commonly performed. Obviously, there are exceptions to
these performance areas, especially in skaters' programs. Most
importantly, try to avoid practicing for an extended period of time
in one area.
When you are practicing elements
like camel spins and back spirals be especially aware of the danger
your exposed blade poses to other skaters. Take a good look at the
space you expect to be in before you begin the element to avoid
possible collisions. At the same time, watch for skaters performing
these "dangerous" elements and try to avoid the space.
If you should fall, get up quickly.
Remember that the other skaters will have a much harder time seeing
you when you are down low on the ice. Don't stay there any longer
than you have to. Learn to keep "loose" when you fall and this will
help you to avoid getting injured.
With experience, skaters begin to
recognize that a practice session has a certain rhythm. Skaters
tend to do expected or predictable moves in certain areas of the
rink. Skaters can usually predict where another skater is headed
based on what they're doing (the normal approaches to each jump or
spin are pretty recognizable).
If you're a "wrong way" skater
(clockwise jumper) be aware that other skaters will probably guess
wrong about your intentions pretty often. If you're standing near
the boards, don't enter the flow of skaters without checking to
make sure you're not going to get into someone else's way.
Avoid standing along the boards at
all costs. Many skaters need this area for their moves in the field
patterns, dance patterns, or freestyle programs. If you need to get
a drink, retie your skates, etc. go to the benches. This is for