Flow of a Freestyle Session

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.

rink flow diagram

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 your safety!