Basics for Parents & Skaters
There are many competitions offered throughout the year and your coach
can help you decide what events will be best for your skater.
Competitions should be a fun and positive experience for skaters and
their parents. Through our experience we have found these tips to be helpful
to both parents and skaters:
- Registration forms are usually available in
the RFSC office. The forms are the parent's responsibility to fill out
and send in (check deadline). Check for all necessary signatures. Many
competitions now have online registration.
- If it is an out of town competition, make
hotel reservations early.
- As soon as you receive your competition
skating schedule, please give a copy to your coach.
- Talk to your coach about competition attire.
Dresses/outfits should appropriately fit the skater's level, music etc.
If possible, skate in the outfit at least once before the competition. A
zip front sweater or jacket is ideal for warm-up.
- Hair should be pulled back away from the
face. Practice fixing hair in advance and also skate with it at least
once while you are jumping, spinning, etc. to make sure it will stay in
- Ask your coach about make-up. Arena lights
can sometimes make a skater look ‘washed out’ so a bit of blush &
lipstick is nice for the girls.
- Make sure your skates are polished and your
- Give an extra copy of your skaters music to
your coach. This needs to be available at rinkside in case of problems
with the original copy.
Once you arrive at the competition:
- The first thing you should do is go to the
registration desk, turn in your CD`s and receive any updated
- Practice ice is sometimes included in your
fee, but more commonly not. It can be arranged in advance or purchased
at the registration desk. Music generally cannot be played on practice
- Know your surroundings and if possible
"place" your program on the rink you will be competing on.
- Arrive at least one hour before your event
- Locate where results will be posted and
check your skating order. The order in the program is not the official
skating order. Result sheets are available for purchase at the
registration desk after your skaters event.
- Check in with the ice monitor, usually
located where skaters enter and leave the ice.
- Discuss with your coach how and when to warm
- Always enter and exit the ice as if it is
the best you have ever skated. Don't forget to smile!
- If you are in a "half-ice"
competition and someone else is skating on the other end, it is
courteous to wait until they are finished before you skate off the ice.
- Most competitions offer DVD`s for purchase
as well as action photos of your skaters event. Look for the ordering
table in the vendor area.
- In the vendor area there are also often
dresses, tights, gloves, jewelry & other skating needs just in case
you are looking for something new or have forgotten to bring something
to the competition.
- Remember that you represent the Rochester
Figure Skating Club whenever you participate in a competition. Be
supportive of all skaters and especially other skaters from our club.
- Results are usually posted within half an
hour. If you don't understand the result sheets, quietly ask your coach
to explain them to you. Remember to show good sportsmanship whether you
place or not. Skating is a subjective sport – most importantly HAVE FUN!
- Finally, remember to pick up your music CD
at the registration desk when you are leaving & say thank you to
your coach & any volunteers you see. They are there for you to help
you enjoy your competition experience.
Things to bring:
Skates (don't laugh)
Extra laces, screwdriver, jump
rope, sewing kit, bandaids
Dress bag, soakers, skate guards,
scrunchies, hair clips, curling iron, make-up
Water, healthy snacks
Extra CD of your program
Dresses (competition and
Sweater, warm-up suit, gloves,
Camera, film, video
Submitted by Carol Schomburg and Ann Johnson.
Revised 9/10 by Jamie Lynn Santee