vendredi 26 septembre 2014

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 16:14

Learn to Figure Skate with Private Lessons in Brampton Markham and Newmarket


Skating Disciplines


Compulsory Figures 
Figure Skating originally was named for an artform which involved creating intricate patterns on the ice with the edges of the blades. Later, compulsory figures (also known as school figures figures, or compulsories) became part of training and competition. Compulsories were based on the figure eight and involved various turns and edges. The completed tracings left by the skater's blades were evaluated by judges. Ideally, edges were clean without scratches, undesired changes of edge, or evidence of flats. Now a dying art, figures are no longer part of elite competition and are usually excluded from training in favor or focus on artistic skating.



Freestyle Skating 
Freestyle skating (free skating or artistic skating) is what viewers see on television. It involves spins, jumps and footwork. Competitive skaters assemble their skills into a program which is skated to music and evaluated by judges at competitions.


Moves in the Field 
Moves in the Field (MITF) have taken the place of figures in training and testing, though they are not part of standard competition. MITF competitions may be held for recreational skaters or as special events for skaters in training. MITF consist of set patterns of turns, glides and edges that utilize the entire ice surface. Patterns may be set on lobes, the perimeter of the rink, large circles, straight lines down the length of the rink, or follow another regular pattern. The value of MITF as an actual replacement for figures continues to be debated. Issues include perceived deficiencies in edge quality, control, and increased injury due to young athletes focusing on jumps.


Singles Skating 
Singles skating is performed by a solo skater, male or female. The single skater performs a program of his or her skills for testing and/or competition based on his level of achievement.


Pair Skating 
Pair skating involves and man and woman performing skills together. Elements include singles elements executed in unison as well as pair skills where the partners complete skills as a unit. Pair skating is differentiated from dance by the types of elements performed in the program. Specific pair skills include overhead lifts, freestyle jumps and spins, throw jumps, twists, and death spirals. Same-sex pair skating may be performed in specialty competitions such as The Gay Games or as an exhibition or professional routine.


Ice Dancing 
Ice dancing is performed by a man and woman together, although solo dance may be required to pass certain tests and may be included in recreational or adult competitions. Solo dance is not a standard track competitive discipline. Ice dancing differs from pair skating because separation between partners is limited, freestyle jumps and spins, and overhead lifts are not allowed. Spins are restricted to dance spins which are performed by the partners as a unit. Ice dancing is performed to a musical beat and often resembles the character of similar styles of ballroom dancing.





Compulsory Dance
Compulsory dances are required in competition. These are set pattern dances, and the same steps are executed by all teams in the competition. This allows direct comparison between teams performing the same steps to the same type of music.


Original Dance
In higher level and elite ice dance competition, a type of dance, such as a samba or folk dance, is decided prior to the competitive season. All competitors create a version of that type of dance. In this case, the beat is pre-established, but dancers are free to design their own steps to interpret the music.


Free Dance
The free dance is ice dancing's equivalent of a long program. Dancers choose their own music which may change during the progression of the performance. A single type of beat is not required. In other words, the entire free dance does not have to be a waltz or any other kind of dance. Skaters also design their own steps to interpret the music and highlight their skills. Elite free dances are usually very creative and incorporate unique movements that the skaters develop with their coaches and choreographers.


Synchronized Skating 
Also known as "synchro", synchronized skating is team skating. Synchronized skating was formerly called "precision skating" in North America. Although synchro is not an Olympic sport, it is a competitive sport. Colleges and clubs will often have synchronized skating teams sometimes several to accommodate skaters of different levels. Synchro competitions may be held a local, national and international or world championship levels. A synchronized skating team may consist of both men and women; however, many teams are composed of only female skaters. Due to sheer numbers of female participants in the sport, a team of all men would be very unusual though theoretically possible.


Synchronized skating involves skaters performing patterns on the ice as a team. Emphasis is placed on skaters performing identical movements in precise unison with each other. Individual or paired elements are also incorporated. Synchronized skating was originally featured in professional ice shows but has more recently provided an additional forum for competitive skaters.


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Author Robert C. Medina posted on 16:14

Learn to Skate Toronto Ice Skating and Figure Skating Coaches in Toronto Canada


Carolina Kostner of Italy continued her successful start into the season by winning Cup of China on Saturday in Shanghai. She is also the first skater to book her ticket for the Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating.






Kostner's win over former U.S. Champion Mirai Nagasu and World Junior Champion Adelina Sotnikova of Russia never was in danger. She improved her performance over her first event, Skate America, two weeks ago. The program to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 – a piece rarely if ever used in skating – was a pleasure to watch and really showed off Kostner's musicality.


The World bronze medallist completed five triples with the only glitch being a three-turn out of the last triple Salchow, and that she was unable to add a planned triple toe onto her triple flip after a shaky landing. The three-time European Champion achieved a new seasons best of 120.26 points and totaled 182.14 points. 


"I am so relieved to make it to the Grand Prix Final," the three-time European Champion said. "I'm doing three Grand Prixs because usually I struggle with consistency early in the season and I wanted to have an extra chance. The scores in this competition give me confidence that my programs have been accepted."


Skating to the powerful Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian, Nagasu hit three clean triples, but underrotated both of her Lutzes which also got an edge call. Nevertheless, it was much better than at Skate Canada, and the 18-year-old got a season's best with 112.26 points. Overall she accumulated 173.22 points.


"Coming off a bad skate at Skate Canada was very hard for me because I really wanted to make it to the Final this year," said the 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist. "You might know that when I came to the Cup of China previously, I did very well in the short program and then dropped to fourth place. To break that curse is such a huge relief to me. Coming here and skating well, I'm just happy and ready for my next competition."


Nagasu was her usual funny self when she was asked to comment on newcomer Adelina Sotnikova. "She is very talented, and in comparison, I feel like an old fart."



Sotnikova landed a triple Lutz-triple loop combination right out of the gate in her lyrical program toLiebestraum, however, she received an edge call on the Lutz. The 15-year-old landed three more triples, but stumbled on both double Axels and popped the second Lutz. The World Junior Champion was ranked third in the free with 106.21 points, and won the bronze in her debut at the senior Grand Prix with 159.95 points.


"Overall, I am not so pleased with my performance today," admitted the Russian champion, "but I am happy about the triple Lutz-triple loop combination that I did. Some other elements didn't work out, and in my next competition I want to do everything as planned."


"Third is a good result for my first Grand Prix and I will try my best to do better in the next event," concluded the student of Elena Buianova. "For this season, I just want that everything is fine and thee other competitions will go well."


Kexin Zhang of China finished fourth with 153.32 points in what was her first debut at the senior Grand Prix as well. The program was highlighted by a triple toe-triple toe combination.


USA's Christina Gao recovered from a faulty short and pulled off a triple flip-triple toe to move up from eighth to fifth with 152.48 points.


Other skaters struggled. Kanako Murakami of Japan underrotated no less than four jumps to drop from fourth to sixth at 150.20 points. Russia's Ksenia Makarova obviously is still affected by a hip injury and came seventh with 173.47 points. She took a hard fall on a cheated triple flip.


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jeudi 25 septembre 2014

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 07:12

Should the NHL End Fighting?


The Checkerboard Coaching Technique is now well documented. You can find out about the technique and philosophy with a simple Google. This article is about the NHL and ultimate fighting, the craze in some circles. The brain trust in the NHL is now allowing a version of ultimate fighting to take the sport over.  What has happened in NHL hockey, and hockey in general, is size and weight advantage rules with the rules.  It was at one time a sport for skilled players.  Today with the size of players with some skill, have taken the game to a new level, that I call Ultimate NHL Hockey. 






Here is how it works.  A skilled player that is 180 pounds and can score at will is a threat to every team.  180 pounds seems big but against a player that is 250 pounds it is not.  Players are bigger than ever in hockey, and many have some skill.  Those ultimate players with size now realize they can impact and intimidate, and they do.  Concussions are easy for them to create, with a legal hit to a skill player that for a second drops his head or is unaware of the threat. 



They cruise the ice like sharks in a water of swimmers.  They strike the swimmer at a weak moment and the skilled player is out for a few weeks or months.  What the NHL does not fully realize is that the young players that play the game watch you tube today, see the hit and duplicate it on their young friends or teams they are playing. 


Hockey is now being run by the sharks and will until this is recognized.  Kids are being sent to hospitals, as are skilled players in the NHL.  Ultimate Fighting is the rule now in the NHL and will be until there are changes at the top.  The League needs to recognize this and react to it.  The league needs to build more rules like the NFL that protect players from serious injury.  The league needs to review the most serious injuries and eliminate or heavily penalize those that create injury.  This will end the disparity and bring the game back to the skilled players.


With the issue of concussions that we now are aware of in the intimidation that some in sports encourage, I think it's time that we took fighting out of hockey.  The thing that will end it for sure is a class action law suit from those that have suffered as a result of allowing it.  Let's all hope it does not come to that.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 07:12

Hockey Trading Pins Are Fun for Players to Collect


Don't forget to order your custom lapel pins for your hockey team this year.  Not only are they perfect to trade at games and tournaments, they also serve as a fundraising project for your booster club.  Attractive and identifiable, they are the type of item that people of all ages love to wear.






We have been creating hockey pins for the Plymouth Whalers Booster Club since 2007.  The small pieces of memorabilia have been used to raise funds, show support for players, and draw attention to the team.  Custom trading pins are great for this reason.  They serve as a versatile and valuable tool for the teams that order them.


Hockey trading pins can be worn on hats, jerseys or pinned to your equipment bag for when your team travels.  This is a great way to show pride in your team and to also make it so others get to know your name.  When they see that you have your pins out to view, they'll want to have theirs where others can see them too.


Custom pins offer a great way to meet new players.  You can introduce yourself and trade your pins with players on the opposing team.  This allows you to develop friendship with other athletes from around the world.  It also gives you something to look forward to long after the game has been played.



Hockey trading pins come in a variety of sizes, shapes, styles, and colors.  Because they are created according to your specifications, you will not run into any teams with your exact style of trading pins.  Your creative vision for your pins can be as simple or grand as you want them to be.  You can also include things like glitter, spinning and sliding pieces, blinking lights, and dangling charms as a way to get others to notice your custom pins.


Visit http://www.lapelpinsrus.com/hockey.html/ today to see the different styles of custom trading pins we have created throughout the years.  You can also email info@lapelpinsrus.com or call 1-800-480-6822 toll-free to request a no obligation, free quote and full color digital proof.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 07:12

Learn to Skate Richmond Hill Vaughan Skating Lessons Toronto Ontario Canada


Ice dance training sessions are figure skating practice sessions where competitive ice dancers and figure skaters working on compulsory ice dance tests or on free dance skate and train. These sessions are very different than social ice dance sessions or freestyles. There are certain guidelines figure skaters must follow when they skate and practice on ice dance training sessions. This article lists some of those guidelines.

Everyone on the session must watch out for the skater or skaters who are skating free dance or short dance programs or compulsory dances to music. Skaters skating to music have the right of way.
Ice dance training sessions can be very dangerous since compulsory ice dances, free dance elements such as dance lifts and dance spins, and step sequences and twizzles are practiced in all different directions. Skaters practicing on ice dance training sessions should try to be courteous and try hard not to run into other skaters.
Many ice rinks hold combined freestyle/dance sessions, Ice dancers must understand that free skaters may not understand the layout of compulsory ice dances, and should be tolerant when skaters get in their way by accident.
No stopping, sitting, or standing on the ice is permitted. If skaters needs to rest, they must go as close to the rail as possible or step off the ice.
Only coaches approved by an arena or club are allowed to teach on ice dance training sessions.
Ice dance training sessions are meant for serious figure skating training, so playing or socializing is not permitted on these sessions.
Skating with electronic music devices and headphones is not permitted on ice dance training sessions.
Skaters skating on an ice dance training session usually have compulsory ice dances, short dance programs, or free dance programs to practice that are set to music. Skaters put their music CDs or iPods in "line" and music is played on a rotational basis. Usually after music is played once, solo ice dancers or ice dance teams must put their music to the end of the line so that they can practice skating to music again. Ice dancers must understand that music will be played again only if time permits.




Think of an ice dance training session as if it was a busy street with lots of traffic. Be aware of what is going on around you at all times when you practice on ice dance training sessions. Don't stand in the middle and talk.
Proper figure skating clothes must be worn on ice dance training sessions.
Skaters must exit the ice immediately after an ice dance training session ends. Our definition for a partnership is that both parties pay an equal share; however, we have missed out on great pairings because there are so many girls who are willing to pay 100% of the males expenses to skate. It used to be called "Rent a Russian" however now most of these boys out there are just "bought" or "paid employees" of an aggressive privileged girls family. But, hey whatever works.... Am I jaded? Very. Looking for a partner is almost a moot point now for most girls on IPS regardless of how wonderful they are, it is all about paying for a partner.
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Author Robert C. Medina posted on 07:12

Importance Of Hockey Fitness Training For A Successful Career


If you want to enjoy playing hockey then you need to play it with full intensity and at a faster pace. Hockey training Ontario trains you to achieve your hockey fitness to the optimum level. It is best that time for hockey fitness is included into your weekly routine both during and off season. Your fitness commitment will of course depend on your level of play and your own desire. If you have time then you can choose to work out twice a day or two to three times a week.






Today there are many organizations and academies providing the best hockey training program to boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. One of them is Thomas Kiriakou Nutrition and Wellness Programs they offer hockey fitness training to young boys and girls. The program can be undertaken in form of online training and nutrition plans that are holistic and sports nutrition based approach. These programs that include ice hockey training are designed to help the players reach their ideal weight loss, lean muscle mass building and wellness goals.


However if you are looking for quick fixes and fad diets then this is not the place for you. But if you are one of the really interested players looking for long term sustainable change then you can avail of one of the various packages they offer which are completed in-person, via phone or Skype. TK is popular for Elite athlete training and offers the best fitness training to hockey enthusiasts.



They offer guidelines through hockey fitness training for goalies as well as key fitness tips that help them to dominate the crease. It is a fact that hockey fitness training for goalies is an extremely important part of the game. Yet far too often you will find players ignoring the gym and taking the fitness side of the game far less seriously than they should. If any player wants to reach their full potential the training is an absolute necessity.


It is necessary that while undertaking hockey training program the player's core body and lower body get full priority. With a strong lower body and core you can move explosively from point to point faster and with more control and also help minimize the chance of any injury. It is important that you remember the fact that when you work your legs, your whole body gets a boost, so you start seeing gains in your upper body.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 07:12

Variety Of Different Sports Nutrition Program


Many studies have successfully proved that our eating habit affects our general health and immunity. Sports nutritionist Toronto believes that these food habits make a path between our health and chronic diseases. People normally ignore their nutrition by eating unnecessary stuff however players cannot afford to do so because this type of food habit affects their health in the long run and is the reason for low stamina and immunity. Thus it becomes very essential for a sportsperson to maintain the diet to get perfect nutrition. It is always not possible for a person to hold records of what amount of diet they consumed every day, hence there is the requirement of nutritionist who plays into the role to guide them.






Sports Nutrition can be defined as the study of nutrition is dated back over 200 years. However, the discipline of sports nutrition is relatively new and this interdisciplinary field comprises of a rather complex scientific formulations that focus on dieting principles that enhance athletic performance.


Nowadays, there is immense requirement of sports nutrition training to enable endurance and increase the resistance of the players. It is also necessary to take expert advice to avoid the chronic diseases and to stay healthy. It is well known that sports nutrition Toronto can create winners in the field. It is no more a secret that shared by athletes, that once you understand the concept of sports nutrition and apply its principles in training, you will experience the difference between winning and losing. It is simply the difference between how many athletes truly understand this concept between nutrition and performance and are willing to endure another disciplined program in the face of their upcoming events.



There are minority of athletes that do not regard nutrition as a necessary component to striking goal in the arena, and offer dismal performances have resulted. Moreover, with a right fitness coach and his contribution in this thought-process and awareness in emphasizing the significance of a nutrient-dense diet that balances with training makes the sporting groups a winner. Hockey is a game that requires high levels of stamina and endurance. Hockey players need to undertake hockey nutrition plan because it is directly linked to enhanced performance with a balanced diet, and the results are exciting for serious minded competitors.


According to studies it is reveal that any athlete who is willing to follow the guidelines of sports nutrition program in the proportions required by undertaking a diet that caters to the person's training and physiology it is to be expected to have a go ahead over the person who does not.

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