Foundations of Coaching (FCC)
This one-day course is an introduction to coaching at the entry level. It is a recommended learning resource for new or beginning coaches of ice skating. The purpose is to build a foundation of resources and tools for the new coach to start his/her business of professional coaching. It involves both on-ice and off-ice classes.
Apprenticing offers an opportunity to work under a Master rated coach to learn new skills and update current ones. Apprenticeship involves: on-ice observation of private or group lessons, on-ice lessons to improve teaching techniques and off-ice discussions of teaching techniques, music editing, training schedules, tests and competitions, parental interaction, etc.
Half-day workshops are held in every state at various times of the year. Many are held off ice and include topics relevant to that specific state. Topics that may be covered would include Group, Free Skate, Moves, Equipment, Ethics, Ratings, Synchro, Technical Specialist, Nutrition, etc.
The PSA Official Rating System is for coaches who want to validate their skating skill and teaching experience. Ratings are an assurance to clubs, rinks, skaters, parents, and the general public that the coach they hire is technically qualified to instruct at the level in which they are rated regardless of background and skating achievement.
Course is designed to assist professional figure skating coach's transition into coaching hockey players. The course consists of three parts: the Hockey Skating I manual, classroom notes, and a 50 question exam. This course was originally taught at the annual PSA conference and included two 45-minute classroom lectures.