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Where is it better to do – in a group or individually?

The question is whether to engage in figure skating at all, we figured out. There is a desire to skate, and not just skate somehow, but learn to perform the basic elements of figure skating. Desire is commendable! The question arises: How to learn faster? Take the instructor at the rink closer to home or find friends or announcements on the Internet? Or maybe it’s better to go to a group at the Children’s and Youth Sports School (youth sports school)? Let’s figure it out.

To begin with, let me define the concepts of “group training” and “individual training”. In my understanding, as a trainer, classes in a group are the work of a specialist with a team of students (engaged in figure skating, regardless of age), consisting of 8 to 20 people. Two factors must be considered here: age and level of riding! This affects the number of students in the group.

“Independent” is the work of a trainer with a maximum of three students, where most of the time the specialist’s attention is directed to the student. Indeed, you must admit that it is the amount of time devoted to a single skater that is the determining factor in individual training.

There is another structural unit that is periodically used in some schools – this is a “mini-group.” From 3 to 7 people study in it. This “mini-group” is an intermediate link between “individuals” and classes in a full-fledged group.

Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of each training option. We turn to two factors that I mentioned earlier.

Age. In childhood, group exercises are more effective for a number of reasons, such as fatigue (physical and emotional). Not every child can withstand an entire hour of training in a group, what can we say about the “individual”, where the teacher’s attention is not scattered among all students, but concentrated on one student. The educational process is also important – the formation of a team, the formation of discipline, the creation of certain rituals during classes, etc. Do not miss the game moment when people are trite for a game or relay. In adulthood, you can also successfully engage in a group. An “own” team is also created here, a certain party is formed, just unlike children, interests are different. In addition, the price factor is important for most students. Classes in a group usually take place on a subscription that is tied to either time (week, month, year) or the number of classes (four, eight twelve, etc.). “Independents” are paid for each lesson and depend on the qualifications of the coach.

As for the level of skiing, the higher this same level, the more often resort to individual training. At the beginning of training, almost all comers ride for health and pleasure. The further they advance in the development of the basics of figure skating, the more difficult it becomes to complete the elements. Learning goals and objectives are changing. Some are given the opportunity to speak at various demonstrations and / or competitions for which they need to prepare a program. There are many questions that are difficult for the trainer to answer in group format. “Independents” in this regard are the best solution. The price factor also decides here, the option of studying individually or in a “mini-group” is possible.

There is another principle of training. Honestly, experts do not really like to talk about it, and I think you will further understand why. You can take several classes in person, and then decide for yourself – go to a group, continue to engage with a trainer, or study for mass skating yourself. In this case, the coach loses the client))). But I am convinced that a highly skilled specialist will never be lost. In addition, for people who did not skate at all or “skate” when they were children, my sincere recommendation is to take the first lesson with a professional. He will teach you how to stand on ice, how to FALL and stand up after a fall, as well as the first steps. According to statistics, the first exit to the ice for 90 – 95% of people ends in trauma (bruise, sprain and … “the contact of the skull with the slippery surface of the ice”)))). Why? Elementary safety precautions not observed. By the way, we will talk about it in one of the following articles. After that, only 5% of people decide to go to the rink again. The rest are convinced of the excessive trauma of figure skating. This is unfair to one of the most beautiful and popular sports.

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