Skaters' & Parents' Corner

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Guidelines for Competition Music
from our Music Coordinators...

1. Burn CD's at 4X speed- they will play better.
2. Have only one track on each CD.
3. Lead time should be no longer than one second. Lead time is the time from when the CD player is started to when the music begins.
4. Print the skater's name, coach's name, event title and runtime on the CD. Do not use stick-on labels. Music runtime is the actual music time from beginning to end- not the skating time.
5. Also include if needed, a notation if the music has a loud start then goes soft or a soft start that goes loud. This will guide the music coordinator as to the volume that should be used.
6. Have a CD and a back-up CD that are only used for competition. The back-up CD should be in the coach's pocket rinkside at competition time.
7. Always hand in CDs in a plastic case and make sure they have no scratches.

Following these guidelines will help ensure a successful music experience at competitions!

Free Skate Etiquette and Safety Rules for Skaters and Parents
excerpted from The Skating Parents' Survival Guide Vol 3

Basic rules governing all behavior
-Please respect the rights of others
-Please respect the arena's property and the property of others

Specific rules governing freeskating (freestyle) sessions
-Sign in and pay for each session before stepping on to the ice.
-No breakable containers are allowed rinkside. Drinks are allowed on or below the railing. Food is not permitted near the rail or on the ice.
-Please pick up all belongings (including tissues, water bottles, etc) at the end of the session.
-Parents, skaters not in the session or other spectators should not loiter at the rail or benches. This is unsafe and it interferes with a constructive training session.
-Coaching by parents from the bleachers, benches or railing is not allowed at any time.
-The benches by the ice are to be used by skaters and coaches only.
-If skaters must talk to someone off the ice, even for a brief time, they need to get off the ice to do so.
-Videotaping anyone other than your own skater is strictly prohibited.

It is important for everyone's safety that all skaters stay aware of other skaters on the ice. Try to anticipate their patterns as you decide your own pattern.
-If you are a less experienced skater, please be extra careful to stay aware of other skaters and to look ahead of where you are skating to see what others are doing or are about to do.
-If you are an experienced skater, please be patient with the less experienced skaters. Remember- you were new to freestyles at one time, too.

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