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High Performance Program

The Skating Club of Boston is pleased to announce the introduction of a new High Performance program that is designed to enhance the Club’s current training environment. The program will be rolled out in phases, with the ultimate goal of creating a structure that will facilitate our expansion into our new facility and more firmly establish the Club’s position as a center of excellence for all skating disciplines.

The initial focus of the program will be on singles and pairs skating within our Boston facility, and the first phase of the program, which will commence with the fall ice schedule, will start by setting and promoting training standards for participating skaters and coaches. Subsequent phases of the program’s rollout will introduce incentives for program participants, provide enhanced parental education, add more support for our coaches’ professional development and extend the program to dance. So what’s in Phase I?

Phase I:
Phase 1 of the High Performance program will first and foremost focus on encouraging the dedication and commitment required to fully achieve one’s potential in our sport. To that end, to participate in the program, skaters will be required to commit to a minimum training schedule comprising both on- ice and off-ice work. The minimum requirements will vary by test level, with the training commitment gradually increasing with each higher test level.

Skaters will also be required to sign an “Athlete Pledge” committing to behavior standards. We’re quite certain that most of our skaters are already adhering to the principles outlined in the pledge, but we believe that formalizing this commitment will help promote an atmosphere of discipline and excellence.

To help program participants focus on their training, we will be designating certain sessions as “High Performance” ice. During these designated sessions, which will run from 9:20 AM through 5:00 PM on Mondays through Fridays, skaters, coaches and parents will be expected to adhere to additional ice rules that are designed to minimize distractions for our skaters during their training.

And to increase awareness of the effort our skaters invest in their training, we will be introducing periodic “awards” that focus on the High Performance program’s values. These awards will acknowledge program participants for their efforts in areas such as perseverance, sportsmanship, and overall training. We are also looking into creating an exclusive jacket for members of the High Performance team.

Finally, we will be introducing a series of seminars that will address issues that can impact athlete development, such as nutrition and sports psychology. For our initial rollout, we will be aiming for at least one seminar per quarter.

So in summary, the first phase of the program will involve the following:

  • Skaters commit to minimum training levels (outlined below)
  • Skaters pledge to adhere to specified behavior standards
  • Designated “High Performance” sessions Monday through Friday from 9:20 AM until 5:00 PM during which additional ice rules apply
  • Periodic “awards” to acknowledge model behavior
  • Seminars to promote the complete and holistic development of our skaters

How do skaters enroll in the High Performance program?
Skaters interested in participating in the program should request an application from the Club office and then review the minimum training requirements and pledge with their primary coach and parents. Skaters whose original fall schedule is short on the minimum on- or off-ice sessions needed based on test level may add additional sessions via the add / drop process.

Do skaters have to be in the High Performance program to skate between 9:20 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday?
No. The High Performance program is being layered on top of the Club’s existing schedule so the designated sessions will remain open to everyone, including skaters who choose not to participate in the program (subject to meeting the individual session requirements, of course). However, during High Performance sessions, all skaters, coaches and parents must adhere to the additional ice rules applicable to those sessions.

Do skaters in the High Performance program have to skate exclusively on “High Performance” ice?
No. Skaters in the High Performance program are free to fulfill their minimum on ice requirements through any Boston-based sessions, including those outside of the High Performance window. For example, if a skater at the Juvenile level were skating two sessions in Boston on Saturday, those two sessions would count towards the minimum weekly requirement for the Juvenile level of 10 sessions.

Can skating that takes place at other facilities count towards the program’s minimum requirements?
In order to count towards the High Performance program, we are at this time requiring that all skating take place at the Club‘s Boston facility. This will allow us to monitor the program’s initial effectiveness as well as each individual participating skater’s fulfillment of the program’s requirements, which would be difficult to do if training is taking place at multiple locations. Once the program is more fully established, we may investigate the feasibility of expanding the program to include ice at one or more of the Club’s satellite locations, and will update you should this happen.

Can off-ice activities that take place outside the Club count towards the program’s minimum requirements?
As with skating, we are at this time requiring that all off-ice training activities be conducted at the Club‘s Boston facility unless otherwise specified. If skaters interested in participating in the High Performance program are unable to fulfill their minimum off-ice training requirements at the Club due to a lack of compatibility with the Club’s current off-ice training options, we will investigate the possibility of expanding the Club’s off-ice offerings.

Is that all there is to the program?
As mentioned earlier, the High Performance program will be rolled out in phases. The first phase of the program will primarily focus on establishing a mindset of dedication to excellence, while in subsequent phases we plan to introduce additional incentives for program participants, provide enhanced parental education and add more support for our coaches’ professional development. And ultimately when we are in our new facility, we hope to be able to have segregated High Performance ice sessions.

Program Oversight
To help us implement the program, the Board of Governors has appointed Peter Johansson to serve as Skating Director for the Club. Peter’s responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and implementing the High Performance program under the supervision of the Club’s Executive Director, Doug Zeghibe
  • Enforcing skater and coach compliance with ice rules
  • Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the Club’s off-ice training resources and recommending changes to Board as warranted
  • Maximizing ice utilization by approving reasonable exceptions as warranted
  • Promoting the development of the Club’s coaching staff and assessing the Club’s ongoing coaching needs
  • Creating a parent education program to help parents better understand the sport’s requirements and how to best support skaters in their training endeavors
  • Designing and delivering summer training camps
  • Providing the Board with periodic updates on the program’s status

And in light of the multitude of tasks required to launch the High Performance program, Bobby Martin and Mark Mitchell will be helping Peter with this effort.

Questions?
We hope you will see the value in this program and decide to participate. If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Colleen O’Brien (colleen.obrien@scboston.org ), Doug Zeghibe (douglas.zeghibe@scboston.org ) or Peter Johansson (peter.johansson@scboston.org ).

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SINGLES

On-Ice Requirements:

No Test – Pre Juvenile – 8 sessions per week at The Skating Club of Boston
Juvenile – 10 sessions per week at The Skating Club of Boston
Intermediate – 13 sessions per week at The Skating Club of Boston
Novice – Senior – 15 sessions per week at The Skating Club of Boston

Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning Requirements:

Initial off-ice assessment, plus:

No Test – Pre Juvenile – 2 off-ice sessions per week at The Skating Club of Boston
Juvenile – 4 off-ice sessions per week (3 at The Skating Club of Boston)
Intermediate – 5 off-ice sessions per week (4 at The Skating Club of Boston)
Novice – Senior – 5 off-ice sessions per week at The Skating Club of Boston

PAIRS

On-Ice Requirements:

All Levels – 13 sessions per week at The Skating Club of Boston (2x pair per day + 3 singles per week)

Off-Ice Strength and Conditioning Requirements:

All Levels:

  • Initial off-ice assessment, followed by quarterly strength and conditioning assessment, plus
  • 5 sessions per week off-ice strength and conditioning at The Skating Club of Boston (otherwise needs to be approved), plus
  • 5 sessions per week off-ice lifting/skill sessions

Note: The above activities are the minimum physical training requirements to participate in the High Performance program. Additional athlete development obligations such as nutritional counseling and other activities may be introduced in the future and / or currently be required by individual coaches.

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