I will not prevaricate: my parents personally drove me. or rather, they tried to lead figure skating as early as kindergarten, but – alas! – unsuccessfully. Firstly, during the classes, I missed my mother, who was watching us because of the lattice fence.
I rushed to her, the lattice interfered, and I felt like just a “baby in a cage”. Secondly, I was, to put it mildly, not a very hardworking child, and during classes I was overcome by terrible laziness. So I finally refused to go to the rink.
It’s a pity! Eh, then be me conscious.
However, in the children’s sections of figure skating (by the way, extremely popular with parents) they begin to train the kids long before the onset of a truly conscious age. Why don’t they all run away?
The matter was clarified when I came to the classes of one of the youngest groups (4 years), who quite recently began to master the skill of figure skating at the Moscow Crystal skating rink.
First, there were no lattices on the ice field.
And secondly, as the group coaches Irina Kireeva and Pavel Chernousov explained to me, parents at first (until the children get used to the unfamiliar ice elements and unusual pieces of iron on their shoes) they are simply allowed on the ice! Result: there are so many people who want to ride that at least two groups of 20 people each are engaged in the rink every day.
In general terms, this is the case.
On average – from four to five years. However, everything depends on the physiological development of each individual child: mobility, coordination, and also on his ability to obey the coach. It happens that the group take kids and two and a half years.
Figure skating, like rhythmic gymnastics, is a rather “young” sport: the earlier children get up on the ice, they start learning some skills, the better. After all, the center of gravity in a small body is located quite low, and kids fall much softer than adults.
As a rule, all the guys quickly get used to the ice and become interested in the exercises. However, if the baby is naughty, he asks for his mother, in “Crystal”, for example, he is released – there is no compulsion here.
And there everything depends on the mother: can she persuade him to return to classes.
Before starting to skate directly, babies are taught first of all to fall – correctly, on the right parts of the body, and then get up correctly. Coaches explain how to behave on the ice: do not grab each other, do not drive close to the side.
And gradually the slippery element becomes familiar: after the first lesson, the children, as a rule, cease to be afraid and walk on the ice themselves. And when the fear of falling disappears, you can safely begin to learn to skate.
Persuade him, trying to interest – and with the help of the game, and the example of other guys. In groups, children are drawn one after another, trying to do everything no worse than the others. If the baby does not withstand the load, he is given the opportunity to rest.
The coaches try to teach everyone to skate, but, of course, one should not put too much pressure on the kids: it is clear that not all of them will certainly become skaters.
First, the physical load that is needed by any modern person. Then, at school, the kids will have to sit in lessons for a long time, and at the rink they can try themselves in motion.
Sport helps to form a beautiful body, to solve problems with excess weight (which today’s children have very early due to a sedentary lifestyle). Figure skating is very useful for posture: girls involved in figure skating, walk beautifully all my life! In general, this sport is very harmonious: on the one hand, it develops muscle strength, jumping ability, agility, clarity of movements, on the other hand – coordination, concentration.
And among other things, it’s just a very beautiful sport!
On average, babies study twice a week. First half an hour in the hall: choreography, jumps, then the guys rest, change clothes and ride another 45 minutes.
Such a load for this age is optimal.
You will need skates with leather boots (in any case not with plastic), plastic skate covers to go on and leave the ice, as well as leggings, a sweater and always gloves: their density will depend on the “frost resistance” of the child. For classes in the hall need sneakers and comfortable, non-disruptive clothing.