Learn to Skate USA, the premier basic skating program in the world, has teamed up with Rink Tank Interactive, LLC to bring you the Learn to Skate USA 'Skate Coach' app series for iOS!
The Skate Coach app series was designed to help skaters, parents, instructors and officials understand the standards set for the Basic Skills Program through the use of high definition video examples.
The Freeskate 1-6 app is divided into 4 areas of skating, including moves in the field, dance sequence, spins and jumps. The levels are designed to be MASTERED so when skaters graduate from Freeskate 6, they have a strong foundation on which to build.
Whether in the comfort of your own home, traveling to the rink or during practice, you will always have a Skate Coach in your pocket!
DISCLAIMER: Participating in ice skating has inherent risks, but with good technique and sound equipment these risks are mitigated. While the Skate Coach app series provides examples of skills performed correctly, they are NOT meant to supplement professional skating instruction! Improper use of the Skate Coach apps could result in bodily harm! Please do not attempt these maneuvers while holding an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad on the ice. Learn to Skate USA and Rink Tank Interactive are not responsible for injuries resulting from (direct or indirect) use of these apps.
Welcome to the newly redesigned curriculum of Learn to Skate USA! All of the Skate Coach apps have been updated to the new curriculum, with verbal descriptions and videos to help you all through
Ratings and Reviews
Ok, but there are a few issues
Transitioning to teaching skating in the USFS system (from ISI) I purchased this app to brush up on the slightly different elements in the Basic Skill Program. I love the idea of the app for many purposes (skaters, parents, instructors), but found too many bugs to give it five stars.
Menu pages: when viewing in portrait mode the items are squished together on items Freeskate 2, 4 and 5 (I realize in landscape it is fine, but Freestyle 1 is perfect).
Description pages: there are elements that the name of the element, the description, and the video do not match up.
Example: Freeskate 2 - Waltz 3's have a Begining Back Spin description; Freeskate 3 - Forward and Backward Crossovers have a Back Spin description.
Consistency in descriptions: maintaining the order of focus will make it easier to follow.
Example: Jumps - sometimes the focus of "jump" is first, sometimes third.
Typos: Freeskate 3: Waltz 8 & Backspin descriptions: "Focus: Focus" repeating term (this happens in a few places).
Freeskate 2: Basic backward outside and backward inside consecutive edges
"Focus:Edge" missing space.
Description window: could be much bigger (full screen) so there is no need to scroll through to read the paragraph.
Just like in skating - consistency is key!!!!
Please review the app with a fine tooth comb, and I would happily give it 5 stars.
What this app currently is capable of; demonstrating the elements is fantastic! Students with this app can leave their LTS lesson and practice and use these videos to remember how the element is performed for a passing mark. However for the coach I was hoping to be able to enter my student lis and grade them on each element so that I have one location for all this information and when the student has passed all the elements of a level it could inform me and the student of that... Easy help during a fast paced LTS schedule. This idea might only be useful on the larger screen of my iPad.
Freestyle USFS Basic Skills
This is a GREAT APP. I can show my skaters how elements need to be done. As a Medicare age coach with arthritis., this app is extremely important, as I can't physically do some of these skills anymore. I also use my iPhone to video the skater so they can see what they are doing when I'm teaching.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.