How do Skaters transision from being trained by a coach to Competition?
Say,I was wondering how (when are fully trained to do so by a coach) Skaters make the transision (sorry if I spelled that wrong) from being trained to being in competition for the first time.
Part of the training skaters do at home is to skate their programs just like they will do at the competition. They do the same warmup that they will do at the competition. They might wear their costume, their coach might announce their name like it will be at the competition, they will skate out from the door, take their opening position, and skate the program all the way through without stopping, even if they make mistakes. That way, when they go to the competition everything will feel the same as at home.
Does a coach just come up to a skater after a curtain amount of time though,and ask if they want to compete. Prior to the coach thinking there ready. Or how do Skaters first become competitors? From the time they first got on ice,up to that point?
Skaters usually start competing at small local competitions, usually when they are young. A coach might say to the parent "the rink is holding a competition in 2 months- here is the paperwork if your skater wants to participate". It is generally very relaxed.
A skater who skates at Regionals (with hopes of going to Nationals) will have had to pass multiple tests, so the coach and skater have had a talk about what the skater's goals are.
But really- anyone can compete. There are competitions for kids who are just doing marches and swizzles, for example. I would say it is less common for a skater to start competing before they enter freestyle, but many Basic Skills competitions exist. By the time a skater has passed all the basic skills levels and is in freestyle, they and their parents know about competitions, so they could ask the coach themselves if they wanted to compete.