How To Stay Involved In Figure Skating

 By: Danielle Rose
A lot of time and money gets devoted to figure skating when a person has a passion for it. A lot of people start out at a very young age learning how to skate, and when they grow up want to stay involved. Not everyone has the ability to turn into a professional figure skater though. There is more to ice skating than becoming a professional. Some jobs other than professional skating are coaching, reporter for ice skating news, or a job in rink management.

First, we'll look at becoming a coach. All different levels need coaches. In order to coach the upper levels of figure skating, you will need to have more skills. Lower levels will require less skill, but you will still need to know the basics and have the fundamental skills. However, it takes more than skill to be a good coach. To be a good coach, you need to have a certain personality. Patience is needed to be a good coach and so is understanding. If you aren't able to teach another person how to do a certain technique or move, being the best skater in the world won't help you be a good coach.

Another job that deals with figure skating that a person could get is news reporting or writing. Writing books about figure skating or reporting the skating news though, are difficult jobs to get. Limited jobs are available in reporting, and more often that not, books are written for the passion of figure skating, and not for money purposes.

And lastly, a job that could be obtained is rink management. This is a job that requires a lot of people skills and business skills, along with an interest in skating, but not the fundamental skills of skating itself. This job is demanding because running and ice rink is not an easy job, but it keeps you close to the ice. Rink managers like coaches need patience, but they need it in a different way. Rick managers don't need to teach someone a move on the ice, but they are the ones who have to deal with the public, and like any business, you are going to have crabby customers.

Remember, figure skating is a passion, but it doesn't require a lot of skill to obtain a job that keeps you close to the ice.
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