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
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.
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.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.