Learn to Skate USA, the premier source for all things figure skating, has teamed up with Rink Tank Interactive to bring you the Learn to Skate USA 'Skate Coach' app series for iPhone and iPod Touch.
The Snowplow Sam 1-4 app was designed to help preschool-age children develop primary coordination and strength to move on skates.
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.
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.
The Skate Coach app series has now been updated to the Learn to Skate USA curriculum! The apps have a new look, and new skills have been highlighted to be easily recognized for those people new to the program!
Ratings and Reviews
Great app - easy to use
These apps are great. Chock full of useful information and video samples. Easy to use if you're a coach or student. They also make great reference for the casual skater. Cant wait to see what comes next.
Age appropriate videos!
This is a great app to help show parents and skaters what their child should be able to do to pass a level! Parents have long said, I don't know what the skills should look like, so I don't know how to help my skater when they practice. No more! With this inexpensive app, a parent can help their skater during skate practice away from their learn to skate instructor! Students can know what they should look like and practice away from the instructor to come back the next week with the new skill improved drastically due to the time spent practicing!
The app is really helpful. It lists the skills that as shown in the US FIgure Skating basic skills program record book for the level purchased, in this case Snowplow Sam. Clicking on each skill launches a quick video that shows someone performing each skill. If the skill involves using both the right and/or the left foot, the video shows each one.You can rotate your phone to view the video in portrait view and much larger. That is about it- it simply has organized videos, no additional tips, tricks, etc. However, it is soooo much more helpful than the Record Book to see what you will be tested on.
I like for the Snowplow videos that it uses a skater who appears to be about 5 years old. She performs the skills just like real snowplow skater would- i.e. very well, but not as smoothly as a 14 year old would.
I also LOVE that the Snowplow 3 skater is wearing a helmet. I think that it is great that U.S. Figure Skating is tacitly encouraging kids and their parents to play it safe. At the Snowplow Sam age, kids genearlly don't have the speed or strength to tuck their chins when falling, nor the coordination to ensure that they don't take a nasty fall.
I also purchased the adult app, since I take skating lessons at the same time as my daughter. The videos helped me to better understand some of the things that my coach had been trying to explaing to me. It was helpful to watch them over and over (whereas my coach generally only demos them once) so that I could watch for arm position, then feet, then body, etc. I think it will really help me when I practice, especially if I can't remember exactly what I was supposed to do.
- Mark Fitzgerald
- 241.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Russian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.