The 2018 SkaterPlanner™ is now available. And this year there is a choice of cover. All are gender neutral featuring both white and black skates and because 2018 is an Olympic year, there are options to choose a cover featuring the Korean flag as a reminder of Pyeongchang 2018. The SkaterPlanner™ is a fantastic all-in-one resource to get you thinking about a plan for your skating instead of just drifting from day to day and finding you’re not progressing as quickly as you’d like. It’s a great place to keep all your skating information together – your goals, competition and test dates and results, monthly training notes, and planning for competitions and tests. There’s a plastic pocket to keep all your PDFs together too. There are pages of info, articles by former champion skaters and fun pages. And it’s a diary with plenty of space to write in those patch times, lesson changes, off ice schedules, skate camps, competition and test dates, school homework and – most important of all, time out with friends! All this, wrapped up in a fabulous A5, spiral bound essential addition to the competitive skater’s kitbag. There’s lots of new material in this year’s planner as well as favourites from last year, and this year there’s an elastic band built in to keep it all together
“I love my 2016 planner…I use it every time I skate or have a lesson. I also used it in preparation for my first ever competition this past Sunday (placed 4th of 8 skaters). It really helped me to be able to write down my strategy before and my reflection after the event. Please put me in the queue for the 2017 planner…don’t want to miss it!” – Amy Hayashimoto LaReau
Only £24.99 plus P&P
What’s in it?
There are lots of new materials included in the 2018 SkaterPlanner™ as well as a selection of last year’s favourites:
- Inspirational quotes;
- Daily and weekly positivity exercise;
- Top tips;
- A feature on Korea and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics;
- Exclusive articles by former skating champions on Skating as a Career and Life after Sport;
- Fun pages to while away the time and help your mind focus;
- Space to record your progress and a gold star merit reward system for your coach to use when you achieve big milestones;
- A place for communication with your coach – notes on what you’re working on (great for getting your parents off your back!);
- Somewhere to set and record all your skating goals;
- Pages to help your jump consistency;
- Space for reflection on your competition and test results and plan for the next one;
- A whiteboard – design your next costume, draw out your choreography or just use it for graffiti – whatever you want!;
- A pocket to keep your PDFs in – or your music CD;
“Got one of your skater planners™ for Christmas and they are amazing! I am finally getting my confidence back and starting feeling prepared for next season! Thank you Elizabeth!” – Sophie Waddell
A Quick ‘Hello’ to Parents and Coaches – and a little background on why I produced this lovely SkaterPlanner™…
Some years ago when my daughter first started skating, I quickly realised that a lack of communication was a contributory factor to Skater Family Stress – it wasn’t anybody’s fault – simply the structure in place. Coaches moved from skater to skater or group to group as they taught their lessons, and parents (mainly mums) would sit and watch and wonder – why, why, why…?
- Why isn’t my child in the higher group when s/he can do that jump?
- Why is the naughty child getting all the attention so mine isn’t getting any?
- Why isn’t the coach doing a run through of his/her programme when the competition is so close?
- Why don’t I hear about the competition/test dates until it’s really short notice?
- Why is my child behaving like that?
And so on…
And the coaches were working so hard trying to teach as many skaters as possible in the time allocated, there was no time to talk to the parents and answer their questions. And the rather anti-social nature of their working hours didn’t lend itself to reaching them easily on the phone either. Meanwhile the coaches faced that perpetual problem encountered by teachers everywhere when trying to relay information to parents via less than reliable young intermediaries!
“BEST.PRESENT.EVER” – Melanie Perry, CEO, Heroes on Ice
So here’s my solution to a communication problem which had the potential at times to create major misunderstandings. The Ice Cool Confidence SkaterPlanner™. Including a space for coaches to jot down what the skater is doing well and what they need to practice and work on during patch sessions. Or somewhere to alert the parents to test and competition application deadlines, the need for blade sharpening or new skates; dates for skate camps and recommendations for fitness and off-ice training; and a merit system to show how the skater has worked really hard and achieved recognition from their coach – a gold star for the first double axel landed, a really tough lesson, being a great role model in the face of adversity – and so on. Being appreciated by the coach will boost the skater’s morale and lessen the stresses on the parents. Having the information to hand about application deadlines and matters the parents need to deal with gives reassurance to the parent that the coach does indeed have the best interests of their skater at heart.
“Just wanted to say Molly Robotham has not put her planner down since we arrived home! Such a great tool already full with stuff! Thanks.” – Melanie Robotham
Try it for 2018 – your skater will have a place to focus and progress, learn a little independence and take their training responsibilities seriously. You’ll be surprised at how much more motivated they will be when they start using their SkaterPlanner™.