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03-28-2011, 04:38 PM
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Whiskeypete
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Originally Posted by beth View Post
I was thinking the same thing as berto14 - that maybe you just need arrange the number of teams in each division better.

Also, maybe all the coaches could get together and just make a list of clear expectations for each division and when kids should be moved up.

Mites is tough because there's such a wide range of ability as a lot of the kids are just entering the program. Some 5 and 6 year olds can be a bit daydreamy, but skate well and a 7 year old can go from barely skating to awesome in just a few months because they have a little more focus. And then there seems to be a growth spurt in there too, so mites come in all sorts of sizes. It all seems to level out more once they're squirts.

But always the focus should be on fun and skills. To deal with any disparities on our mite team, we sorted them by ability/size at practice and ran stations that way. Then the more advanced ones could get more difficult versions of the same drills.
we are doing the same thing with the program i'm involved with. we don't have an in house league due to lack of ice time, the rink only has one sheet. after the travel teams Midget - mites, figure skating schools, sync skating and speed skating there isn't any time for an in house. what we do have is a LTP program that is solely focused on developing the skills the kids need.

imo moving kids up for the sake of filling out three teams doesn't do them any good. kids will become discouraged and lose focus. while they will advance their skills playing they need a foundation to start with and it sounds like they aren't getting the basics they need to start out.

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