National Program Components Camp a Rousing Success

Rockne Brubaker with a young skater in the Grease group
(4/19/11) - The 2011 National Program Components Camp--the brainchild of U.S. Figure Skating's Athlete Development Department and the Athlete Development Committee--was held last week in Strongsville, Ohio, to rave reviews. In all, 154 athletes, 130 parents, 50 coaches and 28 faculty/staff members took part in the event.

The 2-1/2-day camp kicked off with an "Athletes Welcome" on the evening of Friday, April 15, when attendees got into the Broadway spirit and dressed for a night at the theater. After an opening movie introducing the camp and showing highlights from the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, athletes heard from the keynote speaker, two-time U.S. pairs champion Rockne Brubaker, and from all eight of the Athlete Advisory Committee (AAC) members who volunteered as assistants for the weekend. From there, campers met with their assigned team for the weekend.

Athletes were divided into eight groups of 20--six ladies singles groups, one men's singles group and one pairs/ice dancing group--each of which was named for a Broadway musical: Annie, The Lion King, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Legally Blonde, Wicked, Grease and Jersey Boys. Athletes stayed with their group and went through eight on-ice classes and six off-ice classes designed to help them improve their skills in the program components area and experience the fun of working on the "second mark."

The classes taught included:
  • Developing Turns & Edges
  • Developing Skating Skills
  • Stage Presence
  • Step Sequences
  • Choreography & Transitions (in which campers learned a group number)
  • Performance Execution
  • Judging
  • Artistry in Motion
  • Core, Stretch & Strength

Faculty included many past national, World and Olympic team members, coaches, national judges and choreographers, including Steven Cousins, Lisa Marie Allen, Debbie Koegel-Fediukov, Suzy Seminack, Kelley Morris-Adair, Gig Siruno, Jamie Isley, Saga Krantz, Josh Babb, Paula Wagener, Kammy Shuman, Justin Dillon, Kim Heim and Eric Hampton. Assistants from the AAC were Felicia Beck, Pilar Bosley, Jonathan Cassar, Ryan Devereaux, Ben Miller, Larisa Joeright, Lindsey Weber and Jason Wong.

Parents had their own track, too, which featured classes like "Understanding Judging," "Injury Prevention" and "Navigating U.S. Figure Skating." Dr. Christine Silby served as a special guest lecturer in the area of sports psychology. In addition, parents had the opportunity to try the athletes' off-ice classes.

Coaches had their own track as well, led by PSA representatives Heidi Thibert and Morris-Adair.

The camp wrapped up Sunday night with exhibition performances. Athletes put on the group number they learned during the weekend to music from their Broadway musical, and the AAC members in attendance performed a special piece as well.

View photos on the INcrowd from the 2011 National Program Components Camp.

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