Space City Ice Station is now incorporating the S.T.A.R.S. Off-Ice Training Program! (Standardized Testing of Athleticism to Recognize Skaters). The program is a new system of off-ice fitness assessment and development designed to support U.S. Figure Skating's existing testing and competition progressions. Its development is based primarily on the following needs:
to promote robust, all-around fitness in young American skaters
to push and maintain the athletic ability curve ahead of the skills curve
to ensure that young figure skaters are physically prepared to handle the introduction of new, more complex and more demanding skating skills
to reduce the potential for injury typically sustained during the training of these new skills.
Space City Ice Station Staff Coaches are in the process of integrating the S.T.A.R.S. system into the Off-Ice Training Classes that our skaters participate in on a weekly and daily basis. The S.T.A.R.S. Program Exercise Guide llustrates and explains the different types of exercises our athletes can be performing to improve their agility, coordination, strength, power and flexibility.
To find out more about the STARS Off-Ice Training Program, visit www.usfsa.org