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Coach Karen Pasco

Professional Figure Skating Instructor & Choreographer

Coach Karen Pasco

Figure skating is a wonderful sport that can breed self-confidence, self-reliance, self-discipline, good health, lifelong friendships and brings much enjoyment & fulfillment!







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About Figure Skating

There are five separate disciplines in the sport of figure skating: ladies singles, men’s singles, pairs, ice dancing and synchronized skating. Within each discipline

there is a unique test structure and competitive pipeline that takes you from Basic Skills to the elite levels of the sport.


Recreational skaters skate for fun and individual achievement. Having a coach who understands how to teach proper technique and develop fundamental skills while ensuring the child's interest and enthusiasm is vital. Skaters may choose to never compete and continue up the ladder of tests to gain credentials for coaching, judging or to help stay motivated while working on more difficult skills.



The individual starts out on the ice, usually in group classes, then moves into private lessons and recreational competition. Becoming a competitive figure skater requires time for practice, training, ice time, and competitions & it becomes very rewarding personally.

U.S. Figure Skating provides a full competition structure for its members. From Basic Skills to adults, invitational club competitions, artistic, synchronized skating and qualifying events that lead to the U.S. and World championships and the Olympic Winter Games, there is something for everyone!

USFS Testing Structure

The test structure is the backbone of U.S. Figure Skating. Passing skill tests by official judges advances the skater to the next level. Skaters test in moves in the field, free skating, pairs and ice dancing. As a skater advances, the tests become more difficult. The highest achievement in each discipline is the gold test.

Qualifying Competition Structure

This is the pipeline for singles, pairs and ice dancing to advance to the U.S. Championships, international competitions, World Championships and Olympic Winter Games. The top skaters advance in the juvenile to senior levels and compete for various titles based on age and test level.

Nonqualifying Competition Structure

Skaters of all ages and can participate in nonqualifying competitions to earn awards and showcase skill mastery. Nonqualifying competitions are divided into two tracks; one is more recreational and the other is more competitive in nature. Skaters compete at their current skill and test levels and are open to all members to participate.

Parents Code of Conduct Preparing Young Skaters For Competition Tips For Parents


As a parent of a skater or skaters, you want the best for your child. To enjoy it to the fullest and help make it fun and valuable for your child, you first need to understand your responsibilities as a skating parent:

1. Encourage your child to skate but don't pressure. Let your child choose to skate if he or she wants to.

2. Understand what your child wants from skating and provide a supportive atmosphere for achieving these goals.

3. Put your child's participation in perspective. Don't make skating everything in your child's life; make it a part of life.

4. Make sure the coach is qualified to guide your child through the skating experience.

5. Keep winning in perspective and help your child do the same.

6. Help your child set challenging but realistic performance goals rather than focusing only on "winning."

7. Help your child understand the valuable lessons skating can teach.

8. Help your child meet responsibilities to the coach.

9. Discipline your child when necessary.

10. Turn your child over to the coach at practices and competitions - don't meddle or coach from the sidelines.

Resources for Parents from US Figure Skating