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As with any other sport if your child shows promise on the ice and you are considering getting involved with competitive skating there are many costs involved and there is a great time commitment to consider. So before you agree to such a commitment ask yourself the following questions and the answers should help with your decision.

Time Commitments: Many hours will be spent in ice rinks...

  • Are you available for many hours of practice, 5 or 6 days a week, on and off the ice?
  • Can you commit to 3 or 4 private lessons each week?
  • Do you have the time to take your child to competitive events that are local and away?
  • How will this affect the rest of your family?
  • Do you have other children that will also need commitment from you for a sport or activity?

Costs: Everything is expensive, from the skates to the outfits, to ice time and training...

  • Can you afford lessons and rink rentals?
  • Do you realize the cost of skates, equipment, costumes and accessories?
  • Can you pay for travel to competitions and the fees involved?
  • Do you realize there could be additional medical expenses resulting from injuries?

 

 

Emotional Investments: You will have to bear your child's let downs and teach them to be gracious winners...

  • Does your child have the drive and competitive spirit necessary for this sport?
  • Can your child handle the hard work, dedication and commitment required to be a competitive skater?
  • Can you and your family handle it if you child's skating career is unsuccessful?
  • Does your child want to do if for themselves or because a friend is participating?
  • Are you willing to trust a competitive skating coach to make decisions regarding your child’s skating?