Relative Importance of Training Stages
In the following diagrams the size of the circles indicates their relative importance; the larger the circle, the greater the importance in that stage. In the centre of each diagram the main components of performance are listed- heredity, personality and training. The quality that impacts that stage the most appears in larger, bold print.
Stage 1: THE LEARNING YEARS
Beginner, Junior, Intermediate, Senior
- Focus on participation
- Basic skills and drills
- Develop good work habits
- Compete but focus entirely on
   performance
- Emphasize fun
- Include a variety of fitness activities
- Heredity will greatly influence
  performance
Stage 2: THE TRAINING YEARS
Advanced
- Focus on process
- Develop competitive strategies
- Compete more selectively
- Emphasize quality skills
- Figure skating dominates all other sports
  and physical activities
- Develop all aspects of mental training
- Personality will greatly influence
  performance
Stage 3: HIGH PERFORMANCE
- Focus on product as well as process
- Maximize psychological and physiological
  factors
- Attain maximal performance capacity
- Figure skating dominates almost all other
  activities
- Training will greatly influence performance
* Please refer to the Free Skating Performance Chart for detailed descriptions of heredity, personality and
   training.