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Dear JO ANN: How Can I Pay for My Child’s Figure Skating Dream?

Dear JO ANN:  How Can I Pay for My Child’s Figure Skating Dream?
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Today I received the following letter from a very concerned ice skating parent:

Dear Jo Ann:  I have a 13 year old daughter who has a true passion for skating.  She has experienced some negative situations at her rink and skating club, but has never given up.   In addition, she is quite a talented skater who learns quickly and can do double jumps, but is behind in some areas.  She may have been kept behind by certain coaches who favored other skaters.

For over a year, my daughter asked to learn the double Axel, but the coaches refused, so I decided to offer my child the possibility of accomplishing her wish to learn the double Axel and I contacted another rink, coach, and club.   Then, we made a training rink and coaching change.   The change seemed to be a good decision, since after two lessons, my daughter began to land double Axels!

Anyway, we decided to permenately change to the different rink and club, but the new training rink is asking for the equivalent of my monthly salary!
 
I don’t quite know what to do.  I am thinking about asking my bank for a loan to pay for my daughter’s skating training!   I am very concerned about this entire situation, but I don t want to break my daughter’s figure skating dream.
 
What should I do?  Are there any rinks, coaches, or skating clubs that give financial help to young athletes?
 
Thank you so much for your time.
 
Scared and Worried Skatng Mom
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Here’s my reply:
Dear Scared and Worried Skating Mom:
 
I am glad to hear about your child’s passion for skating and her success in landing the double Axel jump.
 
Here are my thoughts:
 
Be honest with the coaches at the new training facility.  Tell them what you can and cannot afford, and absolutely don’t do something drastic like taking out a loan to pay for your child’s skating!
 
You will not be destroying your child’s skating dream.  At the age of 13, she has accomplished much in the sport already if she is landing double Axels!  Stay within your budget.
 
If the new training facility is not willing to train your daughter under the budget you set, consider finding another place to train.
 
Sadly, most ice arenas, coaches, or clubs don’t offer financial assistance to figure skaters.

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com

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