This is my own designation, and it's kind of hard to pinpoint, except I know one when I see one.
A 'fun rink' is inclusive. None of the coaches are former world champions or national competitors. Winning a title doesn't make you a good coach. It makes you a retired competitor. Good coaches have good teaching skills.
In a 'fun rink' an old lady like me is welcome on freestyle. None of the coaches give me grief over skating on FS. ISI rinks tend to be fun rinks. (TEND, mind you, TEND TO BE.)
Leading indicator of a fun rink: No high or low freestyle. Just Freestyle.
Second indicator of a fun rink: No one's going to Nationals, unless it's Adult Nationals or ISI Nationals.
Third indicator of a fun rink: People love skating.
|Fun Rink interpretive program|
Tough rinks on the other hand, have high and low freestyle, obscure rules on who can be on what ice. Lots of competitive skaters. Lots of team coaching. Specialized coaches. Some skaters have a chance at Nationals or have already been. You go in one day and there's famous people on the ice.
Leading indicator of a tough rink: Well, for now I'm going to say it involves the statement "Elite Freestyle requires the permission of the HEAD COACH." (This is a quote from a tough rink, just not the one I'm going to.)
Second indicator: Weird skating mom stories. I just can't wait. I need material for the blog.
|Meow Asada works on her new spiral position|
at her Tough Rink
The real question should be, Why am I leaving my fun rink? I like to take group lessons, and I'm not getting anywhere in the ones at my present fun rink. The (potentially) tough rink has a greater variety of group lessons for adults, plus an adult public. I think it's worth the effort. Plus the psychotic skating mom stories. Excellent.