Here's how I rack and stack skaters.
"ice tourists" Show up a couple of times a year, usually between November and March, for fun. Never take lessons.
"beginner skaters" People in basic skills class, who may be regulars, but don't own their own skates.
"casual skaters" Committed skaters who regularly show up year round in their own skates, but don't take private lessons.
"recreational skaters" Own their own skates, take private lessons. Don't test.
"test skaters" These skaters are like recreational skaters, but are involved in a test program.
"competitive recreational skaters" Not only do these skaters test, but they work on programs, and go to competions.
"competitive skaters" These are the skaters (usually younger) who are on the track for passing the required tests for entering qualifying competitions.
"elite skaters" These are the 1000 or so skaters who compete in international competitions.
"synchro" Amazingly talented skaters at all levels who love to compete as a team.
So in October I was a "test skater". Now I'm a "casual skater".
Lo, how the mighty have fallen.
|Rudolph, I share your pain.|