If you are a good and experienced skater, you may wish to consider becoming a coach or instructor. Training is needed by potential students at many levels and in many disciplines, so it will be important to match your teaching level to your skating knowledge base. In order to work with high level of inline or roller skaters, you will need to have more of a range and will need to aggressively continue to upgrade and develop your skills and knowledge as the sport develops, rules change and new options become available. Lower level instruction will still require solid basics and a good working knowledge of the fundamental skills.
Much more than skill and technical information is needed to be a good coach or instructor. Your personality, communication skills, patience and empathy are important in encouraging or motivating a skater to learn to skate and develop good technique. If you are a great skater, but can't communicate well enough to teach maneuvers to your students, you will not be a good instructor or coach.Take the steps needed to become a coach or instructor:
- Watch established inline and roller skating coaches as they give private and group instruction, but be sure to choose coaches with a good reputation as your role models.
- Coaching is different from skating, so you must learn the technical foundation and system that inline or roller skating is built on. Good instruction is more than just mimicking your demonstrations.
- Before teaching, check your level of competency and be sure to know your what your limitations, special abilities and strengths are in skating.
- Seek training and certification under one or more of the skating associations like USA Roller Sports, the Roller Skating Association, the Skate Instructors Association, the Inline Certification Program International , the United Kingdom Inline Skating Association and the Inline Skate Association.
- Learn basic first aid, so you know how to handle falls, sprains and other skating injuries or emergencies until a medical professional is available.
- Be prepared to continue developing and evolving your teaching skills.
- Develop your own inline or roller skating program that begins with foundation requirements learned during certification and builds toward higher level skills in your area of specialty. Your program should have various levels of entry to accommodate more experienced skaters.
- Don't forget to have a resume or bio prepared to verify your experience, training and certification(s).
Get in touch with recreational programs, sports centers, schools and skating rinks near your area to discover the programs they offering, and find out if there is a need for skating instructors or coaches. Chances are they will let you participate as an independent instructor or coach in one of their existing programs. Or they may even offer you an opportunity to run your own roller sports program.
And be sure to network with members of the association(s) you have certified with, because they may have information on jobs and program needs in their areas of coverage.Share Your Roller Sports Job Experience
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