Parent Guide

Welcome to IDC’s Parent Guide, a new series focusing on providing information to parents, including breaking down the International Judging System (IJS).  

The series will be written by Adrienne Koob-Doddy, a coach and former U.S. ice dancer.  

Parent Guide: Families Working Together

Parent Guide: Families Working Together

Hello again from all of us at IDC! The competition season is in full swing, with the Junior Grand Prix series already wrapped up and Skate America about to start! For domestic events, six of the regional competitions have already finished, and with just three left,...

Parent Guide: Communication

Parent Guide: Communication

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy Happy September! This month we are going to chat about communication. This is critically important as we begin the final push towards Sectionals. Sometimes this can be a challenging month at the rink; school schedules have just changed, ice time...

Parent Guide: Competition Survival Guide

Parent Guide: Competition Survival Guide

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy Happy August! While the competition season has begun, we are about to embark upon the qualifying season, the part of the year that I believe causes the most stress for ice dancers and their support systems. Now we come to the pivotal point where...

Parent Guide: Team Roles

Parent Guide: Team Roles

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy Happy summer! This is always an exciting time in the season- school is out, more time is usually spent at the rink, and thus, our skaters see great growth in their skills and programs. This is the time where the run-throughs start getting easier...

Parent Guide: Goal Setting

Parent Guide: Goal Setting

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy Hello all and welcome back to IDC’s Parent Guide! We are already in to June, the month when I think most coaches and skaters start to lose sleep. As we approach the first early competitions of the season, there are many questions swirling...

Parent Guide: Season Planning

Parent Guide: Season Planning

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy Welcome to the new season! The season after the completion of an Olympic cycle is always extra interesting; new rules are in place, new dances are being introduced, and new expectations are set by coaches and skaters alike. Regardless of what...

Parent Guide: 2017-18 Pattern Key Points

Parent Guide: 2017-18 Pattern Key Points

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy Key points- two words filled with such expectation, anxiety, and importance. Today, we dive into what a key point is, why it matters to your child, and some specific information regarding this season’s key points at the Junior and Senior levels....

Parent Guide: Scores FAQs

Parent Guide: Scores FAQs

by Adrienne Koob-DoddyHello again!Since we are approaching one of the largest events of the ice dancing season, the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss some results and scoring FAQs I have heard as a coach and an...

Parent Guide: What in the world is IJS?

Parent Guide: What in the world is IJS?

by Adrienne Koob-Doddy“What in the world is IJS? How does it work? What do these numbers even mean? Why are my kids’ skating skills lower than the last competition? How do we get their GOE scores higher? Why are we not beating that other team?!”These are just some of...

Parent Guide: Debunking the Technical Score

Parent Guide: Debunking the Technical Score

by Adrienne Koob-DoddyWelcome back to the Parents Guide to IJS! On today’s menu we have: Debunking the Technical Score.There are two parts that come together to make the technical score: the base value score for all elements and the Grade of Execution (GOE) scores....

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    November 20 - November 24
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