The adage “off-season is pre-season” was never more true this past summer for the Saratoga Synchro Program’s skaters and coaches. Clinics, camps, fundraising activities and pre-season training kept everyone busy learning and having fun.
Saratoga Synchro’s 4th Annual Spring-into-Synchro Clinic was held at the beginning of June. Lots of planning and preparation goes into this highly anticipated event and once again, it didn’t disappoint. We were joined by world-renowned coach Saga Krantz and acclaimed choreographer Paula Wagener. Each of them spent time with the skaters both on and off the ice and all of the skaters were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them. We were also fortunate to be joined by Tiffany Wilding White, a noted Sports Psychology Trainer. She shared valuable strategies on coping with pressure, performing your best, and working well as a team. The day was filled with lots of synchro fun and learning. Everyone walked away with smiles and valuable tips for improvement.
Many of our skaters took advantage of the East coast locations of this year’s USFS DREAM camps. Pre-Juvenile skaters attended the day-long event in Morristown, NJ while skaters from our Intermediate team joined Skating Director and Head Coach Melissa Williams in Delaware for the annual Coaches College/Synchronized Skating Training Festival. Skaters at both camps enjoyed meeting and working with this year’s DREAM skaters. \Hearing about some of the skating challenges they’ve faced and how they overcame them was very inspiring. Everyone could relate to someone’s story. Hearing the stories helped skaters to realize that many of their own challenges could also be overcome with desire, determination and hard work. Skaters at both DREAM camps were excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from many of the top Synchro coaches in the country. Every class provided valuable new tips and techniques and the enthusiasm of everyone present was contagious. Our skaters especially enjoyed making new friends from other teams. Many continue to keep in touch and are eagerly anticipating cheering each other on at this season’s competitions.
Another particular highlight of the summer was our annual Synchro day at the Saratoga Race Track. Skaters and families manned the Community Booth for a fun-filled day with teammates, painting faces, helping with arts and crafts, and raising awareness about our Synchronized skating program. This event is one our skaters look forward to every year. The teams enjoyed the chance to work together while raising money to help support the season’s programming. Although the summer ended too soon, Saratoga Synchro skaters were prepared and ready to get back on the ice and excited to begin work on this season’s programs.