- Do not talk about other competitors in the audience. I didn't do this, I swear! However, two moms told me about videotaping their daughters' programs at a competition. When they reviewed the video from their living rooms, they could hear snarky parents sneering about different competitors. Eeew.
- Bring your wallet. They sell flowers ($1.50 each) to give to the girls. You can buy a photo package of your child standing on the awards podium. (The package I bought set me back $29.99.) You can also arrange for the photographer to take tons of photos of your daughter during the program. I didn't do this in time, so I'm not sure how much that would have cost me. A gal was selling dresses (I resisted), someone sold T-shirts, and another person had a wooden skate to display medals. Did I mention sugary and salty snacks from the concession stand? Video games and pop machines? I could have dropped $100 and I'm glad that I left having spent maybe $45.
- Dress warmly. This one's kind of obvious; however, the heaters went out in the judges' area and they froze, poor dears.
- Be thankful for the coach. The coach takes the skater through the whole competition process while the parent watches from the stands. I did hair, dress, make-up at 6 a.m., then watched from the stands. Very nice.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Ice Girl attended her first figure skating competition this morning. She did well (first place in her event!), but I gathered some useful information about competitions and etiquette.