Here's a hot button question. (And I know I'm inviting debate.) When you as a skater are choosing a coach, which do you value more: Education? Or Experience?
Do you want a coach who has themselves come up through the ranks, done a lot of competing and testing as skaters and has a good many years of experience as a coach?
Or do you want a coach who didn't do much skating in their youth but comes with a High PSA Rating and has done all the hardcore testing and study that comes with that rating?
Now, I'm not saying one is better than the other, and I'm not going to say my preference. (Although that should be obvious.) I think it's a personal decision to the skater, their goals and their working style. And as long as you get the results you're looking for, it doesn't matter. But I'm curious as to how others feel about it, after having a bit of an email debate about it during the week.
So, there's a poll in the sidebar. All eighty some of you who visit this page daily, go vote. And if you want to comment, great. But keep it civil. I know that coaching discussions can get a little heated, and that's just because we're all passionate people. So please be COMpassionate, or I'll shut it down. (It's my blog.)