Private lessons, of course, are expensive, but even classes consume resources--time, effort, money.
So then why would you sign up for this torture just to argue with the coach?
I don't mean the occasional ahem discussion about cost, time, or specific technique. I'm talking about telling a coach that their technique is wrong, or that what they are asking cannot be done for whatever reason. Here are the reasons I have heard, mostly from parents and adult students this week:
- I already know how to do that (gee, I already know how to read, so I guess I never have to do that again)
- I refuse to try what you're suggesting because numbleplup, now please tell me why I don't skate better.
- I'm having enough trouble with A, to even have to listen to a coach ask for B
- Everyone else told me to do it this way (demonstrates completely bizarre technique that they made up themselves)
- Isn't that in (name level lower than the one you think you are in, as though you will never have to do those skills again)
- I AM doing what you told me (not) and anyway it's wrong (and you would know this because of the years and years of figure skating training you've shared with me?) and anyway, no one else does it like that, and anyway if I do that I'll get hurt, and anyway, I can't. sigh.
- My arm/leg/head/tooth/hair/dog hurts (so stay home! No one cares if you miss a class, it's not going to go on your permanent record)
- I'm afraid to fall (then take up chess)
- My other coach said I don't have to do it your way (this will almost never happen plus I kinda don't care)
Here's the reality- skating is scary and hard. You have to do crazy stuff like jump, and turn at speed, and pick up one foot. You. Are. Going. To. Fall. In 15 years on the ice, I have seen just seven or eight injuries that required a trip to the doctor. I've seen and taught thousands of people to skate. Recreational skating is not any more dangerous than crossing the street. But crossing the street is free, and you don't argue with the traffic cop.
Arguing with a coach over technique is so counterproductive as to be absurd. I have a fun job, but you're making it be kind of a drag.