What's involved in competitions?
Both the obvious things like dedicated/extra cost, travel, extra practice time, how to get music. But also what happens when I get there? What's the parent's role? How many should we do?
Why should my skater do this particular competition?
I somehow got the impression that there were required competitions. I had no clue what that there was a thing called "non qualifying competition." No one ever told me what "regionals" was-- I thought you had to be invited, because our original coach never brought it up, and the mothers of the kids who went lorded it over us. Ask your coach why he/she does certain competitions, and what the value is in going to them.
Why do those kids go to different competitions?
Why don't I see the rink's best skaters at the competitions that my skater goes to?
It might be that you're just not seeing them. It might be that your coach is taking you to crappy competitions, for reasons unknown.
How do you get to Nationals?
By which I mean, know what the path is, not whether you're talented enough.
What is "moves?" (or any other technical class)
Another thing I didn't learn until I started coaching.
Why should I join ISI-- what does that mean?
Why should I join USFS and does it matter which club?
In a small market, there's probably only one club. But in a large market like Chicago there are a lot of them. Our coach had us sign up for the "prestige" club, but frankly it was all in his head. This club had a terrible testing schedule, punitive fees, and arrogant skating moms in positions of power whose sole purpose in life sometimes seemed to be to lord it over the "lesser" skaters by withholding information and being generally unpleasant.
What questions do you wish you had asked?