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Help out the Memorial Fund by Donating Memorabilia or Experiences

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Fundraisers | Comments Off on Help out the Memorial Fund by Donating Memorabilia or Experiences

Do you have an exclusive item or access to a unique experience? Maybe a signed photo of Michelle Kwan? Or a summer home in the Hamptons that’s available for the weekend?

You can turn these into Memorial Fund dollars that will support U.S. Figure Skating athletes of all ages, from Learn to Skate to Team USA.

U.S. Figure Skating will pay shipping costs and issue donation receipts for any items/experiences valued at over $250.

To learn more, contact Brent Diederich, Manager, Giving Programs at 719.228.3424 or bdiederich@usfigureskating.org

For more information on the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund, visit http://www.usfsa.org/story?id=83999

Download a full-size copy of the flyer here.

Club Education Seminar – September 30th

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Training Camps | Comments Off on Club Education Seminar – September 30th

Please join us for the Club Education Plus Seminar, hosted by the Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs, on Saturday, September 30th, from 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Mentor Civic Ice Arena. We will be discussing the day-to-day operations and business related topics of running a successful and financially viable figure skating club. Whether your club has been around for years or it has just been formed, you are the foundation of our sport and the essential link to the success of your members.

This seminar is open to all current and prospective board members, skating directors, coaches and rink management staff – everyone who serves in a leadership position. This seminar is in conjunction with Skate Dance Dream Performance Camp so bring your skater along for a fun-filled day.

The fee is $75 per person or a maximum of $250 per board of four or more members. The fee includes all materials and lunch. You must pre-register if planning to attend. Deadline to register is September 22nd.

Meeting location:
Mentor Civic Ice Arena
8600 Munson Rd, Mentor, OH 44060

Topics discussed during the day will include:
Leadership and Governance

  • Club mission, purpose and vision
  • Bylaws, club standing rules
  • U.S. Figure Skating structure
  • Getting work accomplished – role of committees

Business Practices/Financial Management

  • Safeguarding your club
  • Fundraising

Membership Development

  • Programs to grow membership
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Working with your coaching staff; understanding coaching credentials
  • Conflict Management
  • SafeSport Program – how to implement and enforce

Programs and Events

  • Competitions
  • Special Events

To register for this seminar, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Clemente at sueclemente@att.net or Susi Wehrli McLaughlin at swehrli@usfigureskating.org

We look forward to seeing you in Mentor!

USFS Club Ed Plus is Coming to Mentor

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Training Camps | Comments Off on USFS Club Ed Plus is Coming to Mentor

Saturday September 30 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Mentor Ice Arena.
This event is hosted by the Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs in Partnership with Skate Dance Dream. There is something for everyone.

For Skaters:
A 1-Day Performance Camp covering:

  • Creative Movement Edge & Footwork Classes
  • Musical Interpretation & Expression
  • Autograph Session/Q & A with Faculty
  • Group Performance Number (Faculty will Perform with the Kids!)

Open to levels Freeskate 3 through Senior.Groupings will be divided by LEVEL with age as a secondary divider
Camp Faculty: TBA

For Club Board members, Parents & Coaches:

  • Two tracks for new and experienced board members
  • Parent Education Workshop
  • Coach Workshop
  • On & Off-Ice Workshop with Special Guest Faculty

Download the event flyer and post it at your rink. More details will follow.

Learn to Skate USA Instructor Workshop in Mentor

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Coaching | Comments Off on Learn to Skate USA Instructor Workshop in Mentor

Learn to Skate USA offers ongoing education for all class assistants, instructors and directors covering the Learn to Skate USA curriculum, teaching techniques, testing standards, class organization, safety/liability, parent education, special events, customer service and available resources.

Learn to Skate USA will be offering the Art of Teaching workshop in Mentor on Sunday, October 1 from 1:00-6:0pm.

This workshop is designed for instructors with two or more years of group teaching experience and skating directors. The workshop is 5 hours in length, covers advanced roles as an instructor, teaching techniques, Compete USA and has an on-ice component. Remember to bring your skates.

Specific topics presented at this workshop include :

  • Information about the Learn to Skate USA program – available resources, instructional materials, and marketing collateral.
  • Instructional Elements- class orientation, skills, teaching tips, class organization/management, lesson plans and evaluation standards
  • Fun and games to keep skaters involved
  • Compete USA
  • Specialty classes
  • Your role and responsibility in being an excellent group lesson instructor

For more information and/or to register for the workshop, go to https://fs12.formsite.com/USFSAIT/LTSUSAInstrWkshpMentor/index.html. Registration is required and closes on Friday, September 22, 2017. Cost of the workshop is $25. PSA Credit will be given for the workshop.

Apply now for USFS Community Development Grants

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Grants | Comments Off on Apply now for USFS Community Development Grants

U.S. Figure Skating is awarding six Community Development Grants for the 2017-18 membership year. These grants will provide money to selected U.S. Figure Skating member clubs, Learn to Skate USA programs and U.S. Ice Rinks Association member facilities for the purpose of developing community-based programs/events to attract, involve and inspire new generations of skaters.

Six $2,000 grants will be allocated to the clubs, programs or facilities that most effectively demonstrate how they will use the grant to develop these initiatives. To apply for the grants, email a concise plan to U.S. Figure Skating in care of Susi Wehrli McLaughlin, U.S. Figure Skating Senior Director, Membership, at swehrli@usfigureskating.org. Each plan must contain the following information:

1) Complete contact information and program affiliation
2) Brief history or mission of the organization requesting the grant
3) Concise statement outlining your program/event plan
4) How this will benefit your community and the growth/development of ice skating
5) Who is your target audience? What is the anticipated number of participants?
6) Describe the marketing strategies and tactics to be used
7) How will you measure your success?
8) Timeline of your program/event

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

Grants will be awarded after July 1, 2017.

Only applications submitted by email will be considered. Please send your plan as a PDF, if possible. Plans received by the application deadline will be forwarded to a selection committee. All applicants will be notified of the results. Late applications will not be considered.

Grassroots to Champions Seminar is coming to Shaker FSC

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Training Camps | Comments Off on Grassroots to Champions Seminar is coming to Shaker FSC

The Grassroots to Champions Seminar will be held on Monday June 19, 2017.
Registration is 7:30-8:00am. The seminar begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 3:45 pm for skaters. Day 1 concludes with a Parent chat at 4:00-4:30pm.

  • $100 per skater
  • Register early. Space is Limited to the first 60 skaters
  • Individual coach fee is $50 (coaches who enlist 4 skaters may attend FREE!)
  • Lunch and snacks are included.

Register at http://comp.entryeeze.com/Home.aspx?cid=554

Private Lessons
On Tuesday, June 20, private lessons with G2C staff (Tom Zakrajsek, Audrey Weisiger, Tommy Sternberg) will be available by appointment beginning at 6:15am and available through 2:00pm at Thornton Park.
Cost is $42 per 20 minute session. Private lessons are available to seminar participants only.

For details contact:
Angie Chapple-Wang angchap34@hotmail.com 216-577-6002
Stacey Krantz skrantz@sbcglobal.net 216-789-2487

USFS Program Components Camp is coming to Strongsville

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Training Camps | Comments Off on USFS Program Components Camp is coming to Strongsville

programcamp2017 U.S. Figure Skating Program Components Camp
April 21-23, 2017
Strongsville, Ohio

This is a fun 2 ½ day training camp that is aimed at singles athletes currently competing at, or working towards, the Regional Championships at the Juvenile level or higher. Athletes will be divided into teams of 20 skaters, by level, age and gender. The classes are focused on helping skaters learn fun ways to develop their skills in the program components area.

USFS has not released the faculty, however, faculty in the past included: Tanith White, Ben Agosto, Yevgeny Martynov, Gig Siruno, Josh Babb, Adam Blake, and Paula Wagener. They will be accompanied by current Team USA athletes.

The camp will also feature a 3-day Coaches IJS Educational Forum, a Parents’ Education Track and a S.T.A.R.S. combine.

Quick overview of schedule:

FRIDAY, APRIL 21
· S.TA.R.S. Combine for Athletes (Optional)
· IJS Education Forum for Coaches
· Program Components Camp Athlete On-Ice Session & Welcome

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
· Program Components Camp – Athlete Track
· Program Components Coaches Education
· Parents Education Track

SUNDAY, APRIL 23
· Program Components Camp – Athlete Track
· Program Components Coaches Education
· Parents Education Track

The registration deadline is March 1, 2017.
Registration link for Athletes: https://fs12.formsite.com/USFSAIT/form1670/index.html?1480358250269

Download the Athlete Information Packet  
Download the Coaches Information Packet 

Registration for USFS Program Components Camp Now Open

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Training Camps | Comments Off on Registration for USFS Program Components Camp Now Open

programcampRegistration is now open for the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Program Components Camp, April 21-23, 2017, in Strongsville, Ohio. This is a fun 2 ½ day training camp that is aimed at singles athletes currently competing at, or working towards, the Regional Championships at the Juvenile level or higher. Athletes will be divided into teams of 20 skaters, by level, age and gender. The classes are focused on helping skaters learn fun ways to develop their skills in the program components area.

The camp will also feature a 3-day Coaches IJS Educational Forum, a Parents’ Education Track and a S.T.A.R.S. combine. Quick overview of schedule:

Friday, April 21

  • S.TA.R.S. Combine for Athletes (Optional)
  • IJS Education Forum for Coaches
  • Program Components Camp Athlete On-Ice Session & Welcome

Saturday, April 22

  • Program Components Camp – Athlete Track
  • Program Components Coaches Education
  • Parents Education Track

Sunday, April 23

  • Program Components Camp – Athlete Track
  • Program Components Coaches Education
  • Parents Education Track

The registration deadline is March 1, 2017. Registration link for Athletes: https://fs12.formsite.com/USFSAIT/form1670/index.html?1480358250269

Register for the Ohio HS Team Figure Skating Championships

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Competitions | Comments Off on Register for the Ohio HS Team Figure Skating Championships

OhioHSRegistration for the 2017 Ohio HS Team Figure Skating Championships is now open. The Championships will be held February 11-12, 2017 at the Thornton Park Ice Arena, 3301 Warrensville Center Road, Shaker Heights OH 44122.

Download the announcement at http://www.clevelandskating.com/wp-content/uploads/OHHSannouncement2017.pdf

Register your team online at http://comp.entryeeze.com/Home.aspx?cid=247. Registration closes on December 15, 2016. Please direct any questions to ohhscompetition@gmail.com

Strongsville SC Members Dance Their Way to 3 National Medals

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Skaters | Comments Off on Strongsville SC Members Dance Their Way to 3 National Medals

Eva Pate, Leah Grieco & Giulia Paolino

Eva Pate, Leah Grieco & Giulia Paolino

Strongsville Skating Club had another extremely successful competition at the U.S. Figure Skating National Solo Dance Finals held at the University of Delaware, September 7-10, 2016. Strongsville Skating Club had 3 of its members qualify for the National Event: Leah Grieco, Giulia Paolino, and Eva Pate.

Leah Grieco placed 5th in Pre-Bronze Pattern Dance. She is an 8th grader at Wadsworth Middle School.

Giulia Paolino claimed a gold medal in Bronze Pattern Dance. She also earned a pewter medal in the Juvenile Combined event. Giulia is a 7th grader at North Royalton Middle School.

Eva Pate medaled bronze in the Pre-Gold Pattern Dance event. She is junior at Strongsville High School.

See the results at http://www.udfsc.com/2016nationalsolodancefinal.html