Save the Date for Autumn Skills, Nov. 14 & 15

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Save the Date for Autumn Skills, Nov. 14 & 15

Save the date for the 2015 Autumn Skills basic skills competition hosted by the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club. This year’s competition will take place on November 14 and 15 at the John Coyne Recreation Center, 7600 Memphis Avenue, Brooklyn OH 44144. The announcement will be posted on the GCC website as soon as it is available.

In a related matter, note that the Brooklyn Figure Skating Club has a new email address: Please use this email address for all future correspondence.

GCC Announces Leadership for 2015-2016

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in News | Comments Off on GCC Announces Leadership for 2015-2016

The Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs is pleased to announce the results its annual election. Kristine Brickel has been re-elected to the Board of Directors for another 3 years. In addition, Bruce Langguth has been appointed to fill the unexpired term of Bob Lapsley, who recently resigned. Bruce was also elected to the position of Treasurer of GCCFSC.

The current Board of Directors and officers are:

  • Steve Wolkin, President
  • James Hebert, Vice President
  • Lisa Wright, Secretary
  • Bruce Langguth, Treasurer
  • Shirley Rego, Board Member
  • Kristine Brickel, Board Member
  • Elizabeth Roberts, Board Member

This year’s committee chairs are:

  • Cleveland Invitational Championships, Corey Gray
  • Competitions, Bill Coyle
  • Learn to Skate, Kristine Brickel
  • Synchronized Skating, Sue Clemente

GCCFSC Delegates meetings are scheduled for September 15, 2015; October 6, 2015; January 5, 2016; February 2, 2016; April 19, 2016 and June 7, 2016 (Annual Meeting). All meetings will take place at the Strongsville Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH 44136:

National Showcase 2016

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Competitions | Comments Off on National Showcase 2016

U.S. Figure Skating has selected Strongsville, Ohio as the site of the 2016 National Showcase competition. The event will be hosted by the Greater Cleveland Council of Figure Skating Clubs and will take place at the OBM Arena operated by Iceland USA, August 11-14, 2016.

For more information, visit the National Showcase page at

Sunshine deadline extended

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Competitions | Comments Off on Sunshine deadline extended

Dear Skaters and Coaches,

We have extended the deadline for Sunshine Invitational to Friday, June 5th. Late entries will be accepted after June 5th by referee approval and a late fee. You can access the competition announcement here. Register online here.

Thank you,
Kristine Wiess
Sunshine Invitational Chair

Put Skate Cleveland on your competition calendar

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Competitions | Comments Off on Put Skate Cleveland on your competition calendar

Make this your last stop before Regionals! Skate Cleveland, hosted by the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club, is scheduled for September 11-12, 2015. Entries will be accepted beginning June 1, 2015 on Entryeeze.

Skate Cleveland offers IJS (Juvenile FS-Senior, Adult, Individual Spins/Jumps) and 6.0 (Pre-Preliminary through Pre-Juvenile, Compulsory Moves, Test Track, Spins, Jumps, Solo Dance, Showcase, and Interpretative), and critiques from our International Judges and National Technical Panel.

You may download the official announcement here.

Don’t forget to place a program ad. Prices begin at $5.00.

U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Workshop

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in News | Comments Off on U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Workshop

All Basic Skills directors, instructors, junior instructors and assistants are invited for a great day of learning and sharing. If you are a beginning skating instructor, staff coach or volunteer class instructor – this is the workshop for you! Topics will cover all the necessary elements of being the best group skating instructor you can be!

Specific topics will include:

  • How to sell the Skating Experience
  • Skill breakdown and creative ways to engage the customer
  • Basic Skills Competitions- How to promote and what to expect

PSA credit will be given for attendance. Dinner will be provided. Cost of the workshop is $25.

Directors attending the Skating Director Course may participate in the workshop for free

Date Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Time 12:30-4:30pm
Location OhioHealth Ice Haus, Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Columbus, OH 43215
Fee $25
Credits 4 PSA pre-approved credits
Registration Deadline May 10th, 2015

Register Here

For more information, contact Erin Schopf, 719-635-5200,

Clarification of High School Final Competition

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Competitions | Comments Off on Clarification of High School Final Competition

High School Teams and School-Affiliated Clubs:

It has recently been brought to our attention that there has been some confusion as to the qualification / entry process for teams, as well as questions pertaining to restrictions regarding participation. I am sending this e-mail to help clear up this confusion.

In regard to the qualification / entry process, as stated in the announcement, the pilot event we call the 2015 High School Final competition, is open to any registered High School team with a current School-Affiliated Club membership. Teams do not need to qualify by virtue of placement at their State competition to advance to compete at this event. Thus, all teams are welcome to enter and compete at the 2015 High School Final competition, as it is an open entry event.

Keep in mind that this event is a nonqualifying competition being offered by the Greater Cleveland Council of FSC for High School teams and skaters; thus it should not interfere with individual State rules or restrictions. Please check with your individual state authority to determine any restrictions. I want you to know that the Program Development Committee created this event to encourage and foster more competitive participation opportunities for student-athletes throughout high school. We look forward to the future of High School skating and welcome your participation in great events such as this!

The deadline to register for the 2015 High School Final competition has been extended to March 16, 2015. The announcement is attached.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary-Elizabeth Wightman at marye81@mac.comand / or Dorothy Tank, NVC for School Programs at

Thank you,

Mary-Elizabeth Wightman
Chair, Program Development Committee

Dorothy Tank
NVC, School Programs, Program Development Committee

Edward S. Mann
Membership Development Group Coordinator

Mentor Ice Diamonds Take the Bronze

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Competitions | Comments Off on Mentor Ice Diamonds Take the Bronze

Ice Diamonds Bronze Medal, U.S. Synchronized Skating Nationals in Providence, Rhode IslandThe Mentor Figure Skating Club’s Ice Diamonds Synchronized Skating Intermediate team took the Bronze Medal at the 2015 USFS National Synchronized Skating Championships held Feb. 26-28, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin Donuts Center after qualifying at the U.S. Midwestern Synchronized Skating Championships in Edina, Minnesota in January. The team skated a fast and entertaining 3 minute 40 second routine to a Spanish theme titled “Senoritas Y Chico.” The Mentor team was one of 96 teams competing in 8 different events.

The team scored 61.69 points, only .86 out of 1st place.
1st DC Edge, Washington, DC 62.55 points
2nd Star Mates, Boston, MA 61.75 points
3rd Ice Diamonds, Mentor, OH 61.69 points
4th Capital Ice Chips, Bismarck, North Dakota 61.44 points

The team of fourteen members consist of thirteen young women and one gentleman between the ages of 14-18, including two foreign exchange students. Suzana Kostic, a student at Mentor High from Sweden and Sophie Wetzig, a foreign exchange student at Willoughby South from Germany.

Team Members
Kaitlyn Allman, Olmsted Falls-Magnificat High School
Meghan Allman, Olmsted Falls-Magnificat High School
Sarah Auer, Westlake-Westlake High School
Martina Blazevic, Rocky River-Rocky River High School
Carmie Cameratta, Walton Hills-NDCL
Emily Clemente, Mentor-NDCL
Alexander DiCola, Mentor-Mentor High School
Madeline Franz, Willoughby-Willoughby South High School
Morgan Hapner, Brook Park
Suzana Kostic, Mentor-Mentor High School
Madeline Shade, Moreland Hills-Hathaway Brown
Sophie Wetzig, Willoughby-Willoughby High School
Katie Pastor, Concord Twp.-Lake Catholic
Sarah Marek, Shaker Heights-Shaker Heights High School

2015 Program Components Camp

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in News | Comments Off on 2015 Program Components Camp

PrintThe 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Program Components Camp will be held April 17-19, 2015 in Geneva, Illinois.

This 2 ½ day camp, taught in a fun group setting, is geared for Regional Competitors who are interested in learning skills to improve their Program Components Score. It is recommended that they are working towards competing at Juvenile or higher for the 2016 competitive season.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend our Parents Education track. There will be an extensive Coaches Education program, consisting of an IJS Tutorial for Juvenile – Novice singles coaches, on Friday, April 17th, and a Coaches Track, Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19th, held in conjunction with the athlete training camp.

Finally, there will be a S.T.A.R.S. combine at the Fox Valley Ice Arena on Friday, April 17th, leading up to the start time of camp. All campers will receive a discount coupon for S.T.A.R.S., in the registration confirmation.

The deadline to register is March 1, 2015. Athletes can register here and coaches can register here.

Committee Chairs Needed

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Competitions, News | Comments Off on Committee Chairs Needed

The Greater Cleveland Council is hosting the 2015 Final High School Competition April 17-19, 2015 at OBM Arena in Strongsville. As in past events, we are in need of committee chairs and volunteers to make this event a success.

Below you will find a list of the committees and brief descriptions. If your club is interested in chairing a committee and volunteering, please respond to Nicky at by February 24, 2015 and please include your top 3 choices of committees. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you and seeing you in April!

2015 High School Final Competition
Committees & Duties

  • Registration Desk – Volunteers will check skaters in, collect music, distribute skaters’ gifts, sell programs & pins
  • Practice Ice Desk – Volunteers will sell practice ice and assist the registration desk
  • Awards – Volunteers will distribute medals immediately following the posting of the results
  • Event Monitors- Volunteers will be rink side and check skaters in for their event as well as check for coach credentials
  • Runners – Volunteers will transport judges’ papers from the judge stand in the rinks to the accounting room, get signatures of event referees and post results
  • Practice ice Monitors – Volunteers will check skaters in for practice ice and check coach credentials
  • Credential/Door Monitors – Volunteers will monitor the doors to the east rink, west rink and locker room tunnel checking for tickets and credentials
  • Competitors Party – Volunteers will monitor/chaperone the party

Committee Chairs are responsible for recruiting volunteers and ensuring the schedule for their committee is filled. Schedules for the above committees will be put into Volunteer Spot once a schedule is received and will be emailed to all Committee Chairs. Chairpersons can then either enter their volunteers into the schedule or send the link to their volunteers to sign up. Volunteer Spot will have all Committees in the schedule and anyone who has the link can sign up for any committee. After a designated date an email will go out to all the GCC delegates to fill any holes in the volunteer schedule.