Jurisdiction: collecting viewpoints and ideas of parents of active and former competitive athletes; communicating these ideas and viewpoints; informational and educational meetings for parents; providing guidance to parents in their supportive role in the lives of competitive athletes; promoting Codes of Ethics and good sportsmanship; selecting spokespersons for meetings, seminars and camps; preparing and publishing FOCUS for Parents in SKATING magazine.

Linda Ogawa
Parents Committee Chair

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Committee Duties
  • To assist event local organizing committees through liaison with the director of competitions in recommending policies to recognize parents of skaters competing at major competitions (PLCR 2.011);

  • To provide volunteer parents to assist with parents' needs at major competitions, such as staffing parents' hospitality room, providing information on housing, buses and tours, etc. (PLCR 2.012). (Note: this should be delegated to the appropriate local organizing committees);

  • To delegate a parent spokesperson to attend the Governing Council meeting (PLCR 2.013);

  • To prepare "Focus for Parents", for inclusion in SKATING four times a year, with appropriate topics;

  • To have the duty and power of enforcing and carrying out the official rules which relate to the matters within its jurisdiction (Bylaws Article XVIII, Section 1).

  • To have the duty of formulating rules for the matters within its jurisdiction and of keeping said rules current and up to date. Any rule changes therein so formulated shall be submitted to the Board of Directors for action, and no rules or changes therein shall be effective until approved and published (Bylaws Article XVIII, Section 2, Bylaws Article XXII, Section 3).

Articles for Parents
Worried about the flu? Check out this article by Dr. Ellen Geminiani.

Read an article from SKATING magazine on Skating Injuries.

Visit the U.S. Figure Skating Parents Committee Facebook page.

2012-13 Parents Committee

Linda Ogawa Chair
Lisa Heritage Vice Chair for Dance
Kristin Adamczyk Vice Chair for Synchronized
Mary Pottenger Vice Chair for Singles/Pairs
B.L. Wylie Vice Chair for Basic Skills
Eastern Section
New England Region
Gordon Benson***
Courtney Bohen
Timothy Goebel**
Jennifer Wester**
Donna Wunder
North Atlantic Region
William Mein
Jill Mueller
South Atlantic Region
Kimberly Edwards
Dina Gold
Mark Ladwig**
Midwestern Section
Eastern Great Lakes Region
Ken Buck
Lindsey Weber***
Upper Great Lakes Region
Kristin Adamczyk**
Sarah Arnold**
Judy Frisch
Rick Kitchen
Julie Mattson Ostrow
Benjamin Miller**
Southwestern Region
Heidi DeLio Thibert*
Gerry Lane*
Linda Ogawa
Mary Pottenger
Elizabeth Wylie
Pacific Coast Section
Central Pacific Region
Justin Dillon
Andrea Ewing
Northwest Pacific Region
Pamela Dawson***
Lisa Heritage
Southwest Pacific Region
Howard Andrews
Alex Chang***
Rainer Kokotakis
Ouida Robins*
Group Coordinator: Justin Dillon
Finance Liaison: Courtney Bohen
Coaches Chair: Alex Chang***
Rules Chair: Linda Chihara
HQ Liaison: Susi Wehrli
HQ Liaison/Rules: Juliet Newcomer
* Coaching Member
** Athlete Member
*** Ex officio

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