2017-18 Membership Total Second-Highest in U.S. Figure Skating History
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 31, 2018) — U.S. Figure Skating announced today its second-highest membership total in the organization’s history, as well as the top Learn to Skate USA membership in program history. The year was the fifth consecutive of overall membership growth.
“Our fifth consecutive year of membership growth is a result of hard work by our member clubs, program directors, coaches, athletes and volunteers,” U.S. Figure Skating President Anne Cammett said. “Our organization continues to grow and that is exciting for the future of our sport in the United States.”
U.S. Figure Skating had 192,110 members for the 2017–18 membership cycle (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018), a 4.2 percent increase over the previous year. Total membership includes 133,959 Learn to Skate USA members, 57,778 full members and 373 Friends of Figure Skating. The overall number is the second-highest in U.S. Figure Skating history, trailing only the 2005–06 membership year (196,338).
During this period, U.S. Figure Skating was composed of 742 member, collegiate and school-affiliated clubs, more than 1,000 Learn to Skate USA programs, 620 synchronized skating teams and 95 Theatre On Ice teams.
Learn to Skate USA, powered by Toyota, experienced the highest enrollment in the program’s history in 2017-18. The program welcomed more than 30 new skating programs and experienced a 6.2 percent membership increase. Of note, 13 programs have more than 1,000 members and nearly 80 programs have more than 400 members. The Rinx, in Hauppauge, New York, is Learn to Skate USA’s largest program, and the Vegas Golden Knights Skating Academy is the largest program to join Learn to Skate USA this year. Learn to Skate USA, an enhanced iteration of U.S. Figure Skating’s Basic Skills Program, is the only beginning skating program in the country endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey and US Speedskating, with support from Special Olympics and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA).