Figure Skating Clubs at a Glance
All U.S. Figure Skating member clubs are charged with the responsibility of creating a safe environment that allows their members participate, develop and achieve success in the sport of figure skating. Most clubs are run by a board of dedicated volunteers and offer test sessions, competitions, exhibitions, ice shows and a variety of other programming options for their skaters and the surrounding community.
Find a Figure Skating Club
Become a part of your local figure skating community. Find a figure skating club near you.
Volunteering with your local figure skating club is a great way to learn more about figure skating, connect with the figure skating community and give back to a sport you care about.
Resources for Clubs
U.S. Figure Skating member clubs are held to a high standard of excellence when it comes to governance. In order to remain viable and prosper in today’s ever-changing skating industry, clubs must excel in the areas of leadership, financial management, membership development, programming and community relations.
U.S. Figure Skating is committed to helping local figure skating clubs be the best that they can be. From Club Education seminars to onboarding resources and everything in between, we offer a wide variety of resources and programming on our Members Only website to make governance easy, streamlined and fun. To access, log in to the Members Only site, navigate to Clubs, then Clubs Operations & Resources.
Starting a Figure Skating Club
Starting a figure skating club is a great way to grow your local figure skating community, and the process is similar to that of launching a small business. Starting a new club takes time, resources, know-how and a visionary mindset.
Each new member club will undergo interim and provisional membership before becoming a full member club. The process can take up to two years to complete, but U.S. Figure Skating is here to help every step of the way.
Before getting started, make sure you can answer the following questions:
- Does your area need a figure skating club or an additional figure skating club?
- Do you have a viable feeder system in place so your club will continue to grow in one year? Five years?
- Why should people join your club? What can you offer to your future members?
- Do you have the resources in place to start and continue to maintain a club?
- How to Form a New Club
- Application for Interim Club Membership
- Makings of a Strong Club
- Expectations of Member Clubs
Before you begin the planning stages, please contact your sectional vice-chair of membership to assist you with getting started. Contacts:
Dr. Louis DiToppa - Eastern Sectional Vice Chair for Membership
Sue Clemente - Midwestern Sectional Vice Chair for Membership
Lexi Rohner - Pacific Coast Sectional Vice Chair for Membership
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Community Development Grants
Community Development Grants were established in 2010 with the purpose of providing funding to eligible member clubs and Learn to Skate USA programs throughout the United States to develop community-based programs and events that will attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters. Six $2,000 grants are allocated each year to the member clubs, Learn to Skate USA programs and U.S. Ice Rink Association member facilities that most effectively demonstrate how they will use the grant to develop these initiatives.
The Community Development Grant application becomes available in the spring and award recipients are determined and announced at the start of the next membership year.
U.S. Figure Skating Community Development Grant Application Process
U.S. Figure Skating is awarding six grants for the 2020-21 membership year. The purpose of these grants is to provide money to selected member clubs, Learn to Skate USA programs and U.S. Ice Rink Association member facilities to develop community-based programs or events to attract, involve and inspire new generations of figure skaters.
Six $2,000 grants will be allocated to the member clubs, programs and facilities that most effectively demonstrate how they will use the grant to develop these initiatives. To apply, email a concise plan to U.S. Figure Skating in care of Susi Wehrli McLaughlin, senior director of membership, at email@example.com.
- Complete contact information (contact person, phone number, email, mailing address)
- Mission of the organization including current membership numbers
- Concise statement outlining the proposed program or event plan
- Ways your plan and the grant will benefit your skating community and U.S. Figure Skating
- Describe your target audience and anticipated number of participants
- Describe the marketing strategies, tactics to be used and a sample budget
- Describe what success looks like after the program or event is completed
Application Deadline: May 31, 2020
em>Grants will be awarded after July 1, 2020, for the 2020-21 membership season.
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.