PNIC would like to assist Clubs, Coaches, Skaters, and Parents by giving helpful links to USFSA website. There are many things around us, that get new looks, changes in rules, procedure changes, and new policies. Our sport of Figure Skating is not any different. USFSA has a huge staff, and many committee volunteers to look over abundance of guidelines for all members to follow. Each year, there is a Governing Council meeting in May. This meeting lasts 3 to 4 days, and includes voting on rulebook changes, education, and seminars. This section will help find important links to stay up to date. It is always a good idea for all members to look at the USFSA website (www.usfsa.org) and skating magazine to see what is new and coming soon. For anyone to strive for the Gold, you must be educated in your sport!
Governing Council/ Clubs
www.usfigureskating.org/story?id=84154&menu=leadership This link is a list of actions voted on that have passed. It always seems over whelming to read how many things that need to be thought about or updated every year. Clubs need to make sure their bylaws are up to date, and always following USFSA policies. Does USFSA have the latest copy of your bylaws on file? Safe sport policies have big changes, and most clubs should think about a "Safe Sport Committee" to help implicate these new changes. It will have a huge impact on your upcoming Competitions, Test Sessions, and Seminars to make sure the right people have had Safe Sport Training and Background Checks. Do you know about their new " Strategic Planning Committee", and what it is for? The Strategic Planning Committee will develop a strategic plan to provide focus and direction to the organization. Does your Club think about it's direction and how to improve it? USFSA has to depend on volunteers at the Club level to keep our sport safe, growing and being able to compete at International Levels. Clubs have to think at each meeting- How is membership doing? Is there a person helping draw people to LTS (Learn to Skate)? Are we making a profit at Competitions or losing opportunities? Is your Club trying new things at Competitions to raise attendance? How about Seminars? Seminars are great tools done by Coaches, Officials, and even Theater Teachers or Nutritionist? Coaches are required to carry their "Coaches Compliance Card" with them to U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned events. Are you Coaches all in compliance? As a member, always make sure your board is staying up to date on new changes. Some boards need fresh eyes and new heart, and a bunch just need more volunteers. Always try to attend Board Meetings, and see if any help is needed. If you are a parent of a skater, teach your child that even if you stop competing, there is so many things that you can do for USFSA. Skaters and parents put so much time and money into this sport, because we have the love for Figure Skating, so why let that end? You will find some quit out of frustration, schooling, and maybe family. Send out links to old skaters.... " Looking for judges, announcers, accountants, or coaching for LTS". It's also very important to praise our Adult Skaters. Some have quit for years, to try it again. I'm sure this can be very scary at times, but it also shows their love for our sport, too! Adult Skaters might also be great volunteers for Competitions, or Ice Shows. Last, but not least, make sure a board member of your Club is always on USFSA calls or webinars for your area. PNIC does calls for our area and Clubs trying to past information around. PNIC wants to assist with building each of our clubs, any way we can.
All Coaches need to meet these requirements from USFSA:
U.S. Figure Skating Full Membership (either through a member club or as an individual)
Successfully pass the annual background screen
Verification of current coach liability insurance
Completion of CER Courses
Additional requirement - PSA Membership if coaching in qualifying competitions only
Coaches - help your Club Board know what is needed to be successful in training at your rink. Be present at Board Meetings. Help talk to parent about volunteering, and being present in their child's sport. Let families know about other ways of assisting in figure skating, maybe a parent would like to learn how to judge. Talk to your skaters about life after their competitive years. Encourage teens of "Club's Junior Board". This allows skaters to learn how things are changed and grown. Junior Board also lets them have a say in their sport.
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