June 9, 2016

ISI & PSA to Merge Operations
The ISI and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) will consolidate operations to strengthen industry services and programs. The affiliation/merger was announced June 1 at our joint conferences and tradeshow in Las Vegas.

There will be no changes to the ISI skating program for the foreseeable future. We will continue to provide our standard skating programs, conduct ISI testing, and offer local and national competitions.

All 2016-17 ISI national and local events will continue as planned.

"Our commitment to both memberships remains strong," said ISI President Robert McBride. "This merger preserves the mission and founding principles of both ISI and PSA as we seek new and more effective ways to deliver critical services to our constituencies."

PSA President-elect Christine Fowler-Binder stated that the merger of the two associations is a benefit to not only PSA and ISI members, but also the ice sports industry as well.

"Together, we will more effectively provide the critical leadership and programs of both organizations in a manner that will best serve the ice sports industry in the future," she said.

The consolidation is anticipated to take 12 to 18 months and is not expected to impact Administrative, Professional, or Individual Members.

During this transitional period, ISI will begin negotiations with U.S. Figure Skating and PSA to explore the possibility of supporting a single, national learn-to-skate program. It is our intent that this program will preserve the ISI philosophy of providing recreational testing and competition opportunities for skaters of all ages and skill levels.

ISI will continue to offer the same valuable services to our Administrative members, including the iAIM education program.

The new arrangement does not affect ISIAsia rinks, coaches, or skaters.

We believe that the streamlining of programs and services will unify the industry, thereby reducing costs to skaters and coaches, while improving participation and retention for arena owners and operators.

We will continue to keep members informed on developments. For more information, please refer to the following FAQs. If you have a question, please send to editor@skateisi.org.

Photos by Gabriele Photography

Most Memorable Conference EVER!
The 2016 ISI/PSA Conferences and Trade Show, held last week in Las Vegas, will certainly go down in ISI history as one of its most memorable!

Scott Hamilton

In addition to the exciting announcement that ISI and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) will enter into an affiliation agreement, four-time World champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton delivered a fantastic keynote address that captivated the audience. The ISI staff also managed to pull off several special surprises for longtime ISI Executive Director Peter Martell, who retires in August after 19 years at the helm of ISI.

Former ISI board member Jenise Jensen created a wonderful, witty video honoring Peter and it was played at the joint board reception. The tribute included well wishes and words of appreciation from past and present ISI staff and industry members.

Michael Booker & Peter Martell

Former ISI President Michael Booker, who was Peter's mentor at Ice Capades Chalets, made a surprise appearance all the way from Spain to present Peter with the ISI Lifetime Achievement Award at our 57th Annual ISI Awards Dinner & Ceremony. Dressed in black garbage bags and hiding behind an umbrella as he took to the podium, Booker shared several entertaining anecdotes about working with Peter, including one that explained Booker's "trashy" attire.

Randy Gardner, Rohene Ward, Tai Babilonia

Other honorees and guests included: two-time Olympians and five-time U.S. champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, who were inducted into the ISI Hall of Fame, with former coach John Nicks by their side; Bob Ullrich, who received the Frank J. Zamboni Award; and award-winning choreographer Rohene Ward, who was presented with the ISI President's Award. ISI charter members Peter Dunfield, J. Richard Gaw and Fritz Dietl were also honored posthumously with ISI Legacy Awards. Katy Hayden's granddaughter and dear friend were also on hand to accept the ISI Hall of Fame Award on behalf of Katy, who passed away in February. See more photos

Dynamic sessions, a sold-out trade show, successful ISIA Education Foundation fundraisers and numerous social activities rounded out this year's annual ice arena conference in the "Entertainment Capital of the World." What's more, approximately 90 attendees received IAIM certifications. Graduates names will appear in the fall issue of EDGE magazine, along with additional event coverage.

Special thanks to this year's sponsors: Accent Refrigeration Systems, American Insurance Agency, Arid-Ice Controlled Dehumidification, Becker Arena Products, Cimco, Disney On Ice, FMC Ice Sports, IceRink Events, K&K Insurance, Riedell Skates & Eclipse Blades, and Tokio Marine HCC.

See you in Minneapolis for the 2017 ISI/MIAMI Conference & Trade Show!

2016 Scholarship Winners Announced
Four ISIA Education Foundation scholarships have been awarded this year, as announced at last week's ISI Awards Dinner & Ceremony in Las Vegas:

• Eric Steinhart of Wilmette, Ill.
(Centennial Ice Rinks in Wilmette)
• Helen Streff of Red Wing, Minn.
(Red Wing School District #256)
• Julia Tasiopoulos of Scituate, Mass.
(Winterland Skating School, Rockland, Mass.)
• Alyssa Victoria Allen of Midland,GA.
(Columbus Ice Rink, Columbus, Ga.; K Lynn Skating School, Montgomery, AL)

Watch for profiles of these skaters to appear in Recreational Ice Skating Online shortly.

Worlds Updates
Nearly 1,000 Worlds entries are being processed, promising an exciting competition at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., this summer. Now that your team is registered, it's time to firm up your travel plans and order tickets to the special activities being planned for Worlds week (see below). Hotel information and a tentative event schedule can be found on the ISI website, where updates will be posted as they become available. A revised schedule should be posted next week, followed by the practice ice schedule.

Parade to Kick Off
Worlds Opening Series
Be sure to let your skaters know that a Worlds Competitors' Parade will take place at 6 p.m. prior to the Competitors' Party on Wednesday, July 27. Skaters will begin lining up at 5:15 p.m. behind their team sign, which will be displayed on the C fields behind the Schwan Super Rink. Skaters are suggested to wear matching team colors. We will post more details on skateisi.org and in our social media feeds, Recreational Ice Skating Online and upcoming editions of ISI News.

ISI Worlds Competitors' Party
Your Worlds team won't want to miss this year's Competitors' Party scheduled from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Brunswick Zone XL in Blaine, Minn. Participants will enjoy unlimited arcade games, laser tag and bowling. The facility will be ours for the evening and a buffet dinner will be available. Order tickets.

Purchase Your "Golden" Tickets?
Tickets for this year's ISIA Education Foundation Benefit Show, featuring Gracie and Carly Gold, are selling quickly! The Gold sisters will perform on Friday, July 29, during ISI Worlds week at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

Here's a chance for your skaters to see them perform live and meet them during an autograph session following the show at Fogerty Arena. VIP Admission will include the show and autograph session (limited tickets available) and General Admission will include the show only. Registration is available through July 18. Net proceeds benefit the Foundation's scholarship program.

Gracie is a two-time U.S. champion. Carly qualified for the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships after winning both the 2016 Southwest Pacific Regionals and Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships.

Get the NEW 2016 ISI Handbook!
The NEW 2016 edition of The ISI Handbook is available for $28, plus shipping.

The handbook includes the latest rule revisions and new competition events, and provides a wealth of information, standards and resources for learning, teaching and judging the ISI Recreational Skating Program. To purchase, order online, fill out the order form and mail to ISI at 6000 Custer Road, Bldg. 9, Plano, TX, 75023, or call 972-735-8800.

California Dreaming Time!
It's time to make plans for the 2016 ISI Adult Championships and 2016 ISI Holiday Challenge, both scheduled Nov. 18-20 at Sharks Ice at San Jose in California. Entry and test deadline is Sept. 20. These two first-class ISI competitions will be taking place simultaneously in one fantastic location!

Biz Tip of the Week
"Continuity gives us roots, change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights."
~ Pauline R. Kezer


Industry News is compiled from national media reports and member submissions. Please send news to editor@skateisi.org.

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