June 23, 2016

Worlds Event Schedule Posted
The Worlds event schedule has been posted. Minor updates will continue to be made to the schedule so please be sure to check it periodically. Practice ice will be available beginning July 1 and we will post the link on our website as soon as it is available. Hotel information can also be found on the ISI website.


Worlds Skater Clinics Announced
Gracie and Carly Gold will lead this year's popular Worlds Skater clinics! Based on ISI test levels, clinics will be offered on Thursday, July 28, exclusively for Worlds competitors. Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come basis. For information, please download the registration form.

"Golden Tickets" Still Available
Tickets are still available for the ISIA Benefit on Ice show starring Gracie and Carly Gold, but space is limited and advance registration is strongly encouraged.

The Gold sisters take to the ice Friday, July 29 during Worlds week. Here's an opportunity 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 US. Figure Skating Championships after winning both the 2016 Southwest Pacific Regionals and Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships.


Parade to Kick Off Worlds Opening
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.


Competitors' Party Promises
Games Galore!
Your Worlds team won't want to miss this year's Competitors' Party 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.


Retail Opportunity
At Skaters' Marketplace
Booth space for the Skaters' Marketplace at ISI Worlds is available. Scheduled July 25-30 at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn., ISI Worlds is the largest recreational ice skating competition in the world, offering a unique opportunity for vendors to promote their products and services. The event is expected to attract over 1,000 skaters, along with coaches, family and friends. Booths are sold on a first-come basis. Members must register by July 6 for prime spots. Registration deadline is July 13.


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 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.


New Content on RIS Online!
Check out Recreational Ice Skating Online for recent updates on:
• 2016 ISI Worlds Competitors' Party
• Worlds ISIA Benefit Show
• Latest ISI Dance 10 Skaters
• Member Profiles
• And more!
Don't forget to encourage your skaters to submit their photos, poems, stories and suggestions to editor@skateisi.org. Do you have an ISI synchro team you'd like featured in Teams in Sync? Give us a shout!


2016 Update Test Information
As of Aug. 2, ALL certification tests will be updated to include questions from the new 2016 rule revisions. All coaches who have passed any level of judge certification exams prior to this date will be required to take and pass the 2016 update test to maintain the validity of their current certification. The update test will primarily include the new information from the 2016 Rule Revisions, but each coach is strongly recommended to have the current 2016 ISI Handbook available now from the ISI office.

Please note that if you take a judge certification test prior to Aug. 2, you will not be certified for the new rule changes and you will be required to take the 2016 update test. We recommend that if you can wait to take a judge certification test starting Aug. 2, please do so.

Coaches attending 2016 ISI Worlds July 25-30 will be required to have a current judge certification with the 2014 Update Test.
The new 2016 rules go into effect for all competitions Sept. 1.


Renewal Reminder
Please remember that the current ISI Professional membership term expires on Aug. 31. All Professional members should renew and purchase their liability insurance by Sept. 1 to maintain benefits and coverage. Beginning July 1, Individual members must also renew in order to maintain their eligibility to participate in ISI-endorsed events and receive excess accident insurance (unless they are on a multi-year plan that continues beyond this term). The end of summer and beginning of the new skating season is a busy time, so early renewal is suggested.


FREE Classified Advertising
Did you know? ISI Administrative and Professional members can take advantage of FREE classified listings (excluding retail products and services) up to 50 words, on the ISI website and in EDGE magazine. Contact Carol Jackson at cjackson@skateisi.org.


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