July 7, 2016

Renewal Reminder
Please remember that the current ISI Professional membership term expires Aug. 31. All Professional members should renew and purchase their liability insurance by Sept. 1 to maintain benefits and coverage. Individual members must 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 this term).

Purchase your liability insurance at the same time you renew your Professional membership and get BOTH for only $170! This is an outstanding offer! ISI's insurance benefits are the best in the industry – more coverage at a lower price – plus, ISI policies continue to meet all other association requirements with an extended term of July 1 through Aug. 31 of the following year.

Worlds Updates
The Worlds event schedule is posted. Minor updates will continue to be made to the schedule so please be sure to check it periodically. Practice ice is available and may be scheduled through the host rink's website. Hotel information can be found on the ISI website.

Worlds Credential Forms Due 7/11
The deadline to return Worlds judge request forms and paid coach request forms are due Monday, July 11. Remember, you must have a judge or coach credential to put skaters on the ice or access the hospitality room.

Judges' and Coaches' Meeting
The Worlds judges' and coaches' meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at the Gradient Financial Center (next door to the Schwan Super Rink). All judge and coach credentials can be picked up at that time. All coaches in attendance will receive a gift.

Look for the Worlds Flash Mob Dance!
We will be posting the Worlds flash mob dance on our website and social media channels next week. All skaters, coaches, parents and judges are encouraged to learn the dance and join in the fun! The music will be played throughout the week during on-ice awards and Zamboni breaks.

Sign Up for Skater Clinics
Led by Gracie and Carly Gold
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 and Olympian. Carly qualified for the 2016 US. Figure Skating Championships after winning both the 2016 Southwest Pacific Regionals and Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships.

Skate with the Stars Raffle Tickets
Two lucky Worlds competitors will win the opportunity to perform in the ISIA Education Foundation Benefit on Ice show Friday, July 31.

"Skate with the Stars" raffle tickets are available for purchase online through Monday, July 18. Cost is $20 for six tickets; pick up is at Worlds registration. Tickets will also be sold Monday through Wednesday during Worlds. Information will be available at the registration desk.

Winning names will be announced Thursday, July 28. All proceeds benefit the ISIA Education Foundation.

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.

Worlds Competitors' Party
Promises Games Galore!
Your Worlds team won't want to miss this year's Competitors' Party from 7 to 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, families and friends. Booths are sold on a first-come basis. Registration deadline is July 13.

New ISI Handbook on Sale Now
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.


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

Minnesota Seeks Grant Proposals
BLAINE, Minn. – The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission is seeking proposals from interested communities to improve and update ice arenas through the James Metzen Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program.
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Ammonia Leak Forces Evacuation
GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine's campus was temporarily evacuated July 2 when an ammonia leak triggered an alarm in the ice arena.
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High School Hockey Teams Unite
to Keep Rink Open
CINCINNATI – Four local high school hockey teams are rallying together to keep The Cincinnati Gardens ice rink open through the next hockey season while they find a new home rink.
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Bronze Medalist Retires Due to Concussion
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A concussion sustained during a practice session last summer has ended the competitive skating career of 2015 U.S. bronze medalist Joshua Farris.
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Hockey Rink Closes
SACO, Maine – The MHG Ice Center hockey rink has permanently closed following the loss of its two anchor tenants, the AHL Portland Pirates and the Portland Junior Pirates elite team.
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Arena Gets $10M in State Funding
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial is prioritizing its wish list to fit within the $10 million in state funding that has been awarded for rink improvements.
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Teen with Disability Claims Discrimination
FRESNO, Calif. – A teen who is confined to a wheelchair says she was asked to leave the Gateway Ice Center rink during her friend's Sweet 16 party due to liability issues.
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Rink Again Seeks State Grant
CORNING, N.Y. – After being turned down last year, the Corning City Council will again apply for a $500,000 state grant to fund improvements to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink.
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School Board Approves 2-Sheet Facility
FARGO, N.D. – The West Fargo school board has approved the design for a $16.5 million two-sheet hockey facility that will accommodate both the West Fargo and Sheyenne high school programs.
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NHL Predators Explore Practice Facility
BELLEVUE, Tenn. – The NHL's Nashville Predators are exploring the possibility of locating a practice facility with community ice rinks in Bellevue.
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Rink Set for Major Renovation
PERINTON, N.Y. – A $7 million renovation and possible expansion are planned for Thomas Creek Ice Arena, now under the ownership of Rochester Institute of Technology athletics hall of famer Thomas Masaschi, former NHL player Rory Fitzpatrick and other investors.
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Rec Center Project in Progress
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – The $8.5 million St. Louis Park Recreation Center project, including two indoor ice rinks and a covered outdoor rink, is in progress and on schedule for a 2017 completion.
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Belmont Iceland Property Sold
BELMONT, Calif. – East Bay Iceland Inc. sold its recently closed Belmont Iceland property for about $4.5 million to MMA Belmont LLC, which then sold it on the same day to Sapient Real Estate Investment for $5 million.
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Board Approves $2.8 Million
for University Arena
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority board has approved funding for several college campus projects, including $2.8 million toward the planned Thunder Ice Arena at Trine University.
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Rink Looks at Improvement Costs
LITCHFIELD, Minn. – The cost of upgrading the Litchfield Civic Arena's refrigeration system from Freon to ammonia is estimated at $1.6 million, and replacing its 45-year-old floor would cost an additional $1 million.
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