August 3, 2016

Schwan Super Rink/National Sports Center Wins Michael Booker Trophy
Schwan Super Rink/National Sports Center (NSC) claimed the Michael Booker Trophy after earning the most team points overall (1,164) at the 2016 ISI World Recreational Team Championships July 25-30 at Schwan Super Rink/NSC in Blaine, Minn.

The remaining top four teams garnering the most points are as follows: SportQuest Skating Academy Parade (1,088), White Bear Lake Sports Center (853.5), Blue Mound Figure Skaters Inc (840.5) and Joliet Park District (806.5).

Other awards recipients include: Niles Park District Iceland Skate Complex, Percentage Trophy (30.068 per competitor); Edge Ice Arena, Board of Directors Trophy (192.5); and K Lynn Skating School, President's Award (802.5).

Full Results

Special thanks and appreciation go to ISI District 10, especially District Director Jane Schaber; our fantastic volunteers; Schwan Super Rink; and, of course, the competitors, their families and their coaches. Also, we are grateful to our presenting sponsor, Twin Cities Gateway, for their generous support. The event was a huge hit for the 66 rink teams that brought nearly 1,000 participants from 18 states and three foreign countries.

Worlds Coverage
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Put Your Worlds Skaters in the Headlines
Attention skating directors: If you would like a press release template to customize and submit to your local media about your team's participation in Worlds, please send a note with your name, phone number, team name and rink to

Worlds Photos & Videos
Gabriele Photography is currently uploading its Worlds photo galleries, which will require a few more days due to the large volume of photos from this event. Pre-register here for notification when the galleries are available.

Adult Champs & Holiday Challenge Entries Due Soon
The 2016 ISI Adult Championships and 2016 ISI Holiday Challenge test and entry deadlines are approaching quickly: Sept. 20 and 30 respectively. This year, both events will take place simultaneously on separate sheets of ice at Sharks Ice at San Jose, Calif., Nov. 18-20.

FREE Classified Advertising for ISI Members!
ISI Administrative and Professional members are entitled to FREE classified listings (excluding retail products and services) up to 50 words, on the ISI website and in EDGE magazine. Contact Carol Jackson at

Take the 2016 Judge Certification Update Test TODAY
Now thru Aug. 31, coaches can take the required 2016 Update Test for $10.

Coaches who have passed any level of judge certification exams prior to Aug. 1, 2016, will be required to take and pass the 2016 Update Test to maintain the validity of their current certification. The 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.

Click here to purchase and take your test online or download the PDF version.

The new 2016 rules go into effect Sept. 1 for all competitions.

The update test fee will increase to $20 beginning Sept. 1.

Memberships Expire Soon
All current ISI Professional memberships and liability insurance must be renewed by Sept. 1 to maintain coverage. When you renew your membership and purchase your insurance, you'll get BOTH for only $170 - the same low rate we have offered for several years now. This is a fantastic offer for prospective ISI Professional members too, so don't forget to spread the word. ISI's insurance benefits offer more coverage at a lower price and meet all other association requirements with an extended term of July 1 through Aug. 31 of the following year.

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).

2017 National Competitions Announced
Following are the dates and locations for several of our 2017 national competitions: (Stay tuned for additional competition updates.)

Winter Classic
Feb. 9-12
Goggin Ice Center
Oxford, OH
Test deadline: Nov. 25
Entry deadline: Dec. 1

Synchronized Championships
March 31 – April 2
RecPlex Ice Arena
Pleasant Prairie, WI
Entry deadline: Feb. 1

World Recreational Team Championships
July 17-22
The Rinks – Anaheim ICE
Anaheim, CA
Test deadline: May 1
Entry dealine: May 10

Plan to Attend
Your District Seminar
Some of the 2016-17 ISI free district seminar dates and locations have been posted on the ISI website. Please check periodically for updates.

Instructor seminars provide a venue for skating instructors and skating directors to discuss the latest in teaching techniques, industry trends and rule revisions. Instructors participate in video judging exercises while sharing tips and helpful hints. A wealth of industry updates and educational information goes into each year's seminar manual, distributed at no charge to all attendees.

Plan now to attend your free district seminar, and make the most of this opportunity to network with school directors, instructors, managers and other arena staff members from your district. For district seminar guest speakers and other updates, watch the ISI News, email bulletins and the ISI website as well as announcements from your district director.

Quote Corner
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From left: ISI Executive Director Peter Martell, Andy Baltgavis and MIAMA Past President Gary Pietig.

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Sprinker Recreation Celebrates 40 years
Congrats to ISI Administrative member Sprinker Recreation Center on their 40th anniversary! The facility celebrated the occasion on Saturday, July 30, with open skating and instruction, broom ball, hockey and more. A $4 all-access pass allowed participants to sample a variety of activities.
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Hockey Club Signs Lease, Agrees to Fund Renovation
YORK, Pa. – Skipjacks Hockey Club will pay the city of York more than $300,000 in a seven-year lease agreement and will fund a $225,000 renovation project at York Ice Arena.
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Association Purchases Rink
PIERRE, S.D. – The Oahe Hockey Association will purchase the Pierre Area Youth Skating Association building for $800,000.
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Zoning Change Passes
MANSFIELD, Texas – The Mansfield City Council has approved a zoning change keeping a new Dr Pepper StarCenter facility on the table, with a public hearing and final vote scheduled Aug. 8.
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Rink Offers Both Roller and Ice Skating
ALPENA, Mich. – Northern Lights Arena has removed the ice from its main rink for summertime roller skating.
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40-Year-Old Rink Might Be Replaced
PITTSBURGH – Built in 1977, Mt. Lebanon Ice Center might take on total replacement of its two rinks instead of extensive repairs.
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Islanders Consider New Facility
NEW YORK – The New York Islanders are considering leaving Brooklyn and building a new arena next to Citi Field or moving to Long Island.
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NWHL Teams Get New Home Facilities
BOSTON – Two National Women's Hockey League teams will be playing in new home arenas during their second season, with the Boston Pride moving to the new Warrior Ice Arena and the Connecticut Whale playing at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
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Academy Growing Ice Dancing Champions
WHEATON, Md. – The Wheaton Ice Skating Academy is gaining a reputation for producing competitive ice dancers, including 2015 World Junior Figure Skating champions Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter.
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Rec Center Improvements Planned
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Rochester Rec Center's north ice rink is set to get $213,000 in improvements – including new benches, a scorer's table and penalty boxes – with part of the funding coming from the local youth hockey association and two foundations.
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Arena Construction Plans Move Forward
WATERTOWN, S.D. – City Council is taking steps to finalize an architecture firm for a new $8 million community ice arena.
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Cup Country Seeing Numerous Rink Closures
PITTSBURGH – Despite its long history of hockey enthusiasm and the Penguins' Stanley Cup win this year, the Pittsburgh region has seen several recent ice arena closures.
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