August 17, 2016

Adult Champs & Holiday Challenge Deadlines
The Adult Champs and 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, Nov. 18-20.

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars for the 2017 ISI/MIAMA Conference & Trade Show scheduled May 30 – June 2 at DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South. More details will follow in the coming months.

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).

2016 Update Test Information
Through Aug. 31, coaches can take the required 2016 Update Test for $10. As of Aug. 1, ALL certification tests were 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. Click here to purchase and take the test online or download the PDF version.

The update test will primarily include the new information from the 2016 Rule Revisions. Coaches are strongly recommended to have the current 2016 ISI Handbook available now from the ISI office.

Beginning Sept. 1, the Update Test fee will be $20.

Worlds Photo Galleries Now Posted
The professional photos from ISI Worlds in Minnesota are posted at and will be available through October.

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

Conference Champs
May 26-28
Doug Woog Arena
St. Paul, MN
Test/entry deadline: March 1

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

Plan to Attend
Your District Seminar
Many of the 2016-17 ISI free district seminar dates and locations have been posted on the ISI website. 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.

Rink Guard Manual Available
The rink guard is one of the most important positions in the ice arena. This position has evolved into one that encompasses safety, entertainment, customer service and education. To assist and familiarize rink owners and operators with the required responsibilities of the rink guard, ISI has created a manual entitled Guide to Public Skating Management & Supervision. The manual provides guidelines on the role of the rink guard, hiring and training, general rules for pubic skating, arena rules and enforcement, and tools for rink guards. For this free resource, go to

Biz Tip of the Week
When listening, avoid making suggestions. Read more.

Here's to You Coach!
The end of summer also means the beginning of a new season. Commit to be your best to help your skaters be their best! Read more.

Quote Corner
"The customer's perception is your reality."
~Kate Zabriskie



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

Flash Flooding Destroys Ice in Rink
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Flash flooding from heavy rainfall carried mud and water into the Washington Park Ice Arena early this month, destroying the ice.
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Ice Rink on Wish List for Center
MILLBRAE, Calif. – An ice rink is among the amenities on the wish list for the rebuilding of the community center destroyed last month by arson.
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Permanent Ice Floor Fix Planned
WILKES-BARRE TWP., Pa. – After spending $20,000 on temporary repairs, the Luzerne County Convention Authority has announced that it will spend up to $1 million next summer to repair the system beneath the ice rink floor at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
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New NHL Team Details Being Finalized
LAS VEGAS – In the next month or two, Vegas' new NHL team is expected to have its official name and logo unveiled, its first president selected and ground broken for its practice facility and headquarters.
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Management Company Requests Rate Increase
NATICK, Mass. – Town selectmen are considering Facility Management Corp.'s request to increase ice rates at William Chase Arena by 2 percent – from $245 to $250 per 50 minutes – to cover the management company's increased operating costs.
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Ground Broken for $18M Hockey Arena
FARGO, N.D. – Ground was broken last week for a new $18 million hockey arena in West Fargo, where the two additional sheets of ice are expected to alleviate ice availability shortages in the area.
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NHL Winter Classic Set for St. Louis
ST. LOUIS – With the NHL celebrating its 100th anniversary and the St. Louis Blues celebrating their 50th, Busch Stadium has been selected as the site of the 2017 Winter Classic, set for Jan. 2 between the Blues and the Blackhawks.
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Arena Hosts 'Beach' Activity
TAMPA, Fla. – Amalie Arena is hosting "Beach Tampa," an exhibit of 1.2 million antimicrobial balls that create a white "beach" setting that guests can "swim" in.
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Project Generates Labor Controversy
O'FALLON, Ill. – The developers of the McKendree Metro Rec Plex have drawn local criticism for hiring a Canadian-based company and non-union workers to construct its two eco-friendly NHL-size ice rinks.
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Speed Skater's Legacy Lives on
FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Fitchburg Street Hockey League has salvaged rink elements from the former Carmelita Landry ice hockey rink and used them as part of a new rink at Coolidge Park, in an effort to preserve the legacy of the "Fitchburg Speed Queen" of the 1930s and -40s.
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Hockey Facility Proposed for Mixed-Use Development
HOBART, Ind. – A proposal for a two-rink ice hockey facility has been positively received by the Plan Commission for the mixed-use Silverstone development.
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Ice Arena Gets 'Living' Roof
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nearly 13,000 succulent plants have been installed on the rooftop of Colorado College's Honnen Ice Arena to provide a natural solution for climate control of the building, with the added benefits of reducing storm water runoff, freshening surrounding air and lowering the noise level inside.
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Arena Closing Expected to Create Business Boom
SPRINGFIELD and TROY, Ohio – With the upcoming closing of the 60+-year-old Hara Arena in Montgomery County, facilities in nearby communities are anticipating a boom in business.
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Wish Granted for Permanent Ice Facility
MOSCOW, Idaho – City Council has unanimously voted to construct a full-size ice rink in a permanent building to replace a smaller sheet covered by a canvas tent.
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Naming Rights RFP Seeing No Action
WATERTOWN, N.Y. – The city had hoped to recoup some of the $10.7 million it spent to update its 43-year-old ice rink by selling naming rights, but so far there are no takers for the minimum $50,000/five-year deal.
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