September 7, 2016

Affiliation Not Moving Forward
ISI Programs Remain Strong
As announced on Sept. 2, the ISI affiliation and merger discussions with the Professional Skating Association (PSA) will not be moving forward.

While the organizations encountered some issues that could not be overcome, they remain committed to the solid and mutually supportive relationship they have enjoyed over the years.

Both ISI and PSA look forward to continuing to collaborate to best serve the ice sports industry.

ISI programs and services will be offered without interruption. There will be no changes to the skating program, and ISI national and local events, as well as testing, will continue as planned. The iAIM certification program for ISI Administrative members and coaches will proceed as usual.

2017 National Competitions Announced
ISI is excited to announce the dates and locations for our 2017 national competitions:

2017 Winter Classic
Feb. 9-12
Goggin Ice Center
Oxford, OH
Test deadline: Nov. 25
Entry deadline: Dec. 1 classic

2017 Synchronized Championships
March 31-April 2
RecPlex Ice Arena
Pleasant Prairie, WI
Entry deadline: Feb. 1

2017 Conference Championships
June 2-4
Doug Woog Arena
St. Paul, MN
Test/entry deadline: March 1

2017 World Recreational Team Championships
July 17-22
The Rinks – Anaheim ICE
Test deadline: May 1
Entry deadline: May 10

2017 Holiday Challenge
Oct. 26-29
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Orlando, FL
Test/entry deadline: Sept. 1

2017 Adult Championships
Oct. 27-29
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Orlando, FL
Test/entry deadline: Sept. 1

Deadlines Approaching for
2016 Adult Champs & Holiday Challenge
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.

Membership Renewals Now Due
Professional memberships and insurance coverage for the 2015-16 term expired on Aug. 31. If you have not renewed for the new term, here's what you'll be missing:

• Right to use the weSKATE learn-to-skate program to build and maintain your coaching business
• Right to use the weSKATE Class Management Software
• Right to register ISI tests for individual skaters
• Free educational seminars
ISI EDGE trade journal and Recreational Ice Skating Online magazine.
• Reduced registration fees for ISI professional and educational events and programs
• Limited accident insurance coverage
• Judge certification program

In addition, ISI's liability insurance benefits are the BEST in the industry, offering more coverage at a lower price.

Get both your 2016-17 professional membership and your liability insurance today for a total price of only $170!
Professional Membership and Liability Insurance

Important note: Your skaters' 2015-16 membership also expired on Aug. 31. Membership must be current in order for skaters to register tests and be eligible for participation in ISI-endorsed events. Please remind and encourage them to renew today!

Plan to Attend
Your District Seminar
Many of the 2016-17 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.

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.

Time for ISI Synchro Team Registration
It's time to register your synchronized teams for the 2016-17 skating season. The team registration form can be downloaded from the website and is valid through Aug. 31, 2017. Don't forget to attach a current team roster with skaters' names, ages and ISI numbers. The registration fee is $25 per team (not per skater). Complete the form and get your team(s) registered now, so you can get ready for a great skating season ahead!

Note: Team registration is only required for synchronized teams and not for any other ISI teams (i.e., Production teams, Kaleidoskate teams, Team Compulsories, etc.).

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

Quote Corner
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Flooded Arena Reopens
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Washington Park Ice Arena — the only ice rink in mid-Missouri — reopened a month after heavy rain caused major flooding and closed the facility during the first week of its skating season.
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New Dr Pepper StarCenter Approved
MANSFIELD, Texas — In a 6-1 vote, City Council approved a $15.1 million Dr Pepper StarCenter facility to be built and owned by the city and operated by the Dallas Stars.
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New Sun Devils Arena Coming in 2018
PHOENIX — A letter from the Arizona State Sun Devils athletics director to the commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference stated that the team intends to have an arena by the start of the 2018-19 season.
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Arena Could Soon Have New Owner
ELMIRA, N.Y. — Pending completion of the financial and legal documents, a new owner could start making capital improvements at First Arena in time for the 2017-18 hockey season.
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Grant Helps Buy Resurfacers
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A James Metzen Mighty Ducks grant is covering half the cost of two new Zamboni electric ice resurfacing machines for the IRA Civic Center.
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Clearwater Debuts New Rink
LARGO, Fla. — Clearwater Ice Arena recently unveiled its $5 million expansion, which includes a second, larger rink to be used for competitive hockey, figure skating and community recreational skating.
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Downtown Arena Not Likely to Include Ice
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The $85 million arena being planned for downtown is unlikely to include ice, unless interest is strong enough for architects to change course and create plans for a hockey-compatible arena.
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Predators Share Vision for Arena
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators have shared the results of a report on how to keep the 20-year-old Bridgestone Arena thriving through expansion and improvements.
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Ice Center to Sell Alcohol
STOUGHTON, Mass. — Selectmen unanimously approved the sale of alcohol at Stoughton Ice Center despite concerns expressed by some residents.
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Broken Water Line Floods Arena
FARGO, N.D. — The flooding that has closed the Coliseum ice arena likely was the result of a broken water line, with reopening expected mid-month.
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Olympic Team to Be Named in San Jose
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be held in San Jose, where Team USA will be determined for the 2018 Winter Olympic games in South Korea.
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Islanders Practice Ice Named for Arbour
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The Islanders' practice ice at Northwell Health Ice Center has been named Al Arbour Rink in memory of the late coach who passed away last year.
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Rink Repairs Approved
MONROE, Mich. — City Council has unanimously approved up to $15,000 in ice repairs at the Monroe Multi-Sports Complex.
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Proposed Arena Would Cost Taxpayers Nothing
GRANT, Minn. — There will be no cost to taxpayers for the proposed community ice arena to be built with private donations on public school property through a land lease agreement with a nonprofit organization.
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Rink Gets Facelift, New Name
NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Following a summer facelift, the longtime Darien Ice Rink has reopened as the Darien Ice House, with New Canaan Winter Club as the leaseholder.
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Rink Repairs to Allow Year-Round Use
METHUEN, Mass. — Replacement of a severely leaking roof and the installation of a low-e ceiling are expected to bring energy savings and allow the ice rink at Methuen High School to remain open for use year-round.
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Skating Club Parent Charged
SHORELINE, Wash. — A parent who volunteered to keep the books for the Highland Skating Club has been charged with identity theft and forgery for embezzling $73,000 from the club.
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