September 22, 2016

ISI Proud
We received the following letter in response to our Sept. 2 ISI Bulletin that was emailed to Administrative and Professional members. We can't thank members enough for their support and kind words that serve to inspire us to continue doing what we do best! We appreciate your feedback on all industry issues, especially those concerning ISI. We encourage you to send your comments to You make us proud to be "ISI Proud!"

I am sure you will find that there is overwhelming support for you not to move forward with the merger. For skating school directors and coaches in the trenches of skating, your organization has always provided a wonderful balance. All of the people I have talked to will continue to support ISI enthusiastically. In discussion with some of my colleagues, after we heard of the merger, we were joking that the next step might be that the IJS system would be implemented for all tot events.

Relevant Organization
Thank you for all of your hard work and support of the skating community through its difficult times. ISI is a very relevant organization that gives a huge number of skaters an opportunity that they would not have if the principles that the organization was founded on were compromised. The affordability and accessibility of ISI programs make skating more marketable at a time when there are many other sports opportunities for kids to participate in.

Adaptive Skating
I have a student who had to have his leg amputated when he was one year old. Shriners Hospital has provided a prosthetic for him every year since then. He fell in love with skating after coming to an ice show at our local rink and asked his mother if he could participate in classes. I found a sponsor for him for equipment and now he is getting his skates through an organization that helps special needs athletes with equipment that they need to participate in their sport. He was able to participate at ISI Worlds when it was in Anaheim. He met skaters from around the world and even became friends with some of them. It was a wonderful experience for him and it would not have happened if it weren't for ISI. He continues to skate today and is a skating school volunteer at our rink. He has become an inspiration for kids and adults that are learning to skate.

Please understand that it is the feeling of many people that without ISI there would be a huge gap in the skating world that would probably continue to diminish the number of participants in the sport that we all love. There should be no compromise of ISI principles and for that reason support of the organization will continue to grow.

Thank you for your time.

Terry Tonius

Directory Updates Due
We need your help to make sure your staff and facility information is accurate for the 2017 ISI Directory. Please take a few minutes to complete the directory update by Sept. 30.

ISI Holiday Card Contest is on!
Now is the time for skaters to get their creative juices flowing for the ISI annual Holiday Card Creativity Contest. Please encourage your skaters (and coaches, too!) to enter for a chance to have their artwork featured on the front of ISI's 2016 holiday card. Submissions must be received in the ISI office no later than Nov. 1. Honorable mentions will be awarded in the following age categories: 4-7, 8-11, 12-15, 16 and up. Entries will be featured in Recreational Ice Skating Online and on our social media sites. Contest Rules.

Entries Due for
Adult Champs & Holiday Challenge
The entry deadline for both 2016 ISI Adult Championships and 2016 ISI Holiday Challenge is fast approaching — Sept. 30. These two fantastic events will be taking place simultaneously Nov.18-20 on separate sheets of ice in one fabulous location: Sharks Ice at San Jose in San Jose, Calif. Hotel information will be posted soon.

Announcing Our
2017 National Events

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. 5

2017 Adult Championships
Oct. 27-29
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Orlando, FL
Test/entry deadline: Sept. 5

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!

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
Plan to attend your FREE district seminar, where you can network with school directors, instructors, managers and other arena staff members from your district. For dates and location, please visit the ISI website.

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.).

Biz Tip of the Week
Be clear when delegating.

Here's to You Coach!
Are you improving and growing as a coach?

Quote Corner
"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work."
~Vince Lombardi, legendary coach, Green Bay Packers


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

Ellen Burka

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DOE and Partners Release Survey
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Check Out New Bruins Facility
BOSTON — Photos of the new Boston Bruins practice facility, the Warrior Ice Arena, have been released.
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Arena Breaks Ground on New Complex
BISMARCK, N.D. — The Bismarck Park and Recreation District recently broke ground for the new Wachter Arena rink addition, which, along with the existing Schaumberg Arena, will be known as the Capital Ice Complex.
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Flooding Closes Rink Again
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With little history of flooding, Washington Park Ice Arena has been forced to close twice in two months due to flash flooding following heavy rains, prompting Parks and Recreation to hire a consultant to investigate the problem.
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Regional Ice Rink Under Discussion
SAN MATEO, Calif. — Officials from multiple jurisdictions have begun collaborating on ways to bring a regional ice skating facility to the area in the wake of two rink closings.
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Curling Club Update on Schedule
MANKATO, Minn. — The Mankato Curling Club is still planning to reopen its rink at the Caledonia Community Center this winter, thanks to a successful fundraising campaign that will cover higher costs than originally estimated.
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Arena on the Market
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Main Street Arena, which opened as the Charlottesville Ice Park in 1996, has been put on the market for $6.5 million.
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Rink Receives $10K Grant
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Ice in Paradise will use its $10,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for the purchase of hockey sleds for its adaptive ice sports program for youth and adults.
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Downtown Arena Postponed Indefinitely
BELOIT, Wis. — A committee formed to examine the possibility of bringing an ice arena to downtown Beloit has decided to put the discussion on hold.
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Construction to Begin on Facility
LAS VEGAS — Work is about to begin on the $24 million, two-sheet practice facility and headquarters for Las Vegas' new NHL expansion team.
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Commission Votes to Keep Seasonal Turf
STOWE, Vt. — The town recreation commission has decided to keep its current schedule at the Stowe Arena, providing six weeks of turf during the muddy spring months rather than switching to year-round ice.
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Master Plan Includes Studio Rink
FARIBAULT, Minn. — A studio ice arena is among the amenities outlined in a 15-year master plan for Shattuck-St. Mary's School.
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$9M Rink Renovation Unveiled
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The six-year, $9 million renovation of Hyde Park Ice Pavilion is now complete, featuring new locker rooms, a new refrigeration system and a new bar and tapas lounge.
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