ISI & PSA to Merge Operations
The ISI and the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) will consolidate operations to strengthen industry services and programs. The affiliation/merger was announced June 1 at our joint conferences and tradeshow in Las Vegas.
There will be no changes to the ISI skating program for the foreseeable future. We will continue to provide our standard skating programs, conduct ISI testing, and offer local and national competitions.
All 2016-17 ISI national and local events will continue as planned.
"Our commitment to both memberships remains strong," said ISI President Robert McBride. "This merger preserves the mission and founding principles of both ISI and PSA as we seek new and more effective ways to deliver critical services to our constituencies."
PSA President-elect Christine Fowler-Binder stated that the merger of the two associations is a benefit to not only PSA and ISI members, but also the ice sports industry as well.
"Together, we will more effectively provide the critical leadership and programs of both organizations in a manner that will best serve the ice sports industry in the future," she said.
The consolidation is anticipated to take 12 to 18 months and is not expected to impact Administrative, Professional, or Individual Members.
During this transitional period, ISI will begin negotiations with U.S. Figure Skating and PSA to explore the possibility of supporting a single, national learn-to-skate program. It is our intent that this program will preserve the ISI philosophy of providing recreational testing and competition opportunities for skaters of all ages and skill levels.
ISI will continue to offer the same valuable services to our Administrative members, including the iAIM education program.
The new arrangement does not affect ISIAsia rinks, coaches, or skaters.
We believe that the streamlining of programs and services will unify the industry, thereby reducing costs to skaters and coaches, while improving participation and retention for arena owners and operators.
Visit Recreational Ice Skating magazine
It's official! Recreational Ice Skating magazine can be found at its new home at RISonline.org. ISI skaters, coaches and skating directors no longer have to wait for it to arrive in the mail. Now, with just a click of a mouse or the swipe of a screen - at any time and from anywhere - they can stay up-to-date on ISI news, events and coverage.
Those visiting the digital publication via their Android mobile device can download the RISonline app immediately. The iPhone app will be available shortly!
With our new digital format, we'll be able to deliver informative and entertaining articles and images to our readers - content that inspires them to continue skating in ISI programs and in your rinks - on a more frequent basis. Spread the word! RIS Online will feature fresh content monthly and best of all, it will be available 24/7
NEW Hockey Registration Process
Is Easy as 1-2-3!
ISI Administrative members (facilities or leagues can now register their hockey teams without having to register players individually. Players will receive the same insurance coverage and benefits as ISI individual hockey members.
This new process not only makes registering teams a breeze, but also provides a tremendous cost savings. Based on the number of teams in your league(s), your registration costs could be as low $275 for a youth team and $375 for an adult team ($18 or $25 per player respectively).
ISI administrative membership is geared to ice skating and hockey facilities, schools, clubs, leagues and retailers. Membership in the oldest and largest ice skating industry trade association is not a cost of doing business – it’s an investment with immediate returns. The most successful facilities make regular use of ISI programs and services to keep their business moving in the right direction.
Administrative member benefits include:
- Right to use all ISI copyrighted programs and materials
- Right to apply for ISI competition and show endorsements
- Discounts on ISI educational programs, advertising and other services
- Insurance coverage for all registered ISI recreational skating and hockey members
- Manager and instructor training seminars
- Subscriptions to ISI EDGE trade journal, Recreational Ice Skating online magazine and ISI eNews
- Directory of ISI member facilities and industry builders and suppliers
- Link on ISI Web site
- Free employment advertising on ISI Web site and in ISI EDGE
- Connections with suppliers and networking opportunities
See how ISI works for you! For more information, call (972) 735-8800.