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** Synchronized Team Membership
Our new Synchronized Skating Team Membership category was created for any synchronized skating team that is part of a NON-ISI Administrative member rink. This purpose-built membership will allow these teams to be registered with the ISI National office and eligible to compete at local or national ISI-endorsed competitions. It's our hope that this exciting addition to our membership offerings will encourage synchronized skating teams across the country to participate in ISI local and national events.
ISI Partners with EntryEeze to Improve Event Registration Process
In an effort to streamline the registration process for ISI competitions and events and create a more user-friendly experience for our individual, professional, and administrative memberships, ISI has partnered with EntryEeze in a joint development agreement. ISI and EntryEeze will be working together to fully integrate their software platforms to provide seamless competition event registrations for ISI endorsed competitions.
EntryEeze is a Colorado company launched in 2008 specifically to serve the needs of skaters and competition managers. Its vision is to provide an automated system to eliminate time spent manually inputting information, and to provide top-notch support to competition directors and skaters who use the software.
The company is headed by Jeff and Lisa Landon, who together have over 40 years of software development and project management experience. Lisa also has over 20 years of experience running figure skating competitions, is an active adult skater, an active club board member and a U.S. Figure Skating official.
The EntryEeze competition management software platform is web-based for maximum flexibility. It has a long list of fully developed competition management features geared toward automation and ease-of-use, allowing directors to focus their efforts on the more important tasks of an event. EntryEeze hosts hundreds of competitions annually and has an excellent client-retention record.
ISI will begin testing the new process shortly, with a launch date of early 2016. EntryEeze will be exhibiting at ISI's Annual Trade Show on Wednesday, May 27.
ISI Launches Convenient Handbook App
ISI introduces its NEW ISI Handbook App for professional members. Designed for Android 4.2 or greater operating systems, this convenient tool provides members with all of the useful information contained in the latest ISI Handbook, including the revised dance step sequences for Freestyle 5-8 tests.
Now, coaches and judges will have pertinent information (test levels and requirements, performance rules, certification programs, judging criteria and more) right at their fingertips!
The ISI Handbook App is a complimentary subscription service available to current ISI professional members. Members can download the app to any of their Android-compatible devices. The app will expire annually on August 31 for those who do not renew their ISI membership.
Look for the ISI Handbook App for iPhone this summer!
ISI professional membership is for directors and instructors/coaches who derive income from performing, teaching or coaching ice skating or hockey.
Professional members enjoy unequaled benefits, such as:
- Access to the best liability insurance benefits in the industry, featuring more coverage at a lower price
- Subscriptions to ISI EDGE trade journal, Recreational Ice Skating magazine and ISI eNews
- Access to ISI educational materials
- Discounted registration fees for ISI programs and events including the Ice Arena Conference & Trade Show and Ice Arena Institute of Management (iAIM)
- Free district educational seminars
- ISI Judge Certification Program
- Right to register ISI tests for individual skater members
For more information, call (972) 735-8800.