U.S. FIGURE SKATING SAFESPORT COMPLIANCE TRAINING UPDATE

Important information for club members and coaches that may be in process of taking the USOC SafeSport video training.

The USOC has transitioned to a new platform for the video training.  All users currently in the process of completing SafeSport training should continue to access the old training site, http://training.safesport.org/. Training must be completed NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2014. If you do NOT complete your training by this date, your progress will be lost and you will be required to create an account with the new site.

Anyone who has NOT yet registered to take the training should do so by visiting the new platform, http://training.teamusa.org.

All information can be found at www.usfigureskating.org/safesport

2014 GRACE MOORE MEMORIAL COMPETITORS’ ASSISTANCE

The New Jersey Council of Figure Skating Clubs has opened the application period for 2014 Grace Moore Memorial Scholarship Award Applications.  The form is available under the Downloadable Forms section of this web site.  Skaters, there are three parts to the application.  Part I  is where you list your skating achievements, Part II is an essay on an athlete from the 1988 Winter Olympics.  Part III is Certification from the Club Test Chair.  This part must be signed, your annual permission letter will not suffice.  Please allow time to obtain a signature from Maria Morin.  She will be at the January test session and will sign applications then and again during the February session.  Also, the deadline for your submittals is March 15th.  No late applications will be considered.  If you need help filling out forms, please see any Board member for assistance.

Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary!

 

The Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club is proud to be celebrating 15 years as a United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) approved club.

The club was originally conceived in 1997 as part of a vision by then Ice House skating school director, Lori Moran-Ditchkus.   The original club was named the American Academy Figure Skating Club and boasted 25 members.  The club received provisional club status early in 1998.

Moran-Ditchkus died in a plane crash the same day the club learned of their provisional approval and the future of the club was in question.  Said Lori Chen “The letter from U.S. Figure Skating congratulating us on making provisional status arrived the day Lori Moran-Ditchkus died. As club secretary, I received the letter and took it to the rink with me. We couldn’t celebrate because we were all devastated by the loss of someone we loved. The board members who had been Lori’s students wanted to give up, but a few of us held the club together arguing that Lori would want this to go forward. It was a pivotal moment for the club…”

Her skating family rallied and the American Academy Figure Skating Club moved forward dedicated to the art and sport of figure skating.  The club was incorporated August 28, 1998 and plans were put in place to establish a memorial competition.  Held every August at the Ice House, the annual Moran Memorial Championship continues to honor Moran-Ditchkus.   Her family also established a scholarship program to recognize club skaters committed to their figure skating goals as well as volunteerism in support of the club’s growth.

In 2010 the name was changed to the Ice House of New Jersey Figure Skating Club.  This change established closer alignment with the members’ primary training facility, the Ice House, as well as the Ice House Skating School which now is under the direction of Craig Maurizi.

Of its original 25 members, eight individuals are still active members.  These include Lori, Jim, and Tiffany Chen, Donna, Camille, and Jose Menendez, Michelle Panagakos and Joan Liotta, a USFSA gold level judge. Today the club is proud to have grown to over 170 members and is still committed to the art and sport of figure skating.

 

15 years

PSA Nationwide Seminar-9/22/13 on Long Island, NY

The Professional Skaters Association is offering its 2013 nationwide seminars for PSA members. These seminars are available to all new and renewing PSA members upon receipt of their 2013-2014 membership dues. U.S. Figure Skating Judges can attend at no charge. Registration available online at www.skatepsa.com

• Member fee is $60.00

• Non-member fee is $115.00 • 11 PSA credits available

USFSA SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

U.S. FIGURE SKATING SCHOLASTIC HONORS TEAM – Open to skaters entering their junior or senior year of high school in fall 2013

JOYCE KOMPERDA ATHLETE SUPPORT FUND – Open to intermediate-, novice- or junior-level singles, pairs and ice dancing skaters

MEMORIAL FUND RISE YOUTH ESSAY CONTEST – Open to skaters at the pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juvenile and juvenile levels

MEMORIAL FUND COMPETITIVE SKATERS ASSOCIATION PROGRAM – (CSAP) – Open to juvenile or intermediate skaters who have placed sixth or higher at the U.S. Championships AND novice, junior and senior skaters who have placed sixth or higher at the Sectional Championships

MEMORIAL FUND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – (ASP) Open to current and former skaters who are enrolled at an accredited college or university and are still actively involved in the sport of figure skating

ELAINE THEISEN DIAMOND ICE FSC FUND FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND THERAPEUTIC SKATING – NEW IN 2013! Open to U.S. Figure Skating member clubs that wish to expand or enhance opportunities for Special Olympics and Therapeutic Skating participants in their communities

All applications are now available on www.usfigureskating.org.
Deadlines vary. Please read all instructions before beginning your application.
Please direct all questions to FinancialAid@usfigureskating.org.

LORI MORAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS – DUE AUGUST 23, 2013

Attention IHNJFSC Club members.  Applications are now being accepted for Lori Moran Memorial Scholarships.  The application is available under the Forms section located on the right side of the home page.  The deadline for applications is August 23rd.

TEST SESSION AUGUST 1, 2013

A test session is scheduled for Thursday August 1, 2013.  The session will run from 2:10 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Any skaters looking to test must contact Maria Morin at mariamorin@icehousenjfsc.org or call at 201.398.8726.  Payments may be made through PayPal or by check submitted to Maria on the test day.  The application is located under downloadable Adobe Acrobat forms.  Please do not mail. Due to the short time frame, Maria will provide instructions for submittal.  There will be another test session following the Moran Memorial Championships.

JULY 25th TEST DATE CANCELLED – TENTATIVE TEST JULY 27th

Skaters,  The July 25th test date is cancelled due to an ice scheduling conflict.  The Club is trying to secure a judges panel for Saturday July 27th for a test session from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  If you are interested in testing on July 27th, please email mariamorin@icehousenjfsc.org.

MEMBERSHIP FORM IS NOW ONLINE!

Attention Club members and new members.  We are excited to release an online application for membership.  Simply complete and submit, then go to PayPal Payments and submit membership fees.  No more downloads!  http://icehousenjfsc.org/membership-form/

2013 MORAN MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Moran2013Plans are underway for the 2013 Moran Memorial Championships.  The event will run from August 23-25, 2013.  The announcement is coming soon and includes new events!  Check back for an update.  We will post the announcement here and at www.entryeeze.com.