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U.S. Figure Skating membership grows over previous year
U.S. Figure Skating announced today its membership for the 2010–11 season increased 2 percent over its 2009–10 figures. For the membership cycle starting July 1, 2010, and ending June 30, 2011, the organization had 180,452 members, including 122,088 Basic Skills members, 57,883 full members and 481 Friends of Figure Skating members.
U.S. Figure Skating is composed of 688 member, collegiate and school-affiliated clubs, 1,016 Basic Skills programs, 575 synchronized skating teams and 46 Theatre On Ice teams.
“We are pleased that our membership continues to grow despite the tough economic times felt by so many communities around the country,” said Patricia St. Peter, president, U.S. Figure Skating. “The hard work and dedication of our member clubs, Basic Skills program directors and instructors, coaches, athletes and volunteers make it possible to welcome more members into the U.S. Figure Skating family each year.”
The U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program continued to welcome new skaters in 2010–11, as membership exceeded 109,000 for the sixth consecutive year and experienced the second-highest enrollment in the program’s history (132,125 in 2005-06). In addition, the number of registered programs reached 1,000 for the first time. To date, Basic Skills instructors have taught nearly 2 million people how to skate. The Basic Skills Program contains numerous curriculums, including preschool, hockey, speedskating, adult, synchronized, pairs, ice dancing and Special Olympics/Therapeutic. During the 2010–11 season, Basic Skills enjoyed a membership increase of more than 3 percent.
Sixty-six new Basic Skills programs were established, while 12 programs held memberships of more than 1,000 skaters. Two rinks, Wollman Rink Skating School (New York, N.Y.) and Kettler Capitals Iceplex (Arlington, Va.), finished the year with over 2,000 members. Wollman Rink earned its eighth High Membership Award for having the largest Basic Skills membership in the country.
– U.S. Figure Skating –
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, and school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing approximately 180,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.