EXCLUSIVELY ABOUT OUR CLUB OUR MISSION STATEMENT BBFSC encourages the instruction, practice, and advancement of the members in compulsory figures, free skating, pair skating, dancing, and all types of figure skating; encourages and cultivates a spirit of fraternal feeling among ice skaters; sponsors, produces, or cooperates in the productions of amateur ice carnivals and shows; and generally performs such other acts as may be necessary, advisable, proper or incidental in the realization of the objects and purposes of this organization; and carries out the general policies of the United States Figure Skating Association.
WHO CAN JOIN BORDER BLADES? Anyone who has an interest in advancing their skills in the area of ice skating and wants more individualized instruction can become a member of the club. The club arranges for practice ice times through the Grand Forks Park District and connects students with experienced skating coaches. The club is also the vehicle through which competitions and testing is conveyed. All BBFSC members must also be members of the United States Figure Skating Association. BBFSC must be listed as the primary club for all members.
WHAT IS BBFSC SYNCHRONIZED SKATING? Synchronized skating involves skaters that practice and perform together while synchronizing their movements. A line usually consists of 12 to 20 skaters, who are grouped according to age and ability. Tryouts are normally held in the summer or early fall of each year. BOARD OF DIRECTORS HOW BBFSC COMMUNICATES MONTHLY MEETINGS BBFSC meets the second Monday of each month. Time and location is subject to change. If there is going to be a change in venue, it normally will be announced at the previous meeting. It should appear on the website. In the event it is a last- minute change, a club-wide email will be sent out announcing the different location and it will be posted on the website.
Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings. New member parents are a refreshing addition. It is always good to have new faces and new ideas in addition to the present parents. This is a parent-ran organization and this is our parent meeting as a club. Always try to attend and get involved.
WEBSITE Our website www.borderblades.org is an excellent source for club information, current events, competition announcements, ice schedules, etc. If you have any information you would like to go on our website, please e-mail our website coordinator
GET INVOLVED – HAVE FUN As we've said, this is a parent-ran organization and we are always looking for help for different projects and events. So please don't hesitate to volunteer. The best part of volunteering is that you get to meet a lot of great parents and enjoy yourself while helping out the club. It is a win-win situation.
BBFSC AND OUR SCHOOLS SCHOOL ABSENCES When skaters attend skating competitions and miss school, it will be marked as an absence. The reason is skating is not a sanctioned sport in the state of North Dakota or a club sport funded by the school system. The sport must be on the official school calendar before it is an excused absence. So please understand, if you are out of school for a competition, it will be marked as an absence.
LETTERING IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS The Grand Forks Public School system does acknowledge figuring skating as a sport, which allows skaters to letter at both of our high schools once they have met the requirements for lettering. Most schools in North Dakota that have a skating club in their city do acknowledge figure skating as a lettering sport. That is not the case all over the United States. So our skaters are fortunate to be acknowledged by their schools for all their hard work.
Because our skaters are eligible to letter in our high schools, our club enforces the ND High School Athletic Association policy on alcohol, drug, theft, etc. BBFSC also follows the school rules on academic eligibility. These rules are listed in the front of the skater's high school planner.
YEARBOOKS Our high schools also allow a page in their yearbooks for figure skating, which gives our older skaters deserved recognition. A page is compiled for each high school and submitted to each yearbook staff. A Red River HS skater parent and a Central HS skater parent usually collects photos and makes sure the page is submitted.
INTRODUCTION TO FIGURE SKATING Figure skating is a sport with many dimensions. Its many disciplines include: Singles Freestyle, Pairs Freestyle, Dance, Precision, Figures and Moves-in-the- Field. Skaters normally begin to skate in a group lesson environment, such as the USFSA's Learn-to-Skate program, often called Basic Skills. Basic Skills classes are taught at most rinks on a regular basis and are a very cost-effective way to learn the basics of skating, whether your interest is in competitive figure skating, recreational skating or hockey. When skaters have learned the basic elements of skating in this group environment, many will join a skating club and begin to further develop those skills by working with a private coach. To join some clubs, skaters must have passed through, or have demonstrated capability in all of the skills through the Basic 6 or Basic 8 level of the Basic Skills program
Club skaters typically practice anywhere from one to as many as 12-15 hours per week, depending on their level of interest, competitiveness and budget. Many skaters choose to compete. They compete within groups of other skaters with similar ability levels. These abilities are proven by the passage of official USFSA tests, taken in front of USFSA appointed judges at designated test ses- sions. The tests establish several levels of skating in each discipline. When you watch skating on TV, you are watching skaters who have passed all the way to the top of the test structure and it is called the Senior level. There are many levels below Senior and most club skaters are somewhere on that ladder, moving upwards. Competitive skating levels are not determined by age, although often in competitions, age will be used as a secondary factor to group smaller flights of skaters within a single test level.
FREESTYLE This is the discipline in figure skating that most spectators are familiar with. In Freestyle skating, or Singles Freestyle skating, a competitive skater performs a program that lasts anywhere from 1 to 4.5 minutes. It is composed of elements such as jumps and spins and is usually skated to music. In freestyle competition, both long and short programs are skated. The short program at each level has a very specific list of elements, which must be performed. The skater is marked on his/her performance of those elements. Specific deductions are taken for missing or failed elements and for added or repeated elements. The long program has no list of required elements. Only a general set of guidelines for what should or should not be included. Skaters are marked on both the quality of elements performed and the difficulty and content of the program. Contrary to popular belief, there are no required deductions for falls in a long program. However, the skater is given no credit for having executed or tried the maneu- ver which caused the fall. In Singles Freeskating, there are eight test levels defined. With the exception of the very first one, each test is a program skated to music, with very specific required elements. Similar to the short program for competitions. In the very first or pre-preliminary freestyle test, the skater is asked to perform jumps and spins as separate elements. The singles freestyle test levels are: Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Senior.
PAIRS Pairs skating is similar in many respects to singles freeskating, except that two skaters perform together. This adds all sorts of opportunities for new moves, such as lifts, throws and pair spins and jumps. Pairs skating has both long and short programs. The test structure includes: Preliminary, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Senior.
DANCE Ice dancing is the discipline within skating that most emphasizes the beauty of the sport, rather than the athleticism. Dance emphasizes the techniques of edge work, flow and motion of two skaters together in rhythmic interpretations of music. Ice dancing has two main focus areas: compulsory dances and free dances.
In compulsory dances, skaters are given a very specific pattern to follow. This pattern is shown in the form of a drawing, which specifies the skater's moves right down to which foot is doing what particular step during every single beat of the music. Dancers are marked on their ability to skate the required pattern with demonstrated musical feeling.
In free dances, skaters get to make up their own programs within specified guidelines. These programs must demonstrate basic dance elements and steps in a musical, but not theatrical way. No jumps or spins are allowed. Dancers are required to stay close together throughout the course of the dance program.
The test structure for dance includes tests in compulsory dances, as well as, free dances. This includes the following levels: Preliminary, Pre-Bronze, Bronze, Pre-Silver, Silver, Pre-Gold, Gold, Junior, International and Senior International. Dance is one of the skating disciplines where age is no barrier. Many adults and senior adults, nationwide, enjoy this discipline for both its athletic value and its social aspects.
MOVES-IN-THE-FIELD Moves-in-the-Field, or moves, is a technical discipline designed to help skaters improve their execution of the basic moves of skating. Edge work, turns, stroking, body control and extension are emphasized and are mostly done with power as a primary focus. The Moves-in-the-Field discipline is primarily a test discipline, although some competitions are running moves events. Moves-in-the-Field has test levels matching each singles freestyle level. It is required that all skaters testing freestyle must pass the equivalent moves test prior to taking the corresponding test in the freestyle or pairs disciplines.
FIGURES Figures is another of the technical disciplines, which is primarily emphasizing body control and edges/turns. Figures are the famous figure 8s for which the sport is named. There are dozens of different ways to modify the basic figure 8 for testing purposes. Each variant emphasizes a certain skill. All require great concentration and stamina to perform. Figures are still tested and com- peted, although this discipline is dropping in popularity.
SYNCHRONIZED SKATING Synchronized team skating (once know as precision skating) is a team event. The teams can consist of 8 to as many as 24 skaters, depending on what level and how many skaters are available in your club to skate on a synchro line. They skate to complicated routines. Large teams may execute patterns of incredible complexity and beauty. The teamwork and timing required makes this a challenging sport. Precision skating is another discipline where age is not a significant barrier and adults, nationwide, enjoy the sport.
WHAT IS PRIVATE SKATING Private, or individual skating, is the next the step for a skater after they have completed their Basic Badge 5 or 6 and have an interest in continuing to develop their skating ability. This can be for a number of reasons: competing, testing or simply personal development. At competitions, the skaters skate against other skaters of the same level of ability and age range. In testing, the skater learns certain aspects of skating that they perform before a judge or judges. It is a big accomplishment when a skater passes his/her tests. It also means they get to move up a level in competition.
There are 3 areas of individual skating for testing. They are: Moves-in-the-Field, Freestyle and Dance.
Moves-in-the-Field, or moves, is the textbook portion of the skater's ability. This is where the skater learns the various steps, edges and techniques that are used in the other forms of skating.
Freestyle skating is the demonstration of the various moves that are performed in sequence to the music. Freestyle skating also involves various jumps as part of the routine. For competitions, coaches develop a routine to music for the skater.
Dance is set routines or dance steps that are performed to music, as well. Set means that you or your coach do not choreograph the routine. It already exists.
If you talk to any of our private skaters, you will find that they work hard, but also enjoy their time on the ice. Friendships are developed that last through the years. The hard work doesn't always seem so hard, when you are having fun at a sport that you enjoy. We have seen many skaters self-esteem increase, because of the accomplishments he/she has achieved on their own.
Private skating is different from Park Board skating in that you buy ice time and you hire a coach. BBFSC skaters buy a lump sum of ice time from the Grand Forks Park District for the season. Ice time is set for certain times of the week, November thru March. The ice times are consistent from week to week. On occasion, things may change due to holidays or other events scheduled at the arena. For the most part our ice time remains the same. During this ice time, you will also be hiring a coach to teach a lesson. You can also use this time to practice on your own. A coach should always be present, even if it is not your coach and you are not taking a lesson. In the event, there is not a coach there (rarely does this happen), a parent will need to stay and observe. This is a safety precaution. In the event an accident may happen, there is an adult at hand to take over. So parents should never just drop a skater off at the arena, if their skater does not have a lesson scheduled, without checking to make sure a coach is on the ice.
Coaches' fees are listed in this handbook. A beginning private skater might take two 15-minute lessons a week when starting out. During your lessons, your coach will teach edges, jumps, control and many other aspects of skating. If the skater wants to compete, the coach will also teach them a freestyle program or whatever it is they need to compete. ALL ABOUT OUR COACHES GUIDELINES FOR HIRING A PRIVATE COACH When joining a BBFSC, we know that hiring a private coach can be a confusing step. Listed on the next page are some guidelines on what should be expected from the coach, from the parent and from the skater. Also included is a fee guideline on what our club feels are fair prices for coaches to be charging for private lessons.
COACHES Participate in club activities to encourage your skaters Be at test sessions with your students Be at competitions with your students Communicate with skaters and parents on progress and or problems - Send monthly bills (or more frequent, if wanted) - Talk to skater about their goals for the upcoming season PARENTS - Know when your skater has lessons and be sure she/he shows up on time - Call the coach if your skater will not make a lesson (minimum 24 hours notice) - Talk to coach about competitions and test sessions for the season - Find out how much the coach expects the skater to practice - Pay bills promptly (net 10 days or sooner) - Talk to coach about how much practice time is required for the level the skater is at SKATER - Know when your lessons are - Be at the rink 15 minutes before the lesson time and on the ice 5 minutes before the lesson - Talk to coach about your goals for the upcoming season
Below is the code of conduct that all coaches sign at the beginning of each skating year.
COACH’S CODE OF CONDUCT
1. I will arrive in a timely manner to scheduled lessons. 2. I will explain coaching fees, lesson times, competition fees, and testing fees to the parents before I begin coaching their children. 3. If I must miss a scheduled lesson, I must notify the parents. If possible, before the lesson starts. I will notify parents after a missed lesson and explain why I was not there. 4. I will keep parents informed of student s progress and when appropriate meet one-on-one with skater and parent to set individual goals. 5. I will keep parents informed of competitions, test sessions and any dates necessary to the sport of skating. 6. I will make sure the music box is turned off and locked before leaving the ice rink. 7. I will make sure the jump belt is put away after use. 8. I will not use tobacco/profanity around students. 9. I will not abuse, threaten or tease any skater. I will not talk negatively about any skater.. 10. I will have skates on at all times during lessons, unless there is a medical reason why I can't. 11. I will dress and behave in a professional manner at all times. 12. I will enforce the rules of the rink as well as the rules set forth in the skater’s Code of Conduct. I will make sure that students are skating and not hanging out in the locker rooms and fooling around. I will also make sure all skaters are moving on the ice. 13. If I have a problem with a skater’s behavior, I will meet with the skater and their parents to attempt to resolve the issue. I will rely on the other coaches for advice. If the issue cannot be resolved, I will bring it to the board. 14. I will coach only my students and under no circumstances will I coach or give instruction to another student without their primary coach s full knowledge. 15. I acknowledge that any act of soliciting, and/or perception of soliciting will not be tolerated under any circumstances. 16. I will encourage harmony, goodwill and ethical behavior among the skaters, parents, pros and rink personnel. 17. As a staff pro, I will participate and support BBFSC activities. 18. I will comply with the USFSA stated coaches registration and continuing education requirements. I will comply on a yearly basis and turn in proof of completion to the Vice President for verification on June 15 of every year. 19. It is my responsibility to confirm approval/completion through USFS and CER and will work diligently to make sure my credentials are on the appropriate lists provided by USFS. 20. As a coach, I may skate on the ice for free, but skaters have the right of way at all times.
UNDERSTANDING USFSA TESTING ABOUT LEVELS AND TESTING The USFSA defines testing as a system of tests which allow a skater to progress through a sequence of logical steps in his or her competitive development. The tests also establish a bench-marking structure for competitive purposes. All USFSA sanc- tioned competitions group skaters according to levels of tests passed. This allows skaters of similar abilities to compete against each other. There are two types of testing defined by the USFSA Learn-to- Skate tests and judged tests.
LEARN-TO-SKATE TESTING Within the Learn-to-Skate (Basic Skills) program, testing is used to advance skaters from level to level. This testing is usually per- formed in front of the skater's instructors and is very informal. Passage through the Learn-to-Skate program is not required for competitive skaters. Some competitions that offer beginner-level events do use Learn-to-Skate levels to help group competitors.
JUDGED TESTS A much more formal test structure is designed for skaters who have advanced past the basics. These tests are judged by USFSA appointed judges at formal test sessions. The results are forwarded to the USFSA, which keeps official records of each skater's test accomplishments. In each skating discipline, many levels of achievement are defined. Note that a skater's age does not figure into his or her skating level - only the demonstration of his/her proficiency through the passing of tests (Note that for competitive purposes, there are some age limits placed upon skaters at certain levels.)
It is necessary for all skaters to take and pass the Moves-in-the-Field (MIF) test associated with a particular level before taking the Freestyle or Pairs test at that level. It is not possible for a skater to opt out of the Moves-in-the-Field tests. Moves-in- the-Field is a technical discipline designed to improve skater's abilities in areas such as stroking, turns, edge work, etc.
HOW ARE TESTS CONDUCTED? Test sessions are held on a regular basis by most USFSA affiliated clubs. A test session is usually a very official event at which many skaters will test. All tests are judged by a panel of USFSA appointed judges. They can not be related to the skater or the skater's coach. All results from a test session are sent by the host club's test chairperson to the USFSA headquarters. USFSA registers the skater's accomplishments and publishes a notice of that accomplishment in Skating magazine. Skaters who are ready to test, fill out a registration form and give it to their club's test chairperson or to another area club, if their own club is not holding a test session. There is usually a fee associated with the taking of tests. This covers ice time, administrative expenses/paperwork and the judges' travel expenses. Judges are not paid for their work. Many have to travel great distances to get to a test session. They do receive reimbursement for the costs of their travels. BBFSC and Northern Lights Figure Skating Club, East Grand Forks, usually run their test sessions the same weekend to share the costs of bringing judges in from great distances. This makes testing more affordable for skaters in each club.
Generally, the test chairperson will post a schedule of the skater's test times a few days before the test day. Skaters should be at the rink and ready to skate at their appointed time. It is good to be there earlier than stated, just in case the test session is running ahead of time. It is not uncommon for that to happen. Your coach may be present at a test session, but should not disrupt the flow of the test.
Usually, a test session is an all-day event. You will probably be scheduled in a grouping with several other skaters taking the same or similar tests. Your group will be scheduled for a warm-up time, followed immediately by the skating of the tests within that group. Usually, you will be the only one on the ice during your actual test. For some tests, such as moves-in-the- field and pre-preliminary freestyle, you may share the ice with others.
There will be judges there to evaluate your performance. Usually, there are three judges for all tests. For some lower level tests, it is acceptable for a single high- level judge to judge the test. This is sometimes done when ice-time is limited. The judges are usually off the ice, in a hockey box or similar area. Most often, they have clipboards with your test papers on them. Usually, there will be one judge called the judge-in-charge. If your test requires instruction, this is the judge that will be talking to you.
When it is time for your test, the judges or announcers will inform you of your opportunity. If it is a freestyle, pairs program or a dance test, you should skate to your starting position and wait for your music to start. If it is a moves tests or a pre- preliminary or adult pre-bronze freestyle test, you should go to the judges for instruction on how they want you to conduct the test.
When you have finished your test, you should stay on the ice until the judges dismiss you. You should approach the judges, but not too close. Sometimes, they will need to discuss aspects of your test privately. The judges might ask you to re- skate an element or two from the test. If this is done, it is because that element was not quite right and the judges want to give you another chance to try it. Usually, they will tell you what it was about the element that they would like to see improved. If you are asked to re-skate an element, you will be given the opportunity to warm-it-up before you do it for real, if you choose to do so. If you do want to warm-it-up, you need to tell the judges that before you begin your warm-up.
After you are dismissed, you will need to wait for your results. Usually, the judges will complete a group of skaters before handing in their paperwork. Eventually, you will get copies of your test papers to review. These will have the judge's comments on your performance. At the bottom, it will indicate your pass or retry status. With a 3-judge panel, you must receive a passing mark from at least two judges in order to pass the test. Usually, you are allowed to keep your test papers. You and your coach should use them as a tool for developing your instructional plans. If you should fail to pass a test, you are required to wait a minimum of 28 days before retrying the test.
CLOTHING FOR TESTS A test is a rather formal occasion, but is not a competition. There is no audience to impress. You do not need to wear your fanciest dress or clothing. You should dress neatly though – no sweats! A nice practice dress is more than adequate for any test. If you need it, a sweater or light gloves are fine.
ABOUT YOUR JUDGES Judges are not bad people. They don't bite. Judges are often skaters themselves, past skaters or parents of skaters. They have your best interests at heart and really want you to pass They will not, however, pass a test for which the skater is not adequately prepared. Don't be afraid of them and don't let them make you feel nervous. Just skate your best and show them what you can do.
TRIAL JUDGES Sometimes at your test, you will see more than the normal three judges. If this is the case, one or more of them may be a trial judge. A trial judge is like an apprentice judge. This person is learning how to become a judge. It takes a long time and a lot of tests to do so. The trial judge's marks do not count on your tests. They only serve to establish a performance record for the trial judge. If there is a trial judge on your test, you may notice that the real judges may take some time to explain the fine points of your test to that person. Be patient. This person may someday be a real judge at one of your test sessions or competitions, so it is to your advantage that they know what they are doing. UNDERSTANDING COMPETITIONS WHAT TO EXPECT AS A SKATER
ARE YOU EXCITED? No question about it, your first competition will be one of the most exciting, most confusing and most stomach-churning days you will ever experience in skating! Just remember, you're doing this for fun. Go out there, show off a little and enjoy the experience. Do your best job, but always remember to keep an even perspective on the day. Parents, remember how much courage it takes your skater to get out there, all alone, on that huge sheet of ice in front of an audience. Make sure your child knows about that fluttery feeling of pride you feel in your chest when you see them out there.
A BIT OF PHILOSOPHY An important thing to remember when you compete, is to skate against yourself - not the other skaters. It's great to win or to earn a medal. We all want to strive for that as a goal. But if that is your only goal, you're bound to come away disappointed often. It's important to remember that you can control how well you skate, but you have no control over who you are competing against. At any given competition, you might face competitors who are more advanced, equally advanced or less experienced than yourself. Your final position will be greatly affected by the level of that field. You could skate exactly the same performance in 2 different competitions and end up in first place one day and last place the next. It all depends on the abilities of the other skaters. Strive instead to always better your last performance. Every time you go out on that competition ice, try to do just a little bit better than you did the last time. If you do that, the medals will take care of themselves. If you can come off the ice feeling good about your performance and knowing that you've done your best job, then you should be happy.
FINDING COMPETITIONS NEAR YOU Most likely, your coach will know about the competitions in your area and will advise you as to which ones you should enter. Your coach knows your abilities and knows the general range of abilities expected at the various competitions held in your area. If you're searching, one of the best places to look is Skating magazine, which is sent to all USFSA members. Skating lists coming competitions in the Calendar of Events, which appears monthly. Your coach or club may get the competition announcement packet in the mail about 2-3 months before the competition. If not, you should call the host club and ask for one. Usually, entry deadlines are about 6-8 weeks before the competition, so don't hesitate to get an application and send it in.
SENDING IN YOUR APPLICATION Application forms are usually included in the announcement packet. This packet will list all events, the eligibility requirements and the required elements for programs. You may enter more than one event if you wish, and in general, additional events are cheaper than the first event. In our area, local competitions usually cost around $60 to $80 for the first event and $20 for additional events. There will be an entry deadline listed in the packet. Make sure you get your form in on time! Usually the form will require a signature by a club officer and your coach to attest to your eligibility. Don't wait until the last minute to get this signature. Sometimes people are out of town or do not show up at the rink on that one day you left to try to find them. you to get dressed. The club will provide a locker room for you to change in. You can usually leave your clothes and skating bags in that room while competing. Your coach's signature is also to attest to your readiness. With help from your coach, decide which events you will enter, fill in the form, get the necessary signatures, make a copy (never mail anything without keeping a copy), write a check and mail it. Often, clubs will suggest that you include a self- addressed, stamped envelope (SASE), which they may use to return your event schedule.
YOUR EVENT SCHEDULE Usually, you will get a mailing from the host club about 10-14 days before the competition. This mailing will list your event day and times and will provide a map to the rink, parking instructions and other necessary information. In general, it won't help to call earlier than that, since they can't make up a firm schedule until they have all the entries and go through a huge scheduling effort to make it all work. They'll mail it as soon as they know it's a solid schedule.
MISSING SCHOOL There is a good chance you might miss school. Most competitions run over a weekend, but because of the number of entries that most get, they may have to start before Saturday. Sometimes Friday and, once in a while, Thursday. Most competitions, in this area, may schedule practice ice on Thursday evening with the competition beginning on Friday morning. In general, they start with the lowest level skaters on the earliest days and save the weekend for the high level skaters and the final rounds. So if this is an early competition for you, the chances are pretty good you'll miss a little bit of school. In our school system, it is not considered an excused absence, so you will be marked absent for that day.
WHO YOU'LL BE COMPETING AGAINST You will compete against other skaters of approximately similar experience. You may or may not be competing against skaters of similar age. The basic separation is by test level. This means you will be competing against other skaters who have tested no further than you have. Many competitions allow skaters to skate up one level (skate in a level that is one test more difficult than they have actually passed), but no competition will let skaters skate in a level below where they have passed. Of course, even within a test level, you will find people of widely varying experience and ability. Generally, you will skate in a group of no more than 8 to 12 skaters. If there are substantially more than 12 people entered in a single event, they will break up the group into separate flights. These flights will then be considered completely separate events. Usually, if this is done, the flights are grouped according to the skaters' ages.
ARRIVAL TIME AT THE RINK The club mailing, that has your schedule on it, will tell you what they expect of entrants. In general, you should expect to check in at least one hour before your scheduled event time. When you get to the rink, they will usually have a check-in table near the doors. You need to go to that table and say your name and event. If there is an event number associated with your event, you should be prepared to tell them that also. They will find your name on their list and log you in. If your event requires music, you should give them your tape or CD at this time. They will probably have program booklets available at this table for a nominal charge. You'll probably want one for your scrapbook. Once you're checked in, you can watch other events until it's time for you to get dressed. The club will provide a locker room
WHEN TO GET DRESSED & GET ON THE ICE Your host club or your coach may tell you their own special expectations. However, the general rule is that you should be fully dressed and ready to check in when the flight before yours takes the ice. Usually, there will be an ice monitor standing somewhere near the skaters' entry door (usually with a clipboard in their hand). You should find the ice monitor at this time and tell them who you are and that you are present and ready. Don't go too far away, but don't hover too close and bother others. The ice monitor will tell you when it's time for your flight's warm-up. Generally, you should say your “good-byes” to your parents up in the bleachers, then report to the ice monitor along with your coach. The coach can usually stay with you up to and during your event. Your parents should not.
WARM-UPS The warm-up is a short opportunity (usually about 3-4 minutes) for you to get out on the ice and warm up your muscles before you compete. Your coach may have a few specific things for you to work on during this time. In general, you should use it to stroke around and loosen your muscles and do a couple jumps to get a feel for the ice quality. Try to familiarize yourself with the size and look of the rink, so you aren't surprised during the competition, if the rink is smaller or larger than your rink at home. Visualize where you will start, and where key elements of your program will occur. You should not run through your entire program, but you might want to try out a few of it's key elements. The judges will not be judging your activities during this period, although some will watch to help them get a general feel for the “level” of skating that they will see in the group. Generally, they will sound a horn or make an announcement when you have 1 minute left in the warm-up. They will tell you to leave the ice when its over. Don't go too far, and try to keep your muscles warm and loose. If you choose to watch the other competitors, you may do so.
SKATING ORDER Usually this will be posted on a convenient wall somewhere around the concourse of the rink. When you first arrive at the rink, you can ask the people at the registration desk where the skating orders are posted. You will find a sheet for each of your events that will list all the competitors in the order in which they will skate. It will probably NOT be the same order printed in the program booklet.
WARM-UP GROUPS Sometimes when your flight is large, it will be divided into 2 or 3 sub-groups. Each of these sub-groups gets to warm up separately. For instance, if you are in a flight of 12 skaters, it might be broken up into 2 groups of 6. The first 6 would warm up at the time listed on the ice schedule, then they would skate their programs. Then the next 6 would warm up and then skate their programs. All are judged as if they were one group. It ensures that the final skaters don't get too cooled down waiting for their turn to skate. It is gener- ally done when the flight size is greater than 9 and only at levels of about intermediate or higher, when the programs start to get long.
YOUR TURN TO SKATE When it's your turn to skate, the ice monitor will give you instructions to go on the ice. Skate out to wherever you will strike your initial pose and indicate your readiness to the judges and the music person. If this is a competition with music, then they will start it as soon as they know that both you and the judges are ready. If your program is not done to music, you should wait until they announce something like skater, you may begin. Take a deep breath, relax and skate your best. If you are in a half-ice competition and someone else is skating on the other half, it would be courteous to wait until they are finished before you skate off the ice.
RESULTS Usually, it will take about a half-hour or so for results to be posted. You will generally find them posted in the same place where the skating orders are. The result sheets show your final position, and show the ordinal (position) marking that each of the judges gave you. Usually, you can purchase copies of the results sheets for about $.25 from the host club.
MEDALS, RIBBONS Different clubs do this differently, but usually if you are in the top 3 or 4 positions you will receive a medal of some sort. Some competitions have award ceremonies scheduled periodically during the competition to award these medals, but not very often. They usually take official pictures right after medals are awarded. If you have earned a medal, you should check to see when the award ceremony is, and whether or not pictures will be taken. If pictures are taken, you will probably be expected to be in your skating outfit and skates. You will have the option to purchase pictures, if you like. At many competitions, those skaters who placed below the medal positions will be eligible to receive a ribbon. Check at the registration table to find out where you go to get a ribbon.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE ARENA Don't forget to pick up your music tapes or CDs!!!
MUSIC TAPES OR CDS Most clubs expect you to bring your music on a standard audio cassette tape or CD. The competition announcement will give you specific instructions. Usually, you should bring 2 copies of your music. Give one to the registration desk when you arrive and give the other to your coach or someone else close to the ice for emergencies. Your tape or CD should be well labeled with your name and your event. Your music should be the first and only song on the tape or CD. It should be rewound, if it is a tape. If you can find the real short 5- or 10-minute cassettes, use those. They generally have a thicker tape which works better in the cold, damp environment of the ice rink. If at all possible, make a brand new copy of your music for the competition. Do not use the same tape or CD that you have played over and over again during practice sessions. They do wear out and can become damaged. You'd like to have the best possible sound for your competition. If you do make a new tape or CD, make sure you listen to it at least once to make sure it recorded properly. INDIVIDUAL SKATING BBFSC ICE ETIQUETTE RULES
Skating is basically an individual sport. Activities during most practice sessions are pretty unstructured. It is important to know that some basic rules must be observed for safety and to ensure that everyone can make effective use of their ice time.
BE ON TIME Be on time for your lessons. At least 15 minutes before your lesson and on the ice 5 minutes before your lessons starts.
WHO HAS PRIORITY ON THE ICE In our rink, the skater who is on program and who's music is playing has the right of way at all times. Other skaters are expected to give that skater free maneuvering room. Second in priority are those skaters who are currently in lessons with their coach. Always yield to these skaters. Take turns playing your skating music.
DANGEROUS SINGLES MOVES When you are practicing elements like camel spins and back spirals be especially aware of the danger your exposed blade poses to other skaters. Recognize that once you've started the element, it will be hard for you to see those around you. Take a good look at your expected space before you start the element. Abort it if it looks like you could cause a problem.
PREDICTABILITY As you skate more, you'll get to the point where you'll recognize that a practice session has a certain rhythm to it. People tend to do pretty expectable or predictable things. You can usually guess where somebody else is going, based on what they're doing when you see them. For example: The normal approaches to each jump or spin are pretty recognizable. If you're a wrong way skater (clockwise jumper) be aware that other skaters will probably guess wrong about your intentions. If you have clockwise jumpers in your rink, try to recognize them and adjust our expectations accordingly. Try not to skate or behave in a way that would surprise other skaters. If you're standing near the boards, don't enter the flow of skaters without checking first to make sure it I clear to enter. NOTE: Spins should be done in the center of the ice and jumps on either end.
DON'T STAND AROUND Refrain from standing around and visiting on the ice. This wastes expensive ice and presents and additional hazard to other skaters to avoid.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY Dress appropriately for figure skating. Shorts, leggings, skirts, dresses and black dresses for synchro skaters.
BE RESPONSIBLE Be responsible for your own music, clothing and equipment.
STAY OFF THE ICE After an ice cleaning, do not enter on to the ice until the zamboni has left the ice and the gates are closed.
SKATER’S CODE OF CONDUCT At the beginning of each skating season, skaters are asked to sign the code of conduct as stated below.
1. BBFSC will be enforcing the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) policy on alcohol, drug, theft, etc. BBFSC will also be following the school rules on academic eligibility. These rules are listed in the front of your school planner. The full NDHSAA policy can be found at www.ndhsaa.com. Click on Publications and from there on to Constitution and By-Laws. 2. Courtesy - Show respect toward all coaches and fellow skaters. 3. Be on time for lessons. Skaters should arrive at least 15 minutes before their lessons begins. They should be on the ice at least 5 minutes before their lesson begins. 4. First Priority On Program skaters - skaters, whose music is playing, have the right of way at all times. This includes skaters that are in dance lessons. Second Priority In Lesson skaters - skaters who are currently in lessons with their coaches. Do not talk to your coaches if they are in a lesson with another skater. 5. Safety first with your skate blades - be aware of other skaters when spinning and jumping. 6. Be predictable when practicing - try not to skate in a way that may surprise other skaters. Be aware of who is on the ice. 7. Spins should be done in the center of the ice and jumps on either end of the ice. 8. Don't stand around. No game playing during private ice...no tag, blob, etc. 9. Dress appropriately for figure skating. 10. Be responsible for your own music, clothing, and equipment. 11. After an ice cleaning, do not enter the ice until the Zamboni doors are closed. 12. Behave at competitions. Sit during programs. This includes other teams as well as your own. During testing, please sit quietly so skaters can concentrate. No horse-play or running around when attending competitions. Remember, you are representing BBFSC. 13. Be supportive of all skaters. Respect other coaches and parents, not only from our club, but from other clubs as well. 14. If a skater violates any NDHSAA rules, they will not be allowed to skate a solo at the end of the year ice show.
INDIVIDUAL SKATING LETTERING CRITERIA 1. A student must demonstrate varsity level ability as compared to other North Dakota athletes and demonstrate this ability in competitive situations. 2. Show leadership, hard work and good sportsmanship in all levels of skating. 3. Letters are awarded according to the requirements below, based on the point system. 4. Skaters are required to submit, to the club president, their signed lettering requirements summary by April 1st. (Form on website) The club will keep an events journal to verify the skaters lettering requirements summary sheet. It is the responsibility of the skater to obtain the coach's signature. 5. All skaters must follow all the guidelines for eligibility according to school regulations. Such as grades, NDHSAA drug free policy, attendance, etc. 6. This lettering criteria is between the skater and his/her coach(es), It will be the responsibility of the skater to make sure he/she obtains enough points during the lettering year to be eligible for a letter.
REQUIREMENTS TO LETTER Testing/lettering year is from April 1st to March 31st. Must have passed pre-juvenile freestyle, pre-juvenile moves or 2nd figure test or bronze dance test category. Skater must take at least one 15 minute lesson per week. The first year anyone is eligible to letter is 7th grade. You must have earned 10 points in the testing year to letter. You may pick from the following list for your points. A skater must not be in violation of any training rules set forth by BBFSC, NDHSAA and Grand Forks Public Schools. Any violation of the policy regarding alcohol, drug, theft, etc. will result in the lose of ability to letter for that year.
POINTS Moves test passed – 2 per test Freestyle test passed – 2 per test Individual dance test passed – 2 per test Skating performance in front of audience – 1 per performance (Example: exhibitions, ice show, hockey games, etc.) Competition – 2 per performance BBFSC function – 1 per function (Example: Potato Bowl parade, banquet, spring party, etc.) Fund raising events are not eligible functions. Attendance of 3 stroking sessions per year – 1 per skating year SYNCHRONIZED SKATING SYNCHRONIZED SKATER’S CODE OF CONDUCT 1. Two unexcused absences from practices will be cause for dismissal from the team. After the first unexcused absence you will be given a written warning, after the second time you will be dismissed from the team. Excused: Illness, church functions, skating competitions, and mandatory school functions where credit is received (band, chorus, programs, etc.). Unexcused: Birthday parties, studying, other sports practices/games/extra –curricular activities (dance, basketball, gymnastics, cheerleading, etc.). Medical related absences will be approved on a case by case basis by the coach. Any other absence must be approved by the coach. *Family vacations must be approved by the head coach prior to the start of the season in order to be excused. **It is unavoidable for some practices to be rescheduled due to ice conflicts. If practice is rescheduled and the skater has a conflict with the date, the coach must be given a 1 week notice for the absence to be excused.
2. Two excused absences will count as one unexcused absence. Therefore, 4 excused absences will be cause for dismissal from the team.
3. Missing the practice ice for a competition or scheduled performance or missing the last two practices before a competition due to an excused or unexcused absence will result in an alternate skating.
4. Skaters are required to be at all performances or competitions. Missing a competition, due to an unexcused absence, will result in an alternate skating (or skating short if no alternate) the following competition. Missing a competition or scheduled performance without prior arrangements from the coach will be cause for dismissal from the team.
5. Parents must notify the head coach of any absences prior to the start of the practice by phone call or written notification. If a parent fails to do this, it will be counted as an unexcused absence.
6. You are required to be at the arena and ready for practice on time. 2 late arrivals will be counted as one unexcused absence.
7. Skaters will not leave the ice unless dismissed by the coach. If you fail to get permission, you will not be allowed back on the ice, which means you will have an unexcused absence.
8. Dress code: Black long sleeved skating dress and skating tights.
9. If a skater criticizes or raises their voice at the coach or other members of the team, that skater will be asked by the coach to leave the ice. This will be considered an unexcused absence and the skater will not be allowed back on the ice until they and their parent meet with the coach. It is the coach’s discretion if further disciplinary action is required..
10. If the skater’s attitude is frequently disruptive to the team, there will be two warnings to the skater and parent. If the behavior does not improve, it will be cause for dismissal from the team.
11.BBFSC will be enforcing the North Dakota High School Athletic Association policy on alcohol, drug, theft, etc. BBFSC will also be following the school rules on academic eligibility. These rules are listed in the front of your school planner and can also be found at www.ndhsaa.com.
12. Required Private Lessons: Beginner 1, 2, 3, Preliminary, and Pre-Juvenile line skaters must take a 15 minutes weekly moves-in-the-field lesson with a Border Blades approved coach throughout the course of the season. Open Juvenile, Juvenile, and Open Junior lines must take a weekly 30 minute lesson (15 minutes of moves-in-the-field) with a Border Blades approved coach throughout the course of the season. The skater is responsible to have a Border Blades coach sign a lesson sheet. Skaters failing to meet the lesson requirement will be ineligible for a varsity letter.
13. Required Individual Practice: Beginner 1, 2, and Preliminary line skaters must practice an additional 15 minutes per week throughout the course of the season. Beginner 3, Pre-Juvenile, Open Juvenile, Juvenile, and Open Junior lines must practice an additional 30 minutes per week throughout the course of the season. The skater is responsible to have a Border Blades coach sign a practice sheet. Skaters failing to meet the individual practice requirement will be ineligible for a varsity letter.
14. Skaters must turn in a copy of their birth certificates before the competitive season starts, unless one is already on file. This is a USFSA rule.
15. If you are dismissed from the team for any violation of any conduct and eligibility violations, any and all expenses relating to this team for the remainder of the season are still your parent’s responsibility.
SYNCHRONIZED SKATING LETTERING CRITERIA 1. Testing/lettering year is from April 1st to March 31st. 2. A student must demonstrate varsity level ability as compared to other North Dakota athletes and demonstrate this ability in competitive situations. 3. Show leadership, hard work and good sportsmanship in all levels of skating. 4. Letters are awarded according to the requirements below and will also be under the discretion of the coach. 5. Skaters are required to submit, to the synchro manager, their signed lettering requirements summary by April 1st.
(form on website). It is the responsibility of the skater to obtain the coach's signature. REQUIREMENTS TO LETTER
1. The skater must have passed the Pre-Juvenile Moves-in-the-Field test. 2. The skater must be part of the highest level synchronized skating line that BBFSC has available. (This includes alternates.) 3. The first year anyone is eligible to letter is 7th grade. 4. You must attend every practice set by the coaches. The coaches will use their discretion in determining what is an excused or unexcused absence and if it affects your lettering status. 5. Skater must attend scheduled competitions. 6. Skater must perform with the line in public appearances. 7. The skater must meet the eligibility requirements that Grand Forks Public Schools have set in academics and citizenship in all classes during the course of the season. 8. A skater must not be in violation of any training rules set forth by the coach, BBFSC, North Dakota High School Activities Association and Grand Forks Public Schools. Any violation of the policy regarding alcohol, drug, theft, etc. will result in the loss of ability to letter for that year as well as any leadership roles. For example...a skater will lose a captains or co-captain position for the remainder of the season.
All lettering requirements are under the discretion of the coaches.
BBFSC LINE PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Line parent attends monthly board meetings. If there are co-line parents, at least one should attend. 2. Keep practice dresses in their possession during the season (will be reimbursed for storage and cleaning). Keep competition dresses in their possession during the season, if requested by the coach. 3. Communicate concerns or questions from parents of line members to the coach. 4. Discuss dress choices with the coach early in the season and assist with measurements 5. Assist coach and/or team as required at exhibitions or competitions. For example: hair, make-up, etc. 6. Attends all BBFSC team activities, if possible. 7. Teach new skaters and parents how to do hair and make-up for competitions. 8. Review the synchronized skating portion of the handbook at a team meeting. 9. Promote fun team activities at competitions and other special events, including all lines. 10. Assist coaches with ordering tights and warm-ups for the team. 11. Talk to coach about setting up monthly team meetings to keep communication open. 12. Collect a copy of each skater's birth certificate for competitions. If the coach already has a copy, no need to do this. 13. Most of all, have fun and be positive.
PARENTS AND SKATING
BALANCE Make sure there is balance in your skater's life. Allow time for school and personal growth. Very few skaters make skating their life career. Don't put so much focus on your child's skating that you forget they'll have to function in a normal world when they grow up. School is important. Social development is important. Being a kid is important.
HELP SET GOALS Help your child to set his/her goals in skating. Help them be realistic about these goals, but also to make them challenging enough to make the sport fulfilling. Make sure the goals are your skater's goals and not yours. Help to achieve these goals by setting targets, plotting progress, etc. Be willing to reevaluate when necessary.
LEARN ABOUT THE SPORT Learn enough about skating to recognize the elements. Know enough to know when something is done well, and when it is done less well. Recognize progress. Be interested and listen when your skater talks about progress or problems.
SUPPORT YOUR COACH Pay your bills on time. Get your skater to the rink on time. When you can't be there, make sure to tell the coach in advance. Let the coach participate in goal- setting discussions, if possible. If not, ensure that the coach understands yourskater's goals. Listen to your coach's advice and instructions, to help ensure that your skater follows the instructions when practicing or doing off-ice activities.
WATCH Don't use the rink as a babysitter. When you can, stay and watch your skater practice or take lessons. They need to know you're interested. Often skaters, whose parents never watch them practice, feel very self-conscious or pressured when their parents finally do show up to watch. If competitions are the only time you watch your skater, you may be hurting them more than helping them.
BE A GOOD SPORT Remember that every skater is someone's child and that they ALL deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. Be willing to recognize other skaters graciously. When someone else is skating in a competition, do not be noisy or disruptive and do not move about. Stay seated when there is a skater on the ice performing.
SUPPORT YOUR SKATER Remember, your skater is still maturing. Offer praise when appropriate, but be realistic with that praise. Recognize progress towards goals, but be willing to acknowledge when more work is needed without making that a bad thing. Never destructively criticize your skater, especially in front of others. Resist the urge to compare your child against another. Everyone learns at different rates.
VOLUNTEERING & FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Pay your bills on time and keep your skater in good financial standing with the club. Volunteers are the heart and soul of BBFSC. Since this is a parent-run organization, we need all the help we can get. You will be responsible to volunteer at least once a year or you will be assessed a fee of $100 non-volunteer fee. Be willing to work on committees or serve on the Board of Directors, if needed. The more you volunteer, the stronger our club becomes. Fundraising activities that you participate in (events where your skater receives financial credit) does not fulfill your volunteer responsibilities.
FUNDRAISING BBFSC will periodically offer fundraising opportunities for all registered members, to assist with financial responsibilities. All fundraising activities must be approved by the Board of Directors. Proceeds must be turned into the treasurer along with a list of individual skater credits. The skater’s account will be credited with a fundraising credit, which may be used to offset any fees billed through the Club. Credits can be carried over year to year. Credits cannot be refunded for cash. In the event a skater does not renew their membership and their account still carries a fundraising credit, the credit will be removed and allocated at the discretion of the Board of Directors
BBFSC PARENT'S CODE OF CONDUCT At the beginning of each skating season, parents are asked to sign a code of conduct as stated below.
1. Parents will make sure the skater is on time for private lessons, synchronized practices and/or performances.
2. Parents will notify the coach or insure that the skater notifies the coach, if the skater cannot attend a private skating lesson, synchronized practice or performance as outlined in the skaters rule book.
3. Do not speak to your skater’s coach if they are in a lesson with another skater. If you need to contact them, do so at another time.
4. If your skater complains to you about another, talk to the coach and ask for clarification of the problem. If the
5. Parents will encourage harmony, goodwill and ethical behavior among the skaters, parents, pros and rink personnel. No offensive language or behavior will be tolerated at the rink by BBFSC members. Do not talk about anyone negatively! If someone is talking about another skater, coach or parent in a negative way, don’t join in. If you feel comfortable saying, "I signed a code of conduct and won't listen to this." Great! If not, simply move away from that parent.
6. Parents will read and be aware of their responsibilities as explained in the skating hand book.
7. If you have a problem with the coach, a 24 hour cooling off period is suggested. Meet with that coach to discuss the issue. If you still have an issue, take it to the board. Again, do not take your complaints to other parents or the skaters. The board needs to be involved at this point. A good working relationship between coach, skater and parent is a must!
8. Parents will participate and support BBFSC activities. Volunteering for events is mandatory.
9. Parents will attend board meetings to maintain clear communication for our parent-ran club and for our skaters.
10. If a coaching change is desired, exhibit mutual respect by discussing desired change with current coach and desired coach.
11. Issues or complaints, must be presented to the board or a board member in written form.
12. The use of bulk e-mail is to be approved by the president, vice-president or another board designee. Other e-mail is for critical notification of club announcements, reminders, and schedules only. Abuse of this form of communication will be considered a violation of the code of conduct and will be reviewed by the elected board.
13. If your skater is dismissed from the team for any violation of BBFSC rules, all expenses are the continued responsibility of that skater's parent for the remainder of the season.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROCESS If any club member or coach has a complaint about any other club member, existing policy, or coach and it cannot be resolved through direct communication, it must be put into written form and submitted to the elected board members only. At this point, any parties involved in the conflict will be asked to meet with the board at separate times. The board will investigate the complaint and notify the parties involved the outcome of that investigation. Violations of this code of conduct will be subject to a review by the elected board members and will be handled in the following manner.
1st OFFENSE: A written warning will be issued to the offender requesting the behavior to stop. A copy of this warning will be filed with board documents.
2nd OFFENSE: The offender/ offender's skater(s) will be suspended from all BBFSC activities and ice time, including synchro competitions, for a period of one week. The start and stop date of this suspension will be determined by the board in a timely manner. No refund of any moneys paid by the offender/offender’s skater(s)will be issued for expenses incurred during time of suspension.
3rd OFFENSE: The offender/offender’s skater(s)will be dismissed from the club. No refund of any moneys paid by offender/offender’s skater(s) will be issued.
2012 ICE SHOW Each year the BBFSC is invited to participate in the Grand Forks Park Board's Ice Show. The club is given a generous amount of spots in the show. They are for group numbers, solos and synchronized skating teams.
How to qualify for a solo is the most asked question when it comes to the ice show. The first criteria for a solo skater is that they must have passed the Pre-Juvenile Freestyle test or higher by January 1, 2011. The solo spots are designated to showcase advanced skaters and give young skaters something to aspire to. That's why it is based on skill rather than age. Age may be a factor in some situations where there are more qualified skaters than spots. If you have performed a solo before or not, may also be a factor.
If a solo is something you would like to achieve in your years with Border Blades, be sure to sit down with your coach at the beginning of every skating a season and establish goals that will get you to that point.
Read below for more details on the ice show:
Five solo spots: – Solos must have passed Pre-Juvenile Freestyle test or higher by January 1, 2011. – Border Blades will select who the soloists are based on highest test levels. The decision the BBFSC Ice Show Committee makes will be final. – One of the solo numbers may be used for a Senior Only group number. – Soloists must submit their name and biography information to the ice show coordinators in writing by March 1, 2011.
Three group numbers: – The level of groups will be determined by BBFSC. – Groups must submit group participant names and a team bio to the ice show coordinators in writing by March 1, 2011 to insure their names in the program.
Synchronized skating groups: – Each synchronized skating team will be allowed to perform their competition number. – Teams must submit team participant names and a team bio to the ice show coordinators in writing by March 1, 2011 to insure their names in the program.
Limited practice ice is available to Border Blades for the ice show. All coaching is the responsibility of the soloists or for BBFSC to arrange and pay for.
The number of spots available is subject to change by the Grand Forks Park District.
Please Note: 2011-2012 season
1. Skating Plus skaters can only skate in 1 (one) freestyle number (It is the individual’s choice as to which number they are skating in – Club or Skating Plus). This does not include Synchro.
2. Must be at all performances – dress rehearsal, Saturday and Sunday shows
3. One (1) required freestyle lessons per week for solos, specialty groups, and senior number. A total of 15 lessons are required for the season from September 19 through February 15. Verification will be sought from the individual coaches.
4. Border Blades hires and pays for group numbers only
5. Solos, specialty group, and senior number are to be paid by parents of those in the group divided evenly
6. Move solo freestyle requirement level up to Juvenile for next season (2012- 2013)
7. Point system based on competing and testing to be implemented for solos and specialty groups for next season (2012-2013)
2012-2013 season recommendations
1. Freestyle level for solos is Juvenile or higher
2. One (1) required freestyle lessons per week for solos, specialty groups, and senior number. A total of 20 lessons are required for the season from September 19 through February 15. Verification will be sought from the individual coaches.
3. Point system based on competing and testing to be implemented for solos and specialty groups
4. Border Blades hires and pays for group numbers only
5. Skating Plus skaters can only skate in 1 (one) freestyle number (It is the individual’s choice as to which number they are skating in). This does not include Synchro.
6. Must be at all performances – Dress rehearsal, Saturday and Sunday shows
7. Border Blades hires and pays for group numbers only
8. Solos, specialty group, and senior number are to be paid by parents of those in the group divided evenly