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Adult skaters and FSCs 
8th-Jul-2009 10:02 am
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I'm just kind of curious - if you're a member of a figure skating club, what is your relationship with it as an adult skater? Actively involved, or do you just pay dues so that you can test/compete/whatever? Is there much support for the adult skaters in your rink?

I've always been fairly involved in my club, but of the 8-10 of us "senior citizen skaters," only two of us really keep up on what's going on. I'm in a position now to reach out to the rest of them to possibly get things more organized, but I'm really not sure where to start. Anyone have any suggestions?
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8th-Jul-2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I used to help out with test sessions and competitions. It was fun, and I made some great friends that way.

There are quite a few adult skaters in my club, but I don't see many of them, because we're spread out over several rinks. There used to be a good number of adults at my home rink, but when the rink cut back on evening sessions, most of the adults started skating elsewhere. I only see one other adult skater at that rink now. I skate at another rink that is closer to home on weekends, and I'm usually the only adult there.

Despite all that, I find the club to be very supportive of its adult competitors. We're always represented at Adult Nats, the club newsletter always mentions adult skaters' successes, and adult skaters are on the club's board.

In terms of suggestions, I know that my club has a junior board. Perhaps you could start an adult board too? Or maybe your rink would set up adults-only sessions? These work best in the evenings, which is a challenge for some rinks -- evenings are generally loaded with hockey in my area.
8th-Jul-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
When I first started volunteering to help out with test sessions and competitions, I'd always get funny looks, like, "You don't have a kid on the roster - you really want to be here?" But I really enjoy doing it, too.

I'm the incoming board president for our club, so I'm trying to come up with a 'wish list' of things to work toward in the next two years. I think I'm the first adult skater at our rink to ever be on the board, but at least we're represented now. Only a few of us test/compete at this point, so I keep trying to encourage some of the others to try it. Apparently there used to be a fairly active contingent about 15 years ago, but now it's like we're back at ground zero. I'm just trying to figure out where to start and what direction to take it in!

We do have adults-only sessions (I'm always waiting for the rink to cancel those, but so far we've been lucky) but I'm not sure they're very well publicized. Recognition would likely help too, especially if the newsletter ever makes it off the ground.

At any rate, thanks for the feedback!
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