Welcome to the Chicago Figure Skating Club, a charter member club of the United States Figure Skating Association. Thank you for your interest in the Chicago Figure Skating Club. Here are answers to some "frequently asked questions":
MEMBERSHIP PRICE INCREASE As you will see, the Chicago FSC has increased fees for next year, to reflect the increase at US Figure Skating headquarters. We have also added a new membership category for second family members. The 2nd family member will now see a savings, but the second family member must reside at the same address as the first family member. (The reduced fee for 2nd family members does NOT apply to associate club memberships or Introductory Memberships)
If a skater or a parent has any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am happy to help new families complete the membership application and explain the different membership categories
What is US Figure Skating? US Figure Skating is the official governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States, recognized by both the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Skating Union (ISU). As the governing body, US Figure Skating's mission is to provide programs to encourage participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating. As the governing body it regulates and governs the sport in the United States, creates rules for the holding of tests, competitions and other activities, and organizes and sponsors competitions.
What are the benefits to joing US Figure Skating? By joining U.S. Figure Skating through a club, such as Chicago FSC, members have the ability to do the following: 1) Test at U.S. Figure Skating-sponsored test sessions 2) Compete at U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned events 3) Participate in U.S. Figure Skating qualifying events 4) Represent your club at regional, sectional and national events. Members also receive the following benefits: 1) Certificates of accomplishment for passing proficiency tests and placing at U.S. Figure Skating qualifying events (athletes) 2) Subscription to SKATING magazine 3) Individually numbered membership card 4) Coverage under U.S. Figure Skating's sports accident insurance policy and 5) Special offers and discounts from U.S. Figure Skating corporate partners.
Why should I join the Chicago Figure Skating Club? US Figure Skating is made up of local clubs, of which there are several in the Chicago area alone. When you apply to be a Chicago "home club" member, we will submit your information to the national organization, and you will receive a membership card and number from US Figure Skating headquarters in Colorado showing that you registered through Chicago FSC. Your US Figure Skating number is used to track your participation in US Figure Skating sanctioned testing and competitions, no matter what club you belong to in the future.
What does "home club" membership signify, versus being an associate member? Your "home club" is the club which registered you with US Figure Skating. You may join other clubs as an "associate" member. If club sponsored events, such as test sessions, are over-subscribed, home club members would have higher priority. You must be a Chicago club member (home or associate) if you wish to purchase an ice contract or coupon books for skating sessions sponsored by the Chicago club.
What is an Introductory Membership? It is a full membership available to first-time full members at a discounted rate of $25. You may receive the discounted introductory rate for only one year even if you change clubs or your membership lapses. Introductory membership carries the same privileges as a full membership, including all testing and competition rights.
What is the difference between a Junior and Senior membership? If you are younger than18 years old you are a Junior member. If you are older than 18 years old you are a Senior member. Membership privileges are the same with the exception that a Senior member may run for election as a Director or Officer of the club.
I was a member of another club in the past, but I don't know my US Figure Skating number. Do I need a new number? We can research your prior membership to obtain your old number using your name at the time you were active and your birth date.
When does my membership expire? All US Figure Skating and Chicago club memberships renew on July 1st.
How do I get a permission letter to participate in a competition, test session or ice show sponsored by another club? Permission letters can be requested from any club officer. You or your coach should contact the applicable test chair (singles/pairs or dance) to inquire if a test permission letter is needed.
I just joined the club and have not received my membership number. Can I still participate in US Figure Skating test sessions or competitions? Your permission letter can still be signed, just put "number applied for" on the application.
To complete your application, fill out the downloadable form, sign it (a parent/guardian must also sign for participants under age 18) and send it with your check to the address indicated.
All applications are subject to approval by the Chicago Club Board of Directors. New members may be given probationary membership until the Board's next meeting. In the event an applicant is not approved, the deposit will be refunded. Election to membership for the first year is considered an interim membership, and membership may be reconsidered and revoked by the Board of Directors in the event that any information submitted to the Chicago club is incorrect, incomplete or misleading.