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Clubs Matter: November 2018 Newsletter​
The 2019 Sectional Figure Skating Championships are next week in North Carolina, Indiana and Utah as we get closer to crowning our 2019 National Champions. This month, we are updating your board members on insurance, growing your membership with National Skating Month, introducing you to the U.S. Ice Rink Association and updating you on the latest SafeSport resources.
Getting Your Board on Board - Insurance
As a benefit of membership, U.S. Figure Skating provides general liability insurance for all registered clubs, teams and Learn to Skate USA programs and sports accident coverage for all registered members of the association. All member clubs, teams and programs receive certificates of insurance at the beginning of the policy term (July 1–June 30) indicating coverage for their sanctioned and supervised skating activities. Sanctioned activities include all qualifying and nonqualifying competitions, test sessions, all performances including ice shows, exhibitions and any other activity held under the direction of the club, team or program.

What is the general liability coverage?
All sanctioned skating and skating-related activities of member clubs, teams and programs are covered, including all fundraising activities, off-ice training and other club/program events that run under the direction of the club, team or program. General liability coverage provides insurance for an occurrence that results in bodily injury or property damage to a third party. This coverage includes the cost of defense even if the charges are groundless, false or fraudulent.

What is the sports accident coverage?
All registered members of U.S. Figure Skating and Learn to Skate USA receive sports accident coverage as a benefit of their membership. It provides excess medical coverage for participants in figure skating events and practices sponsored, sanctioned and supervised by U.S. Figure Skating and U.S. Figure Skating member clubs, teams and programs. It is mandatory that each club, team and program register all of its skating participants as members of U.S. Figure Skating, as only current registered members receive coverage.

For more information, please visit the Clubs homepage and go to Risk Management.
Helpful Resources - 2019 National Skating Month
Don’t miss out on 2019 National Skating Month with this year’s theme of “Skate to Superpowers”! Kits are just $40 each and contain an official National Skating Month poster, themed marketing materials, numerous giveaway items and a turnkey activity to enhance your event. National Skating Month is a great way to increase your club numbers and obtain new members for the rest of the skating season.

The kit content includes items to assist you with planning, promoting and delivering a memorable event for all. You will receive posters, a bulletin board kit, photo booth items to share images of your participants having fun on the ice, pencils, erasers, crayons, stickers, skate towels, flashlights, gloves, and superhero themed items, plus many downloadable resources to share with your new skaters!

Click here to reserve your 2019 National Skating Month Kit!
Engagement - U.S. Ice Rink Association: What's in it for clubs?

Quality ice, strong management and progressive arena operations; what do these have in common? They are all qualities of United States Ice Rink Association facility members. The United States Ice Rink Association, formed in 2000 through a joint venture between U.S. Figure Skating and USA Hockey, is a nonprofit national membership organization for individuals, skating facilities and vendors in the American ice rink industry. The United States Ice Rink Association is dedicated to fostering the development, growth and success of the ice rink industry and the individuals that work in it through world-class education and training, professional certifications, member-only resources and events such as the annual North American Rink Conference & Expo.
So, what’s in it for clubs, and why should your home rink be a United States Ice Rink Association member? Simply put, it means improved ice conditions, stronger working relationships with rink management, higher quality facilities and a better user experience for your members, all of which impact the growth and overall success of your club. Take the first step and start a conversation with your home rink management to find out if they are a member and if any of their staff have earned a certification through the United States Ice Rink Association. Not a member? Clubs are welcome to join, but why not consider gifting a facility membership to your home rink instead? A membership in the United States Ice Rink Association is an investment in the future of your club.
For more information about the United States Ice Rink Association and the benefits of membership, visit www.usicerinks.com or call 719.538.1149.
SafeSport Program - New Resources
SafeSport released new resources this month that your club members, especially parents, should review. The Parent Toolkit is catered toward parent athletes and outlines the different types of abuse as well as prevention and response to abuse. It also gives tips on how to talk to children of different age brackets including preschool, elementary, middle and high school.

The second resource is a new course called Parent’s Guide to Misconduct in Sport. The training is accessible through SafeSport’s website and explains the issues of misconduct in sports and gives parents the knowledge to ensure their children are in a positive and safe sport environment.

If you have any questions on SafeSport or compliance, please email memberservices@usfigureskating.org
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