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Clubs Matter: January 2019 Newsletter​
2019 is here which means we are just about a week out from the 2019 GEICO U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. This month, we are updating you on the new sanction application process, growing your membership with National Skating Month, encouraging you to participate in hosting a club education seminar and raising awareness on cyberbullying.
Getting Your Board on Board - Competition Sanctions
We have updated the competition sanction application process. With the roll out of the NQS application, the competition sanction application is now located in EMS, along with NQS and qualifying bid applications.
To access, log in to Members Only and click the Club Mgmt tab, then Sanctions. From there, scroll to the bottom of the page and under Competitions click the Sanctions, Applications, and Bids page to access EMS. You can then click New Sanction to submit the application. Please note that performance sanctions are still submitted in Members Only in the same place. Email memberservices@usfigureskating.org if you have any questions regarding the new process.
Helpful Resources - 2019 National Skating Month is Here!
January is National Skating Month, and we are encouraging skaters across the nation to “Skate to Superpowers!” Your club can join in on the fun by encouraging your members to identify and share their skating superpowers using our printable “My Skating Superpower is…” prompt. Click on the image below to open a printable version.

Skaters should share photos of themselves with their completed prompts using the hashtag #NationalSkatingMonth for a chance to be featured in a future issue of SKATING Magazine.

There are still a few kits left, so if you haven’t purchased one yet or need to purchase more, you can do so here.
Engagement - Club Education Seminar
U.S. Figure Skating is looking for host sites for our popular Club Education Seminar in 2019. Club Education is a full-day leadership training seminar designed to streamline processes, improve communication and strengthen membership efforts at figure skating clubs across the nation. The seminar is designed for individuals in a leadership position at a figure skating club, skating program, ice rink or training facility. Current and prospective board members, skating directors, coaches and rink management staff are encouraged to attend.
  • Solutions for holding shorter and more effective board meetings
  • Strategic planning 101: walk away with an outline for a strategic plan
  • Do’s and don’ts of board management
  • Build a marketing road map designed to suit the needs of your organization
  • Opportunity to participate in the club excellence recognition program
Host responsibilities include selecting a good date for the area, finding a convenient meeting location, ordering the catering and assistance with promotion. A minimum of 40 attendees is the goal.
Please contact Susi Wehrli McLaughlin, swehrli@usfigureskating.org if your interclub or club is interested.
SafeSport Program - Cyberbullying
U.S. Figure Skating’s SafeSport Handbook defines Cyberbullying as using digital communications, social media or other technology to harass, frighten, intimidate, humiliate or socially exclude someone.  Cyberbullying is not just a SafeSport issue. Cyberbullying is a crime in many states that could mean jail time. Please see the following link published by the Cyberbullying Research Center and use the interactive map to see applicable cyberbullying laws in your state: https://cyberbullying.org/bullying-laws.
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