Skating Programs

Information for New and Prospective Members

2015-2016

The Champlain Valley Skating Club (CVSC) is a non-profit skating club with approximately 100 members that has been serving Vermont skaters since 1966. CVSC is a member of the United States Figure Skating (USFS). The annual fee for joining CVSC/USFS is $100.00 for the first family member. First time US Figure Skating members have a special rate of $50.

CVSC offers Intro to Private lessons for skaters who have never taken private skating lessons before.

Why should I join CVSC and USFS?

Skaters wishing to contract ice time, take USFS skating tests, compete at competitions beyond the basic skills level and compete on a Theatre on Ice team must belong to USFS.

CVSC/USFS members receive “Skating” magazine, the CVSC newsletter and invitations to special events such as the year-end celebration and ice shows and the opportunity to purchase a club jacket.

Full or associate members of CVSC may also be eligible to join Vermont Children’s Theatre on Ice (VCTI) or On Thin Ice (OTI) Theatre on ice teams.

Skaters do not have to be a certain age or skating ability to join CVSC and USFS. Our current membership includes both females and males who range in age from elementary school to senior citizens!

How do I join?

Joining CVSC is as simple as filling out a form! You can get an application from the website.

When can I skate?

CVSC offers skating sessions from September-May at Leddy Park Arena:

Sunday afternoon, Monday evening.
PM sessions are 55 minutes long.
CVSC offers a Saturday morning skating session from September-May at Gutterson Arena at UVM:

Gutterson session is 1 hr long
CVSC offers spring skating sessions at Cairns or Gutterson Arena at UVM during May – June:

Dates and time will be in the spring ice contract available in spring 2016.
For pricing and schedules, please see the: ice contract

“Club sessions” are skating sessions purchased from the arena by the skating club and resold to individual skaters who are members of CVSC. There is a limited number of skaters (20) allowed on the ice at one time to insure safety and room to work.

“Contracting ice” means that you buy certain sessions each week for the whole season (Sept-May). This insures you a spot on the ice. You also receive a discount for contracting ice. A “5 coupon contract” means that you buy 5 coupons which may be used during the whole season on any CVSC session with space. This gives you flexibility on when you skate and you receive a discount from the walk-on rate.

Sometimes you may need some extra ice time because you missed lessons, have a test or competition coming up, or are trying to master a new skill. You can skate extra sessions as a “walk-on” skater. This means you have not contracted for the ice and must wait to see if there is a spot available for you. “Walk-on” skaters pay more each session, but have the convenience of a more flexible schedule. Walk-on fees must be paid to the ice monitor (person standing near the music box) before a skater steps on to the ice.

All skaters on CVSC sessions must be full, collegiate, introductory or basic skills members of US Figure Skating.

A skater does not need to take a lesson each session they skate. A general guideline is to have one hour of practice time for every half hour spent in lesson.

How do I find a coach/skating “pro”

Your pro will become your personal instructor. The business relationship between a skater and pro is a personal contract. Skating professionals set their own fees which are in addition to ice fees paid to the club. You will be billed by the pro directly. Skating professionals set their own policies.

Your group lesson experiences may help you choose a coach. In addition, you may want to observe pros while they work with other skaters, talk to other families and/or schedule interviews and ask for references. The website includes a list of skating professionals with bios who have been approved to teach on CVSC sessions.

Where can I get more information?

We know that forms are sometimes confusing and that there are many skating opportunities to choose from and we are glad that you have chosen CVSC.

We are ALWAYS happy to help!

All CVSC members are welcome at board meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Ellsworth Segear & Company.

Information about CVSC can be found on the web at http://champlainvalleyskatingclub.org

Questions about CVSC can be emailed to CVSC_US

The following people can help field many of your questions:

CSVC Membership Chair Michele Straw – dmstraw@comcast.net
CVSC Ice Coordinator Tom Kalamasz – tdkalamasz@comcast.net
Your Skating Coach
The Ice Monitor-standing near music box at CVSC skating sessions
Any CVSC Board member
See you at the rink

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