There's a YouTube video recording of the announcement webinar. In it, tptb were adamant that nothing should be revealed until June 1st. I split/moved this topic so as to comply with the USFSA request.
The video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mczo93rRXJs
Losing the abbreviation for "Basic Skills" (ie. "BS") is good for two reasons: (1) "BS" is not a nice thing to put in communications -- I always use "BSS" to get around it; and (2) skaters in Freeskate levels resent registering for "Basic SKills" events - they think they're being downgraded to Basic 1-8.
I think the new logo looks very retro roller-rink. I like it, but it doesn't look modern or sleek. I'd love to see it rendered in neon, though.
The USA Hockey support is great. They've been supportive in helping define the Hockey curriculum but to make a statement that new players must have a year of skating classes sends a strong message about skating skills being required to play hockey. Too many people think hockey is all about hitting slapshots. (They'll never get the chance to take the shot because no one will pass to them if they can't skate.)
Skating schools can still manage the USFSA registrations. If you think about it, the programs must manage classes and skaters, regardless of USFSA membership status. The new Admin tool will let the program use the USFSA website to manage registrations and scheduling. I'm not sure if facilities will want to use this system if they already have an in-house system in place. For rinks that don't have that capability, it'll be a great asset.
The main change is that instead of the program receiving all of the USFSA welcome/membership materials to hand out to the skaters, the packets go by direct mail to the skater's address.
Can't wait to see the new curricula to find out how they changed the Basic levels to support "all skating sports" - did they remove the figure skating moves like side toe hops, bunny hops, spins, pivots, etc?