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The Pro Shop / Re: Club jackets
« Last post by Doubletoe on July 25, 2017, 02:04:51 PM »
Our club gives us competitor jackets free of charge if we register for a qualifying event (Championship Silver, Championship Gold, etc.) at our adult sectionals competition.  I wear it with pride.
I think they are mostly local coaches.  People move from all over the world to train at that facility year-round.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: New Sydney rink "Ice Zoo"
« Last post by nicklaszlo on July 25, 2017, 05:39:31 AM »
A pop-up rink in Melbourne is offering a free vodka with each public skate.

I do not think Ice Zoo in Sydney ever got their on-ice bar.  Probably the government said no.  They do have a liquor license, though.
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by Christy on July 24, 2017, 02:53:06 PM »
I'm over in the UK and I forget what the exchange rate is at the moment (it's diabolical) but going by the historic one of about $2: £1, the costs are fairly similar.
But it's quite nice to see that the pricing is reasonably comparable.

$2 is around £1.50 at the moment
Looking at the ISI site, I noticed that at least one rink has hired many amazingly high level coaches for their 5 day summer camp (last session starts today; there is a lower level camp (beginners to axels) starting 7/31/17):

You will spend over $500! - but it might be fun...

But look at the private lesson prices for the elite coaches:


I guess the LA area has a fair number of figure skaters with money to burn.

If you do too, perhaps the best coaches might already be booked - maybe you should wait til next year.

Are there other workshops or camps that can afford so many high level people?
The Pro Shop / Re: Special skates for synthetic ice
« Last post by Leif on July 24, 2017, 07:21:26 AM »
For Hockey

This is so weird.

I'm probably telling you what you already know, so apologies if that is the case, but synthetic ice wears out skate edges much quicker than real ice, and it is more tiring to skate on. These wheels partially solve that problem, namely for forwards and backwards skating. Obviously when doing a hockey stop the wheels will wear out quicker, maybe much quicker since there is less surface in contact with the ice. I guess something similar holds for figure skating turns and other moves. Does he say how often they need to be sharpened?

My concern on seeing these is safety. What happens if you skate over someone's hand with these on?
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by tstop4me on July 24, 2017, 06:18:59 AM »
If the injury occurred on ice, or as a result of ice skating, you should include all costs related to handling the injury.
But then you should also subtract all the costs you didn't incur because you maintained an overall higher level of physical and mental health via regular skating. 
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by tstop4me on July 24, 2017, 06:13:12 AM »
But I started to feel a lot better about it when I began ballroom dance. Now THAT'S an expensive sport. So much so that I can't afford to compete. Period. End of story. I can go to adult nationals AND sectionals AND do several local competitions each year AND also take tap dance AND pay for my coaching and ice time for less than nationals in ballroom. So now, I don't feel so bad.

Yes, I found that out last year when my wife and I signed up for ballroom dance lessons.  With the large franchise dance studios, it's difficult to breakdown the costs, because they package a bundle of private lessons, group lessons, and open practice sessions.  But a first-order estimate indicated it cost more than figure skating.  With my figure skating, overall I feel that I'm getting proper value for what I'm paying.  With ballroom dancing, I always had the sneaking suspicion that I was getting taken for a ride.

I later found a listing for an independent dance instructor who offerred services a la carte.  His private instruction rate is $100/hr; my skating coach charges $90/hr.

Events for Skaters / ISI Adult Championships - October 27-29 - Orlando
« Last post by davincisop on July 23, 2017, 05:17:59 PM »
ISI Adult Championships are in Orlando, Florida, at RDV Ice Den this year.

Competition is October 27-29, 2017. Coincides with the ISI Holiday Challenge (same weekend, same rink).

Entry deadline: September 5, 2017
Sitting on the Boards Rink Side / Re: This is an expensive sport!
« Last post by icepixie on July 23, 2017, 05:04:48 PM »
Costs in my area are:
  • $450 per 36 tickets for hour-long freestyle sessions (works out to $12.50 an hour and lasts me about 3 months if skating 3-4 hours per week; you can also buy smaller amounts for a higher per-ticket price or walk-on is $15 each)*
  • $30 per half-hour lesson for my coaches; varies depending on who the coach is, but I think they're all within about $5 of that, maybe $10 more for a couple of them
  • $20 skate sharpening
  • For us it's also about $100 per first event at competition and $40ish for additional events
  • $100 a year club dues
  • It's been a while since I tested anything, but I think we're up to about $60 per moves or freestyle test, maybe $25 or $30 per dance
  • This summer we've had a really good deal for on-ice classes.  There's one each weekday and Saturday morning for adults only(!), things like figures, Curry, stroking, jump/spin, and dance.  It's $20 for the class and another half-hour of ice either before or after the class.  You don't have to pay for the ice separately, which was always my experience in the past.
  • That rink also does off-ice classes aimed at kids, but I don't know much about them.  I think they're $20 each.

* At the other rink I probably won't skate at any more once my no-longer-sold punch pass is done, if you commit to specific days and times and do way more per month than I could, you can get it down to about half that, but there's no way I can plan my schedule that far in advance, and anyway you need to buy like 40 hours a month to get the cheap price.  And of course, before management changed last year at my usual rink, it was $4 per 45-minute session...  :'(
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