EAFSC Objectives

EAFSC strives to achieve the following:

  • To promote the sport of figure skating in Escanaba and surrounding area.
  • To encourage the instruction, practice, and advancement of the members in any or all of the disciplines of figure skating.
  • To provide support for skating members' participation in USFSA competitions and test sessions.
  • To create opportunities for local skaters to showcase talents.
  • To stimulate interest in the sport of figure skating by producing amateur ice shows and exhibitions.
  • To provide figure skating educational opportunities for skaters, coaches, and other members.
  • To provide group lessons in basic skills through our Learn to Skate program.
  • To provide the necessary path for local skaters who aspire to National, International, and Olympic competitions.
  • To encourage and cultivate a spirit of fraternal feelings among skating members to carry out USFSA policies and objectives.
  • HAVE FUN SKATING!


Skating Lessons

 
Group Lessons

Group lessons offer a cost advantage for similar level skaters. Two types of group lessons are typically offered. The EAFSC offers various group sessions such as Moves and Power to Club members on contracted ice time. These sessions involve a small group of skaters with a single qualified coach. The Learn to Skate USA program offers small group lessons geared towards the Basic Skills 1-8 program and Free Skate 1-6.

 
Private Lessons

Private lessons are one-on-one lessons involving a single skater and coach, usually in 15 minute sessions. These lessons take place on contracted ice time. The coach and lesson time a skater chooses is entirely up to the individual. Contact the coach of your choice to make lesson arrangements.

Branches of Skating

EAFSC offers instruction in the following areas of figure skating:
 

General Session

All disciplines of skating may be practiced on this session, which include; Free Skate, Ice Dance, and Moves in the Field.

Free Skating

Skaters learn jumps and spins, which are linked with connecting steps and movements, and skated to music. This forms a "program." As skaters' abilities improve, they will incorporate more complex moves into a longer program. A skater's program is performed at exhibitions, testing, and competitions.

Ice Dance

Compulsory Dancing consists of skating set patterns to music with a specific tempo. Many dances are adaptations of ballroom dancing such as the Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot. Ice Dancing is designed to be skated with a partner, but is not a requirement. Most skaters learn the dances as solos and test with a partner. This branch of skating is ideal for all ages. There is not as much impact to the body as the jumps and spins of Free Skate; instead, it stresses timing and precision footwork. 

 

Moves in the Field

Moves in the Field are a combination of stroking, edge work, variety of turns, footwork, and spirals incorporated in set patterns. Every Move in the Field is done in both directions so that the body is trained symmetrically. This portion of the test is for both free skaters and ice dancers. Dancers may test the Moves in the Field portion of the test without having to test the free skate portion. Competitive pair skaters and dance couples must have passed the corresponding test levels for Moves in the Field in order to be eligible for qualifying competitions. Group moves typically include ice time and coaching in small groups.

Power and Technique

A group lesson with an emphasis on proper stroking technique and endurance. To maximize the benefits, it is highly recommended that a skater participate in a Power and Technique session. Ice time and coaching are purchased together for a Power session.

EAFSC Code of Conduct

Skating sessions are designed for figure skaters to receive quality practice time. To ensure that all skaters benefit from their ice time, the Club needs cooperation from all participants to conduct themselves according to Club rules and regulations set forth by the Board of Directors.

  • Be courteous & respectful to fellow skaters, coaches & parents.
  • No gum, eating, smoking or drinking allowed on the ice.
  • No personal radios, mp3, cell phones & CD players with headphones on the ice.
  • No swearing or bad language will be tolerated on or off the ice.
  • Any adult or coach has the right to stop dangerous activity.
  • A skater whose program or dance is being played has 1st priority. A skater in a lesson with a coach has the 2nd right. Yield the right of way to the skater doing a program or in a lesson.
  • The ice monitor (music person) will play and announce all music in the order received.
  • Coaches are given priority during a lesson period.
  • Only three music requests per coach per skater per session, regardless of the number of lessons a skater may have on any given session. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the ice monitor.
  • The skater & coach (or parents of younger skaters) are the only ones that can request music to be played.
  • Each skater will have their music played at least once during a session if possible. Music will not be played a subsequent time until all other skaters have had their music played.
  • All skaters have the right to have their music or dance played regardless if they are testing or competing.
  • Parents are asked to move to the area on either side of the music box if they need to speak to their skater while they’re on the ice. Only the ice monitor is allowed in the music box.
  • Do not talk to or follow skaters in a lesson with their coach. This is disruptive and takes away from the skater’s lesson time.
  • All skaters are asked to leave the ice immediately when the zamboni driver sounds the buzzer.
  • Kicking holes in the ice is inexcusable and you will be dismissed.
  • No chairs are allowed on the ice for safety reasons.
  • The harness may only be used by a coach and skating student (NOT skater and skater). Coaches will be given consideration to time used so that all will have equal time on the harness.
  • All skating should be done in a counter clockwise direction. Spins should be done in the center of the ice. The ends of the skating rink are considered the jump zones.
  • Keep your head up and be aware of all other skaters on the ice. Remember, when a skater is in the process of a spin or jump, that skater may not be able to stop fast enough to avoid an accident, so PLEASE watch out for each other. Stay moving. Standing around alone or in groups talking may cause an accident.
  • Be on time; check in with the music monitor if you are dropping in on a session.

Skaters who do not abide by the ICE ETIQUETTE & CLUB RULES as defined in the EAFSC Code of Conduct will be asked to leave the ice. Their names will be recorded and parents called if necessary. Repeated or serious infractions of the rules will be referred to the EAFSC Board of Directors. Loss of ice privileges may result.

EAFSC Support

Volunteers

The EAFSC is greater than the sum of our members and is shaped by volunteers. There are many opportunities for parents and skaters to be involved with the Club's activities and its members. Our Club is only as strong as the commitment of our members. Some volunteer opportunities include Board Members, fundraising, Ice Shows, cleaning, music, and coaching. Each Club member and their parents are required to volunteer to keep a viable Club.

Fundraising
Each year, all Learn to Skate USA and Club members are required to participate in at least one fundraiser. Proceeds are used to supplement ice time and keep membership at a reasonable cost.

Sayklly's Candy Sale: This fundraiser is normally held in November. Orders are taken in November with delivery by early December. Each Club family is required to sell a minimum of $100 (total order). Club members may opt out with a $50 donation to EAFSC in place of selling the candy. Learn to Skate USA members are required to sell a minimum of $50 (total order). Learn to Skate USA members may opt out with a $25 donation to EAFS in place of selling the candy. The amounts are subject to change.

Donations
The EAFSC is a non-profit organization and gladly accepts gifts and donations to support the sport of ice skating.