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Tuesday, August 9
2016-17 Club Ice Information & Membership

Club Ice

The Binghamton Figure Skating Club, first incorporated in the State of New York in 1973, is a tax exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as of 2009. The purposes of the Club, as described in our constitution, are:

(1) To encourage the instruction, practice and advancement in all types of figure skating,

(2) To encourage and cultivate a spirit of fraternal feeling among ice skaters,

(3) To sponsor, to produce or cooperate with production of amateur ice exhibitions and shows,

(4) And generally do and perform such other acts as may be necessary, advisable, proper, or incidental in the realization of the objectives and purposes of this organization and to carry out the general policies of the United State Figure Skating Association (now called USFS).


Membership in the Club is available to people interested in the purposes of the Club who pay the prescribed dues, including membership in USFS, and abide by the Constitution, By-Laws and Ice Rules. We welcome skaters at all levels, from beginners through advanced, and provide Club ice sessions which skaters use for practice and/or for private lessons with professional coaches. For more information on coaches please contact the Club. To skate unsupervised by an adult, young skaters must demonstrate at least Basic Level 3 skating skills. All skaters must follow all club ice rules, which are given in the Skaters Code of Conduct Form (see below) and available at each session. Each skater must read, understand and agree to obey that Code of Conduct by signing the form each season before they are allowed to skate on club ice.

Club Ice Time Packages

Families or individuals who join the Club must purchase Club ice time packages to pay for the Club Ice they use. Ice time packages are not transferable between skaters, but may carry over to the next skating season.

At each club session skaters must sign in and out of the logbook to account for ice time used. Skaters will be charged for at least 30 minutes of each session attended, and for at least 1 hour if they do not sign out.


 •  Walk-ons can be purchased without BFSC affiliation by any current USFS member.

 •  Standard Packages in three sizes can be purchased by BFSC or Associate members.

 •  Premium Packages can be purchased by BFSC or Associate members.




Ice Cost/Hour





Standard Packages














BFSC/USFS Membership (Home Club) & Associate Membership




Can represent the BFSC in USFS Tests and Competitions



Subscription to USFS “Skating” Magazine through BFSC



An adult member (18 years+), can hold a Club Board position



   Can purchase Standard Ice Time packages



Can purchase Premium Ice Time Packages

(with discounts for later Premium Package purchases)



Can participate in Club Parties, Exhibitions, etc.



Annual Fees:

  7/1/2016 to


  $75 for 1st BFSC Member ($40 for first time USFS member.)

  $40 for each additional BFSC Member 

  $120 total for our 4-year College Student package

  $40 for each Associate Member ( must have USFS membership at some other club )

NOTE: Each skater (or guardian if skater is under 18) must complete the Consent for Medical Treatment Form, the Waiver and Release of Liability Form, and sign the Skaters Code of Conduct Form, before skating each season.



Monday, August 15
Club Ice Schedule 2016 - 2017 (No Club Sessions at the Arena this year.)


Binghamton Figure Skating Club  -  2016-2017  Club Ice Times
  Sunday Tuesday Thursday Saturday


Sept 2016


3      11:15am-1:15pm
4  12:00 - 1:30pm  6    5:15 - 6:45pm   10    11:15am-1:15pm
11  12:00 - 1:30pm 13    5:15 - 6:45pm   17    11:15am-1:15pm
18  12:00 - 1:30pm 20    5:15 - 6:45pm   24    11:15am-1:15pm
25  12:00 - 1:30pm 27    5:15 - 6:45pm    
Oct 2016

    1    11:15am - 1:15pm
2  12:00 - 1:30pm 4    5:15 - 6:45pm   8    11:15am - 1:15pm 
9  12:00 - 1:30pm 11    5:15 - 6:45pm   15    11:15am - 1:15pm
16  12:00 - 1:30pm 18    5:15 - 6:45pm     22   10:45am - 12:15pm
23  12:00 - 1:30pm 25    5:15 - 6:45pm   29    11:15am - 1:15pm
Nov 2016


1    5:15 - 6:45pm  
5    11:15am - 1:15pm
 6  11:30 - 1:00pm 18    5:15 - 6:45pm   12   11:15am - 1:15pm
13  11:30 - 1:00pm 15    5:15 - 6:45pm   19   10:45am - 12:15pm
20  11:30 - 1:00pm 22    5:15 - 6:45pm   26    11:15am - 1:15pm
27  11:30 - 1:00pm  29    5:15 - 6:45pm    
Dec 2016

16 Hours
      3    10:45am - 12:15pm
4  11:30 - 1:00pm 6    5:15 - 6:45pm   10     11:15am-1:15pm
11  11:30 - 1:00pm 13    5:15 - 6:45pm   17     11:15am-1:15pm
18  11:30 - 1:00pm 20    5:15 - 6:45pm   24            Christmas
25        Christmas 27    5:15 - 6:45pm    
Jan 2017

21 Hours
1    New Year
3    5:15 - 6:45pm   7     11:15am-1:15pm
8  11:30 - 1:00pm 10    5:15 - 6:45pm  

14     10:45am-12:15pm

15  11:30 - 1:00pm 17    5:15 - 6:45pm   21     11:15am-1:15pm
22  11:30 - 1:00pm 24    5:15 - 6:45pm   28     11:15am-1:15pm
29  11:30 - 1:00pm 31    5:15 - 6:45pm

Feb 2017


       4   10:45am - 12:15pm
5  11:30 - 1:00pm 7    5:15 - 6:45pm   11    10:45am - 12:15pm
12  11:30 - 1:00pm 14    5:15 - 6:45pm   18     11:15am-1:15pm
19  11:30 - 1:00pm 21    5:15 - 6:45pm   25     10:45am-12:00pm (Really!)
26  No Skating
28    5:15 - 6:45pm
Mar 2017

      4     11:15am-1:15pm
5  11:30 - 1:00pm 7    5:15 - 6:45pm   11     11:15am-1:15pm
12  11:30 - 1:00pm 14    5:15 - 6:45pm   18     11:15am-1:15pm
19    11:30am - 1:00pm
Exhibition 4:00-6:00pm
21    5:15 - 6:45pm   25     11:15am-1:15pm
26  11:30 - 1:00pm 28    5:15 - 6:45pm  

    (Revised: 7/28/2016. 137.75 hours total. There will be no Club Sessions at the Arena this year. )

Tuesday, August 9
Forms to Print Out for Club Membership

The application forms for club membership will be available for downloading below as pdf files which can be printed out. The BFSC Club Flyer 2016-17, will include the most current SUNY Broome Ice Center skating schedule from September 2016 through March 2017. The BFSC Home Club Membership Form 2016 is now a single page by itself. Applications must also include the Consent Forms and the Liability Waiver Form. On your first day of club skating, you must read and sign the Skaters Code of Conduct form, which will be available at the rink, or which can be downloaded here. You can read the contents of that form on this website (see above). Click on the links below for those forms.

Click Links below for Printable Info:

>>> BFSC Club Flyer 2016-17

>>> BFSC Consent Forms

>>> BFSC Liability Waiver Form

 >>> BFSC Home Club Membership Form 2016

  >>> BFSC Skaters Code of Conduct Form

Monday, July 30
BFSC Skaters Code of Conduct

Binghamton Figure Skating Club Skater Code of Conduct

As a member of our club, all skaters must adhere to this Code of Conduct at all times.

General Guidelines:

Binghamton Figure Skating Club is committed to creating a safe and positive environment for skaters’ physical, emotional and social development and ensuring that it promotes an environment free of misconduct. This Skater Code of Conduct has been established to ensure the safety of all skaters using our ice to ensure quality practice time for all home club, associate, non-members and guests who purchase ice from the club and who participate in all club-related activities.

1.     All skaters, regardless of whether they hold home club, associate, non-member or guest status must follow and uphold the tenets in this Skater Code of Conduct regarding behavior on and off the ice. All skaters are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship and be courteous toward their fellow skaters, coaches, parents of skaters, U.S. Figure Skating officials and guests.

2.     Our club is committed to promoting a positive and friendly environment for all skaters. Remember ‘The Golden Rule’ —treat other people like you want to be treated—with respect.

Ice Etiquette and Safety:

1.     While in lesson or practice, it is the skater's responsibility to always be conscientious and aware of other skaters around them. Skaters in lessons or practicing their programs to music should wear a colored sash.

2.     Skaters must skate with the flow of other skaters and familiarize themselves with the most commonly used areas for jumps and spins. Skaters standing around talking, or not paying attention to rink traffic, are asked to move to the side of the rink or get off the ice.

3.     All skaters should understand and follow these priorities for who has the right of way on the ice: 

a.     First Priority: The only time a skater has the SOLE right of way is when they are skating their program to music in a lesson. When you hear another member's music, please extend that person the courtesy and move out of their path momentarily. This only takes a moment and you will enjoy the same courtesy while you are performing your program.

b.     Second Priority: Skaters in a lesson not using the music.

c.     Third Priority: Skaters not in a lesson, but doing an announced program or dance to music. These skaters may need to adjust their program to avoid higher priority skaters in lessons.

4.     Advanced skaters are expected to exhibit patience toward beginner skaters of the club. Everyone on the ice shares the responsibility for skating safely with consideration for all other skaters, even when they have a higher priority.

5.     Skaters should not kick holes in the ice, not eat food or chew gum on the ice, not make phone calls or text on the ice, and not use profanity on the ice. Skaters who make significant toe-jump holes have the responsibility to repair them.

6.     All accidents must be reported to the rink staff immediately.

Program and Music Requests:

1.     Requests to play music for programs or dances should be made to the Music Supervisor at the session. Normally, a skater may request a particular program at most three times during any session.

2.     If there are many requests to play programs, then there will be a sign up list, and the programs will be played in order, unless a coach needs a program or dance during a lesson. A coach needing a dance or program has priority over the next skater's program. Different coaches requesting music must take turns.

3.     If no skater or coach needs to play a program or dance, general background music will be played at a moderate sound level. The club will provide a collection of CDs or an MP3-player with a variety of such music. Any skater may submit a CD of background music for consideration by the Music Committee of the Board. The Music Supervisor will choose the background music. If there is no Music Supervisor, then a Board member, coach or adult club member may play the music according to these principles.


Guidelines for Dress and Equipment:

Skaters are requested to wear figure skates on club ice sessions unless prior approval has been obtained from the Board. Requests for exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. We are a figure skating club, not a hockey club and not a speed skating club. Protective equipment should be appropriate for a figure skating club ice session, so that, for example, wearing full hockey equipment would not be allowed. Hockey sticks with blades would also not be acceptable, but using a hockey stick handle without its blade is acceptable as a teaching tool. Hockey pucks are not allowed on the ice except for repair of a hole in the surface. Skaters may wear helmets of various kinds, and other protective headgear, as long as vision and hearing are not impaired.

Unsafe or Discourteous Behavior:

Unsafe or discourteous behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. The club does not tolerate intimidation of skaters, for example, skating too fast or too close to others, making faces at other skaters, or making fun of other skaters. Problems needing discussion should be taken to the side of the rink or off the ice, and all skaters should control their emotions.


Violations of any tenets will be addressed at the time they occur by a member of the club board of directors following the procedures outlined in the conflict resolution process.

First offense:

Skater will be addressed verbally (in private) regarding the violation.

Second offense:

If there is a second violation, the skater will be removed from the activity and given a written warning. A face-to-face meeting with the skater and/or skater’s parent or legal guardian may be in order.

Repeated offenses:

If the skater continually violates any tenet of the code of conduct, repeat offenses will be taken very seriously by the club board of directors. Discipline may include loss of club privileges for extended periods, and/or revocation of club membership.


Any Club Officer or any member of the Board of Governors may enforce these rules, but we expect the coaches and skaters to understand and follow these rules themselves. If a skater has been affected by an infraction of these rules, and the skater responsible does not acknowledge or apologize for the incident, then a complaint should be filed in writing with any Club Officer or Board member present on the ice. Complaints will be investigated by the Board, which may recommend an appropriate level of action after all affected parties have had a chance to present their side of events. If a skater’s behavior at a club session, on or off the ice, is judged unacceptable by a Club Officer, the skater may be asked to leave the club ice session until a hearing can be arranged. If the skater refuses to leave after being asked, the rink management may be asked for help.

Binghamton Figure Skating Club Code of Conduct Agreement Form –Must be signed and dated.

I, __________________________________________[skater's name printed], have read the Code of Conduct, and agree to uphold all guidelines and tenets of this document.

_________________________________Skater's signature if 18 years or older   ____________________________ Date

_________________________________Parent's or Legal Guardian's signature if under 18 years of age

 (Last revision: July 2, 2014)

Tuesday, August 9
Coaches Available 2016 - 2017

Coaches Available 2016 - 2017

All coaches authorized to give lessons on Binghamton Figure Skating Club ice sessions are required to be members of United States Figure Skating (USFS), to have completed at least the CER B (Continuing Education Requirement), and to be covered by instructors insurance. Many of our coaches are also members of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), and all of them must follow the ethical guidelines of the PSA and USFS.

The following coaches are authorized to teach on BFSC ice sessions during the 2016 -2017 season:

 Robyn Bentley Robyn Bentley, has taught for 22 years. She coaches skaters from pre-preliminary to Senior Moves, freestyle and dance. She also coaches synchro teams and hockey power skating.  She is an authorized sales representative for Riedell and Jackson skates, and she fits the boots she sells and sharpens blades. She has a Master Rating from the PSA.
Russell Green

Russell has over 17 years of experience in ice dance instruction with skating clubs in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany areas.  He has coached all levels of ice dancing, from beginning skaters through international testers, and has taught and partnered over 30 skaters to their Gold Dance medals. In addition, several of his ice dance teams competed at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in the Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice levels. He has worked with a number of coaches in the advancement of their testing credentials and is proud of the fact that many of his former students are now coaching the sport. 

During his skating career, Russell competed nationally and internationally. He twice became British Junior National Ice Dance Champion, earned 6th place at the British Senior National Championships and 4th place at the Junior World Championships.  He also competed in Canada, China, France, Germany and Switzerland. Russell earned his bachelor’s degree in business in Nottingham, England and currently is a CPA with The Bonadio Group in Syracuse. He lives with his wife Heidi and two children in Fayetteville.

Russell is available on alternating Saturdays to coach students interested in testing at all levels and ages, including adults.
Fred Hottenstein Fred Hottenstein has taught Basic skills for 29 years, private lessons for 3 years. Coaches basic skills to pre-juvenile level in moves, freestyle and Bronze dance. He is PSA rated.
Alison Lovejoy Alison Lovejoy has taught for 36 years. Coaches skaters from Basic to Novice Freestyle, from Basic Skills to Senior Moves in the Field, and from Preliminary to International Dance. She is PSA Rated.
Sarah Park  
Julie Raway (Tucker) Julie has coached for 8 years, from basic skills to advanced levels. She is a gold medalist in Freestyle, Moves in the Field, Senior Supplemental Moves in the Field, Free Dance, US Gold Dance and Canadian Gold Dance. She also has completed all of the International Dances. She coaches skaters of all levels in moves, freestyle, and dance. Julie is also a Registered Dietitian.
Matthew Essigmann Matthew is a beginning coach who is currently attending Davis College.  He has trained with Stacy and Jeff Petri for about nine years.  He has competed in both Regionals and Sectionals and has earned three USFSA Gold Medals (Moves in the Field, Freestyle and Dance). Contact by email, or by phone at (607)-759-4952.


Sunday, March 6
Club Announcements 2015-16

Elaine Livingston passed two Canadian Gold Dances (Viennese Waltz and Quickstep) on 11/11/2015 at the Syracuse FSC in Baldwinsville.  She was partnered and primarily coached by Russell Green, with additional coaching by Lindsey Klein and Matthew Essigmann.  Elaine thanks her current and past coaches for helping her achieve her goals, and her boyfriend Gary and fellow skaters for their encouragement.

Skaneateles Figure Skating Club Invitational Results!

December 5-6, 2015 in Skaneateles, NY

Preliminary Dance
Ashley Hull 2nd Place (Coached by Julie Raway)

Pre-Preliminary Team Event
Southern Tier Stars 1st Place (Ashlee Darrow, Ashley Hull, Tony Zhou) (Coached by Julie Raway)

Pre-Preliminary Jump Event Group A
Ashlee Darrow 1st Place (Coached by Julie Raway)

Pre-Preliminary Free Skate Test Track Group A
Ashlee Darrow 2nd Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Ashley Hull 3rd Place (Coached by Julie Raway)

Pre-Preliminary Free Skate Test Track Group B
Grace Zhou 6th Place (Coached by Julie Raway)

Preliminary Free Skate Test Track Men
Tony Zhou 1st Place (Coached by Julie Raway)

High Beginner Compulsory Moves Group A
Katriana Raimondi 1st Place (Coached by Robyn Bentley)
Madison Hamlin 3rd Place (Coached by Julie Raway)

High Beginner Spins Group A
Katriana Raimondi 1st Place (Coached by Robyn Bentley)

High Beginner Jumps Group A
Katriana Raimondi 1st Place (Coached by Robyn Bentley)

High Beginner Free Skate Test Track Group A
Madison Hamlin 2nd (Coached by Julie Raway)

High Beginner Free Skate Test Track Group E
Lily Bronson 2nd Place (Coached by Julie Raway and Carmina Monaco)

High Beginner Team Event
Southern Tier Sparkles 3rd Place (Lily Bronson, Madison Hamlin, Mia Horwath) (Coached by Julie Raway)

Showcase Light Entertainment Pre-Prelimiary
Ashlee Darrow 2nd Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Ashley Hull 4th Place (Coached by Julie Raway)

Showcase Light Entertainment No Test
Katriana Raimondi 3rd Place (Coached by Robyn Bentley)

Showcase Light Entertainment High Beginner
Lily Bronson 5th Place (Coached by Julie Raway and Carmina Monaco)

Congratulations to Sarah Kumpon for her participation in the 47th Annual Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Lake Placid Championships. Coached by Sarah Park, she achieved the following results: 6th in the Ribbon Competition, 4th in the Artistic Competition, 3rd in the Showcase Competition, and 2nd in the Sit-spin Competition. 
Congratulations to our skaters who competed in the Cortland-Ithaca Basic Skills Competition on March 5, 2016:
Tony Zhou: Pre-Preliminary Freestyle Group A 2nd Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Grace Zhou: Pre-Preliminary Freestyle Group B 5th Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Morgan Gaylord: Pre-Preliminary Freestyle Group B 3rd Place (Coached by Julie Raway and Alison Lovejoy)
Ashley Hull: Pre-Preliminary Freestyle Group B 4th Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Lily Bronson: High Beginner Freestyle Group A 1st Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Ella Luker: High Beginner Freestyle Group A 3rd Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Madison Hamlin: High Beginner Freestyle Group B 1st Place (Coached by Julie Raway)
Congratulations to our skaters who passed tests at the Cortland Test Session 3/6/16:

Madison Hamlin: Preliminary Moves in the Field (Coached by Julie Raway and Alison Lovejoy)
Ashley Hull: Cha Cha and Fiesta Tango (Partnered by Matthew Essigmann and Coached by Julie Raway)
Lily Bronson: Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field Test (Coached by Julie Raway and Alison Lovejoy)
Anna Pugachenok: Preliminary Free Skate Test (Coached by Julie Raway)
Sarah Kumpon: Preliminary Freestyle Test, Pre-juvenile Moves in the Field (Coached by Sarah Park and Lindsey Klein)

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