Skaneateles Figure Skating Club: SFSC Newsletter

Basic Skills class


• Skaneateles Invitational 
• Silent Auction
• Holiday Happening
• Membership
• Test Session
• Ice Show Costume dates
• Bluewater Blades
• Coaches Corner
• Tests Passed
• Upcoming Events

We have a busy month ahead of us at the Skaneateles Figure Skating Club! On December 6, 7 and 8, we will host over 260 skaters for our annual Skaneateles Invitational. We are very busy preparing for this three-day-event, as this is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our club. There are several ways that members can help make this competition a big success: we need contributions to our silent auction, donations of food for the many judges and volunteers to work long hours to make sure the event runs smoothly. If you would like to contribute in any way, please contact any board member or Amy Duke at

Attention all SFSC Skaters and families! The competition is fast approaching and we need your help!  

Each year our competition features 2 raffle tables. The proceeds from these raffles are used to defray SFSC ice costs and expenses for the Bluewater Blades Synchronized Skating Teams.  

Here's how you can help! Each family is asked to provide a themed basket for the raffle. Some ideas for baskets: kitchen theme, movie night, kids theme, baby theme, skating theme, scrapbooking theme, pet them, wine basket, Holiday theme, raffle tickets, etc.

Baskets can be delivered to the Club Room during club skating hours anytime between now and December 3rd, and should
be assembled and ready to display. The more money we make, the less the cost of ice is passed on to you, and the more we
can help with competition expenses for our synchro teams. If you have any questions, please contact Kerryanne Kennedy at

On December 16th at 6:00 pm, SFSC will hold our annual Holiday Happening. This is an opportunity for skaters to show family and friends the new skating skills they have learned so far this season. Coaches will help skating groups demonstrate their new skills. Skaters with programs are encouraged to perform their programs. The event will culminate with holiday cookies and drinks. Please invite family and friends to see the performances. Please sign up at the Information Center if you are willing to make cookies for this fun event.

On November 18th, the Club will conclude its fall Hockey Skating Skills class. Returning after a number of years on hiatus, the hockey offering was both successful for the club and enjoyable for its students. Thanks to Robyn Bentley for teaching this young group. We are evaluating offering a similar class in the early winter so keep your eye out for more information and tell your friends. This is a great way for young hockey skaters to supplement the stick and game skills offered at team practices with additional skating instruction in a small group.

Attention Basic Skills skaters, both perspective members and those currently enrolled in the Fall Only session. Sign ups for the winter session will begin the week after Thanksgiving. This session runs from Monday, January 6, 2014 until our annual Ice Dreams show the weekend of March 28, 2014. The cost for the Winter session is $174 for one lesson per week and $222 for
two lessons per week plus a $45 Ice Dreams costume fee. Lessons and practice times remain Monday and Thursdays, 5:15–6:15. Please contact Membership Chair Catie Blackler,, with any questions.

For Club members paying dues in installments, second installments were due October 31, 2013. Our payment schedule is half down at registration with the balance paid in three equal installments. The third installment will be due January 6, 2014. If you need to know your account balance, you can contact Membership Chair Catie Blackler, or have any Board member check the membership binder in the Club Room. Payment can be left in the lock box on the working parent cart. Please make every attempt to keep your account current so that you can continue to receive all the benefits of a membership in good standing.

SFSC will host a US Figure Skating Test Session on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Applications are available online and at the Information Center.

The annual SFSC Ice Dreams production will be held Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, 2014. Katherine Teasdale-Edwards will be taking costume measurements during club ice time for anyone interested in participating in this year’s Ice Dreams show. Please be sure to have your skater measured on Sunday, Monday or Thursday evenings now through December 1, 2014. A show costume costs $45.00 per skater; checks should be made payable to SFSC.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE PAY FOR YOUR COSTUME(S) AT THE TIME OF MEASUREMENT! Costumes will only be ordered for skaters who have paid. 
Look for more Ice Show news to come in future newsletters. 

The Bluewater Blades Synchronized Skating program has tow teams this season: Beginner 2 and Pre Juvenile. Both teams will perform in exhibition on Saturday, November 16 at 1:15 pm at the Tennity Ice Pavilion on the Syracuse University’s South Campus. Admission is free and open to the public, so please come out and support our teams. They will begin their competitive season at home at the Skaneateles Invitational. Good luck this season! 

With the competition season upon us, many parents ask about what to expect at an event and how to prepare their skater(s) for competition. First, preparation begins with the skater and coach. Anytime a skater performs in front of a panel of judges and an audience, nerves are bound to interfere, but with proper preparation and confidence, a good result is bound to happen. Discuss the game plan with your child’s coach. 

Plan to arrive at least one hour before the scheduled event. The skater should check-in at the registration table and turn in their music, if applicable, with the proper label: name, skating club/program, and event name. Always have a back-up copy of any music available too! Next, find your coach and let them know you have arrived. Many rinks will have assigned locker rooms for skaters to get ready and leave their belongings, but never leave your skates unattended. Every skater should be fully dressed at least 30 minutes before your scheduled event. Skaters should put skates on and start mentally preparing for their performance. It is important that the skater stays warm at this point in time, so a sweater and gloves are good items to bring with you; a blanket helps at rink side too!

When it’s close to the event start time, the skater should walk over to the rink monitor and check in. The monitor will tell each skater where to wait and how long before it is before the on-ice warm-up time. When it is time to compete, the skater should step out onto the ice, have confidence, try their best, take each element one at a time (one element is NOT an entire routine) and, most importantly, have fun and smile! 

After the conclusion of the event, the accountant will tally the scores from the judges and the final standings will be posted over the starting order sheet in the lobby. No matter what the final outcome is, be a good sport. Congratulate the winner and congratulate the others for good efforts. There is only one winner per event, and everyone has good days and could-be-better days! 

Competition Checklist:
• Skates (both of them), guards, soakers and extra laces
• Competition outfit and back-up outfit
• Girls: Extra pair of tights, hair accessories and make-up
• Two copies of competition music, if needed
• Competition information—maps, hotel reservations, event times
• Gloves, warm-up sweater, club attire, blanket
• Membership card—just in case it is needed at the registration desk
• Video recorder and camera

Congratulations to the following SFSC members who recently passed US Figure Skating tests:
Isabella A: Kilian
Robyn B.: Adult Paso Doble
Celina C: Argentine Tango
Alexis D: Quickstep
Hannah K: Preliminary Moves in the Field, Swing Dance
Georgia M: Preliminary Moves in the Field, Swing Dance, Cha Cha
Ashley M: Paso Doble
Hannah O: Preliminary Moves in the Field, Willow Waltz, Ten Fox
Juliana P: Novice Moves in the Field, Paso Doble
Holly Teasdale-Edwards: Cha Cha
Sara T: Hickory Hoedown
Vince Ann W: Masters Foxtrot

11/15–16/13: Test Session, SC of Central NY
12/6–8/13: Skaneateles Invitational
12/15/13: Test Session, Cortland FSC
01/3/14: Test Session, Oswego FSC
01/4–5/14: Port City Invitational, Oswego, NY
01/18/14: Mohawk Valley Classic and Basic Skills Competition, New Hartford, NY
01/19/14: Test Session, SFSC
01/30-31/14: Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectionals, Hershey, PA