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PSA and Jackson Ultima Partnership

PSA is excited to announce a marketing partnership with Jackson Ultima Skates. We have witnessed Jackson Ultima’s dedication to skating boot and blade technology, making them a perfect fit for a partnership.

Providing our members with high-quality education programs has always been our priority. This new supportive partnership will help us further reach our potential. Jackson Ultima is now our exclusive title sponsor for PSA clinics, seminars, Ratings Prep, Foundations of Coaching, webinars, e-learning, and live-stream seminars.

PSA members will have direct access to Jackson Ultima representatives at the PSA Conference during the trade show, a special sponsored presentation, and coffee break provided by Jackson Ultima.

World Figure Sport Society

By: Terri Milner Tarquini

When it comes to the foundation and history of figure skating, everything is in the name of the sport itself: figure skating.

That might also be key in the sport’s future.

“There has been a fracture of knowledge – and that knowledge is absolutely vital to skating,” said Karen Courtland Kelly, president of the World Figure Sport Society, a not-for-profit organization created in 2015 to annually hold the World Figure & Fancy Skating Championships & Festival.

The Skating Heritage of Stamford Twin Rinks

By Kent McDill

On July 23, 1989, Frank Cassella married Emily Lowenthal. That event brought together forever two storied families of skaters and ice rink operators, creating the family atmosphere that today pervades the Stamford Twin Rinks in Stamford, Conn.

“We are a family-run business,” said Emily Cassella, who serves with Frank and her sister Terry Ann to run the Stamford Twin Rinks. “We have a lot of history in the sport. We have run rinks before, and our families have run rinks earlier.”

Active Shooter Awareness


By Elizabeth Egetoe

The number of active shooter incidents that have taken place in recent years is alarming. While these real-life scenarios are terrifying and life altering, it is vital that everyone running facilities, coaching and being involved with our youth should have a working knowledge of indicators of violent behavior, as well as possible prevention.

Educating yourself and your community on the indicators of potential violence and suspicious activity reporting are key components to the safety of yourself and everyone around you.

By Terri Milner Tarquini

If ever there was a skater who has lived the sport credo of “get back up,” it is Scott Hamilton.

In the last two decades, the four-time world and national champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist was diagnosed with testicular cancer and three subsequent brain tumors, but in March 2017 he announced the most recent tumor had shrunk, calling himself “the recipient of a spectacular miracle.”

Webinar #5 - Transitions

December 19, 2017

8:00pm EST
7:00pm CST
6:00pm MT
5:00pm PST

PSA and U.S. Figure Skating are pleased to announce the Program Component Competitive Series, a coach-focused webinar series, covering the criteria for each of the five IJS Program Components.

This 5th installment of our 5 Webinar series, “Transitions” will cover the 6 criterion used to evaluate transition as a Program Component.

Additionally, we will explore ideas on how to translate these criterion into tangible instruction and examine several examples that express the key concepts. Additionally, a short recap of the Program Component rule revision that was presented in Webinar #1, Skating Skills will be presented.

The Transitions webinar will be hosted by Doug Williams and Derrick Delmore.

Register now to reserve your seat.

Ice Cube

Coaches Chuckle

Take a look back at Scott Hamilton’s performance at the 1990 U.S. Open Professional Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, FL as we also look ahead to the 2018 U.S. Open coming back to Orlando!

-Katie Stader Holmes

Teaching an adult today and I'm emphasizing that he needs to do this exercise over and over to create muscle memory. He says back to me - with a straight face - "my muscles have Alzheimers". I cracked up. Adults are the best!

Ice Times

Divots and Pivots

Promoting Healthy Body Images

When girls and women practice sport, they can profit from many health benefits. While these positive attributes far outweigh the risks involved in sports participation, there is scientific evidence that, under certain circumstances, the healthy body image of some female athletes can suffer through sport.

Justin Mathre – PSA Director of Business Operations

Now the Director of Business Operations for PSA, Justin Mathre emerged from the association’s recent reorganization with a new title – and even more responsibilities.


The David Shulman Leadership Scholarship

The PS Foundation is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing Mr. David Shulman as a key “builder” for the Professional Skaters Association having served in many capacities for over 58 years. Mr. Shulman was a competitive skater, a volunteer, committee chair, PSA president and general counsel for the PSA. The David Shulman Leadership Scholarship provides an opportunity for a PSA coach to develop leadership skills with the goal of enhancing PSA’s leadership depth.

Special Ratings Prep Promotion

Register for an oral rating exam in Lake Worth, FL (March 8-9, 2018) by February 16 and you will receive a discount code for $50 off Ratings Prep Course in Lake Worth, FL being held March 9-11, 2018!

*limited to 22 registrants

*must register for the oral exam first to receive the code

*code will be listed in the rating exam confirmation email

Therapeutic Skating Notice

Reminder to coaches who work with special needs skaters: there is now a structure in place for your athletes to continue testing beyond the basic Special Olympics or Therapeutic badges. Moves in the Field and Freestyle tests are available for enjoyment and added challenge for your athletes. Test requirements can be found in the US Figure Skating rulebook. Moves in the field tests can be found on page 272, TR 25.13-25.16 and freestyle tests can be found on pages 279-280, TR 32.13-32.16. All athletes must start at the pre bronze level as there is no grandfathering allowed for any tests previously taken. Feel free to email questions to


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