US Figure Skating is the official governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States, recognized by both the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Skating Union (ISU). As the governing body, US Figure Skating's mission is to provide programs to encourage participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating. As the governing body it regulates and governs the sport in the United States, creates rules for the holding of tests, competitions and other activities, and organizes and sponsors competitions.
US Figure Skating is made up of local clubs, of which there are several in the Puget Sound area alone. When you apply to be a LWC "home club" member, we will submit your information to the national organization, and you will receive a membership card and number from US Figure Skating headquarters in Colorado showing that you registered through LWC. Your US Figure Skating number (included in this packet) is used to track your participation in US Figure Skating sanctioned testing and competitions, no matter what club you belong to in the future. Lakewood Winter Club was founded in 1939 and has a long history of champion skaters and show performers. Skaters first trained at Lakewood Ice Arena until it collapsed in 1982.
By joining U.S. Figure Skating through a club, such as Lakewood Winter Club, members have the ability to do the following: 1) Test at U.S. Figure Skating-sponsored test sessions 2) Compete at U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned events 3) Participate in U.S. Figure Skating qualifying events 4) Represent your club at regional, sectional and national events. Members also receive the following benefits: 1) Recognition of accomplishment for passing proficiency tests and placing at U.S. Figure Skating qualifying events (athletes) 2) Subscription to SKATING magazine 3) Individually numbered membership card 4) Coverage under U.S. Figure Skating's sports accident insurance policy and 5) Special offers and discounts from U.S. Figure Skating corporate partners.
We hold several events throughout the year that you and your skater are welcome to participate in. Every May, we host May Blades, a US Figure Skating Competition that attracts skaters from all over the region. Also in May, we hold the annual Awards Banquet where we honor our skaters’ achievements such as competing at regionals and sectionals, passed tests, and graduating seniors. We host an annual meeting in April, at which we discuss club related information and vote on important issues. There are also other events we hold throughout the year such as a Christmas party, camps, and other social events for skaters and parents to enjoy. Keep an eye on your email for notice about such events. We also host testing sessions throughout the year. US Figure Skating offers a wide variety of tests. The testing structure can be confusing, your coach will guide you through which tests to sign up for and how that progression happens. We host three to four test sessions a year at Sprinker.
Sprinker Recreation Center offers Learn to Skate classes for all ages and levels. Most skaters start with a group Learn to Skate class and progress from there. Whether you are interested in Hockey, Figure Skating, or keeping up with your friends at Christmas time, Learn to Skate is the place to start. For information on how to register for Learn to Skate classes, go to the Sprinker Recreation Center Website.
Absolutely! Lakewood Winter Club supports skaters of all ages. We have several adult members who started skating as an adult and now test, compete, and train with Lakewood Winter Club. US Figure Skating offers competition tracks for adults including National and International Events. Figure Skating can be a wonderful exercise and social opportunity for adults of any age.
All of Lakewood Winter Club's Coaches are members of the Ice Sports Industry (ISI), Professional Skaters Association (PSA), and United States Figure Skating (USFS). The are also all Safe Sport compliant and have passed background checks with USFS and ISI. Please see the Coaches page for more information or reach out to Janice Teodoro-Forbes at Janice.Forbes@piercecountywa.gov to get started with a coach.
Club jackets can be ordered at any time by filling out a Jacket Order Form. These can be found on the Lakewood Winter Club bulletin board at Sprinker Recreation Center. If you have questions, please reach out to our Jacket Chair, Lillian Wood, at firstname.lastname@example.org.