One of the primary goals of the San Diego
Figure Skating Club's Synchronized Skating Teams is to train and prepare for
competition at the Sectional, National, and International level. Our
competitive year begins May 1, 2000 and ends April 30, 2001.
Becoming a member of a
competitive synchronized skating team requires that you make a personal
commitment to your coach and teammates that you will dedicate yourself to
providing the time, energy, and skill level required of a team skater. A team
functions as a unit and just one person missing from a practice or performance
can cause that unit to not function properly. Being a member of a team can be a
very rewarding experience that includes travel, competition, team spirit, and
new friends. There are however, riles and procedures to follow to maintain a
competitive team. Please read the following information and consider seriously
your willingness to comply with these requirements before making any
A. All participants must be
eligible and registered USFSA skaters. They must comply with USFSA Eligible
Skater Status rules.
B. All team members must be
members of the San Diego Figure Skating Club, but need not be home club
C. Each team will be assigned
a particular Moves in the Field test level requirement. It is anticipated the
coach will add an increased testing level each year until the teams are at their
appropriate level, i.e., Senior team = Senior MITF.
D. The coach will make all
team placements. Testing at the appropriate level is not a "guarantee" of
placement on a particular team, but rather it is one of the requirements.
Overall skating ability, stamina, strength and maturity are also factors taken
into consideration in selection team members.
E. The age limit for senior
teams is defined as a minimum age of 14 as of the preceding July 1, and there is
no maximum age limit. All placements on the senior team will be made by the
coach. Intermediate team members must be 15 years of age or younger on the
preceding July 1. Skaters who reach the age of 16 prior to the preceding July 1
are ineligible. Novice team skaters must be 14 years of age or younger on the
preceding July 1. Skaters who reach the age of 15 prior to the preceding July 1
are ineligible. Juvenile team members must be 11 years of age or younger on the
preceding July 1. Skaters who reach the age of 12 prior to the preceding July 1
are ineligible. A copy of the skater's birth certificate must accompany
this contract. Note: Senior skaters must provide a copy of the long
version birth certificate - not an abstract. Due to the senior team's
international status passports must be obtained and you must have the long
version birth certificate.
F. If you double skate on a
higher team you must remain a member in good standing of your initial team.
(Intermediate skaters may not double skate on senior).
G. "Alternate" is a team
member who does not have an assigned place on the team "line." Any member can
become an "alternate" at any time.
A. Practice Ice.
All team members are required to arrive 15 minutes prior to "on ice" practice
for off-ice warmup. Skaters will meet in a designated hockey dressing room to
put skates on, during which time the coach or managers can make announcements or
provide additional instruction. Arriving 10 minutes prior to the "on ice" time
is considered late.
B. Behavior. Good
team spirit grows from respect for each other. Constructive suggestions after
practice or when requested are always welcome. No socializing on the ice.
NO GUM. Foul language or derogatory statements about another team
member, the routine, coach, or adult helpers is prohibited. Should a
behavior problem arise that cannot be handled by the coach or coordinator the
matter may be taken to the SDFSC Board of Directors in accordance with the
By-Laws of SDFSC, Article 12, Section 1. Give the coach your full attention,
listen to instruction, be ready to move quickly to your position and do your
best every time through the routine. Individual jumps and spins are prohibited
during team practice and you will be ordered to take laps or leave the ice if
this rule is violated repeatedly.
Four (4) missed practices for any reason, can reduce the skater to alternate
status. Tow (2) "no show, no calls" can result in dismissal from the team. The
three (3) weeks immediately prior to an exhibition or competition are not to be
missed or the coach may remove the skater from that event. It is important that
you call your team manager if you will miss a practice. NO VACATIONS MAY BE
TAKEN BETWEEN JANUARY 1 AND NATIONALS (Mid-March). SENIOR SKATERS MAY NOT TAKE
VACATIONS BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND NATIONALS. IF THE SENIOR TEAM SHOULD
QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NO VACATIONS MAY BE TAKEN UNTIL AFTER WORLDS
D. Payment of ice
fees. Ice fees are due the first of each month and are considered late
after the 15th of the month. A $15.00 late fee will be assessed after the 15th
of the month. A $20.00 fee will be charged for returned checks. Any skater who
has not paid the monthly ice fee by the 1st of each month will not be allowed on
the ice until payment is made.
E. Team assessment
fee. The assessment fee covers the cost of dresses, skate bags, music and
other miscellaneous team expenses.
F. Practice dress
code. Practice dress outfits for all three teams will consist of a black
leotard, black skirts, black tights, and black fleece jacket (team issued|).
Leotards may not be lowcut and must be worn with a black sports bra, if
applicable. Visible bra straps and other violations of the dress code will
result in the assessment of fines. Hair must be pulled back with elastic
3. COSTUMES AND
A. Competition dress. The
team competition dress is the property of the team and will be kept in the
possession of and laundered by team managers. Dresses will not be given to the
skaters at the end of the competition year unless an exception is granted to all
team members that particular year. Each skater is responsible for the care of
her dress while said dress is in her possession, and she is financially
responsible for the cleaning and/or repair of the dress if it is damaged while
being worn (on-ice skating accidents excluded).
B. Tights. Each skater will
be provided a specified number of over-the-boot tights as part of their
assessment fee. Each skater will be responsible for providing her own "under"
tights. If the tights are damaged or lost it will be the skater's
responsibility to purchase additional tights from her team manager. Each skater
must have a minimum of two pairs of each kind of tights at all times.
C. Warmups and traveling
clothes. Every skater is required to purchase the official Team del Sol
warmup outfit. This outfit will be kept clean and in good condition at all
times. Skater will be required to replace the outfit at their own expense in
the event of loss or damage. When taking part in any team function,
competition, or during travel you must be presentable. (Shirts tucked in, pants
worn correctly, hair neat, etc.)
D. USA warmup outfit
(senior team). Upon the appointment of international status, as is the case
again this year, USFSA will outfit the senior team with USA outfits which do
not become the property of the skater until actual travel to and competition at
the assigned international competition. The actual cost to the skater is
made on a year-to-year basis by USFSA. Special Note: Those skaters returning
to the senior team this year who have already been assigned USA outfits, MUST
immediately have their outfits cleaned and turn in to Coordinator for storage
until this year's international competition per USFSA. New skaters will be
assigned new outfits. Returning skaters are required to keep their outfits in
pristine condition, thus the requirement to return to the team for storage.
These outfits, if in less than excellent condition, are required to be replaced
by the skater at a cost of $350.00 PRIOR TO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION.
E. Hair. During
competition, hair will be styled in the manner designated by the coach at the
beginning of the skating season. For practice, long hair should be up and out
of the face. Hair must also be a "natural" hair color (not pink, purple, etc.)
Hair styles that are impossible to put into the designated competition hairstyle
(buns or braids) should be avoided. Hair should always be clean and
F. Makeup. Makeup for
competitions and performances will be provided to you as part of the assessment
fee. Colored nail polish is prohibited and you will be instructed to remove it
prior to competition. Clear polish or French manicures are acceptable.
G. Jewelry. Jewelry is
not to be worn on the ice and do not expect others to be responsible for your
jewelry while you skate. Leave it at home! Pierced earrings are to be removed
prior to competition. When deciding to pierce your ears take into consideration
whether or not you have a competition within the healing process time. We will
no longer tolerate the excuse that it cannot be removed because it is new and
not healed. It will be removed. Tongue, nose, and any other facial rings/studs
are prohibited. Bellybutton rings are not preferred but if you have one make
sure we cannot see it an any time.
4. SCHEDULES AND
Schedules and information
pertaining to competitions, performances, practices, and attire will be provided
to each team member in a bulletin well in advance of the event. Each team
member is responsible for following all instructions. (If a parent wished these
instructions mailed please give the team manager some self-addresses, stamped
EACH SKATER MUST BE FIT AND
TRIM. The coach maintains the right to oversee the physical appearance of
all team members. This may include regular "weigh-ins." If a skater becomes
overweight the coach can remove the skater from the line and/or team. We
emphasize the importance of all members skating at least twice per week to
maintain the speed, endurance and skills that are needed to be competitive. A
skater may be reduced to alternated status due to lack of stamina and
All Members of the team are required to be at all competitions and
performances. (A change in the line makes for a non-cohesive program).
Dates of all competitions and performances will be provided early in the
season. Please be aware that we have entered local ISI competitions on short
notice if we determine a team needs additional experience. If you anticipate a
problem which could result in your not being able to attend an event, THE COACH
MUST BE NOTIFIED EARLY IN THE SKATING SEASON. Last minute notification of
unavailability can result in the skater being assigned to alternate status
regardless of skating ability. ANY SKATER WHO MISSES THE LAST PRACTICE BEFORE A
COMPETITION OR EXHIBITION WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SKATE THAT EVENT!
B. Traveling with the
team. All skaters are required to travel to and from the competition as a
group and may not travel separately. Parents and other family members are
welcome to travel with the teams and will be advised of the airline and hotel
accommodations as soon as possible so travel arrangements for families can be
accomplished. Due to the continued growth and time constraints required to
complete the teams' travel arrangements, family members will now be responsible
for their own air and hotel accommodations. The Coordinator and Managers will
continue to assist family members in the purchase of competition admission
tickets and ground transportation whenever possible. All travel and hotel
arrangements for the skaters will continue to be organized by the Coordinator.
Skaters who have parent(s) traveling with our group must remember that they are
with the team - not their parents. All skaters are assigned to a chaperone and
will stay in a hotel room with their chaperone. The only exception to this
pertains to the senior team. (See "c" below.)
C. Senior team travel.
The senior team is chaperoned by the two team managers and program coordinator.
At competitions skaters are assigned to hotel rooms which are monitored by the
chaperones, but will not necessarily contain the chaperones. In the event a
younger skater is accepted onto the senior team it is expressly understood that
the skater and parents agree to this chaperone structure. Any specific concerns
in the area may be addressed to the program coordinator.
D. Travel expenses.
Your travel expenses (transportation, hotel, coach fee, chaperone expense, entry
fee, etc.) are deducted from the travel fund. It is your responsibility to make
sure enough income has gone into your travel fund to cover all expenses. ALL
MONIES ARE DUE IN THE TRAVEL FUND A MINIMUM OF THIRTY (30) DAYS PRIOR TO
TRAVEL. Parents are often reluctant to pay the estimated cost of a trip
until they receive an itemized breakdown of the expenses. As more particularly
stated in Section 8 below, we are often required to begin paying for these
expenses BEFORE we receive the actual costs from the competition. Skaters must
pay the ESTIMATED LUMP SUM amount given at the beginning of the season. If
overpayment occurs the skater can use those funds for the next trip OR if it is
the last trip of the year, request a refund. If underpayment occurs we will
request payment of the difference. (Special note regarding airfare: We are
often able to obtain low rates on airfare if we purchase tickets well in advance
of our trips. For this reason we would require the estimated airfare amount
deposited into your travel fund no later than November 1. Airline deposits may
be requested even earlier. travel expenses for family members may NOT be
deducted from the skater's travel fund and must be paid separately when
A. Fund Raisers.
Monies are raised by the team members and credit given to the skaters'
individual travel fund accounts. These monies must be used for expenses
incurred in traveling with the team. Information will be provided concerning
current fund raising opportunities and it is the responsibility of the skater to
provide this information to her parents. We provide two types of fund
(1) Individual: These
funds are earned by the individual skater by selling candy, holiday greenery,
store scrip, etc. These funds are credited directly to the individual skater's
(2) Group: This type of fund raising consists of street
fairs, bake sales, carnivals, etc. Some group opportunities are optional and
others are mandatory.
(3) Grants: Grants will be distributed among
the teams and skaters as specified by the Grantor.
Team members and/or their
parents may expect the following financial documentation throughout the
competitive season as indicated below:
A. Synchronized Team
(1) An "Estimated Program
Budget" to be distributed at the annual Parent Meeting scheduled shortly
after the formation of this year's teams;
(2) An annual program "Statement
of Revenue and Expenses" to be distributed to the skaters at the annual
meeting of the San Diego Figure Skating Club. It is included in the SDFSC
Annual Meeting program and report.
B. Travel Fund
(1) Monthly statements of
skater's personal travel fund will be provided to you on the Saturday
following the 10th of the month. This statement will reflect all transactions
reported the the accountant as of the last day of the previous month.
Any fund raised monies or deposits made after the last day of that month
will not show until the following month's statement. Skaters and/or
parents may verify the receipt of these funds with the fund raising chairman or
with the team manager responsible for collecting all monies for your account.
If by the second month you do not see a credit or debit that you expect to see,
it is your responsibility to contact your manager or Jim Stark to verify those
funds for correcting future reports.
(2) A final year end statement of
skater's personal travel fund will be provided within thirty (30) days
following the end of the month after returning home from the National
Championship. Should the senior team qualify for a World Championship, year end
statements for all teams will not be available until 30 days following the month
end after returning home from the World Championship.
C. Travel Expenses
Skaters will be provided the
following information with respect to cost of travel and competition:
(1) Estimated Travel and
Competition Expense Report for each trip planned by each team. This expense
will be shown in Column 1 in the report as a bump sum estimate, i.e., Pacific
Coast Championship - $250.00; National Championship - $800.00, and so on.
Estimated and Itemized Travel and Competition Expense Report for each
trip planned for each team. This breakdown will be in Column 2 of the report
previously provided with the lump sum estimate. The Estimated and Itemized
Travel and Competition Expense Report will be provided within 2 to 4 weeks (or
more) of the actual travel date. This expense breakdown cannot occur until we
have actually received the competition entry forms that include the needed
prices, and until airline and hotel arrangements have been made.
Itemized Travel and Competition Expense Report will be added to Column 3 and
provided to the skater within 30 days of returning home from each competition,
IF POSSIBLE. Our teams have several trips, all between December and March. If
it is possible to gather the final accounting information within this 30 day
period due to ongoing and closely scheduled trips, the final competition expense
breakdown will be provided as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to
adhere to the 30 day period.
9. GENERAL BEHAVIOR AND
The skater must behave properly
at all times, especially when in team uniform. Boyfriends and/or husbands of
skaters are not encouraged to attend competitions, practices, or fund raisers as
skaters must remain WITH THE TEAM. However, in the event they do attend they
may not be with the skater (a) at the ice rink, (b) on the airplane, (c) at the
hotel, or (d) during any team function. Hugging, kissing, etc. are not
appropriate when in team uniform and with the team.
Smoking is prohibited when in
the presence of the team or when wearing a team outfit. Illegal drug use or
underage drinking is prohibited and grounds for dismissal. Alcohol consumption
by skaters of legal drinking age is also prohibited when in the presence of the
team or at any time during competition. Any skater on a prescribed medication
should inform the coach and managers at the beginning of the season or as soon
as medication is prescribed.
Tattoos and body piercing is
prohibited as more particularly described in 3F of this Agreement.
10. MANDATORY DRUG
A. All Senior skaters will
agree to a urine drug screen at any given time throughout the competitive year
and with no notice given. This drug screen will be conducted by Senior team
management personnel in cooperation with Children's Hospital and Health Center.
Positive results received by Children's will be sent to an outside and
independent laboratory for confirmation and verification. Positive results of a
banned substance may result in immediate termination from the team so it is
imperative that the skater inform the testing agent of any medications or
substances taken PRIOR to the test.
B. Any skater on any team suspected of
drug or alcohol use will agree to be tested, again without notice, and following
the same testing guidelines as more particularly described above.
skater on any team who refuses a urine drug or alcohol screen WILL be
terminated from the team.
11. WRITTEN WARNINGS AND
POTENTIAL TERMINATION FROM TEAM
A. A skater may be immediately
terminated from the team for theft, unsportsmanlike behavior, or any other
behavior deemed by the coach to be a detriment to the team. It is the coach's
discretion as to whether or not written warnings will be issued in each
instance. Upon an immediate termination the coach will conduct a meeting with
skater and parent(s) ( if skater is under 18 years of age) to explain the
circumstances of the termination and options, if any. The coach may request the
coordinator, manager, or other involved party to attend the meeting if
B. A skater can receive
written warnings for violation of any section of this contract. Further, upon
final decision by the coach, the skater may face the possibility of termination
from the team for repeated violations. The following procedure will be
implemented when warning or terminating a skater from a team:
(1) 1st Offense - Skater will
be given a written warning to be signed by skater and parent/guardian and
returned to the coach.
(2) 2nd Offense - Skater will
receive second written warning during a coach/skater/parent conference and the
coordinator and/or team manager will also be present. Copies of the first and
second warnings will be forwarded to the SDFSC Board of Directors.
(3) 3rd Offense - Termination
from the team by the coach along with a Notice of Release form being provided to
the skater and parent. A copy of the termination will be forwarded to the SDFSC
Board of Directors.
A. Conduct. Each member
of the team is a representative of the San Diego Figure Skating Club and must
conduct themselves properly when traveling with the team. What you do, say, and
how you present yourself reflects on the team, the San Diego Figure Skating
Club, the United States Figure Skating Association, and the City of San
B. Curfew. A curfew is
set to ensure all skaters are well rested and in good physical shape for
competition. All skaters, regardless of age, will observe the curfew stated in
their travel schedule and a bed check will be made. Note: Parents, family
members and friends are expressly forbidden from contacting their daughter's
room after curfew. You not only wake up your daughter - you wake up the entire
room. We have had repeated violations of this in the past and future violations
will not be tolerated. If an emergency arises please contact the program
coordinator and she will quietly contact the skater. Parents are also asked to
limit their visits to their daughter's room.
A. Parents' conduct.
Each parent is indirectly a representative of the San Diego Figure Skating
Club. The parents' behavior and attitude reflects not only upon the San Diego
Figure Skating Club and the United Figure Skating Association, but also upon the
behavior and attitude of the skaters. Parents are to keep their differences
with other parents among themselves. If a parent consistently creates problems
or is consistently abusive they will be banned from practice by the program
coordinator upon approval of the coach. If is expressly forbidden for
non-management parents to approach a skater other than their own regarding any
problems. Any problems between skaters must be handled by the coach or program
coordinator. In some cases, the coach or coordinator may direct a team manager
to handle a particular problem. Parents are not to drink alcoholic beverages or
smoke while in the presence of the teams.
B. Committees. In
order to help the teams travel, obtain the required uniforms, and support team
activities, parents are asked to volunteer to become involved in fund raising,
publicity, sponsors, telephone trees, etc.
C. Chaperones. The
coach will select all juvenile, intermediate, and novice team chaperones from a
list of volunteers based upon established criteria. Examples of the criteria
are (1) "surrogate mom" personality, (2) good personal hygiene, (3) positive
attitude, (4) ability to get along with other parents, and (5) physical
ability. If you are selected to travel as a chaperone you will be required to
travel with the skaters and not deviate from the travel schedule. Each team
will have a set of chaperone guidelines to follow. Chaperone selection will not
take place until we are ready to book airline tickets. Parents must make a
decision as to whether they will travel or not, regardless of chaperone
selection. Chaperones are not selected for the senior team.
For the protection of the teams
and to encourage accuracy, the coach or program coordinator must be present when
giving interviews to the media and all information provided must be
pre-approved. It is also important that all teams be included in any press
release or media attention, however we do understand there may be an occasional
story about a particular team's accomplishments.
Each skater may be required to
participate in a major fund raising project each year. The juvenile skaters may
substitute a parent to fulfill their obligation, however the intermediate and
senior skaters must themselves fulfill their own obligation. Also, multiple
family members may not work at the same time to complete a skater's assigned
time slot. For example, if a skater is required to contribute 5 hours of time
over the course of the year she may not bring 4 additional family members to
work for 1 hour each at the same time to meet the 5 hour requirement.
16. SOLICITATION OF
The receipt of funds from
corporate sponsors or local businesses is crucial to the success of any team.
In accordance with this, we have found it necessary to establish a list of
guidelines and procedures to follow in order to ensure that all skaters and/or
teams are treated equally.
Skaters and/or their parents
may not solicit funds from local businesses or corporate sponsors for their
child's personal travel fund in the name of the teams. These contributions are
not tax deductible for the business making the donation and in most cases it is
the business' intention to donate money to the team itself. Checks from
corporate and small business sponsors will be deposited into the general account
for use by all teams Special circumstance may arise and these will be discussed
by the coach, treasurer, coordinator, and team managers. Anyone interested in
soliciting funds on behalf of the teams must adhere to the guidelines as set
forth by the Precision Committee and the San Diego Figure Skating Club.