February 2008 Board of Directors Meeting

CHAIRPERSON – DIANE BROWN
VICE CHAIRPERSON – DORIS GIARDINI
SECRETARY – PENNY HORCHER
TREASURER – MARTY ROBERTS

The following is a recap of the USARS Semi-annual Board of Directors Meeting held in New Orleans, LA on February 23 & 24th, 2008. This recap covers general and specific topics pertaining to figure skating. If any of you are interested in the speed and hockey portions, please contact me and I will forward the information to you. The full minutes are now posted on the USARS web site and much more detail on each item.

  • The Achievement test requirements are to remain status quo for this season. They will change for the 2008-2009 season. They are for B & C levels only. Check the web site for the official recommendations. www.usarollersports.org
  • 2009 Indoor Nationals will be held in Peoria, IL. Art – July 26 – August 9, 2009.
  • Rule Clarification…Placements at Nationals 1st,2nd, or 3rd only have the option to stay or move if less than 5 participants in the competition.
  • Judges wishing to upgrade to a “B” commission will apply to the USARS National Headquarters. They will in turn forward the application to the proper Regional Upgrading Committee. The Chairman of the committee or designated agent, will monitor the exams.
  • Motion #31 from the 10/7/07 Board meeting regarding international citizens was rescinded.

A new motion was made and passed to clarify who could represent the US on the World Team and at what levels international citizens could skate. Please refer to rule AR7.03.02 to a complete explanation.

  • There is an Adult Dance Rotation for Team and Solo and Freshman/Sophomore “B” Team Dance Rotations requirements for the 2008-2009 skating season. These are posted on the web site.
  • 2008 National dates:
    • Saturday, July 19, Roller Figure Skating Social Skate from 7:00 – 10:00 PM.
    • Sunday, July 20, Elite level – practice in the daytime, competition in the evening. Elite ends Thursday, July 24.
    • Wednesday, July 23 – Youth events start (practice) and run through Wednesday, July 30, overlapping World Class events.
    • Wednesday, July 30, - Adult events, completed Sunday, August 3 around 9-10 PM.
  • The Finance Committee has changed its membership year to begin on January 1st and conclude on December 31 each year. This will replace the September 1st – August 31st year. In order to bring everyone in alignment for 2009 finance year last 4 months of 2008 and 12 months of 2009), we will be having a one time – 16 month membership fee. The next membership year in 2010, we will be returning to the previous 1 year membership level. Please pass the word out to any members you can so they can be prepared for this one time increase.
  • Judges and Coaches Conference. December 4 – 7, 2008. Las Vegas, NV. Tuscany Suites & Casino. Check out the web site for further information.

Diane Brown

North Central Region