Recreational Ice Skating

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Codes of Conduct for
Recreational Ice Skating

Codes of Conduct Established by Owner/Management of Skating Facilities
       The management of skating facilities want to promote recreational skating.  Posted signs informs patrons of desirable conduct and the result of rule infractions.

Behavior Code
All Non Skating Visitors -
  • Foul, abusive or obscene language is not permitted anywhere in the building or on the grounds.
  • Must respect the facility and report any person or persons damaging the property to the management.
  • Must show respect and courtesy to others regardless of race, gender, creed or ability while in the facility or grounds.
  • Should keep in mind that this arena is a public resource and a place for fun and personal development for all ages and abilities; please assist in preserving a positive environment for all other visitors by honoring this Code of Conduct and reporting to the rink management any violations of it.
  • Should encourage good sportsmanship by refraining from expressing negative or insulting statements to the officials, coaches, participants or spectators.
All Skaters -
  • Foul, abusive or obscene language is not permitted anywhere in the building or on the grounds.
  • All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and be supervised when not participating in any scheduled skating or hockey activity.
  • No playing activities (hockey, catch, etc.) are allowed in off public areas adjacent to ice surface.
  • Use of skateboards, roller blades and “Heelys” are not allowed.
Conduct Responsibilities:

Assumption of Risks -

Ice skating and ice sports involve certain inherent risks, dangers and hazards, which can result in serious personal injury or death. The use of rental equipment for ice skating and other ice sports can involve risk or personal injury or death. Participation acknowledges an agreement to assume and accept any and all known and unknown risks of injury while skating at the Arena or using the rental equipment. Inaddition, the skater, parent, and/or guardian recognizes and acknowledges that the risks inherent in the sport of skating can be greatly reduced by: taking lessons, abiding by the Behavior Code, Conduct Responsibilities, and the use of common sense.

Release and Waiver of Claims Agreement: In consideration of the loan or rental to me of the listed ice skating equipment, I hereby agree, to the fullest extent permitted by law, as follows:

  1. To Accept For Use as is, the equipment described in this Agreement, and to keep it in my possession at all times.
  2. To Waive Any and All Claims that I have or may have in the future against the Arena and or the Rental Shop.
  3. To Release the Arena from all liability for any loss, damage, injury or expense that I may suffer, or that my next of kin may suffer, as a result of my use of the equipment described in this Agreement, due to any cause whatsoever, including negligence or breach of contract regarding the design, manufacture, selection, installation, maintenance or adjustment of the equipment.
  4. Arbitration: In further consideration of the loan or rental to me of any of the listed ice skating equipment, I hereby agree to submit to binding arbitration any and all claims which I believe I may have against the Arena and/or the Rental Shop arising from use of the listed equipment. The arbitration shall be pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The submission to the American Arbitration Association shall be unlimited and the arbitration award may be enforced by any Court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrators shall apply the Federal Rules of Evidence to all proceedings. Arbitration shall be commenced within one (1) year from the date on which any alleged claim first arose. Further, the arbitration shall be held in the town where the Arena is located, unless otherwise mutually agreed to by all parties. The submission to the American Arbitration Association shall be unlimited. The arbitration award may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction.
  5. Binding Effect of Agreement: In the event of my death or incapacity, this Agreement shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns and representatives.
  6. Entire Agreement: In entering into this Agreement, I am not relying upon any oral or written representation other that what is set forth in this Agreement.

      Ice-Skating is for fun and enjoyment for everyone. Skating can be enjoyed in many ways. Regardless of your level of skill, there areelements of risk in ice-skating. Use common sense, show courtesy to others, and anticipate dangerous situations before they arise.The following guidelines are some basic elements of common sense and courtesy.  

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other skaters.
  2. While on the ice, keep moving. Don’t stop where you obstruct other skaters. Don’t skate in groups.
  3. Don't lie on the ice.
  4. Skate in the announced direction in the track.
  5. Do not cut through the center of the ice.
  6. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid hitting or disrupting them.
    • No Speeding as this may cause skaters with less skills to lose their balance and fall.
    • No Weaving in and around slower skaters.
    • No Roughness.
    • No throwing objects like Snowballs or other items like gloves or hats.
  1. Keep gates that allow access to the ice clear. Before getting on ice, look for oncoming skaters.
  2. Do not sit on dasher boards.
  3. Don’t carry children or other items while skating.
  4. No eating, drinking or smoking on the ice.
  5. Stay off the ice when resurfacing is in progress.
  6. Do not go on the ice without skates.
  7. Do not wear skates in the stands.
  8. Obey ice monitors/ice guards.
Arena management and staff -
  • Will enforce the Code of Behavior equally for visitors, parents, and skaters.
  • If neccessary, a loss of rink privileges, fines, and/or criminal prosecution will be pursued.

      Recreational ice skating can be defined in many ways, but the most basic definition  is "A "recreational skater is anyone who figure skates for fun and personal pleasure. The involvement in ice skating does not dominate a person's private time that is not involved in acquiring an education, pursuing full or part-time employment, and/or family responsibilities."

Group Classes
      There are two "Learn to Skate" program for beginners - one is  organized by the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) and the other by the United States Figure Skating (USFS). The emphasis of both programs is the positive reward of phrase for continued improvement which encourages skaters and parents to continue to enroll in additional group classes.

      Both group class programs have badges or levels that the skaters are required to demonstrate specific skill sets. The bench marks to pass the tests to move from one level to the next are set very low as an enticement for skaters to continue taking group levels and eventually encourage them to take private lessons.

      The investment of properly fitted skating boots and blades is an essential part of the process of acquiring more advanced skating skills - figure, hockey, and speed skating.

      After starting private lessons, coaches will create a personal free skating program that is initially performed without music and eventually is set to music.  Rinks and clubs generally provide these developing skaters with an opportunity to skate in recitals and shows.

      The ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skill programs have developed a competition structure that has events for all of the different badge skill levels. Many of the events may be divided into smaller groups (6 skaters) according to age. The concept is to have skaters compete against others of about similar ages and skills. All skaters in an event receive an award.

      In events where only one skater enters, the skater is warded first place.  In some states the skaters in participating competitions earn points to qualify for a special "Skate Off" at the end of the skating season.

      Most states have a winter state games program that allow skaters from that state to enter a champion- ship based on the ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skill badges and USFS MITF/Free Skating tests.

      Eventually skaters join a local figure skating club where they practice to pass USFS tests and train to enter USFS non-qualifying competitions where the emphasis is on identifying skaters based on their performance and awarding the top three skaters with medals. Events are typically much larger (12 to 18 skaters) then ISI and Basic Skill events.



The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Skater Conduct & Etiquette On and Off Ice
Recreational Ice Skating
Codes of Conduct for Recreational Ice Skating
Recreational Skaters Codes of Conduct
Codes of Conduct for Public Skaters

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