by Joanne Vassallo Jamrosz, special to U.S. Figure Skating
Figure Skating Club of Southern Maryland (FSCSM): Cultivating Quality Skating Instruction
The Figure Skating Club of Southern Maryland is one of the newest U.S. Figure Skating clubs. Over the past two years, the club has proudly offered a number of test sessions, and special coaching sessions that included highlighting different aspects of skating such as dance and artistic skills.
“We have a top notch coaching staff that has been teaching for many years,” said club president Jill Corcoran. “Our coaches are excellent and we are proud that they are a part of the Figure Skating Club of Southern Maryland. Under the guidance of our coaches we continue to excel as a club.”
The club is also proud of its many 2015-2016 season accomplishments including several members passing their senior moves and receiving their U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist jackets, one of their juvenile members placing fourth at the 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, and one of their members participating with the Juvenile Synchro team that placed second at the Eastern Synchronized Skating Championships and competing in the U.S. Synchro Championships.
The club also dedicated a good part of last season to introducing skaters and future members to their club and programs.
“We offer club ice skating sessions that are free to our members,” Corcoran said. “These are provided as a mixer so new members can meet existing members. We are also planning a Skating Showcase that will be open to the public. This showcase will display the creativity and talent of all our skaters in hopes to bring aboard new skaters who want to benefit from being a part of this club.”
The club is also planning a figure skating seminar where skaters from all over will be invited to learn about the importance of off ice conditioning, nutrition and how to incorporate the STARS program into their training and skating.
“They will also have a chance to work with experienced coaches on and off ice focusing on their development of jumps, moves, artistry, dance and spins,” Corcoran said. “We also have an annual bake sale during home rink’s Basic Skills competition which functions as our open house where we showcase what our club has to offer.”
A first annual sanctioned competition is also in the works for the 2016-2017 skating year and they recently partnered with the Tidewater Figure Skating Club to offer reciprocity amongst skaters.
“The Figure Skating Club of Southern Maryland expanded our exposure to not only provide our skaters access to Capital Clubhouse as our home rink, but also the ability to skate and attend club events at Tucker Road Ice Rink,” Corcoran said. “We also expanded our club website to include online membership and test session registrations. Our members can also order club jackets through our website.”
Their mission statement is a simple one. They are proud of their skaters and coaches and strive to cultivate and environment that supports and values quality skating and instruction, good sportsmanship, volunteerism, friendly competition, camaraderie among members and of course, fun.
“At the Figure Skating Club of Southern Maryland, we encourage the sport of figure skating and promote its growth under the general policies and objectives of U.S. Figure Skating,” Corcoran said. “We operate figure skating programs for individuals of all ages and levels of interest, with a focus on high quality instruction and of course enjoyment of the sport.”
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