The following is a summary of costs
that skaters may encounter as their training advances. While some
club members may never require all of the services listed, other
skaters may elect to make investments beyond those mentioned
All skaters need to own at least
one pair of well-fitting ice skates. (See the skates and skating
attire page for more information). Rental skates simply don't
provide the support and blade quality necessary for serious
skating. It is always wise to consult your coach about whether to
buy new or used skates, as well as where to buy them.
Skate blades need to be sharpened
regularly; the frequency depends upon how much time the skater
spends on the ice.
To be comfortable (and safe!),
skaters absolutely must wear appropriate clothing for practice ice.
In addition, skaters who elect to participate in competitions
and/or shows usually need special costumes.
Every time skaters take the ice,
they essentially buy ice time from the GGBFSC. In freestyle
sessions, for example, fees reflect the fact that the number of
skaters on the ice is limited, allowing skaters to work on advanced
skills without the distractions of crowding.
Your expense will depend on how
many sessions you skate. The GGBFSC offers ice in four segments:
fall, winter, spring, and summer.
Each skater must pay a fee upon
submitting his or her registration for a USFSA test. This fee helps
to offset testing costs, such as rental of ice time and judges'
reimbursement for transportation.
Rates vary according to the kind of
test taken. (See the testing page for more information.) You will
also be billed by your coach for the time he or she spends with
your skater at the test.
Every competition charges an entry
fee, and these vary widely.
Your coach will also charge for the
time she spends with your skater at the event. His or her lodging
and transportation expenses will normally be divided equally among
the skaters he or she is taking to the competition. Of course, you
will incur travel expenses as well if the competition is out of
Skaters may also sign up for
practice ice at the competition rink for an additional fee.
Private lesson coach
Each coach charges by the hour, and
it is your responsibility as a skater or parent to pay your pro
Many skaters who test and/or
compete find that off-ice training helps them to be successful.
This may include, for example, such disciplines as ballet and other
forms of dance, strength training, conditioning, flexibility
training, Pilates, and plyometrics.
The costs for these types of
training vary, depending on the source and frequency of
Music is an essential component to
the success of any program. All coaches charge a fee for such
program editing and recording services. The fee will depend on the
length of the program.