It is a lot more than just being a great skater and liking kids! U.S. Figure Skating has taken the lead in ensuring that its skaters have a safe and healthy environment in which to pursue the sport of figure skating. To this end, there are specific requirements that a coach must meet annually.
There are four requirements for nonqualifying competitions and test sessions and five requirements for qualifying competitions. One extremely important piece of this is submitting and passing a criminal background check. People who study crimes against children know that the vast majority of abuse comes from people in a position of trust. While a clean record isn’t a guarantee of safety, it is certainly an appropriate minimum step for organizations that work so closely with children.
The other requirements are current full U.S. Figure Skating membership, proof of liability insurance with required coverage, continuing education requirements (CERs) and current full PSA (Professional Skaters Association) membership (required for coaches coaching skaters in qualifying events at qualifying competitions).
Each requirement is available for renewal beginning June 1, with the exception of CERs, which are available beginning January 1. Non-compliant coaches will not be permitted to coach skaters at any test session or sanctioned competition and face disciplinary action if they attempt to do so.
As a parent who is investing your family’s time and money in figure skating, it is well within your right to make sure your coach is compliant before attending a competition or test session. Coaches are able to print a coach compliance card as proof of meeting the requirements, and you can ask to see that. Or, you can check the list that U.S. Figure Skating maintains on their website to make sure that your coach is compliant: http://www.usfigureskating.org/content.asp?menu=coaches&id=451. This list is updated daily, Monday through Friday.
Melissa Hannah - Jr and Sr Club Head Pro, Learn To Skate Plus Instructor
Contact: 218-831-7107 or E-mail
Megan Bistodeau - Learn to Skate Director and Jr Club Coach
Megan Bistodeau is a native to the Brainerd lakes area. She was a skater for 12 years with Vacationland Figure Skating Club and has been coaching for 6 years. She lives in the Brainerd Lakes area with her husband and 2 children. She loves coaching and sharing her passion for skating with her students. Outside of skating she enjoys being outside and spending time with her family.
Lynn Wick - Learn To Skate Plus Instructor, Ice Dancing, Jr and Sr Club
Contact: 218-330-1057 or E-mail
Savannah Cole - Learn to Skate Instructor & Jr Club Coach
Savannah Cole is a is a native of Brainerd, MN and is an alumni of Vacationland Figure Skating Club. She has been a figure skater for 16 years and has been a coach for 3 years. Outside of coaching, Savannah works for a family owned business, Advantage Seamless Gutters and stays busy enjoying family time and traveling. Savannah enjoys coaching young skaters the techniques and discipline figure skating offers. If your young skater is looking for a Junior or Senior club coach and you would like to try out Savannah, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I live in Baxter with my husband Jeff and children Gavin and Brooke. I am a high school science teacher in Crosby-Ironton. I am originally from Hibbing and grew up skating in both the Hibbing and Virgina figure skating clubs for 16 years. I coached in Hibbing and Virgina clubs for two years, and I coached at the Bemidji Figure Skating Club for 6 years. When I moved to the Brainerd lakes area, I took a break from skating until my daughter became interested in taking lessons. It is so fun to be back on the ice coaching a sport I love and has always been such a big part of my life. This is my 4th year coaching with VFSC.