National Skating Month

National Skating Month is an opportunity for rinks, member clubs and programs to celebrate skating, invite new families to try ice skating by offering free lessons, conduct skating demonstrations and promote skating with your local media outlets. Through a series of organized on-ice and off-ice activities, everyone enjoys a fun-filled day at the rink.

2016 National Skating Month is celebrated throughout the month of January. Host one event or a dozen - it's up to you.

To register to host an event(s) and receive a National Skating Month kit(s), please register online. Each kit is $35.

Upon registration, you will receive an open house kit that includes posters, a how-to handbook, a media packet with sample press releases and announcements for customization, raffle items, autograph cards, skating stickers and other great skating souvenirs. It's all done for you - just set the date and follow the instructions to begin hosting a fun day at the rink. Sign up through Nov. 20 or until supplies last.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brenda Glidewell, Director of Membership Development, at

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For Participants:
Have you ever wanted to lace up a pair of skates and try to get on the ice? Now is your chance! Learning to skate is easy and fun. It requires a little determination and a lot of practice. Before you know it, you'll be gliding around forward and even backward! Whether your goal is to learn to skate backward, spin really fast or even land an Axel, we've got the place for you to start!

Remember, every champion had to begin with a few lessons - just like you!

To learn about ways to get started, suggestions on what to wear, how to fit and lace skates properly and some easy tips for your first steps on the ice - click here.

For Event Sites:
To assist you in getting organized, there are additional resources for you to access and download. Please click on Administration Manual for step-by-step instructions on how to host your open house, which contains helpful ideas and tips on organizing your own safe and fun skating event. Also, please use the promotional fliers that you can customize to start advertising your events, read the Media Package for tips for gaining media attention that include templates of sample press releases to customize and share with local media outlets, plan to have someone read the proclamation at the start of your event, and much more below.

Highlights - If you are looking for some new ideas, take a look at the posted Highlights for summaries of past events, photos and clips.

Don't forget to tell us about what you're doing to celebrate. As soon as your event is completed, please send us photos, videos, summaries of your events, news stories or clips and we will post them throughout the month to share with our membership.

Always remember that It's Great to Skate!

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National Skating Month Resources
Senior Director of Membership
Susi Wehrli-McLaughlin
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