1. The Professional Skaters Association and the Ice Skating Institute will be merging.
2. ISI We Skate program will disappear eventually, merging with LTS USA (maybe in a couple of years)
What this means functionally, I don't know. ISI is a rink management program that has a skating side, not a skating program. Is PSA taking over the rink management side of ISI? Or is ISI just unloading its skating program and keeping its rink management program where it makes its money?
Anyway, what this means for the skater is that eventually, there will be only one learn to skate program.
So, this evening I joined LTS USA.
You pay your money, and you get a notice that you will be receiving program materials in the mail, and direction to print our your registrations page and give to your rink when you sign up for LTS.
You can see all the program sheets and search for rinks without even registering so if you want to poke around you can do that from the splash page (scroll down until you see the words Skating Classes then poke around until you find what you're looking for). The only problem is with the rink search: they calculate the distance to the rinks using 'as the crow flies'. They don't take into account things like massive mountain ranges to drive around and rivers where you have to find a bridge to go over. They calculate it as if you just drive straight to the rink. My 'nearest rinks' are like 3 hour drives but this app says they're less than 30 miles. If you live in a city and don't have to go far to a rink, you should be okay.
Then after you register and print out your registration page, you get this:
Now for something that burns my hide.
Adult LTS still lives.
ISI doesn't have adult LTS. I hope when ISI weSkate merges with LTS USA that they convince them to kill the separate (dance focused) Adult LTS program when the kids program will do for both.
|I'm not emotional about this at all|