Ice Usage and Etiquette Safety Rules
Basic rules governing all behavior
1. Please respect the rights of others.
2. Please respect the arena’s property and the property of others.
Specific rules governing Coupon Free Style sessions and Club Ice sessions
● The maximum number of skaters will be allowed on each session (24).
● Sign in and pay for each session before stepping on to the ice.
● No breakable containers are allowed rink side. Drinks are allowed on or below the railing. Food is not permitted near the rail or on the ice.
● Please pick up all belongings (including dirty tissues, water cups, bottles, etc.) at the end of the session.
● Parents, skaters not in the session, or other spectators should not loiter at the gate entrance or benches. This is unsafe and it interferes with a constructive training session.
● Coaching by parents or guardians from the bleachers, benches, gate entrance, or behind the glass is not allowed at any time. Parents or guardians will be asked to leave the arena if this happens.
● The benches by the ice are to be used by the skaters and coaches only.
● If skaters must talk to someone off the ice, even if for a brief time, they need to get off the ice to do so or the skater will be asked to leave the ice.
It is important for everyone's safety that all skaters stay aware of other skaters on the ice. Try to anticipate their patterns as you decide your own pattern.
● If you are a less experienced skater, please be extra careful to stay aware of other skaters and to look ahead of where
you are skating to see what others are doing or are about to do.
● If you are an experienced skater, please be patient with the less experienced skaters. Remember — you were new to
freestyle sessions at one time, too.
● Please be understanding if someone gets in your way.
● Remember to look both ways before leaving the railing or skating across the ice.
● Keep moving while on the ice, as it is dangerous for both you and other skaters to stand still during a session. It is especially important not to stop in the middle of the ice or any of the jumping corners.
Right of Way
1. The skater doing a routine to music has the right of way. Please stay aware of which skater is doing their routine and do your best to stay clear of their pattern. If a vest or belt is available, the skater should wear it when their music is played to help other skaters know when they are skating their routine.
2. Skaters taking a lesson have the right of way over general skaters in the session.
3. Skaters on the harness also have the right of way. Please be careful of the harness area.
4. However, the primary right-of-way goes to the skater who does not see the potential for a collision. All skaters should try to give way to skaters performing programs, taking lessons, or on the harness, but SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST. Just because a skater’s music is playing or a skater is in a lesson does not give anyone the right to put another skater in danger.
1. Program music will be played on a rotational basis. This will be done on the honor system, with the responsibility left to the skaters and coaches.
2. After a skater’s music has been played, their music or another program may be put at end of the line to re-enter the rotation. Dance music can take the place of program music.
3. Coaches may put the music of the student they are teaching ahead of other skaters. Everyone should appreciate this policy when they are in a lesson enjoying this privilege and graciously accept this policy when they are the ones being asked to wait in line.
4. When playing personal music or streaming stations, skaters and coaches should use their discretion regarding appropriate music and/or stations played keeping in mind the skaters’ ages and the image presented by our club. No music with suggestive or explicit lyrics is considered appropriate during Troy Skating Club club ice sessions.
5. Please do not stop and restart your program music if others are waiting in line.
6. Please handle the music equipment with extreme care. Please ask for help if you do not know how to operate the music system.
● Kicking, digging holes, scraping or stomping the ice with your blades and kicking the railings are prohibited. Any skater engaging in this behavior will be asked to leave the session immediately.
● Being verbally abusive to other skaters or coaches is prohibited. Any skater engaging in this behavior will be asked to leave the session immediately.
● Deliberately challenging, scaring or intentionally blocking another skater is prohibited. Any skater engaging in this behavior will be asked to leave the ice immediately for an indefinite period of time.
● Videotaping anyone other than your own skater is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Anyone engaging in this behavior will be asked to leave the arena for an indefinite period of time.
Clearing the Ice
When the ice resurfacer enters the ice, all skaters and coaches must leave the ice immediately. If you are skating to your music, please stop skating immediately, turn off music and clear the ice — no exceptions.
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