INFORMATION FOR NEW CLUB MEMBERS


 The Dunedin Ice Skating Club (DISC) is part owner of the ice rink along with The Dunedin Ice Hockey Club and the Dunedin Curling Club, we come under the umbrella of Ice Sports Dunedin.

DISC is run by a group of volunteers on a committee, each committee member is responsible for different categories that help keep the club running smoothly. They make the decisions for the best interest of club members.

DISC caters for competitive, non-competitive and recreational skaters, we offer discounted ice time booked out by the club for club members only. We also offer a partially funded Development scheme for competitive skaters to enhance their skills.

Before you become a club member a membership fee is to be paid along with a club membership form to be filled out. Each year if you wish to remain a member of the club you pay an annual subscription fee. The membership application is to be passed on to the Club Secretary who will process this, the committee has the right to decline an application if the occasion occurs.

There are different variety of skating categories that the club offers to our members to train in, some of these categories have their own ice time dedicated to them due to safety, fairness and funding injection.

These are the different skating divisions available

Singles skating
Ice Dance  
Pair Skating  
Synchronised skating
Short Track Speed Skating  



COACHING

The coaches at the club are self-employed and if you wish to have private lessons with them during ice time that the club allows private coaches to use, you are to contact them directly to arrange your own lessons. The cost of private lessons is between you and the coach. The club contracts particular coaches to run events such like the Development Program and group lessons. 



COMPETITIVE SKATING

There is no age restriction to be a competitive skater. However, there are age restrictions within the competitive field to what grade a skater may participate in. The club is affiliated to the national body known as the New Zealand Ice Figure Association (NZIFSA), they have rules and regulations that govern our competitive skaters.

To be a competitive skater you must be T.C registered (Test and Competition Registration), the fee is set by the NZIFSA and the payment along with the test form are to go through the DISC Club secretary / Test Secretary for them to process. The skater will be issued a TC number which will remain the same for the rest of their skating career in N.Z. Each year you must register again no later than the 31 st of March or before you compete in your first competition of the year if after the 31 st March or before you sit any NZIFSA medal test.

There are many competitions held throughout the year for our club members in New Zealand - club, sub-regional, regional, national. Some of these may require qualifying to gain entry. New Zealand competitive skaters may also enter international competitions and championships but this is subject to qualifying and being approached by the NZIFSA or given permission by them.



How do I become a competitive skater?

Be a paid up club member
Be T.C registered (Test and Competition registered)
Arrange lessons from a coach (not compulsory)
Fill out the application forms when a competition is available
Have the appropriate NZIFSA medal tests.


NON COMPETITIVE SKATING

Some competitions have an area in them for non-competitive skaters to participate in, these grades are not recognised by the NZIFSA on a competitive level.



RECREATIONAL SKATING

The club has skaters who wish to enjoy themselves skating and not having any pressures of sitting tests or competing. 



Club Membership

In order to participate in Club-run events, practice during club sessions, join one of the Development Squads and receive other benefits associated with figure skating in Dunedin, skaters must become members of the Dunedin Ice Skating Club.

This is an easy process, requiring only to download and fill out the membership below and email it to secretary@disc.org.nz of DISC or, if preferable, send it (with proof of payment) to:

Dunedin Ice Skating Club
PO Box 2545
South Dunedin 9044

Download link: Membership Form 2016

Membership runs from the 1st of April to the 31st of March the following year. If multiple family members wish to join, please fill out a form individually, staple them together and send them in as a family.



Benefits associated with membership to the Dunedin Ice Skating Club:


  • Opportunity to be a part of, and represent, one of the largest figure skating clubs in NZ
  • Access to private club sessions to practice (both figure and speed)
  • Ability to join our Development Programmes (singles or synchronised)
  • Email-list to receive updates concerning skating
  • Opportunities to be involved in ice shows and demonstrations
  • Invitation to Club nights to relax and enjoy the people and atmosphere of the club
  • Access to Adult-discipline only ice time and coaching (for adult skaters)
  • Access to professional coaches
  • The fun and feeling of freedom given by the sports of figure skating and speed skating

 



National Registration - Figure Skaters                                                                                                                                     

Ice figure skating in New Zealand is run by the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association (NZIFSA). Any figure skating club in New Zealand must be affiliated to the national body in order to participate and hold regional competitions and national qualifying events. There are currently ten skating clubs in New Zealand. More information about the NZIFSA can be found on their website here.

Skaters who are already competing, or wish to compete, in club, regional and national competitions, or sit the NZIFSA figure skating tests are required to register each year with the NZIFSA. There is a one-off payment each year which is required before the first test session or competition of the year. Any questions can be sent to the competition secretary via our disc secretary secretary@disc.org.nz.

The first time a skater registers they will receive a TC (test and competition) number which will remain with them throughout their skating career. This is used to identify skaters on test forms and competition entries. Coaches are more than happy to assist new skaters and families through this process, so ask your coach to help if you have any questions regarding TC registration. 

Please download the current form below and send it in to the club at the above address or email it to the Test secretary rogersfiggins@xtra.co.nz with proof of payment.



Download Link: 
Test and Competition Registration



Current skaters: Please note that you can download a personalised TC Form from the NZIFSA 
Members' Area which already contains your name, TC number and current contact details. Please keep your NZIFSA login and password handy for this reason.