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If you want to test your adult moves in the field or free skating skills you need to be a member of the United States Figure Skating Association.
And if you want to compete at USFSA competitions you need to be a member of USFSA.

A yearlong independent USFSA membership costs about $85. That gets you membership, a spiral-bound rulebook, a subscriptions to Skating magazine and usually a discount to subscribe to IceNetwork.

A yearlong membership to your local figure skating club will also cost about $85. The club membership gets you membership in the club as well as membership to USFSA. You don’t get a free rulebook but you do get any discounts associated with being a USFSA member and the magazine subscription. You also get any discounts offered by your club, like test session discounts and¬†freestyle session discounts.

Club members also have access to “club ice.” Club ice is ice time purchased by the club for use by club members only, usually at a low fee to the member.

Also a figure skating club can do a good job of keeping you in the loop about upcoming tests, competitions and exhibitions. Most skating clubs now use e-mail or newsletters to announce upcoming events.

If spending $85 isn’t in your budget right now but you want to do a few competitions you can get an Ice Skating Institute membership for about $13 a year.¬† (Note: Membership in any of these organizations does not cover your fee to test or compete in a competition. Competition entrance fees are usually about $35. There are cheaper ones and there are more expensive ones. And testing fees are usually about $60 for USFSA.)

ISI also administers tests and sanctions competitions and exhibitions. The biggest difference I experienced between USFSA competitions and ISI competitions as an adult skater is USFSA will make men and ladies compete against each other if there is a low participation turnout.

If you decide to join a figure skating club you also have to decide if you are going to get a club jacket, if you are going to volunteer to work club competitions, if you are going to run for election to the club board, etc… Most skaters are too young to volunteer or run for election, but as an adult skater you have these options.

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