Membership Seniority

Updated: December 1, 2009

TYPES OF EPFSC MEMBERSHIP

EPFSC offers several membership choices to accommodate the needs of different skaters. Annual membership fees vary depending on the type of membership. The EPFSC Membership Chairperson has a complete listing of current membership rates.

Home Club Member

EPFSC is the skater’s primary club for contracting ice and is the club the skater represents at competitions and testing sessions. Home Club Membership is a prerequisite to be considered for solos or small groups in the Spring Ice Show.

Junior Club

EPFSC offers Junior Club as transitional membership to supplement the Eden Prairie Learn-To-Skate program, without yet taking private lessons. Junior Club members participate in a small group lesson once a week for 30 minutes. We strive for a 6:1 skater-to-coach ratio at these sessions to ensure individualized attention for each skater. Junior Club members can only skate on the Junior Club weekly session, unless otherwise indicated on the face of any given contract.

Associate Member

EPFSC is the skater’s secondary club for ice and the skater represents another club for competitions and testing. There is no seniority status for Associate Members. Associate members have lower priority than Home Club members for testing and buying onto ice sessions, but higher priority over non-club members. Associate members are not required to fulfill EPFSC fundraising requirements and pay a premium over home club members for contracted ice. They also pay non-member buy-in rates for ice and non-member rates for testing. Non-EPFSC members are only allowed to skate EPFSC ice three times in a calendar year, at which point Associate Membership is required to continue buying onto EPFSC Club ice.

Alumni Member

Available to graduates from EPFSC. It is a low cost option to maintain a USFS number and a membership with EPFSC. There is no seniority status for Alumni Members. Alumni members have lower priority than Home Club members for testing and buying onto ice sessions, but higher priority over non-club members. Alumni members are not required to fulfill EPFSC fundraising requirements, and pay non-member buy-in rates for ice and testing.

Collegiate Member

Available to skaters who are actively enrolled/attending college. It is a low cost option to maintain a USFS number and membership with EPFSC. This is a one-time, 4 consecutive year membership that carries the same privileges as a home club member with the exception that there is no seniority status for Collegiate members. Collegiate members have a lower priority than Home Club members for testing and buying onto ice sessions, but higher priority over non-club members. Collegiate members are not required to fulfill EPFSC fundraising requirements, and pay non-member buy-in rates for ice and testing.

Annual membership fee includes annual USFS membership fees. EPFSC will process the USFS membership for each skater. USFS membership is necessary for testing and competing. USFS membership includes an annual subscription to Skating magazine, which will be sent directly to the skater’s home.

SENIORITY STATUS

A skater’s seniority status with EPFSC begins on the day membership paperwork is received by the Membership Chairperson. Membership seniority dates are given to Home Club and/or Junior Club members. Skaters that transition from Junior Club to Home Club membership do not have a break in their membership status.

Seniority Status is used for determination of many privileges at EPFSC, including but not limited to the following:

  • Club room lockers are awarded (first small and then large lockers) based on Club seniority.
  • Preferences for ice sessions contracted are awarded based on seniority.
  • Skaters “buying in” on ice sessions are given priority based on seniority if sessions should be at capacity.
  • Ice Show Points (see Ice Show Points Policy) are awarded for EPFSC seniority. These points accumulate for earning a small group or solo in the Spring Ice Show.
  • Gift Presenters” for the Ice Show are determined based on seniority.
  • Priority for spots on EPFSC test sessions is awarded based on seniority.

JOINING EPFSC / MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

The EPFSC Membership year runs June 1 to May 31. New members are welcome at any time during the year and their membership will run until the following May 31, at which time membership renewal is required. Current EPFSC members will be notified via USPS (US mail) that the membership renewal process has begun, with specific instructions for paperwork and fee submission, as well as renewal due dates. Membership paperwork is coordinated through our volunteer Membership Chairperson.

Timely membership renewal is vital to retain a skater’s seniority status. Failure to renew membership within specified timelines will result in a skater moving to the bottom of the seniority list, once renewed.

In addition, ice contracts will not be processed for a skater without proper completion and submission of membership paperwork.

PROCESS FOR DELINQUENT MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

  1. Membership Chairperson will notify the EPFSC Contract / Billings Coordinator that no ice contracts should be processed because of lack of membership renewal.
  2. Membership Chair will notify skater via the telephone number on file that no membership renewal or initial membership has been received and until received the skater cannot buy-in or contract onto club ice, in addition no testing or competition forms can be signed and the skater is at risk of losing seniority status.
  3. Membership Chair will notify EPFSC Executive Committee that testing and competition forms cannot be authorized until paperwork is received.
  4. The skater’s coach will be notified of the situation. No lessons can be given on club ice.
  5. Skater must immediately process paperwork and return them to EPFSC Membership Chairperson for processing. If the contract deadline has passed, the current ice contract will be processed with LOWEST seniority priority.
  6. If paperwork for renewal is not received within one month of the membership renewal deadline, the skater loses their current seniority status and a new membership date will be assigned upon receipt of membership paperwork.