The Skating Club of Boston® is the third oldest skating club in the country, and a founding member of U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body for the sport. The Club has been a longstanding leader in American figure skating, with numerous Club members serving in various national positions within U.S. Figure Skating. A variety of members have also represented the United States in the International Skating Union. On the ice, Club members have also been leaders, earning over 145 national championship titles, as well as numerous medals at the Olympic, world and various other international championships.
In addition to its tradition of leadership, the Club is also a community of families, athletes and professionals united by their love of skating and a commitment to excellence in all facets of skating. Sometimes referred to as The Boston Skating Club, the Club welcomes skaters of all ages, interested in all of the U.S. Figure Skating disciplines, at both the recreational and competitive level.
Today, the Club has more than 600 active memberships, and a diverse offering of programs including a high-performance training program, competitive synchronized skating and Theatre On Ice teams, and a junior activities leadership group for teens. The Club’s Skating Academy operates learn to skate classes in 8 locations, and its annual carnival, Ice Chips, is the longest running ice show in the world. Club skaters regularly top the podium at local, national, international, and Olympic competitions. The Club’s regular schedule includes sessions for learn-to-skate classes, public skating, low-level free skate, high performance free skate, synchronized skating, Theatre on Ice and therapeutic skating. Some sessions have level restrictions, or require Club membership, and all skaters who take the ice are required to have a current U.S. Figure Skating Membership. The Club’s off-ice classes in strength training and dance are also open to non-members and may be scheduled directly through the providers.
If you’re looking for a coach, the Club has a professional staff featuring a select group of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including World champions, members of Team USA and Olympic team members. Club coaches utilize a variety of approaches to coaching, communication, and to how they teach skating techniques and the development of artistry and performance. You can learn more about how to select a coach, see the list of coaches and read the bios of the Club’s Boston and satellite coaching staff.
The Skating Club of Boston is also active outside of its home facility in Brighton MA, with a satellite program in Foxboro. The Club also manages the Boston Common Frog Pond in a year-round public/private partnership with the Boston Parks Department. More information about the Frog Pond can be found at www.bostonfrogpond.com.
The Skating Academy
The Club operates a skating school, The Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy, for skaters of every age and ability. The Skating Academy operates programs in multiple locations throughout the Boston area, including a specialized therapeutic skating program at the Club’s Brighton facility. More information about the Skating Academy can be found at Skating Academy.org.
Our Junior Activities Committee orchestrates the annual Halloween and Winter Holiday shows, as well as an annual exhibition to honor the legacy of Club champion skater and long-time World judge, Mary Louise Wright. This exhibition benefits future generations of skaters by funding the MLW Memorial Exhibition Award and the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund.
The Skating Club of Boston offers opportunities for members to prepare for competition, celebrate holidays, organize benefit events, and share their love of skating throughout the year. Beginning in September, members enjoy various Friday night dinners, skating exhibitions, and start a season of “send-offs” celebrating the Club’s skaters participating in qualifying regional, sectional, national and international competitions. In the spring, the annual Club Competition features free skate events, interpretive events and the ever-popular, similar pairs event. The longest continuously-running ice carnival in the world, Ice Chips, highlights over 200 Club members, as well as special guest star performers from around the world. The Club year concludes with the spring Awards Banquet, where members celebrate their friendships and the year in skating, while recognizing the accomplishments of various Club skaters.
The Skating Club of Boston is unique among the many U.S. Figure Skating clubs for its long tradition of hosting and producing regional, sectional, national and international competitions. These include: seven U.S. Championships, one world championships, and multiple regional and sectional qualifying competitions. Most recently, the Club hosted the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. These events are very important to the sport, to its many competitive athletes, to the City of Boston and to the region’s numerous skating fans. The events are also an outstanding opportunity for the many Club members who are passionate about skating, to volunteer for and lead many of these events.
Further information about membership with The Skating Club of Boston can be found on the Become a Member page.