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HEARTLAND FSC ________________SEPTEMBER 2018

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TUESDAY, 09.11.2018 ,4:00PM - 8:00PM

CHIPOTLE - Independence

18880 E. Valley View Parkway

Independence, MO 64057

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Heartland Figure Skating Club. Come in to the Chipotle at 18880 E. Valley View Parkway in Independence on Tuesday, September 11th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

Bring in this flyer (printed version available at Centerpoint Community Ice), show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Heartland Figure Skating Club.

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Big congratulations to Madelyn Stilwell for passing senior moves in the field and earning her first Gold Medal!

Hours of time and years of hard work went into this amazing accomplishment.

When asked how does she feel about it Madelyn said it was a big relief to finally reach the Senior level and prove that all of her hard work and practice did pay off.

Her next goal is to get Senior Pattern Dance and Solo Free Dance gold medals.

Good luck Madelyn! Heartland FSC is so proud of you!!!

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Age - 13

Level - Free skate 6 / Axel

How long have you been skating and how did you start?

I have been skating for 2 1/2 years. I started because I enjoyed roller skating and wanted to try other types of skating

Who are your coaches?

Patience, Tatum, and Jenny

What are your goals?

To compete with Team Fantasy for Theater on Ice

How often do you skate?

4 times a week

What do you enjoy most about skating?

Skating with friends and Theater on Ice

What is your favorite skating element to perform?

Spirals (Y spiral, Biellmann)

Who are your favorite skaters?

Ashley Wagner, Jason Brown, Bradie Tennell


Favorite band/musicians - Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy

Things I like doing besides skating : Watching/ listening to Broadway musicals, painting

Celebrity I want to meet - Thomas Sanders, Dan and Phil

My favorite movie - Nightmare Before Christmas

My favorite TV program - Sherlock or Sanders Sides

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Age & Level ?

15. Pre-preliminary

How long have you been skating and how did you start?

3 1/2 Years. West’s got me interested.

Who is your coach?

Jessica Robinson

What are your goals?

Become a Gold Medalist in Moves before I graduate high school

How often do you skate?

3 times a week

What do you enjoy most about skating?

Landing a new jump and skating with my friends.

What is your favorite skating element to perform?


Who are your favorite skaters?

Adam Rippon and Nathan Chen


Favorite band/musicians - Queen

Things I like doing besides skating - Band

My favorite food - Sushi

My favorite actor/ actress - Amber Marshall

My dream house must have - Ice rink, swimming pool and a large barn

My favorite animal - Burrow

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How old were you when you started skating and how did you start?

  • 10 years old. I started skating in Tulsa, OK.

What aspect of skating you enjoyed the most as skater?

  • Performing in shows

What is/was your favorite element to perform?

  • Axel

How long have you been coaching / How old were you when you started to coach?

  • I have been coaching since 2003
  • I was 18 years old

What do you enjoy most about coaching?

  • Sharing the passion for skating

What advice do you have for young figure skaters and their parents?

  • Remember to enjoy skating, it is hard work but you should always do it for the love of skating and nothing else.

How do you keep your skaters motivated?

  • Setting achievable and attainable goals
    • Daily session goals
    • Monthly goals
    • Testing/competition goals

In your opinion, what makes a great coach?

  • Patience
  • Encouragement
  • Passion for teaching

What was the best advice your coach gave you?

  • Never settle, follow your heart

What do you feel has been your greatest achievement (in life, as skater and/ or as coach?

  • Becoming a physical therapist
  • Taking rating exams
  • Working with theater on ice

Which famous skater would you most like to meet (or have met) and why?

  • I would love to meet Scott Hamilton because of his passion for skating and his overall inspiration for life.

Tell us something about yourself that you’d like people to know?

  • Besides skating I love dance, running, theater, and kayaking.
  • I have a dance background and work in rehabilitation/injury prevention

What is your contact information for students who are interested in taking lessons with you?


The tests refresh project went into effect Sept. 2, 2018.
Changes are as follows:
  • Transition from the 6.0 scale to a mark on a -3 to +3 scale.
  • Two new passing categories are added: “pass with honors” and “pass with distinction.” To earn honors or distinction, a majority of the panel must mark the test at that level or higher. For example, in a three-judge panel, if the results were pass, honors and distinction, the overall result would be honors.
  • Three marks, elements, skating and program, are now being used for singles free skate, pairs and free dance tests. For pattern dance tests, the three marks are technique, timing and expression.
  • The serious error restriction rules, which mandated a retry test result, is removed, allowing judges to use their judgment about the composite of the test while taking into account the prevalence and severity of error to determine the test result.

New test forms will be used for all tests starting Sept. 2, 2018.

Click here to download.

A handbook for tests is now available.

This resource is all encompassing and includes the new changes referred to above.

Click here to download.



Learn to Compete USA Competition

October 20, 2018

Annual competition includes events levels Snowplow Sam to Preliminary and Adults!

Sign up!



During the buddy day, the new skater will receive a FREE 30-minute lesson, FREE skate rental, and 30 minutes of practice time!There will be three opportunies to bring a friend or family member to your learn to skate class:

  • Tuesday September 11th @ 6:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday September 15th @ 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Sunday September 16th @ 1:15-2:15pm

Register Now!



Fall Session 6 week program starts September 18th!

Variety of classes include:

Advanced Double Jumps Class - Saturday 10:20AM

This class is offered to help skaters gain consistency on double jumps.

Theater on Ice — Saturday 11:00AM

This class is one hour long and is offered to all students level Basic 6 and above.

Axel Class — Saturday 11:00AM

(Must Pass Freeskate 6)

Register now!



October 2018 - Date to be announced


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You can still renew your Heartland FSC memberships for the upcoming year.

The new membership year runs from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Please remember that with the enrollment of a skater under a 18 years of age, one parent is required to enroll. This gives the member parent voting privileges. Another parent or additional skaters in the family can enroll as an additional Parent or Skater membership. This does not include Introductory memberships. This type of membership requires only the enrollment of the skater.

The new membership forms, online enrollment, and online payment are now available on the Heartland website.




You may download and print the enrollment packet and volunteer form or pick up one at the rink as well. Complete and drop the forms in the Heartland box at the rink. You can include your payment in the form of a check made out to "HFSC".

You can pay online at our website,, click on the pay button and select you the type of membership you wish to purchase.

You may also mail the enrollment forms to:

Heartland FSC

Centerpoint Community Ice

19100 E Valley View Parkway

Independence, MO 64055