There will be no Staff Support for CERs, membership and insurance June 30th 5:00pm CST through July 5th 9:00am.

Chief Referee
Daren Patterson

LOC Chair
Kristin Adamczyk

Eastern Synchronized Skating Championships PSA Coaches & Officials Meeting/Reception
Thursday January 26, 2017
Giant Center / Hersey, PA
Club Lounge

PSA Host: Doris Papenfuss-Swartz

Earn 2 PSA Credits for attending

Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships PSA Coaches & Officials Meeting/Reception
Thursday January 26, 2017
6:00pm Green Room (ice level)
Ralph Engelstad Arena / Grand Forks, ND

PSA Host:  Holly Malewski

Earn 2 PSA credits for attending

Recorded Webinar Playlist

PSA Sectional Coaches Meetings Webinars!

PSA Coaches Meeting Webinars will take place via the iMeet platform (instructions below)

Wednesday, November 9     
Pacific Sectional Webinar - 7:00pm Pacific Time
Midwestern Sectional Webinar - 8:00pm Central Time

Thursday, November 10 
Eastern Sectional Webinar - 8:00pm Eastern Time

PSA iMeet Webinar Directions
To enter your host's meeting room, click their personal iMeet address
*If you do not have Adobe Flash Player on your computer you will need to download this in advance.

Not near a computer?
You can join by dialing one of the access numbers below.

Passcode: 213950#

Mobile Phone: 1-404-602-9526 x213950#

You will earn 1 PSA Educational Credit for participating in your regions webinar!
Send us the affidavit you received via your email invitation in order to be credited.

Agenda to include:

  1. Introduction of VIP’s
    1. Chief Referee
    2. LOC Chair
  2. Credential Information
  3. Duties of an Event Referee – Concussions
  4. Duties of the Event Referee – Stops
  5. LOC Changing Room Notes
  6. U.S. Figure Skating Changing Room Policy
  7. Complaints, Protests, Appeals – All Disciplines

Webinar Affidavit

2017 Sectional Coach Compliance Reps

2016 Date

Section PSA Representatives
NOV 15-19 Eastern

Rocky Marval

Bobby Martin

NOV 15-19


Doug Ladret
Christine Fowler-Binder

NOV 15-19


Heidi DeLio Thibert
Cindy Sullivan


PSA Office number:   507-281-5122  M-F 9:00am-5:00pm CT
USFS Office number:   719-635-5200  M-F 8:00am-4:30pm MT
Heidi Thibert cell:       970-217-7952


Why Are Waiver and Release of Liability Forms Important?

As a skating professional, you have been advised that an important risk management tool is to collect signed Waiver and Release of Liability forms.  Misconceptions about the effectiveness of a Waiver and Release continue to float through the skating community.  For several years, many believed that a waiver wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.  Other misconceptions are the erroneous thought that a waiver was a ‘fool-proof” way to offer total protection against a claim.  Both are incorrect, and the reality rests somewhere in the middle.
Waivers can be an effective tool. The downside is that, currently, waiver language enforceability varies and is evaluated on a state by state basis, and while many states have strict standards to using a waiver as a deterrent to litigation, several states still have lenient or moderate standards to apply this doctrine.
In addition to the already existing statutes with regard to waivers, it is also important to note that when dealing with minors (typically 17 years and younger), there are additional challenges.  Basic law states that a minor cannot waive their rights, and therefore, the best position is to have the minor waiver include Parental Indemnification language.  We continue to take the position that it is better to have a waiver, even if the effectiveness is ultimately challenged.  The reason for this perspective is that even if the waiver agreement to not bring suit will not be upheld, the participant’s assumption of risk may be.  In addition, many feel that they cannot attempt to litigate, and do not even begin the process with the knowledge that they signed a Waiver and Release.

The reasons that a signed Waiver and Release will fail to protect include the following:

• A poorly written waiver that is not clear and unambiguous, and does not specifically note the term “negligence” in the document.

• Any waiver that specifically references “Gross Negligence”.  Gross Negligence includes the concept that the negligent party failed to take care in a manner that a reasonable and prudent professional would take under the circumstances.  Attempting to waive Gross Negligence is against public policy.

The advice moving into 2016 is that it is better to have a Waiver and Release than to not have one.  While the success will be determined at the time of the claim, it is important to note that statutes change regularly.  If a waiver in your state was not previously enforced, it does not mean that a new court or a new set of circumstances will result in precedent, and ultimate enforceability.

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USOC Coaching Education
Chris Snyder, Director
Christine Bolger, Manager
Ben Leopold, Coordinator