(1) Do most skating rinks make the majority of their money from hockey leagues rather than figure skating?
(2) Do most skating clubs own their own rink?
(3) Don't skating clubs make a lot more money off children's learn-to- skate classes than free-style recreational sessions?
My favorite skating events to attend live are the local club shows. They start out with droves of little kids, then work their way up to the 8-year-olds, then the ten-year-olds, and after that they start having children who are pretty good and can take a solo, then on up to quite a few juniors and seniors (topping it off with Alissa Czisny or Jeremy Abbott or Davis and White.)
Sometimes there are also a couple of competitive collegiate or adult skaters in the mix. This is so much fun, especially to sit in the doting grandparents' section.
Edited to add: By the way, around here there are a respectable number of boys at all ages and levels.
Last edited by Mathman; 02-23-2011 at 09:57 PM.
2) No. It's not cost effective. SCoB and DSC are two notable exceptions.
3) Here LTS is run by the rink, not the clubs. Many of the coaches in the LTS programs filter their skaters who are completing the LTS levels into the club they are members of if the skater desires to continue. There are a variety of LTS programs - USFS basic skills, ISI basic skills and home grown.