Hou would YOU distribute USFSA funding?
We've had quite a lot of opinions on this forum when envelope assignments were posted. So, here is my question: how would you distribute the funds? Would you favor a 1st place novice, a 3d place junior, or a 6th place senior? In other words, would you favor someone who shows potential, but could be another NNN, or someone who has already proven they can be a decent skater, but will never be the next MK. What do you think and why?
Tough choice. Actually I would like to see the USFSA giving more money to help get kids involved in skating. Skating is a very expenisive sport-and so kids from less economically developed neighborhoods are not going to have as much as an opprotunity to even begin skating. I think by making skatng less expensive for everyone-and helping promisng youngsters along the way-the US team would be even better.
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You put the question in an interesting way, Ptichka. First, I wonder where the USFSA gets it's money from. Do sating clubs and individuals pay dues to belong to the organization? If a substantial amount of money comes from this source, as contrasted with television money and corporate sponsorships, then it would seem kind of funny to turn around and give money to local rinks to sponsor their programs at "learn-to-skate" levels. (Sort of like taxation, LOL. You gve your money to the government, then they give a little back.)
The official motto of the USFSA is "creating champions." Is that really their goal, rather than to provide recreational programs and build a grass roots interest in the sport? If so, I guess the best thing would be to put their money on the #1 novice who just might turn out to be the next MK.
Actually, if I were doing the voting I would say to develop pairs and dance teams. This requires more co-ordination at a lower level, instead of just relying on failed singles skaters to get together somehow.
I don't know. Hard question.