recreational ice skating
ISI History


  • Beginning of organization.
    Founder: Michael Kirby, Chairman of Ice Rink Section, Illinois Recreation
    Association National Recreation Congress.
    Arthur Goodfellow, speaker,
    Russell Perry, Secretary (also President Illinois Recreation Assoc.)
    Mr. Perry became the first Executive Director and continued in that position for 16 years.
    National Office in Fort Myers, FL


  • First Annual Conference, Conrad Hilton, Chicago, IL
  • Bylaws adopted


  • First Newsletter published (three pages)


  • First ice skating trade show—20 exhibitors
  • Ice Skating Hall of Fame established. First award recipients
  • were Norval Baptie and Sonja Henie


  • Alpha-Beta-Gamma Recreational Skater Program launched


  • First Builders and Suppliers Directory issued


  • Drill Teams first introduced in exhibition by Robert Unger, Huntsville, AL


  • 8th Annual Conference held in North Hollywood, CA (first outside Chicago)


  • ISIA accepted as an allied member of AAU


  • First Membership Directory in booklet form
  • ISIA competitions started
  • Endorsement procedure established for competitions and shows


  • Girl Scout Program developed


  • Man and Woman of the Year awards established
  • Arthur Goodfellow donated antique skate displays to ISIA


  • Arthur Goodfellow named first lifetime member of ISIA
  • Associate membership category established


  • Joint Statement of Policy issued by ISIA and USFSA


  • “216 Suggestions for Ice Rink Promotion” published


  • Thomas E. Hall named Executive Director
  • National office moved to Wilmette, IL


  • First issue of Recreational Ice Skating magazine published


  • Individual membership (skater) category established
  • First computer installed for national test registration


  • First Summit Conference—officers of ISIA, USFSA, and PSGA


  • First female skater passed Freestyle 10—Laurie Chemsak, Berkeley, CA


  • Thomas J. Sullivan Jr. named Executive Director


  • First annual ISIA Recreational Team Championships of the U.S. held in San Diego, CA
  • First male skater passed Freestyle 10—Hank Green, Evanston, IL


  • Retail Merchant membership category for pro shops and sporting goods stores established
  • Justine Townsend Smith named Executive Director
  • First ISIA International Recreational Skating Team appeared in Dubai, UAE


  • Jon Robinson, Knoxville, TN, became first male to compete at Freestyle 10


  • 25th Anniversary Conference, Dallas ISI


  • First Figure 10 passed and competed by Sherry Dowlen, Denver
  • Lifetime Achievement Award established with Dorothy Hamill as first recipient
  • Panorama consumer show introduced at summer Championships


  • First ISIA/AAU Winter Games held in Chicago, later renamed ISIA Winter Classic
  • First Train the Trainers seminar for instructors held in Chicago


  • Red Wing Shoes made first donation to new ISIA Education Foundation in memory of Paul Riedell
  • First joint event implemented between ISIA, USFSA, PSGA— NutraSweet National Ice Skating Week
  • Instructors Section created


  • First Management Seminars started in Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, DE
  • October was NutraSweet National Ice Skating Month— Christopher Bowman and Dorothy Hamill spokespersons


  • ISIA Education Foundation established as public charity 501(c)(3)
  • Evaline Card Smith skating collection donated to ISIA
  • First ISIA Judges Workshop held in Highland Park, IL
  • First regional competition event held in Los Angeles—ISIA West Coast Championships
  • ISIA Skate Asia, first international recreational competition in Hong Kong
  • First Couple 10 passed and competed: Jon Robinson & Lori Anderson


  • First ISIA Education Foundation scholarships awarded (three) at $1,000 each


  • Judges Workshops held across the country
  • First Management Certificate Program offered at conference
  • First Referee Training Workshop held at conference


  • First Skating Director Certificate Program offered at conference
  • ISIA joined American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • ISIA received Illinois Parks & Recreation Association (IRPA)
  • Community Service Award
  • First Dance 10 passed by Jessica Dolven, Ohio State University


  • Judges Certification Program introduced at annual conference
  • Summer Championships renamed ISIA World Recreational Team Championships


  • First annual ISIA Education Foundation Skating Spectacular fundraiser held during ISIA World Championships in Chicago


  • The new name of Ice Skating Institute (ISI) announced at conference Management/Operations Seminars introduced in several ISI districts
  • First skating competition endorsed by ISI held in the Philippines


  • Sarah Devereaux became the first skater to pass the ISI Freestyle 10 and Figure 10 tests in the same year


  • First ISI Precision Classic held in Woodridge, IL
  • Peter Martell named Executive Director
  • ISI Web site established


  • ISI World Headquarters moved to Dallas
  • New ISI logo introduced
  • Benton Wilcoxon Award for Excellence in Management established
  • Great Skate Award established


  • First annual ISI Adult Championships held in Las Vegas
  • District Merit Award established


  • Introduced new ISI Recreational Hockey membership
  • ISIAsia created to provide ISI programs and services throughout Asia


  • Inaugural Ice Arena Institute of Management (iAIM) school
  • ISI National Merit Award established
  • Erika Amundsen Award created
  • Frank J. Zamboni Award established


  • ISI International Merit Award established
  • Scott Hamilton named spokesperson for ISI Special Skater Program
  • Signed national partnership agreement with the Positive Coaching Alliance


  • Completed installation of new membership database at ISI Headquarters
  • Launched new iAIM Online-Distance Learning Program
  • Added ISI Online, Updates and Forums as new forms of electronic communication


  • Changed name of Associate membership to Professional membership
  • Added Affiliate class of membership
  • Signed affiliation agreement with IAAM
  • Revised ISI Hockey Badge testing program


  • Introduced the weSKATE Kit
  • First annual Artistic Challenge competition held in Orlando, FL


  • Launched weSKATE National Instructors Training program
  • Launched online Judges Certification Test
  • Introduced the Arthur Goodfellow Award
  • Launched weSKATE Club


  • Introduced the Pioneer Award
  • Introduced Outstanding Participation Awards
  • Purchased ISI Headquarters building in Plano, TX


  • Produced weSKATE Test Standards DVD
  • Purchased new association management software program
  • Changed to universal membership term for Individual and Professional members


  • Celebrated 50th Anniversary of ISI at annual Conference& Tradeshow and special 50th Anniversary Competition in Orlando, FL
  • Signed Joint Agreement with Professional Skaters Association (PSA) for Coaches Education, Training and Certification
  • Introduced new Open Freestyle tests and competition events
  • Published new ISI Handbook combining the previous Skaters and Coaches Handbook and Judges Manual
  • Instituted new Membership Rewards Program
  • Launched bi-monthly eNewsletter and ISI Facebook page


  • Celebrated the 25th annual ISI Winter Classic competition in Anaheim, CA
  • Celebrated the 30th annual ISI World Team Championships in Marlborough, MA
  • First “Synchro Showcase” exhibition at Synchronized Championships event


  • Introduced the Erika Amundsen ISI Adult Team Championship trophy
  • Introduced a new Collegiate division and champion trophy at the Adult Team Championships
  • Released weSKATE with ISILink software
  • Entered into an agreement with National Recreation and Park Association and National Training Center at Oglebay to host the iAIM School at Oglebay
  • Introduced interactive, digital versions of ISI EDGE and Recreational Ice Skating magazines


  • First annual Holiday Challenge held in Danbury, CT
  • Upgrade membership software


  • iAIM Certification Skating Director course introduced at the ISI Conference
  • ISI Referee Certification Exam introduced online


  • Announced new logo and name change (Ice Sports Industry) to better reflect our critical role in providing leadership and support in all facets of ice facility management, operation and programming
  • Developed coordinating program names to give ISI a strong, consistent brand. The weSKATE recreational ice skating program changed to: ISI Ice Skating Programs; ISI University replaced iAIM.
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