recreational ice skating


by Eileen Viglione

Y’all grab some cowboy boots and your skates and get fixin’ to compete at the 2023 ISI Adult Championships, Oct. 6-8 at ICE at The Parks in Arlington, Texas!

Test and entry deadline is Sept. 1. Register Now


Top 8 Reasons to Participate


  1. You’re an Adult Who Loves to SKATE (of course), Compete and Have FUN!

Let’s be honest,  you’re on the ice because of the incredible sensation that permeates your soul when you’re gliding free — not because you are the next Olympic hopeful. Skating should be fun, and there’s no doubt that ISI Adult Champs offers Texas-size FUN on the ice and beyond — you can hang your hat on it!


  1. You Need to Challenge Yourself and /or Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Perhaps you’re a returning skater wondering if you “still have it” when it comes to your skills, or you’re driven to  perfect your talent, or you’ve decided it’s high time to take up a new hobby to feel alive. Whatever the reason, ISI and Adult Champs will meet you where you are in your journey. Trust us, you won’t regret your resolve to pursue your goals and/or overcome your fear. You won’t know what you can do until you  do it — just go for it and “git-r-done!”


  1. You Want to Meet New Friends and/or See Your Skating “Besties”

ISI Adult Champs is notoriously known for its exhilarating and welcoming atmosphere. You will be supercharged by the positive vibes! Many of our adult skaters have made lifelong friends at Adult Champs and return again and again because they’ve found their tribe.


  1. October in Texas = Divine Weather

Just ask any Texan — especially after August — what their favorite month is. You’re sure to hear “October,” when the relentless summer heat has yielded to pleasant temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. Fall “feels “are definitely in the air!


Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, Arlington ~ Photo courtesy of Visit Dallas


  1. Big ‘O Fun in Arlington, “Big D” & Fort Worth

Known as the entertainment capital of Texas, Arlington is home to popular attractions, including the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field, Six Flags Over Texas, the Arlington Museum of Art, the Arlington Music Hall, the International Bowling Ball Museum & Hall of Fame and Texas Live (Google it!). Plus, it’s centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, offering an array of entertainment options just as wide as the Texas sky!


The larger-than-life Big Tex! ~ Photo courtesy of Visit Dallas


  1. The Iconic Big Tex

If you’ve never seen or heard of Big Tex, you’re in for a real treat! The annual Texas State Fair kicks off in September and runs through mid-October at the historic Fair Park in Dallas. The biggest attraction (no pun attended)? The 55-foot iconic Big Tex, the official greeter and marketing icon of the fair since 1952. Texan or not, everyone should get at least one photo taken in front of this larger-than-life cowboy!


ICE at The Parks, Arlington, Texas — host of the 2023 ISI Adult Championships


  1. ICE at The Parks

Opened in 2002, the beautiful ICE at The Parks is situated inside The Parks Mall at Arlington and features an NHL-size ice surface. Skating director Caroline Baker, a former Holiday on Ice professional skater, and her friendly staff and volunteers always go the extra mile to help ensure successful ISI national events.


  1. You Need a Legit Excuse to Wear Your Cowboy Boots and Hat!

It’s Texas after all — enough said!


More Information

ISI Adult Champs

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Downtown Arlington

Dallas City Hall

Visit Dallas

Visit Forth Worth

Established in 1959, the Ice Sports Industry (ISI) — creator of America’s first learn-to-skate curriculum — is an international trade association encompassing all aspects of the ice sports industry. Our goal is to promote ice skating as a participant sport and recreational activity for everyone — all ages and abilities.

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