Frequently Asked Questions

When do US Figure Skating and Skokie Valley SC Memberships expire?

All memberships expire on June 30th and must then be renewed annually. Membership renewal begins June 1st and all memberships need to be current as of July 1st in order to be eligible for any subsequent tests and competitions. New memberships can be applied for at any time.

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All US Figure Skating and Skokie Valley Skating Club memberships renew on July 1st.

What is a Permission Letter and why do I need it?

A Letter of Permission is required for any competition, test or event outside of your "Home Club." It states that you have a membership in good standing.

Letters of Permission are issued annually, when a membership is applied for as either new or renewed. Should you require another copy, please contact Membership.SkokieValleySC@gmail.

How do I get a permission letter to participate in a competition, test session or ice show sponsored by another club?

A blanket letter or permission is sent to each club member following registration. Download the pdf file and use it for each separate activity requiring a letter of permission. You or your coach can contact the competition, event or test chair to inquire if a permission letter is required. If you have misplaced your blanket letter of permission, contact Janice Benoit, Membership.SkokieValleySC@gmail.

What does "junior" mean?

In figure skating, "junior" can have different meanings and becomes a confusing term.

For testing and competing, "Junior" is the level just below "Senior." The levels are Senior, Junior, Novice, Intermediate, Juvenile, Pre-Juvenile, Preliminary, and Pre-Preliminary. You become a "Junior" when you pass the required tests in Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Pairs, and/or Dance.

For membership, "Junior" refers to skaters in high school and below, which usually correlates to age 18 and below. For example at SVSC, a skater 18 years old and under would be a junior. After high school, that skater becomes a collegiate member. After college, the skater becomes an adult skater or "Senior" member of SVSC.

For some of the scholarships and awards such as the Scholastic Honors Team, junior and senior apply to the year in high school.

Who should I call or e-mail if I have further questions?

Skating can be a bewildering sport. Please feel free to e-mail Blair Klein, the SVSC Junior Activities Chair, at with any questions. Your questions will also help improve the FAQ section of this website.