MICHIGAN SHOWCASE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
It takes a village...to raise a figure skating competition!
Michigan Showcase is the result of years of hard work at the hands of many volunteers and Ice House Skating Academy is honored to have the fruits of their labor rewarded as the chosen LOC for the 2015 National Showcase.
Below is the most comprehensive information compiled about the volunteer positions for Michigan Showcase. They are only meant as a representation and may not reflect each and every duty. For the most thorough explanation, I suggest contacting each Chairperson with your questions and/concerns- they are your first line of communication.
The link for the Sign-up Genius details specific days, times and number of volunteers needed for each location.
If you are new to the club and its volunteer efforts, Welcome! We're so glad you have chosen the Ice House to be your figure skating club! Please don't hesitate to contact any of the chairpersons, board members or myself if you have any questions.
If this marks another veteran year for your family- then you know it's time to dig in and go to work.
Volunteer Registration Link
Hospitality Donations Link
CHAIR- HEATHER OLSON
Volunteers usually work 2 hour shifts (flexible) and Heather will make sure that you get to see your own child/ren compete. Check in skaters, give them their gift from the Club and answer basic questions for them, along with directing them to the locker rooms, indicating where the bathrooms are, and telling them where to find information. Collect music, deliver to the announcer and then return the music to competitor when they check out. The registration desk is also responsible for selling results for each event. This position requires friendliness and a willingness to answer questions as you are the front line of the competition and set the tone for those arriving to compete. It can get crazy at times when many skaters come to check in at once. You are also basically the information desk so many will come to the registration table if they have questions or complaints. Therefore, volunteers for this area require grace under pressure, patience and a positive attitude. If you like to have fun, meet new people, and be on the "front line" then this is the spot for you!
4 LOCATIONS-MULTIPLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
CHAIR- TERESA HANISH
These jobs require interaction with the skaters.
Main Practice Ice Check in Table: Lobby
Check skaters in as they report for practice ice, collect any outstanding payments. Give skaters a wristband indicating which type of practice ice they registered for and direct them to the appropriate arena/locker rooms.
Music Runner: Transporting CDs to the Music Player, fill in other areas of practice ice as needed.
At the beginning of each session, collect music from main practice ice table for that session only. Skaters SHOULD check in at entrance to rink. However, YOU may have to locate them in the locker rooms. Skaters will perform on a first come/first to skate basis. Deliver music for that session to the music player/announcer. They will announce skaters, as well as who is on deck backstage. "On deck" skaters should be waiting by the curtain for their turn. All other skaters can practice backstage until their name is announced. Skaters are only allowed to practice with their music (with spotlight on them) ONE TIME. They have the entire ice for the duration of their program. Return music to registration table at end of each session.
Music Player/Announcer for Spotlight Practice ONLY:
Announce skaters as they enter the ice and play their music. Also, announce skaters that are "on deck" to keep constant flow.
Practice Ice (no spotlight):
At the beginning of each session, check in each skater at entrance to ice. If a skater who registered for practice ice is not on ice at the beginning of the session, locate them in the locker rooms. Keep track of time. Practice ice sessions are 20 minutes in length. Skaters practice on ice as a group. All skaters for that session are on the ice at the same time-no music, no spotlight. When 20 minute session is over, make an announcement that the practice session is over and usher skaters off the ice.
CHAIR- AMY JAYNE
Needs 2 people to post results and "run" for Amy. Can work in 2 hour shifts or longer if desired. This job lasts about 6-8 hours. Jane would really like to see her helpers from last year return, along with some new friends! This is a perfect job for any adult member, a parent who prefers a quieter role in volunteering, or a child (16+) who can fulfill your volunteer hours for you!
CHAIR- MARIA KORMOS
This is a 1 person job that can be split into 2 hour shifts. There will be scheduled times for awards, with a designated spot for presenting them. You will be responsible for calling out for those placing in the top 4 of each flight to receive their medal. We would like all 4 winners to be on the podium, but sometimes things happen and skater/s might not show. Don’t wait too long before presenting medals and moving on to the next flight's winners. This is a great job if you like to interact with the skaters and see the thrill in their eyes when they receive their awards. Must always wear a smile!
CHAIR- GEOFF MCDAVID
Operate the spotlights during spotlight practice and through the competition. Geoff prefers 6-7 hour shifts. This job has a GREAT view of the skating! IHSA has brand new spotlights that require a tutorial in advance. Please contact Geoff regarding responsibilities for this position.
2 PERSON SIMULTANEOUS JOB
CHAIR- LYNN DOMKA
This job requires patience! You will be responsible for making sure the skaters are on the mini warm-up ice 3 skaters prior to when they compete. One person will stay by the entrance to the ice checking in skaters, while a second person will go to the locker rooms calling for skaters as their time is approaching. It is ultimately the skaters responsibility to get on the ice, so if they miss their time, its on them.
Be nice, but be firm. Remind the skaters to clean up after themselves, and keep an eye out for nonsense.
CHAIR- CINDY BARTHOLOMEW
(This job has shared responsibilities with Hospitality)
Before Competition: Assistance in securing enough tables and chairs for vendors either by transporting them from KVIH or by arranging to borrow them from others.
Before Competition: 2 people need to set up tables and chairs for vendors.
During Competition: Times flexible
1 person to be a "relief" contact for Cindy. Check on vendors and address any of their needs/questions.
HOSPITALITY-DIFFERENT LEVELS OF VOLUNTEERING AVAILABLE
CHAIR- KAREN BIEHL
Before Competition: THIS POSITION CAN START ASAP Help secure donations of food (either homemade or commercially prepared) by soliciting others/businesses or volunteering to prepare the food yourself for the hospitality area that is set up for coaches/judges. (Some examples are chili, soup, salads, pasta, sandwiches, etc…) Help secure donations of water bottles or other items that can be used as gifts for the skaters, coaches & judges. Remain in contact with Karen on a regular basis for status reports/updates. Assistance assembling gifts for skaters, coaches & judges.
During Competition: Volunteers needed to maintain the hospitality area at all times; making coffee refilling food, keeping area clean. This can be done in shifts that are flexible to your child/ren's performances.
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