Hi! I am a Canadian figure skater (16 yrs old and at the novice level.) In Canada, we have to register with a cetain club every fall (in Semptember.) This club is then considered our home club for that season/year.
Anyways, I am thinking about whether I should change my home club, or not and wanted to know what you guys thought.
First, before I give you all the info, anyone who's not from Canada should know how clubs here work. (If you Canadian, you can skip this part.)
In Canada, we don't really skate much on "rink ice." (It's pretty rare for rinks to offer this, however, I do skate on a few rink sessions/week.) How it mainly works here is that the clubs buy the ice and then we skate on the club ice sessions, (which can sometimes be at several different rinks in the town, depending on the place.) In order to compete you obviously have to be a member of a club.
I'm not sure if this is all the same as it is in the US and other countries, but I think that's it's a little different.
So, here's my situation:
I have been a member of my current skating club basically for ever, (ever since I started skating.) So, basically that's been about 8 years now and I've never been a member of another club. This club is also located in my home town/where I live.
Now, the thing is that I haven't actually skated there in around 6 months and for the past couple years, or so when I did skate there, I only did usually about once/week and twice/week several years ago was about the max. I also don't plan on registering/skating there for any of this year's fall/winter sessions either.
However, so many times we were going to change clubs becuse of this and other politics and stuff, but my family and I sort of "stuck through it." Now, I am the clubs top skater and sort of the last older kid left.
However, they don't offer enough ice/proper coaching for me to train on. They don't even really skate all summer and the sessions they have during the rest of the year are usually farily crowded with younger, beginner level skaters. In fact, I think the highest level skater they have other than me, is only about Preliminary, or Junior Bronze level, or so.) Basically, if you want to be a high level competitive skater, you have to go elsewhere for your training.
So, I do almost all of my training at a club/rink about 40-50 min from my house. I started skating at this club quite a few years ago and pretty well everyone knows me there.
This is also where my coach is. I like this club becuase it has several other skaters at my level and that are other kids as old/older than me too and the training is more "competitive" than my hometown club, which I refer to it as more of a "recreational" club. This other club has quite a few kids in the competitive stream and several kids at the novice-junior level too. They also have quite a lot of ice time available (and skate about all year round - of course.)
Anyways, I do most of my practising on their ice (except for a few sessions I do on rink ice) and all the kids I practise with are from this club. There are even some kids that live in my hometown that skate there, but they changed to that club when they started practising there.
So, I guess feel that's really where my club should be. However, I guess the thing holding me back is that I've been with the other club forever and that I live in that town too, but I don't even skate there now, so I'm not sure what to do?
Anyways, let me knows what you guys think - your thoughts/suggestions/comments on what I should do.
Should I stick with my old club, or change clubs?
All responses/replies greatly appreciated!
PS: Sorry for all the typing/writing. I guess I kind of got a little carried away, but I figured I'd give you all the info I could think of.