I've seen some clubs that hold "mock" competitions, and I really like the idea. However, I am not sure about all the ins and outs about setting one up.
Basically, the club sets aside one or two hours of ice and members sign-up as they would for a competition. The skaters are put into warm-up groups, they perform their competitive programs, and possibly, it is combined with a judge's critique.
The idea is to give skaters a feel of competition so that they can "practice" competing, while additionally getting feedback on their performance. The skaters usually pay an entry fee (although, I'm guessing the club subsidizes the ice rental fees). It's a good way to practice competing and get feedback without the higher cost of entering competitions.
But, before I begin the process of setting up something like this for next year, I'm wondering whether anyone has any experience doing something like this. I'm looking for some BTDT advice and experience so I'm not making too many mistakes right off the bat.
I am currently our club's test chair, so I have some experience in acquiring judges and wrangling skaters. :-)