Get Involved

Members are encouraged to get involved with the club in any way they can! Volunteer, offer your skills and services, join a committee or something else, our club is more successful when our members participate and promote figure skating in the Lowcountry.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AND SERVICE

Because the FSCC is a volunteer-run organization, we depend on the contributions of all families. Therefore, we ask each skating family to volunteer to help during the skating year with activities.

 Volunteering Opportunities

There are numerous volunteer opportunities with the Figure Skating Club of Charleston. These include the following positions:

  • Board of Directors: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Members at Large
  • Testing: Test Chair, Assistant Test Chair
  • Competition: Competition Chair, Assistant Competition Chair
  • Fundraising: Fundraising Committee Chair, Committee Members, Spirit Night, Skate Resale
  • Membership: Membership chair, Junior Board Coordinator
  • Hospitality: Hospitality Chair, Awards Banquet, Guests/Judges/Referees
  • Communications: Webmaster, Email Coordinator
  • SafeSport: SafeSport Committee Chair, Assistant SafeSport Chair, SafeSport Compliance
  • Volunteer: Committee Chair, Volunteer Compliance

Volunteer Policy

The Figure Skating Club of Charleston (FSCC) is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers to support the function of our club.  Like most clubs, FSCC depends on these volunteers to carry out club activities in a safe and cost-effective manner.  Accordingly, the club requires that all of its families contribute their time and talents to the operation of the club and conducting the events that support our club skaters and the goals of the FSCC.

Volunteers are an integral part of the FSCC. Without the dedication and support of our members, the FSCC would not continue to operate and provide services to our skaters and families. To ensure responsibilities are equitability spread among members, the Board of Directors adopted this volunteer policy. This policy applies to all full members of the club. However, we can accommodate those members who cannot dedicate their time, with a monetary donation to the club as a “buy-out”.

Please keep in mind that not all volunteers have to be adults. Skaters 10 years and older can volunteer their time, while also setting a good example for our young skaters.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

The FSCC volunteer year runs from July 1st through June 30th in accordance with our membership year. Each FSCC club member is required to contribute a minimum of 5 hours (per member) or 10 hours (per family) during the volunteer year, regardless of when becoming a member. However, each family is encouraged to complete 20 hours. These hours will be used toward the general operation of the club and skater development. We also request that each family donate between 2-4 food items during the year (test sessions, club sponsored events, etc.)
Should any member choose not to volunteer, there is a buy-out option.

BUY-OUT OPTION FOR VOLUNTEER HOURS

Members will have the option to “buy out” volunteer hours at the time of renewing or initiating membership for an amount of $200. This will be considered a $200 donation to the FSCC and the account will be noted as a volunteer buy-out for the year.

SAFESPORT PROGRAM

The US Center for SafeSport’s Response and Resolution office has issued a SafeSport Code. The US Center for SafeSport has established training and education policies, which set the minimum training requirements and policies for limiting one on one interactions and other proactive NGB organization policies to prevent abuse and misconduct.  Parents can take a free training course to be SafeSport compliant. However, adults who have regular contact with amateur athletes, who are minors, are required to complete core training. For more information, please go to https://usfsaonline.org/safesport

TRACKING VOLUNTEER HOURS

Announcements of opportunities and needs for volunteers will be communicated in Club emails, newsletters, and online.

When volunteering for an event, there will be a notebook at the front kiosk to log and track your volunteer hours. It is the responsibility of each individual to log these hours and list the specific duty for which they are volunteering.  There will also be an online sign-up form where each member can sign up for specific needs of the club for events such as exhibitions, social events, competitions, or fundraisers.
*Please note there will be a volunteer sign-in sheet as well as the tracking form for larger events such as CHOP and the annual Christmas show.

Each member is responsible for accurately entering volunteer hours completed for an event within 7 days of the completion of the volunteer activity or event. If not, the member is responsible for contacting the Volunteer Coordinator in writing with accurate volunteer hours completed for an event with 7 days of the completion of the volunteer activity or event. Failure of a member to enter volunteer hours in a timely manner may result in volunteer hours not being credited.

For CHOP, the volunteer sign-in sheet and volunteer tracking form for volunteers will be located at the registration table. For our annual Christmas show, the volunteer sign-in sheet and volunteer tracking form will be located at the front kiosk. This is to ensure every person assigned a specific duty has arrived and is accounted for as well as getting their hours logged. PLEASE NOTE: Each volunteer must also fill out the paper form even after registering to volunteer online. Our online form is not a tracking system.

If you have questions about how many hours you have earned throughout the year, you may contact our Volunteer Chair or Membership chair.

UNFULFILLED VOLUNTEER HOURS

A family who does not fulfill their volunteer requirement is required to pay the buy-out price of $200 before the end of the skating season or they will not be allowed to participate in upcoming FSCC sponsored events such as test sessions, club ice, etc. until payment is received. In addition, failure to pay the buy-out amount may result in the FSCC member being marked “not in good standing”. We value you as a member but there will be no exceptions, as we must pay USFSA for your membership to our club.

VOLUNTEER NO-SHOWS

Volunteers who sign up, but fail to report or fulfill their hours create disruption at an event. If a member cannot fulfill a volunteer commitment, no volunteer credit will be granted. A replacement volunteer should be found by the member and the Volunteer Coordinator notified of the replacement. If a replacement cannot be found, the Volunteer Coordinator should be notified with as much advance notice as possible. Repeated no-show offenses may result in the member being marked “not in good standing” with FSCC and no longer eligible for volunteering.  Outside of unforeseen emergent circumstances, no show volunteers who do not notify the Volunteer Coordinator in advance or provide a replacement may be assessed before any further volunteer hours are granted at the discretion of the FSCC Board.