Club

Hello & Welcome!

The Brookings Figure Skating Club (BFSC) is dedicated to promoting the sport of amateur figure skating, providing continual education and training opportunities for its members and instilling good sportsmanship. To do this we provide the programs and facilities that will encourage each individual to achieve their own goals in a safe and healthy environment.

BFSC is a member of the Ice Sports Industry (ISI) and partners with the Brookings Park & Recreation Department for group lessons following the ISI curriculum. The purpose of this program is to take a skater from beginning lessons to higher levels, offering all age and all level competitions that are recognized nationwide.

Membership in the ISI program includes such benefits as: earning colorful badges for each completed level, monthly issues of the Recreational Ice Skating magazine, and coverage by ISI individual member accident insurance with a $25,000 medical/dental expense maximum and a $1,000 deductible per injury.

If you are interested in registering for skating lessons, please visit the City of Brookings Park & Recreation Department activity registration website.

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Join Us

Once you've made the decision to join BFSC, don't delay! 

Annual Regular Member dues for are discounted for all new members.

To Become a Member of BFSC, complete the BFSC Individual Membership Application which can be found on our Documents page.

We also welcome potential Coaches to check us out! We accept ISI or USFSA credentialing for coaches. COACHES REGISTER HERE!

If you have questions about the various categories of membership that are offered by BFSC, please Contact Us.

When the form is complete, please mail two separate checks (one for BFSC membership dues and a deposit check dated August 10, 2022 for the BFSC volunteer points program) to the following address. Do not include a check for ISI membership as that is already included in your BFSC membership dues.

BFSC
PO Box 364
Brookings, SD 57006

Additional details regarding membership can be found in the BFSC Membership Handbook.

Questions? Contact Us

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Volunteering

To ensure the success of the Brookings Figure Skating Club and to keep all families actively engaged in the club throughout the season, a volunteer program has been established. Families are required to earn a specified number of points each season, and points may be earned by serving in various positions and volunteer roles as defined in the BFSC Job Descriptions document. 

Other volunteer work approved by the board generally earns points at the rate of approximately 10 points per two hours worked. The goal of the program is to keep all families involved and to help keep costs to operate the club at a minimum. Families meeting their points requirement before the end of the season, however, are encouraged to continue supporting the club as long as there is work needing to be done.

A family is required to earn points based on the number and level of skaters in the club. All points must be earned during the period starting September 1 and ending August 10 of the following year. Extra points earned may not be carried over to the following year or transferred to another family.

Each family will be required to complete and submit a Volunteer Agreement along with a deposit check for the value of the points the family is to earn. If the required points have not been earned as of August 10, the family will be notified by BFSC that the deposit check will be cashed, and a check representing the dollar value of the points actually earned will be sent to the family. 

Alternately, the family may contact the BFSC Membership Chair to pay the dollar value of the unearned points in exchange for the original points deposit check.

A report of volunteer points earned to date will be communicated by the BFSC Membership Chair on a monthly basis.

See the BFSC Membership Handbook for information. 

You'll Love Our Ice Show!

Coaches

Katie Bratberg 

Years Skating: 15

Years Coaching: 6

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: Work at SDSU

Highest personal skill levels passed: Last Passed ISI Freestyle 4

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: Certificated Professional Coach and Gold Certified Judge through ISI

Competition experience: Competitive as a skater for over 5 years as a skater. Has 6 years of experience coaching and preparing students to attend various ISI competitions throughout District 10.

Specific coaching interests: To help skaters reach their highest potential while enjoying and learning the foundations of skating. I find it important to not only teach my skaters how to do something but to make them smart skaters, so they have an understanding of the correct way to do something.

Professional goal(s): I am interested in continuing to coach in Brookings to continue to grow and coach private lessons to skaters.

Beth Wainman

Years Skating: 14

Years Coaching: 1 plus "junior" coaching the show for five years

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: SDSU

Highest personal skill levels passed: I have passed freestyle 4

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: Professional ISI coaching credentials and liability insurance and safesport training

Competition experience:  I competed in different solo, duo, and group events. Last year I coached two skaters in four solo events in one competition.

Specific coaching interests: I love working with kids and I love skating so coaching is the perfect mix of both.

Professional goal(s): I want to help skaters learn to love skating and be confident in themselves both on and off the ice.

Alexis Kopischke

Years Skating: 19

Years Coaching: 5

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: SDSU and First bank and Trust

Highest personal skill levels passed: USFSA Junior moves and juvenile free

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: ISI membership

Competition experience: Yes, I have competed for years.

Specific coaching interests: I really care about the girls I coach and want to be with them every step of the way in their journey with figure skating.

Professional goal(s): I want to help my skaters grow to be the best they can be on and off the ice. Learn to grow in the sport and share a passion for it.

Brittney Hogie

Years Skating: 18

Years Coaching: 6

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: Avera McKennan

Highest personal skill levels passed: Freestyle 4

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: Bronze Judge and insurance

Competition experience: I have coached 5 years of competition and did some when being a skater

Specific coaching interests: I am looking forward to helping out my home rink again and hope to make a difference.

Professional goal(s): I just want to help as many skaters as possible and have them enjoy the sport as much as I have. I look forward to helping out my home rink again!

Brynn Grommersch

Years Skating: 13

Years Coaching: 2

Private Lessons: No

Where do you work or go to school: Will be attending SDSU

Highest personal skill levels passed: USFSA Intermediate Moves, Juvenile Freeskate

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: I have helped coach learn to skate the last two years in Mankato

Competition experience: I have competed in several competitions as a skater. I competed 1-2 times a year.

Specific coaching interests: As a coach I hope to share the passion I have for skating with other skaters. I hope to make skaters feel confident in their abilities. I want to be a coach others can look up to.

Professional goal(s): I do not intend to pursue skating professionally.

Madison ("Moqui") Stucky

Years Skating: 17ish years on and off

Years Coaching: 0

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: Larson Manufacturing & Larson Ice Center

Highest personal skill levels passed: 

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: None

Competition experience: No

Specific coaching interests: I've always loved skating, I started very young as my mom was a coach. I am mostly self taught in my skills and I'm always growing and learning more about the sport.

Professional goal(s): I want to help people find a love for skating be it recreational or as their sport through life. A solid foundation in basic skills is important to any skater and I'd like to help build those foundations.

Liz Kelm

Years Skating: 14/15 years

Years Coaching: Will be my second year coaching

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: South Dakota State University

Highest personal skill levels passed: Freestyle 5

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: I have received my bronze and silver judging/testing certification.

Competition experience: I competed as a skater for roughly 11 years and have one year of competition coaching/judging experience

Specific coaching interests: I am interested in coming back to coach to help skaters improve their skills and help grow their love for skating. Also, continuing to help my students grow as skaters and people and help them achieve their goals.

Professional goal(s): My professional goals for this skating season is to receive my gold judging certification. Also, to gain more judging experience by judging a variety of events.

Clare Strong

Years Skating: 8 years

Years Coaching: started fall 2023

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: Brookings High School

Highest personal skill levels passed: Freestyle 5

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: None

Competition experience: Yes, I have been competing since I was 10 and I have competed routines from freestyle routines to interpretive.

Specific coaching interests: I'm interested so I can help the club through teaching my skaters the importance of hard work and friendship in skating, and also spreading the joy and artistry of skating.

Professional goal(s): I'm just very excited to help the next generation of skaters and if I could define one goal for myself I would say to build relationships with the new and old BFSC skaters.

Haley Patrick

Years Skating: 22 years

Years Coaching: 9 years

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: JLG Architects

Highest personal skill levels passed: Freestyle 7

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: I am gold certified.

Competition experience: Yes, I started competing as a 6th grader.

Specific coaching interests: I come back to Brookings frequently & a couple of my previous students reached out for lessons.

Professional goal(s): My goal is to share my passion of figure skating & help the next generation of skaters achieve their goals.

Dana Martens

Years Skating: Skated in 5th (I think) -senior year. Stepped away until now.

Years Coaching: 0

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: Brookings school district (work)

Highest personal skill levels passed: Freestyle 3

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: None but I’ll do what I need to

Competition experience: As a skater, individual, couple, synchronized

Specific coaching interests: If we are trying to expand the club, we’ll need more coaches available to meet the need of beginners/ intermediate skaters. I can help at a limited capacity.

Professional goal(s): Na

JulieAnn Freeman

Years Skating: 4?

Years Coaching: 0

Private Lessons: Yes

Where do you work or go to school: Tiny toes daycare

Highest personal skill levels passed: Freestyle 1

Coaching/Testing credentials/certifications: ISI

Competition experience: Yes I used to compete

Specific coaching interests: I am looking to mainly coach my family and to give the girls a lower level coach for more of the upcoming and younger kids. I am also looking at helping with the show this coming year.

Professional goal(s): To have a professional involvement