The Amherst Skating Club is a United States Figure Skating (USFS) club with amateur skaters, both children and adults, and non-skating adult members including parents, coaches and judges. Our parent organization, the USFS, governs amateur figure skating programs in the United States. Our home ice is the Northtown Ice Center; a four-rink facility located on Amherst Manor Drive in Amherst, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. We are a 501(c) (3) Not For Profit Corporation dedicated to promoting excellence in all aspects of figure skating
Our club has been in operation since 1964. We hosted the USFS 1974, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2017 North Atlantic Regional Championships, as well as the USFS 2000 Junior National Championships. We host the Amherst Skating Club Invitational Competition annually in the fall.
We have the most comprehensive year-round program in the area and offer programs in freestyle, dance, moves in the field, power skating, choreography, USFS tests, and off-ice conditioning. The ASC offers summer, fall, winter and spring ice schedules sold through ice purchase contracts to our members. ASC members may also purchase ice through advance-sale ice cards and USFS non-club members may guest skate with some restrictions for a fee. We offer a Learn to Skate USA Basic Skills program to Amherst residents and nonresident members of the Western New York community, providing group instruction to over 600 enrollees annually. We hold classes in basic skating skills, figure skating, hockey skating skills, pre-school and adult/teen only classes. Our ASC Junior Club bridge program offers those skaters interested in figure skating a full session of professional instruction and exposes skaters to all figure skating disciplines including dance, synchronized skating, moves in the field and freestyle.
Our experienced and qualified coaches are USFS and Professional Skaters Association members. They offer private instruction to ASC members and instruct group lessons through our Learn to Skate program. The ASC is governed by an elected nine member volunteer Board of Directors. We employ an office manager and have a team of dedicated professionals working together to offer all skaters an optimal skating experience whether on a recreational or competitive track. Our Junior Board consists of our young people along with an adult advisor. This group actively participates in ASC functions and directs their own events such as the annual skate sale and annual holiday party.
Edward Selleck, one of the ten original members of the Amherst Skating Club, was the first person to submit an application to the Amherst Recreation Commission, on August 3, 1964. The stated purpose for applying for the formation of the club was to utilize to the fullest the new ice rink facility, which opened in early 1964, to develop the sport of figure skating among the residents of the Town of Amherst and to become affiliated with the U.S.F.S.A.
The first directors meeting took place on December 2, 1966, after several organizational meetings were held to formulate plans for the Club. Vernon Fruehauf was elected President. After one year of the Club's existence, the membership consisted of 120 members.
In January 1967, the Club boasted a membership of 200 individual members, of which almost half were children. That same year, the Amherst Skating Club participated in the Town of Amherst Winter Carnival for the first time.
The year 1968 brought many changes and growth for the Club under the leadership of Dexter Rosen as Club President. The ASC took part in the First Annual Town of Amherst Championship and later that season, competitors from the Club entered the Greater Buffalo Interclub Competition. During that same year, the Club produced its first major production under the direction of Mrs. Frances Duroure. The familiar emblem of the ASC depicting a skater on a shield bearing the name and initials of the Club was adopted in June of 1968. The First edition of the "Ice Facts" was printed and the Progress Trophy Award was initiated.
During the 1969-70 season, the ASC hosted its first Greater Buffalo Interclub Competition. Early in 1970, the Junior Board was formed because of the tremendous interest in club involvement expressed by the young people of our Club..
The 1971-72 season was marked by great expansion as the Club was asked to administer the entire skating program, including the Amherst Town Classes. In January of 1972, the ASC held an Ice Show as part of the Winter Carnival and the Clearfield Rink opened October 6, 1972.
The highlight of the 1973-74 season was hosting the North Atlantic Figure Skating Championships at both rinks.
In 1986-87 the ASC hosted its very first Amherst Invitational Competition which drew skaters from Pennsylvania to Toronto. This competition has been an annual event for the Club.
In January 1989, there was "standing room only" at the ASC Ice Show and in April, Olympic Gold Medalist Robin Cousins put on a three-day clinic for our skaters. The next few years brought many other internationally known skaters to various club events and seminars, including John Curry, Peter and Kitty Carruthers, Scott Hamilton and the Stars on Ice Cast along with Brian Orser, Rob McCall and Tracy Wilson. Members of the ASC skated with Olympic Gold medalist Brian Boitano in a production entitled "Me & My Shadow" during the opening festivities at the Marine Midland Arena in September 1996.
In the fall of 1997, ASC again hosted the North Atlantic Figure Skating Championship held at Niagara University. ASC and other ice user groups collaborated with the Amherst Town Board and the decision was reached by the town to build a new four-rink facility at the site of the old Audubon Rink.
In September of 1998, the ASC moved into the Amherst Pepsi Center, one of the largest ice and recreational complexes in the US. Club skaters had the opportunity to skate with Brian Orser at the center's gala opening ceremonies.
ASC proudly hosted the 2000 Junior National Figure Skating Championships and the 2001, 2005, 2008, 2012 amd 2017 North Atlantic Regional Championships.
ASC is constantly growing and changing to meet the needs of our skating community. Our rinks are in operation all year long adding continuity to our programs. We include a very talented and dedicated group of professionals that strive to foster a love of skating among our members.
The ASC Junior board is comprised of skaters between the ages of 12 and 18. Every year in the spring, elections are held and each member serves a two-year term. The Junior Board runs an annual skate sale in the fall, the club Holiday Party in December, and a basket raffle at the June awards banquet. Members also volunteer at the annual Basic Skills Competition and various fund raising events throughout the year. The Junior Board is a great way for your child to meet other skaters and participate in ASC events.
Adult Advisor: Missy Crane
To contact the Junior Board please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include “attention Junior Board” on the subject line.
Download current membership information and forms by clicking the links shown below. The ASC offers a variety of membership categories. Membership periods run from July 1st thru June 30th of the following year however an ASC membership may be purchased at any time during the year. All forms in the membership packet must be completed before a membership will be accepted. If you have any questions please call the ASC office at (716) 634-3887 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
*Please note: In order to purchase contracted ice time with the Amherst Skating Club, you must be a current member of the club. Memberships must be renewed BEFORE an ice contract is processed.