Marquette Figure Skating Club hosts the Ron Carlson Marquette International Open competition (non-qualifying), each year in February. The Berry Event Center arena is located at the corner of Fair Ave and 3rd St on the campus of Northern Michigan University, it is a 1 rink facility, with the ice surface measuring 100′ x 200′. U.S. Figure Skating and Skate Canada sanction the competition. The competition is open to all eligible, reinstated eligible or readmitted persons who are members of the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Competitors come from all over Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario-Canada to participate. Various events are offered such as; Freestyle, Compulsory/Short Program, Artistic, Spins, and Solo Dance. Skaters are placed into groups of no more than 8 skaters to a group and are grouped by level and age. Medals and ribbons are awarded to the competitors. A professional photographer and videoagrapher may be available for orders. Locker room facilities, concession with seating area, and skating vendor sales area are all available. Two competitive tracks are available to skaters: The Competitive Test Track and the Well-Balanced Free Skate Track. The Competitive Test Track aligns testing requirements with competition levels. More information about the Competitive Test Track can be found at usfigureskating.org/Programs.asp?id=79. Skaters register for the competition on the Entry Eeze website at www.entryeeze.com. The announcement is posted on this website on the documents and handbook page.
Included in the RC-MIO is the U.P. of Michigan Basic Skills Series Competition with events of Snowplow Sam through Basic 8 in Elements and Program with music. Skaters will have the chance to compete at different clubs and arenas and earn points for a final standing. (Competition’s participating in the Series are; Houghton, Escanaba, Iron Mountain and Marquette.) Each event will have a maximum of 6 skaters. Points are accumulated for program with music and elements events separately. Series final standing awards are presented in Marquette.
Marquette Figure Skating Club in conjunction with the Marquette Senior High School Figure Skating Club hosts the U.P. of Michigan High School Figure Skating Competition at the Ron Carlson Marquette International Open in February. Team events are offered. Michigan teams placing in the top two places in overall will qualify for participation at the State of Michigan High School Figure Skating Championships. Teams from Michigan and surrounding states are welcome to participate. This competition has a separate entry and can be found on the documents and handbook page of this website. (You do not use entry eeze for High School registration)
On the weekend of the Ron Carlson Marquette International Open Competition, the MFSC hosts an all level test session on Friday. (Refer to the test session section of this website)