May Day Open Competition 2023
We host an annual competition called the May Day Open. This competition attracts approximately 450 competitors from Basic Skills through Senior level, and Adult Bronze though Gold levels. Judges include those with national and international level experience. Events include freestyle, compulsory events (moves, spins, jumps), interpretive freestyle, artistic freestyle, pairs, ice dancing and theatre on ice. The May Day Open and Compete USA is scheduled for May 11-13, 2023.
See results from May Day Open 2022: https://ijs.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2022/30408/index.asp
Or, scan the QR code below.
Click on announcement for details
may day 2022 announcement v6Final (PDF format)
Please come participate and volunteer!
It takes many hands to make this event run smoothly. Contact our board if you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time or giving a monetary donation to be used towards hospitality at the event. Volunteering is a great way to become more acquainted with our sport and many of our volunteer jobs allow you to watch some fantastic skating throughout the day. We need volunteers to staff a number of positions such as our registration table, ice monitors, score runners, accounting, award presenters, announcers, set up, and clean up etc… We offer hospitality and refreshment to our judges, coaches and volunteers throughout the event. Donations of food, paper goods, disposable silverware, beverages and monetary donations to assist in the purchase of these items are very much appreciated.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
15101 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, Maryland 20707
*In order to secure the group rate you must identify yourself with The Gardens Figure Skating Club May Day Open. Limited rooms are available. Please ask about group rates.
For more information, contact us.
Our club offers freestyle work sessions on Saturdays from Fall though Spring.
Our club hopes to return to regular Saturday club ice in fall 2023.
2019/2020 Club Ice Punch Cards
12 Session Punch Card
$132 for Home Members
$156 for Associate Members
Walk-On Rate: $15 Home/Associate Members, $16 Non-Members
Punch cards are available for purchase from our club table before/during club ice. For our club ice schedule please see the Google Calendar below.
*Please note that non-members must sign a waiver and coaches must be full or associate club members to teach on this ice.
*Note: All punch cards expire after the season purchased. Punch card sessions do not carry over to the next skating season/membership year.
USFS Test Sessions
We offer United States Figure Skating Association approved test sessions at regular intervals year round. Test sessions include moves in the field, freestyle, and ice dance through international.
Next Test Sessions: 2023 Feb 7 from 1 to 4.
Important Test Session Information:
- Priority goes to home club members who submit their application before the deadline. All others (including home club members who do not get their applications in on time) are first come, first served.
- Test fees will not be refunded after the schedule is published, including contingent tests that are not taken. If a skater is sick or injured and can produce a doctor’s note we will forward the test to the next test session.
- The schedule will be posted a week before the test on this website and emailed to all skaters and coaches at the address given on the application form.
- Please arrive at the rink for your test at least one hour prior to your scheduled warmup time. If we are ahead of schedule and you are not available for your test, we may not be able to fit you in later.
- By submitting an application, you are applying to test at any time during the session. Personal requests by skaters/coaches cannot be accommodated fairly with the number of tests we conduct.
- Coaches, including partnering pros and coaches of non-home club members must be CER compliant via USFSA in order to coach/partner at our test sessions.
- Results will be provided at the first break following each group. Copies will be provided and originals will stay with the club.
- If you are not a home club member, you must have a Permission to Test letter from your club in order to test.
Contact our board if you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time to assist with skater checkin, ice monitoring, or test form running. Volunteering is a great way to become more acquainted with our sport and the testing atmosphere. Many of our volunteer jobs also allow you to watch some fantastic skating.
2023 GFSC Spring Show – The Little Mermaid on Ice!
Come join us and skate (or maybe swim…) in our 2023 GFSC Spring Show – The Little Mermaid on Ice! Let’s make this year the best one ever and fill the ice and the seats together!
Below is a link to the application which (although long.. I know) has all the information that I THINK you’ll need, including the practice schedule. As usual, we will work around any practices that may be missed for other activities – we just want whoever wants to participate to be able to (even if they can only do one day of shows…)
Please sign up ASAP so we can start casting and get ready. Hope to see you ALL soon on the ice!
Annual Spring Show: Spring Show 2022: FROZEN ON ICE
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2018 The Little Mermaid:
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Our club hosts an annual exhibition prior to our May Day Open Competition. This is a fantastic opportunity for skaters to get pre-competition jitters out of their system by performing for an audience. Skaters also cheer for each other building club spirit and camaraderie.
Fundraising key in supporting the many events our club offers. We host a number of fundraising events throughout the year. These events include bake sales, public session fundraisers, sports playoff fundraisers, dinners out at local restaurants, bleacher seat cushion sales and more.
Do you shop on Amazon? We also have an Amazon Smile account. If you use this link, Amazon donates a small percentage of your purchase to our club. Every little bit helps, use Amazon Smile today!
Late Night Skate Night
Please stay tuned for further information on this future event. Due to the pandemic this event is indefinitely postponed at the moment.
Every year we host an evening event for our membership. Skaters of all ages are invited to join us for an evening of food, fun and skating. We consider this a “skate ’till you drop” event. Watch your email for the announcement of our next Late Night Skate Night.
We host a Halloween party in October on a Saturday during club ice. Join us for costumes, fun, food and skating!
Summer & Winter Ice Shows
The Gardens Ice House hosts an end of Summer and a mid Winter ice show. These shows are open to The Gardens Ice House Learn to Skate participants of all ages and levels. Solo and team performances by our club skaters are also included. Watch for email announcements regarding solo sign-ups and team participation.
Not on our email list? Join or renew your membership today!