When skaters first begin lessons, they are usually provided with either a Basic Skills Membership in U.S. Figure Skating or with a membership in Ice Skating Institute. These memberships enable skaters to participate in basic skills and recreational competitions, participate in skating school exhibitions and shows, and take badge achievement tests.
Skaters usually join U.S. Figure Skating through a figure skating club. Membership in a figure skating club includes U.S. Figure Skating full membership. Skaters can be members of U.S. Figure Skating as individuals, but most skaters join through a skating club.
Most figure skating clubs will sponsor test sessions, and some clubs hold shows and exhibitions, provide judging critiques, and host competitions.
Being a member of a club gives skaters a chance to participate in many skating related activities.