For more information please contact:

John Monteleone, Director of Education (719) 538-1514 or [email protected]

Jeff Theiler, Chief Operating Officer (719) 538-1149 or [email protected]


Don't forget to book your hotel room at the host hotel (HERE) after you register for the NARCE!

2022 North American Rink Conference & Expo

The North American Rink Conference & Expo (NARCE), presented by the United States Ice Rink Association, is the premier annual professional development and networking event for the ice rink and ice sport industries.  The 4-day event will bring together hundreds of ice rink professionals, ice sport national governing body representatives and leading vendors for world-class educational courses, unrivaled networking opportunities and the industry's largest trade show.





Each individual full conference registration includes:

  • Educational course
  • Kick-off event / keynote admission
  • Coffee breaks & lunches
  • Networking socials admission
  • Trade show admission (2 -days)

*Individuals must be at least 18 years old to register for the conference
*Each attendee may only register for one educational course

Full conference fee when a CRA or CIT course is chosen.

(MEMBERS)
$675.00 - Early Bird (through 2/15)
$775.00 - Regular Registration (effective 2/16)
$150.00 - Cancellation Fee (effective 2/16)

(NON-MEMBERS)
$1,000.00

Full conference fee when USA Hockey or U.S. Figure Skating course is chosen:
$300.00 Early Bird (through 02/15)
$375.00 Regular Registration (effective 2/16)
$75.00 - Cancellation Fee (effective 2/16)


Partial conference registration options (without educational course)

RINK Expo & Networking Pass
$175.00 - Only available to Members

  • Networking social admission
  • Trade show admission
  • Lunch admission


RINK Expo Only Pass

$25.00

  • Admission to the trade show both days

Find out more about the conference!
When
5/17/2022 - 5/20/2022
Where
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center 2 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, NY 14202
Sign in or create an account to register Last day to register is 4/29/2022

Program

Certified Ice Technician - CIT

Description
The Basic Arena Refrigeration (BAR) course introduces participants to the cycle of refrigeration and primary mechanical components of an ice rink refrigeration system. Participants will learn the importance and role record-keeping plays in the maintenance of refrigeration equipment, and gain an understanding of how the refrigeration cycle relates to the installation and maintenance of a quality ice surface.
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Certified Ice Technician - CIT
5/17/2022
The Ice Maintenance and Equipment Operation (IMEO) course introduces participants to ice resurfacer and edger components. Combined classroom theory and on-ice instruction provide participants with industry best practices for the safe operation of ice resurfacing and maintenance equipment.  Gaining the knowledge necessary to identify and correct poor ice conditions and perform ice maintenance to provide a quality ice surface are also taught.  Participants will complete both a written and an on-ice practical exam to successfully complete this course.
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Certified Ice Technician - CIT
5/17/2022
Participants will learn the skills necessary to create a quality sheet of ice. This course combines in-class and on-ice instruction of proper ice making and painting techniques. The class will paint the ice white with spraying equipment, measure and paint hockey markings, paint stenciled logos and install reusable logos. This course also covers building conditions and the relationship to ice quality.
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Certified Ice Technician - CIT
5/17/2022
All Certified Ice Technicians (CIT) expiring in 2022 must complete a CIT Recertification Exam in order to maintain their professional designation.  Online self-study materials will be provided within 24 hours of registration for this in-person exam.
Category
EXAM
Track
Certified Ice Technician - CIT
5/19/2022

Certified Rink Administrator - CRA

Description
This course equips administrative and managerial staff with the tools to lead and manage staff efficiently and in federal compliance. Employee documentation, Child Labor Laws, conducting interviews, and employee handbooks are just some of the many topics covered. Participants are provided with resources to develop and refine their own leadership traits as well as explore methods in reducing employee turnover, directing staff meetings, and coaching their staff in providing outstanding customer service.
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Certified Rink Administrator - CRA
5/17/2022
This course is the ideal class for any ice rink employee. Administrative and managerial staff will take away an in-depth knowledge on assessing risk and understanding potential liability, while operations staff will become more familiar with their role in safeguarding their facility through documentation, compliance with OSHA regulations, and the importance of indoor air quality. Presentations on energy management and new technologies, facility cleaning, and the importance of preventative maintenance, help round out this course.
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Certified Rink Administrator - CRA
5/17/2022
This management course is designed to help administrators and managers evaluate their established facility programming and maximize its’ potential growth. Attendees are provided resources to create and implement their own marketing plans and examine the different media delivery approaches of each. Special events, advertising (both purchasing and selling), and cross promotion of activities are also examined.
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Certified Rink Administrator - CRA
5/17/2022

Courses Offered by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating

Description
Calling all skating directors, instructors, rink managers and club board members! If you’re a passionate individual who wants to increase your skating business and revenue, learn proven retention strategies and improve your leadership skills, jump on board and join us for the Skating Director Program.   The three-and-a-half day Skating Director Program  offers attendees a toolkit for effective leadership, business and programming strategies for increased growth, retention and success. Hear from top industry professionals on advancements in programming, technology and data-driven marketing that will provide the tools to create a successful and financially viable skating program
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Courses Offered by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating
5/17/2022
Open to Hockey Directors, Hockey Administrators, and all youth hockey leaders, The Hockey Director Course is presented by USA Hockey’s Hockey Development staff and Program Services staff.  This course will provide attendees with tools and strategies to manage a successful hockey season by incorporating Long Term Athlete Development and Coach Development principals. Participants will interact with USA Hockey staff and industry experts to discuss the essentials of managing a successful Youth Hockey Organization.
Category
EDUCATION
Track
Courses Offered by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating
5/17/2022

RINK Expo & Networking

Description
The RINK Expo trade show at NARCE is the only time during the year that all of the top North American ice rink industry vendors come together under one roof to offer you the opportunity to preview the latest products and services. Interact face-to-face with vendors that represent key segments of the ice rink industry: Ice resurfacers, edgers, paint & painting equipment, dasherboards & shielding, flooring, scheduling & management software, rink supplies, architectual and construction services, refrigeration, dehumidification, lighting, insurance, advertising, rental skates and much more!
Category
NETWORKING
Track
RINK Expo & Networking
5/17/2022
The Networking & Expo Pass gives you access to the trade show and also provides you the opportunity to mingle with industry peers during meals and Networking Socials throughout the week!
Category
NETWORKING
Track
RINK Expo & Networking
5/17/2022