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What should our mission be at this point in time.

That’s really a very simple question to answer. Our mission should be to find way(s) to save this sport by WHATEVER means is necessary. Certain facts would seem to be obvious by now

• The structure that we are working under now has failed.
• This structure does not have properties that lend itself to self-healing.
• There are few, and in some cases no skaters coming up through the ranks in the lower divisions.
• Who will replace the skaters in our upper divisions when they retire?
• The numbers in the National Championships were a disgrace.
• Many skaters choose not to even bother coming, perhaps because they felt that there was no point.
• The stands in Lincoln were devoid of human habitation.
• This structure MUST be replaced and F.A.S.T.
• Events that have no business being at a National Championships MUST be removed.
• The 2011 National Roller Skating Championships must be made to be meaningful.
• This cannot and will not be done unless WE do it.

I have stated this before and I must say it again. There are now and have been in the past many dedicated and caring people who have served in the past and are serving now on the USARS Board of Directors. Additionally, I would like to thank those caring people who worked their hearts out on the stage, on the floor and in the background doing the thankless jobs, and there are many, with little or no recognition and NO compensation. To the judges who volunteered their time and effort over 16 days in the summer heat in Lincoln. There are much nicer resort locations to be at in July and August. They choose to be in Lincoln because they love this sport. A heartfelt thank you to all of you.

To the skaters who participated in competition this year at the local, regional and National levels I say thank you. For YOU are what this sport should be all about. You are trying your very best under the most severe of circumstances to do the best that you can. But we have failed in our responsibility to do what is best for our sport and for you skaters.

I can not apologize enough that you could not have experienced what skating once was, and what it should be now. For that I am truly sorry.

But I had to wonder what was going through the minds of these dedicated people as they watched what transpired before their eyes from the stage in Lincoln. Many of these people have worked tirelessly for decades for the betterment of this sport. I can’t imagine anyone looking out on that floor from the stage and thinking “Wow! We’re on the right track… We’re coming back…”.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are not.

And who is to blame? Certainly the system. Certain factions in this association have for years pushed through their own agenda’s. I know who they are…. And you know who they are. And who is to blame for that?

1. Me
2. You
3. And everyone out here who did NOTHING just to try to protect their own derriere.

It’s really very simple. This ship has been guided full speed ahead into an iceberg. But it is our fault for doing nothing to stop it for over 30 years. Its OUR fault, YOURS and MINE! It’s the fault of every coach and teacher who did nothing when they saw something that was not good for this sport. There were a few over the years that stood up and shouted when they saw mistakes were being made. But they shouted alone into the dark of the night. No one would listen. No one would stand up with them because no one wanted to make waves. We all wanted to be liked by everyone. We all wanted to be in the “In group”. We didn’t want the “Powers That be” to single us out as a trouble maker. Because we didn’t want “T.H.E.M.” to hurt our skaters in competition.

There is a passage in the Declaration of Independence that reads as follows:

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."


What this says says in essence is, that when something is wrong, those in a position to fix it have a moral responsibility to do so.

WE FAILED IN THIS RESPONSIBILITY, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US! I did, you did, we all did…….We allowed things that we knew were not in the best interest of this sport to continue unchecked and unopposed. We all tried to be so politically correct. Lets not step on any toes, Lets just all fit in.

Denial serves no useful purpose. It’s too late for that now.

If you are happy and satisfied with what you are seeing in Lincoln PLEASE don’t waste your time or my bandwidth by coming back to Skateghost.com. There are plenty of venues that will feed you all the happy news you can take, covered with hot fudge and whipped cream. You can digest it until you go into diabetic shock. You won’t find that here.

If you see the current system and structure saving this sport then please stop reading now. If your name is on our mailing list please notify me and I will happily remove it for you.

Things need to change my friends. And they need to change N.O.W.

If you are ready to stand up and fight for this sport then perhaps there is the faintest glimmer of hope that something can still be done. Some might be offended by what others might suggest that needs to be changed in this sport. I’m sorry but I no longer care. Its too late to be kind and gentle. Kind and gentle will not work now. We need ideas and we need them NOW!

It is important to note that we DO NOT need a new organization. We need to fix the one thats currently in place. Besides a new organization would cost millions, and we don't have that now do we?

So what is next?

Please sit down with a pad and pen and write down for yourself what things you feel are wrong about our system and structure. If you have an idea of how things can be changed then write that down as well. Collect and organize your thoughts and ideas. Read them over and over again. Good ideas take time to develop.

PLEASE don’t send in complaints about judging. I know that this is an emotional issue for many and has gone on for decade upon decade. But that is NOT an issue for this place and at this time. If we don’t get some good ideas to save this sport then there will be no one to judge and judging won’t matter. Let's remember that these people on the floor who are giving of their time and effort deserve our thanks and appreciation. If you don't agree with their decisions then I suggest that you take the time and make the effort to become one of them. You will soon find out how thankless a job that can be at times. First things first please.

So lets start to collect our thoughts. We’ve got one more at bat left. We can’t bunt or walk. It’s two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the count is 0 and 2. We need a homerun. Lets make this last swing count.

The Ghost