This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.
Wherever you skate, there will be a mother who doesn't skate herself
but has a young girl enrolled at the rink. She may consider you to be
taking up space on the ice. Any space is too much. Or you may outweigh
little Suzy by a factor of three, and she fears that if there is a
collision Suzy may get squashed and have her Olympic ambitions
prematurely terminated. Despite the fact that the session is open to
all ages and you've paid full admission, she complains and starts
To combat this problem, join the skating club and make a point to get
acquainted with the coaches, adult skaters and parents at the rink.
Volunteer for duties at competitions. Having a group of people who
know who you are, and that you're serious about skating will prevent
your being railroaded by "kids first" rules. Often the answer is to
skate with the intermediate juniors (12 year olds), even if they are
much better skaters.
You may also want to become something of an "adult skating activist".
But please remember that all of the people who run the club are
volunteers, giving of themselves and their time just like you. They do
not want to be confronted with an "in your face" adult skater, and you
would not want to be either.