Synchronized Team Skating

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San Diego Figure Skating Communications

Basic Skating
Synchronized Workshops

    The USFS requires
individual skaters of a Synchronized Skating Team to pass a minimum of a required MITF test for each competition level.  There are also age requirements based on the team's competition level.

    To increase the competitiveness of their teams, coaches enhance the individual skating skills of team candidates as measured by passing Figure, MITF, Free Skating, and solo/pair Dance tests. 

Basic Skating Workshops target the individual development of elements
required for Synchronized Skater skill development.

    The following workshops include tasks that are used in single, pair, dance, and synchro events:
  • MITF
    • ISI Delta and Free Skating >4
    • USFSA Pre-Preliminary MITF
    • USFSA Preliminary MITF
    • USFSA Pre-Juvenile MITF
  • Figures
    • USFSA Figures - Pre through Gold Test
      • Figure 8 Circles
      • Serpentine Circles
      • ParagraphCircles
      • Loops - Figure 8 Circles
      • Loop - three lobe Circles
      • Loop - Paragraph Circles
    • Turns Level 1 through 10
  • Dance Steps and Turns
    • Drop 3-Turns in both directions
      • European Waltz 3- Turns
    • Waltz 3-Turns in both directions
      • American Waltz 3-Turns
    • Inside mohawk turns in both directions
      • Fiesta Tango mohawk
      • Mans Silver Tango swing mohawk
    • Outside mohawk in both directions
      • Ladies outside 14-Step mohawk
      • Ladies outside Foxtrot mohawk
      • Outside Rocker Foxtrot mohawk
      • Ladies Silver Tango swing mohawk
Synchronized Team Workshops target basic synchronized Skater skill development.

Four levels of synchronized workshops are designed to incorporate tasks from the following list of basic  synchronized elements skated in programs:
  • Circle -
    • Forward skating clockwise and counterclockwise
    • Backward skating clockwise and counterclockwise
    • Small circle to large circle
    • Large circle to small circle
  • Line - (10-15 steps the width or length of the rink)
    • Forward skating
      • With alternating forward crossovers
      • With change of axis
    • Backward skating
      • With alternating backward crossovers
      • With change of axis
    • Forward line transitioning to a backward line
    • Backward line transitioning to a forward line
  • Block - (10-15 steps in a simple block formation)
    • Forward skating in shoulder hold position 
    • Backward skating in shoulder hold position
    • One change of axis and one change of direction
    • A block sequence that creates a circular pattern covering the ice
  • Wheel - 
    • Forward skating - two spoke wheel
      • Parallel wheel
      • Backward "S" wheel
      • Four spoke wheel
    • Backward skating - two spoke wheel
      • Parallel wheel
      • Backward "S" wheel
      • Four spoke wheel
  • Holds - Arm positions
    • Shoulder to shoulder
    • Hand to hand
    • Basket Weave
  • Intersections
    • One line forward intersection
    • One line forward intersection on one foot, a turn to follow after lines intersect
    • Skaters perform a forward lunge while intersecting
  • Transitions
    • Circle transitioning from forward to backward
    • A wheel and circle
    • A circle and line
    • A line and an Intersection
    • An intersection and a block

Ice Skating Disciplines

Skating Skills and Training

Developing Workshop Topics

Skill Development Environment:

Mental Aspects of Coaching

Mental Training

Skating Workshops

Sample Workshop Registration Application

Summer Workshops

Sports Curriculum

Learning Considerations

Process of Systematic Learning

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Key to Success is Communication
Annual Workshops & Seminars Basic Skating Synchro Skating Workshops

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