Retaining Figure Skaters

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Figure Skating Programs

Skating doesn't need to end after high school.
       Figure Skaters who enroll in college as a full-time student have an opportunity to participate in special programs geared toward the student-athlete. The following skaters are represented in the collegiate program:
  • Those who have been skating since they were young,
  • Those who learn to skate in college,
  • Those who return to skating after a long absence from the sport.
       Regardless of the level of skating skills or experience, collegiate programs can provide skaters with an opportunity to form new friendships with others who share their interest in figure skating and stay in shape.

       The USFSA stresses that collegiate skaters are more “student” than they are “athlete”. They advise high-school figure skaters to never choose a university based on their skating program.

       More than 100 colleges and universities offer some type of skating program. The level and commitment to a figure skating program varies by school.         For the most up-todate list of colleges and universities with figure skating programs, click "Find a Team".

       If the school you want to go isn't listed, start your own team! It is a great way to learn valuable leadership and business skills. There is no minimum number of people needed to start a program at a school.
Figure skating programs also do not have to be directly affiliated with the skater’s university

Intercollegiate Team Skating
       The fastest growing part of collegiate figure skating is the series of intercollegiate competitions. These clubs are organized under the auspices of the college or university and are not the same as a sanctioned USFS club. These college club provide an opportunity for collegiate athletes to compete against other college athletes in free skating, ice dancing and synchronized team skating competitions!

       The intercollegiate figure skating competitions are governed by U.S. Figure Skating's Collegiate Program Committee. There are three competitions per conference which are hosted by collegiate figure skating clubs.

  • Skaters compete individually in free skate programs, solo dance, and/or as part of a team in the team maneuvers or synchronized skating event.
  • There are three collegiate conferences in the United States: Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast.
  • A skater/team placing in the top five earns his/her college team points.
  • The three colleges with the most points throughout the season in each conference are invited to compete at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Figure Skating Championships (2011 U.S. Intercollegiate Team Championships Event Page).
       Student-athletes are responsible for organizing and running their clubs. They must register with their Student Activities Department, Athletic Department, or any other student organization where they can be recognized on campus. By registering their college club with U.S. Figure Skating, skaters become eligible to compete in intercollegiate team competitions and vie for a spot at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Figure Skating Championships.

2012-13 Intercollegiate Team Skating Competitions
Host College

Sept. 15, 2012
Golden Bear Skate
UC Berkeley
Oakland, Calif
Oct. 27, 2012
Tiger Challenge
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Feb. 24
Pioneer Open
University of Denver
Denver, Colo.

Nov. 3, 2012
Bronco Challenge Cup
Western Michigan Univ.
Kalamazoo, Mich.
Jan. 19, 2013
Hoosier Challenge
Indiana Univ.
Columbus, Ind.
March 23-24, 2013
Maize and Blue Matchup
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Oct. 13-14, 2012
Liberty Univ. Intercollegiate Competition
Liberty University
Lynchburg, Va.
March. 16-17, 2013
Univ. of Delaware Intercollegiate Competition
University of Delaware
Newark, De.

April 13-14, 2013
U.S. Intercollegiate Championships
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H.

Note: Any competitive skater who is enrolled full time in college can use these events as a supplement to entering the regular qualifying U.S. Figure Skating competitions.


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:

Skating Training Programs
USFS Learn To Skate Program
Summer Basic Skating Workshops
High School Skating Programs
Collegiate Figure Skating Programs
Summer Figure Skating Programs
High School Team Figure Skating
Test and Free Skating Track
PDF  Principles of Jumping
PDF  Theater On Ice Basic Skills

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