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Team Skating Programs

    There are more than 60 colleges and universities that offer some type of a skating program.
Colleges with a Figure Skating Program  PDF  (11/10)

    The rules for intercollegiate figure skating competitions are governed by the U.S. Figure Skating Collegiate Program Committee and are not found in the USFS rule book that is published each year.

    At the start of each season, the Collegiate Program Committee solidifies any rule changes from the previous season and publishes one common announcement and application for intercollegiate figure skating competitions, including the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships.

   The announcement/application is posted on U.S. Figure Skating web site, in the section PROGRAMS, under the Collegiate2010-11 U.S. Intercollegiate Competitions Announcement and Rules (revised 10/13/10, PDF). The URL above applies throughout the season. Competitors print it & mail it to the LOC Chair of the competition they wish to enter. The event schedule and contact information is also found at the above URL.

    The rules that govern each competition can also be found in the competition announcement of the club hosting collegiate competitions.

Collegiate Competitive Structure
    The USFS has divided the USA into three (3) conferences: Eastern, Mid-Western, and Pacific Coast. These conferences reflect the standard U.S. Figure Skating sections. Teams may compete only in competitions within their geographic conference. Students may compete for only the university which they currently attending full time.

  • Skaters compete individually in free skate programs, solo dance, and/or as part of a team in the team maneuvers or synchronized skating event.
  • A skater/team placing in the top five in an event earns points for his/her college team.

   Typically there are three intercollegiate conference competitions held in each conference throughout the season, and athletes and teams earn points for their team by placing in the top five. At the end of the season, the top three teams in each conference will compete at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships in the spring or summer.

    If there are only two intercollegiate conference competitions per academic year due to financial constraints or limited availability of ice and other resources. If this is the case, the rules follow as if there were three intercollegiate conference competitions. Skaters are still awarded the same amount of points, which are calculated and the top three teams still advance to the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships.

General entry rules (see each announcement for specific rules):

There is no minimum number of skaters required to represent a college/university.

• Skaters MUST represent the college/university they attend.

• All skaters must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a high school diploma
   or equivalent.

• Each college/university may have no more than 35 starts in each competition.

• Each college may have no more than 5 starts in a senior level event, or no more than 3 in any
   other event

• The rules for program length & content follow the U.S. Figure Skating rule book as closely as
   possible, with exceptions noted in the announcement. The following events are offered:

Event Levels
Free Skating, Long Program
Preliminary – Senior
Free Skating, Short program Intermediate – Senior
Solo Dance Preliminary – Senior
Team Maneuver Low; Intermediate; High
Synchronized Team Skating Open Collegiate and Collegiate

NOTE: There is a collegiate USFS membership available for full-time student that provides
a reduced rate for a period of 4 years that can be purchased through your home club for a
sum $70, which is a 66 percent discount from a full membership for four years. It carries
the same privileges as a full membership, including a subscription to SKATING magazine,
and testing and competition privileges. Figure skating clubs and parents can gift this mem- bership to graduating high school seniors so that they will stay connected to their home
club and U.S. Figure Skating

      There are more than 75 schools with skating programs and more than 45 synchronized skating teams representing colleges. There are many competitive collegiate skating opportunities for people who have different skating backgrounds.
Note: Information about existing intercollegiate or synchronized skating team has been provided directly from the colleges. Please contact them with questions. The majority of the clubs are run by students, and, in most cases, scholarship money is not available specifically for figure skating.

USFS Coordinator, Athlete Development   Kelli Evers,  p: 719.635.5200     eMail

Judging Systems used in Collegiate Events
     Collegiate teams may participate in intercollegiate and non-qualifying competitions. Teams can compete at the Sectional level (Eastern, Midwestern or Pacific) and top teams advance to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.  This level is judged under the IJS system.

    Open Collegiate teams may participate in intercollegiate and non-qualifying competitions, and may advance to Sectionals. This level is judged under the 6.0 system.

PDF  2010-2011 Intercollegiate Figure Skating Competition Announcement and Rules
Intercollegiate Competitions are nonqualifying USFS competitions, as per Rule 1050.

PDF U.S. Figure Skating
The 2010 U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competition season consists of a total .... in this announcement, U.S. Figure Skating will incorporate all changes

PDF Guide to Developing a Successful Collegiate Program
you can make travel arrangements o Check U.S. Figure Skating Online frequently for competition announcements and news about collegiate skating

PDF NEW 4 year USFS Collegiate Membership
testing and competition rights. 2. Available through US Figure Skating Member Clubs. 3. Can Sign up any time in College; good for a consecutive 4 year period.

2011  U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships (Sun Valley FSC), Sun Valley, ID from July 21-24.  Events are held in four categories: junior ladies, junior men, senior ladies and senior men. To qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Championships, a skater must be a current U.S. Figure Skating member and high school graduate who is enrolled full time in a college or university degree program, entering as a first year student in September or graduating in May 2011.

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Brenda Glidewell
Figure Skating Programs Manager
Phone: 719.228.3436
Contact for: Intercollegiate team skating, U.S. Collegiate Championships

Anna Meyer
Athlete Development Coordinator
Phone: 719.228.3422
Contact for: Collegiate synchronized skating, collegiate clubs/organizations

Kelly Vogtner
Senior Director, Athlete Development
Phone: 719.228.3455

Michelle Zeles-Hahn
Collegiate Program Committee Chair


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