Basic Skating Skills Program

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San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Competitions for
Basic Skill Skaters

Recreational Competitions for Ice Skaters
       Each USA geographic area has a different calendar of skating events for skaters who have not passed any USFS tests. All beginning and recreational skaters are eligible to become a Ice Skating Institute (ISI) or USFS Basic Skating Skills programs. The cost is modest and allows skaters the opportunity to compete against other skaters of similar ages and skills.

       Most of the events consist of less than 6 skaters that are clustered by age groupings so the physical sizes of the skaters are not grouped together.

       In some states the club have organized their competitions to award points for event placements with a championship held at the end of the season. This generates interest in the skaters to enter smaller competitions throughout their state. It also generates an interest to master the elements in each event level. After the championship, the skaters will test at the next level in preparation for the next competitive season.

       After completing the basic skills program, the skaters will be well prepared to enter the USFS Pre-Preliminary level MITF and Free Skating testing program. There is a complete series of competitions to are geared towards skaters who are very involved in pursuing their academic studies, yet desire to compete in non-qualifying competitions.

Recommended Reading:
The Articles from the USFS Basic Skills Bridge Program
are provided with the permission of

Susi Wehrli-McLaughlin
Senior Director of Membership
U.S. Figure Skating

The mission of U.S. Figure Skating is to provide programs to encourage
participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating.

Recommended Reading:


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:
Ice Sports
          Competitions for Basic Skills Skaters
PDF  Colleges with Intercollegiate Skating Clubs
PDF  Colleges with Synchronized Skating Programs
Skating Associations

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