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High School Skating Programs

High School-Affiliated Clubs

      Schools that wish to acquire a School-Affiliated Club membership can do so by completing the School-Affiliated Club membership application and pay an annual $30 membership fee. Clubs shall receive, upon payment of such dues, a certificate of membership. Members of school-affiliated clubs are able to represent their school in interscholastic competitions sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating. For all other competitions and testing, these members must be registered with U.S. Figure Skating through their home club or as an individual member


       For additioal help contact Brenda Gildewell, U.S. Figure Skating programs manager, at bglidewell@usfigureskating.org or 719.635.5200 ext. 436.

     The Michigan High School Skating Series was introduced in 1999. It has continued to grow every year, the Michigan High School Skating series offers great opportunities for skaters to participate in team sports and to be part of their school's athletic program. Starting with 10 teams and a single competition in 1999, the 2010 series has 50 teams and 16 competitions.

The Michigan High School Skating Program
     The Michigan High School Athletic Association is divided into 5 Districts, each composed of 6-12 teams. Three competitions are held within each district.  Each school may field any or all of “A”, “B”, and “C” level teams and each level team competes separately (i.e. A teams compete against other A teams, B teams against other B teams, etc.).

    Team Requirements:
 
 
Team 
Minimum Number of skaters per team

Maximum Test Levels

Elements
   
A
3 skaters from 1 high school      
No Restrictions
     
Most Difficulty

B
   
3 skaters from 1 high school
No higher then Intermediate MITF and Juvenile Free Skating
   
Intermediate Difficulty

C
   
3 skaters from 1 high school
No higher then Preliminary MITF and Pre-Preliminary Free Skating    
Least Difficulty
  • Teams participate in 3 initial round competitions within their own District, then the top three district team finishers qualify for the state championship in a final State Championship Competition sometime in March.

  • The initial round competitions in each district are Team Compulsory competitions. At these competitions, there are 3 events at each level – a Jumps event, a Spins event, and a Moves event. Each event has 4 “elements” – specific tasks that are performed by an individual skater representing each team, in team rotation.

  • The specific elements may change from year to year.  Each competition lasts about 4 hours, and teams compete against other teams within their own district to earn a position in the State Championship competition.

  • An “Invitational Competition” is also offered each year which is optional and is in the same format, but is open to teams from any District. No points are earned toward State Championships.

  • The 2 day State Championship offers a final Team event in the same format as described above. It also offers a large variety of “Individual” events such as free skating, dance, and showcase which allow skaters to earn State Individual medals.

Source - Traverse City FSC

Note: The Traverse City Combined High School Team is made up of 9th through 12th grade TCFSC skaters from several area high schools.  Some high schools designate the teams as varsity or junior varsity and skaters may earn a school letter for team participation. 

     Depending upon the number of skaters and their test levels, there may be an “A” Team, “B” Team and/or a "C" team that can enter competitions.  The teams can qualify for the State Championship my entering different competitions.

     If the number of team skaters is limited, it is sometimes necessary to ask skaters to perform some skating elements in which they are not as comfortable in order to try to garner team points.  With more skaters participating, everyone can enter events that they feel really good about performing, thus allowing the team to fully function as a unit. "They get to do something they enjoy. It makes it more fun for them."

     Participation in the team allows skaters to meet people with similar interests as they compete to earn their varsity letter. But as a club, it costs more than traditional high school sports — anywhere between $300 to $600 a year in fees and expenses, including dresses, ice time, coaching payment and competition participation depending on the USA geographic region. Los Angeles and New York City has much high ice and coaching fees.  Obviously in some states there are more ice skating facilities and the distances to travel are not as great as in the midwestern states, and especially a large state like Texas.

     Figure skating is not a sport that is part of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. But schools interested in sponsoring a team can participate through the Michigan High School Skating Series.

High School Team Figure Skating Competitions
1/8/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Detroit Skate Club, 888 Denison Court, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302
 
1/14/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Benjamin Yack Recreation Center, 3131 3rd Street, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192
 
1/18/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at 33500 West 8 Mile Road, Farming Hills, Michigan, 48335
 
2/17/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 3550 Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan
 
2/18/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Melvindale Civic Arena, 4300 South Dearborn Street, Melvindale, Michigan 48122
 
2/20/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Twin Star Ice Arena, 5076 Sports Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
 
2/24/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Troy Sport Center, 1819 East Big Beaver, Troy, Michigan 48083
 
3/14/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Garden City Ice Arena, 200 Log Cabin Road, Garden City, Michigan 48135
 
3/27/2010 2010 Michigan High School Figure Skating Team Competition at Midland Civic Arena, 405 Fast Ice Drive, Midland, Michigan 48642
 
4/25/2010 2010 High School Team Open Competition at Nashoba Valley Olympia, 34 Massachusetts Avenue, Route 111, Boxborough, Massachusetts 01719
 
11/14/2010 2010-11 U.P. of Michigan High School Figure Skating Competition Series at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, Houghton, Michigan 49931
 
12/1/2010 2010 District 1 High School Competition at Royal Oak Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
 
12/11/2010 2010 District 5 High School Competition at 52 Arena, 5076 Sports Drive, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
 
12/12/2010 2010 District 3 High School Competition at Hartland Sports Center, 2755 Arena Drive, Hartland, Michigan 48353
 
1/11/2011 2011 District 1 High School Skating Competition at Detroit Skate Club Rink, 888 Dennison Court, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302
 
1/17/2011 2011 District 3 High School Competition at Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 35500 8 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335
 
1/19/2011 2011 District 2 High School Competition at Hart Southgate Arena, 14700 Reaume Parkway, Southgate, Michigan 48195
 
1/29/2011 2011 District 5 High School Competition at Alpena Ice Rink, 751 Woodward Avenue, Alpena, Michigan 49707
 
1/30/2011 2011 Wisconsin High School Skating Organization Team Competition Series at South Wood County Recreation Center, 2711 16th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
 
2/7/2011 2011 District 1 High School Competition at University of Michigan Field House at University of Michigan Field House, Dearborn, Michigan 48124
 
2/10/2011 2011 District 2 High School Competition at Taylor Sportsplex, 1333 Telegraph, Taylor, Michigan 48180
 
2/16/2011 2011 Farmington Hills District 3 High School Competition at Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 35500 8 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335
 
2/18/2011 2011 Hiawatha Land Open at Rochester Recreation Center, 21 Elton Hills Drive Northwest, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
 
2/19/2011 2011 Detroit High School Invitational at University of Michigan Field House, Dearborn, Michigan 48124
 
2/24/2011 2011 Melvindale District 2 High School Competition at Melvindale Civic Arena, 4300 South Dearborn, Melvindale, Michigan 48122
 
2/27/2011 2011 Traverse City District 5 High School Competition at Center Ice Arena, 1600 Chartwell #E, Traverse City, Michigan 49686
 
3/26/2011 2011 Detroit High School Skating Finals at Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Judging Events
     Each event is judged individually and medals are awarded for First through Sixth place. Skaters represent their school. Points are awarded for the skaters placement: 1st place = 6 points, 2nd place = 5 points; 3rd place = 4 points; 4th place = 3 points; 5th place = 2 points; and sixth place = 1 point.

     A plaque is awarded for overall point totals for the free skating events; compulsory moves and short program; showcase; maneuver teams; and spin teams. There are awards for overall team point totals -
trophies for first, second and third place.

     The judges also award a trophy for Team Spirit. The medals are for the skaters to keep personally. The plaques and trophies are to be presented to their school for the school's trophy case.

Recommended Reading:

Aspiring To Achieve Elite Status

Team Ice Skating Sports

High School Skating Clubs

High School & College Club Jv & Varsity Skating Teams

References:

PDF  2011 Ohio High School Team Figure Skating Championships
Sept. 22, 2010 ... Announcement

PPT  High School Figure Skating Clubs
All results are verified by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and by the High School Team contacts prior to the announcement of team awards. 2008 – 2009 High School Figure Skating

PDF 2011 Skate Canada-Eastern Ontario High School ...
Encourages high school figure skaters to continue in their chosen sport – and ... Events currently included in the competition announcement are listed.

PDF 2010-11 Test Track Level Descriptions (effective Sept. 1, 2010)

PDF  Test Track Flow Chart

Resources:
  
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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