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Badge Levels -
ISI & USFS Basic Skills

Beginning Ice Skating Programs
       Both the ISI and Basic Skills Programs are designed to provide a fun environment to learn skate. There are some minor differences of the order in which specific skating skills are taught. 

       Depending on what part of the country your reside, your local ice skating rink may host Ice Skating Institute (ISI) or United State Figure Skating (USFS) Basic Skating Skills group classes.  Skaters who develop an interest competing will transition into joining the USFS if they aspire to compete in the International Skating Union (ISU) world and Olympic sanctioned championships.

       Skaters who are just beginning to develop their skills may participate in both ISI and USFS Basic Skills competitions, providing they are members of both organizations.

The ISI program The Basic Skills program
Six levels for beginners prior to progressing to free skating classes:
  • Tots
  • Pre-Alpha
  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Gamma
  • Delta
Nine levels for beginners prior to progressing to free skating classes:
  • Snowplow Sam
  • Basic 1
  • Basic 2
  • Basic 3
  • Basic 4
  • Basic 5
  • Basic 6
  • Basic 7
  • Basic 8
Six levels of beginning free skating classes:
  • Free Style 1
  • Free Style 2
  • Free Style 3
  • Free Style 4
  • Free Style 5
  • Free Style 6
Six levels of beginner free skating classes:
  • Free Skate 1
  • Free Skate 2
  • Free Skate 3
  • Free Skate 4
  • Free Skate 5
  • Free Skate 6
Refer to USFS and ISI Badge Conversion Chart

Differences between ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skills competitions
       There are required elements in both ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skills badges and competition events. Both types of competitions contain events that are performed from one third to half ice and without music. These events allow beginning skaters to be involved without the expense of choreographing a program to music and cutting a CD.

       Skaters, parents, and coaches must read the competition announcements to be sure that all of the required elements and no prohibited elements are included. Failure to follow the rules results in avoidable deduction taken by the judges that will affect the placement of a skater.

       The cost of joining both organizations is minimal so skaters can enter both types of competitions, which are held throughout the USA at different times of the year. Check with the Interclub Association in your area to see if the have a listing of USFS competitions hosted by member clubs. Check with the USFS Basic Skills to search for Basic Skills Competitions in your area. The ISI will have a listing of ISI competitions by ISI Districts.

       Use last year's competition dates to reserve time on your calendar for the current year's approximate dates. Check with each club's web sites for the competition announcement starting 3 to 4 months ahead of the expected competition date. Ask your coach or skating school director for competition dates. They usually have last year's competition Calendar. Develop your personal calendar, using 2009 Skating Calendar  as an example.

The Basic Skating Skills Curriculum includes the following classes:
Sampling of Basic Skills Competitions across the USA:

PDF USFS Skate Colorado Basic Skills Series The competition is open to ALL skaters who are current eligible (ER 1.00) members of the Basic Skills Program. During the competition season, skaters and teams/clubs will have the chance to compete at seven different arenas and earn points for a final standing.

DOC Gargen City Basic Skills Competition The beginner competition program is also part of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program. The beginner competition program is for Basic Skills level.

PDF 2010 Spooktacular Skate Basic Skills Competition  The 2010 Spooktacular Skate Competition is a basic skills competition sponsored by the. Wichita Ice Center on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 3:30 - 7:00 pm.

Skate Bridgewater 2011 Basic Skills Competition - Skating club  Skate Bridgewater 2011 Basic Skills Competition. Feb. 17th, 2011. When - Sunday May 22, 2011. Host - Skating Club of Bridgewater.

The Skating Club of Boston's Basic Skills Competition  The Twelfth Annual Basic Skills Skate sponsored by The Skating Club of Boston will be held at The Skating Club of Boston on February 12, 2011.

PDF Reisterstown Sportsplex Learn to Skate 3 Annual Basic Skills Competition is sponsored by the Reisterstown Learn to Skate program and approved by U.S. Figure Skating.

Basic Skills Competition, Tuxedo Invitational  Bowling Green Skating Club hosted the Basic Skills Competition Sept. 18, 2010.

Wallace Figure Skating Club Walla Bear Basic Skills Competition

"Firecracker" Basic Skills Competition  hosted by the Pilgrim Skating Club - Date To Be Determined July. 2011.

PDF Yarmouth Ice Club First Annual “Skate Your Dream  Basic Skills Competition. Mon, Jan. 17, 2011 (9 am to 1 pm). The Bog Ice Arena, 188 Summer St. Kingston, MA.

6th Annual Basic Skills Competition Juneau, AL Juneau Skating Club. Feb. 20, 2011

4th Annual Ice Vault Basic Skills Competition  Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Basic Skills Competitions | The Skating Club of Boston  Information regarding the multiple Basic Skills Competitions held at The Skating Club of Boston and our satellite locations,

Recommended Reading:

PDF Skate With U.S. Competition Manual Competitions and U.S. Figure OVERVIEW: The beginner level will be offered at non-qualifying synchronized skatingSkating Basic Skills 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:

   Learn to Skate Program
Table of Contents - Basic Skills Bridge Program Handbook

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