Basic Skating Skills Program

Hosted by
San Diego Figure Skating Communications

ISI & Basic Skating Competitions

What is the difference between ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skills competitions?
       Both the ISI and Basic Skills Program are designed to provide a fun environment in which to learn to skate. There are some minor differences of the order in which specific skating skills are taught, but that is just a minor difference in the scheme of things.

       The ISI program has six levels for beginners prior to progressing to free skating classes:
  • Tots
  • Pre-Alpha
  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Gamma
  • Delta
       The Basic Skills program has 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
       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 skater’s placement.

       The cost of joining both organizations is minimal so skaters can enter both types of competitions, which are held throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada at different times of the year. Check the 2009 Skating Calendar for approximate dates and then confirm by visiting each clubs website for an announcement of the competition and its dates. Also an application to enter the competition should also be available to download starting about three months before the competition.

        Basic Skills/ISI competitions may be held in conjunction with various USFS Open Competitions that are host by the local USFS club. This helps to reduce travel expenses for families with two skaters at different skill levels. It also makes it more convenient for coaches who may attend the competitions to put their skaters on the ice.

Rcommended Reading:

Sports Information

Sports Training


Developing A Training Plan

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
USFS Basic Skills
Basic Skating Skill Classes
Basic Skating Skills Program
Badge Levels - ISI & Basic Skills
Basic Skills Competitions
ISI & Basic Skills Competitions
Test and Competition Strategies
Transferable Skating Skills
Basic Skating Skills Q &A Topics
Figure Skating Development Programs
The Sport of Figure Skating
Figure Skating Disciplines
Free Skating
Ice Dancing
Pair Skating
Synchronized Team Skating
Artistic, Interpretive, & Showcase Events
Theater On Ice

All materials are copy protected. 
The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.

Athlete Concerns     Collection of Related Ideas    Skating Articles    Related Topics      

Ice Skating Rink Index    Topic Index    Site Index   Home Page