Transitioning from Badges
 to USFS Testing

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Badge Program

    The ISI and Basic Skills group class programs provide a new source of beginning skaters each year that can graduate into "Bridge or Transition Program" that educates skaters as to the benefits and opportunities of joining a USFS club. A one year trial membership is available for skaters who not not previously been a USFS member. The fee is $40 for the first members and $20 per each additional family member.

    The introductory membership allows beginning skaters to fully participate in taking USFS tests and entering competitions, plus providing them with a clear vision of the USFS experience.

    Skaters should time their option of joining the USFS until they are ready to start taking tests. However, it is wise to remember that the USFS does not pro-rate its membership fee and the membership year starts start July 1st of each year. Generally the club foregoes charging an initiation fee if the application is processed (approved) prior to June 30.

Guidelines for Parents of Aspiring Skaters

Off-Ice Strength & Conditioning

- Badge Levels -


Tot 1 – Falling down and getting up, forward marching, two foot glide, dip, scooter push (either foot)

Tot 2 – Two foot glide, dip, back wiggles, scooter pushes (both feet) forward swizzles


Basic 1 – Two foot glide, dip, back wiggles, scooter pushes (both feet) forward swizzles

Basic 2 – Gliding dip, scooter pushes (alternating feet) forward swizzles, back wiggles, idea of back swizzles, one foot glide (either foot) 

Intermediate – Forward swizzles, backward swizzles, scooter pushes (alternating feet), one foot glides on both feet, idea of one foot glides on the circle with both feet

Advanced – Forward swizzles with movement and flow, backward swizzles with movement and flow; 1st and 2nd position on the circle with both feet (one foot glides bringing free foot from back to front of skating foot); forward stroking pushing with edges not toes; beginning forward crossovers (right and left); snowplow stop.

Pre Alpha

Pre-Alpha 1 – Forward swizzles (3 or 4 consecutive), backward wiggles, idea of forward swizzles, one foot glides, either foot, pushes and glides with alternating feet

Pre-Alpha 2 – Forward swizzles with movement and flow, backward swizzles with movement and flow, One foot glides on both feet, 1st and 2nd position on the circle with both feet.


Alpha 1 – Forward stroking, forward crossovers (one direction passable), snowplow stop

Alpha 2 – Forward stroking, forward crossovers (right and left foot passable), backward pumps, snow plow stop


Beta 1 – Backward stroking, backward crossovers (one direction passable), T- stops (one foot passable)

Beta 2 – Backward stroking holding glide, backward crossovers (both directions passable), T stops (both feet passable)


Outside 3 turns (right and left), mohawks (both directions), forward outside and inside edges, hockey stop


All edges, forward and backward, all 3 turns (forward outside to backward outside, both feet), forward inside to backward inside, both feet), bunny hop, lunge or shoot the duck.


FS 1 – All edges, forward and backward, waltz jump, one half flip, two foot spin, forward pivot, forward spiral, straight line or on edge

FS 2 – Ballet jump, one half toe walley, one half lutz, one foot spin, two forward spirals on different edges, dance step

FS 3 – Salchow, toe loop/toe walley, change foot spin, forward scratch spin, backward outside/inside pivot, backward spiral on edge, dance step

FS 4 – Flip jump, loop jump, one half loop jump, sit spin, two backward spirals on different feet and on edges, dance step

FS 5 – Axel, lutz jump, camel spin, combination spin (camel, sit), back scratch spin, dance step

FS 6 - Split jump, split falling leaf jump, jump combination (axel/1/2 loop/flip), double salchow, layback or sit-change-sit spins (choice of one), spin combination with change of foot and position, dance step

                  Advanced Freestyle - must be tested by an ISI District 8 panel of judges:

FS 7 – Double toe loop or double toe walley jump (choice of one), two walley jumps in a row, combination spin with change of foot and position, flying camel, one-foot axel/one-quarter flip-axel, jump in the opposite direction, dance step

FS 8 – Double loop jump, double flip jump, split lutz, flying sit spin or axel sit spin (choice of one), Jump combination (one and one-quarter flip/one and one-quarter flip/double salchow), illusion or camel-jump-camel spin, (choice of one), dance step

FS 9 – Double lutz, axel-double loop jump combination, axel in the opposite direction or double axel (choice of one), spiral/bauer/spread eagle combination, Jump combination: rocker or counter jump/double toe assisted jump/double loop, flying camel into a jump sit spin, dance step

FS 10 – Double axel/double toe loop combination, triple edge jump (skater’s choice), death drop, four alternating axels in a row or a triple toe jump (choice of one), double jump to the right and left or triple toe/double loop jump (choice of one), three Arabian cartwheels or butterfly jumps in a row (choice of one), dance step.


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Basic Skills Curriculum 

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