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Interscholastic Athletic Federations

    High school athletic programs have developed a structure that allows schools to compete against other schools with similar enrollment through participation in a local State Athletic Interscholastic Federation.  There is a wide variation in the winter sports that are included in individual states that is highly dependent on the climate of the state's geographic region (cold winter climates).

    Note: New York State Public School Athlete Federation provided for:

  • State Championships for boys in baseball, cross country, ice hockey, ice skating, swimming, tennis and track. Girls participated only in varsity basketball. (1920).
  • Expanded Central Committee to include female representatives of athletics. (1974).
  • Approved baseball, girls basketball, field hockey, boys and girls soccer, ice hockey and softball. (1978).
  • First Girls Golf Championship. (2006)
    Marquette Figure Skating Club hosts the Ron Carlson Marquette International Open non-qualifying competition. Various events are offered such as; Freestyle, Compulsory/Short Program, Artistic, Artistic Recall, Spins, and Solo Dance. (Basic Skills skaters from Basic 1 through Basic 8 are offered events in compulsory and free skate.) Skaters are placed into groups of no more than 8 skaters to a group and are grouped by level and age.

   Two competitive tracks are available to skaters: The New Competitive Test Track and the Well-Balanc- ed Free Skate Track. The Competitive Test Track aligns testing requirements with competition levels.

Midland Area High School Figure Skating Team
     The Midland Area High School Figure Skating Team recently opened their sixth competition season. We are fielding an A, B and C team this year, and the team is coached by Teri Haag.

     The Michigan High School Skating conference is made up of 60 schools throughout the state of Michigan and is divided into districts. The team competes in District 5 and trains at the Midland Figure Skating Club.

 

Note: the Michigan High School Skating Series which was introduced in 1999. The Series started in 1999 with 10 teams and just a single competition, but has grown to 50 teams and 16 competitions.

High school figure skaters in Michigan compete in five districts, each composed of six to 12 teams. Each school may field any or all of A, B, and C level teams, which compete separately. The A teams perform the most difficult elements, with C teams having the least difficult elements. Teams participate in three initial-round competitions within their own district, and then the victors from each district meet in at the state championship.

The initial-round competitions in each district are team compulsory competitions. At these competitions, there are three events at each level - a jumps event, a spins event, and a moves event.

A club team skaters can still earn their varsity letters. There isn't a Michigan High School Athlete Association (MHSAA) championship in the sport of figure skating.

    Marquette Figure Skating Club in conjunction with the Marquette Senior High School Figure Skating Club hosts the U.P. of Michigan High School Figure Skating Competition Series on Sunday morning of the Ron Carlson Marquette International Open in February. This is a 2-part competition series with Houghton High School and the Copper Country Skating Academy hosting the other half in November. A High School Team may participate in 1 or both competitions.


Approved High School Sports are Governed by Individual State Interscholastic Programs -

NFHS | National Federation of State High School Associations
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), ... The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level.  
NFHS Member State Associations                          NFHS Affiliate Associations

California Interscholastic Federation™
March 2, 2011 ... The governing body for high school sports in California. ... school athletics," said Marie Ishida, CIF's executive director. .... have completed a CIF-approved coaching education program, including the CIF rules exam.

Kentucky High School Athletic Association Handbook, Rules and ...
Jan 14, 2011 ... Bylaw 21-Rules Governing Contests ... Copyright (C) 1998-2009 Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

High School Athletic Association Rules
May 5, 2010 ... In North Carolina, the State High School Athletic Association only allows for a an athlete to participate in sports 8 consecutive semesters.

PDF Athletic Eligibility Information
June 16, 2009 ... summary of Minnesota State High School League rules which govern athletics in Minnesota ..... on file with the senior high school athletic director.

University Interscholastic League
The University Interscholastic League was established to provide vehicle for educational extra- curricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The UIL was created by The University of Texas at Austin in 1909 and continues to operate as part of the University of Texas, under the auspices of the Vice President for Diversity & Community Engagement.

Recommended Reading:

Aspiring To Achieve Elite Status
Team Ice Skating Sports
School Club Teams
PDF List of School affiliated Clubs
PDF How to Start a High School Program
PDF School Affiliated Membership Letter
PDF Application for Membership School Affiliated Club

References:

  • Providence College - Figure Skating  hosted both a High Team and Intermediate team at the Boston University Interscholastic Figure Skating Competition and skaters competed individually at BU as well
  • InterScholastic Hockey League - Home  Tournament held the weekend of October 8-10th at Space City Official Site of the Interscholastic Hockey League ...Ice Station and was a huge success.
  • The Independent School League (ISL) is the oldest Independent School athletic association in the United States and arguably one of the most competitive leagues in the nation.   
The League is comprised of 16 private schools in New England, including: Belmont Hill, Brooks, Buckingham, Brown & Nichols, The Governor’s Academy, Groton, Lawrence Academy, Middlesex, Milton Academy, Noble & Greenough, Rivers, Roxbury Latin, St. George’s, St. Mark’s, St. Paul’s, St. Sebastian’s and Thayer. Founded in 1948, the league’s members compete in 18 sports as a part of the larger New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC).
  • PDF Appleton Area School District Ice Skating. Roller Skating. Discus. Ice Hockey. Snow Skiing ... All boys and girls participating in interscholastic athletics must have this disposition on
  • Olympia Ice Center - Programs  Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association ...  Offers ice dancing , power skating and freestyle practice ice.  New this year is aTheatre on Ice program.
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:

Ice Sports & Activities
Aspiring To Achieve Elite Status
Managing Sports Teams
Team Teaching/Coaching
Team Building and Cohesion
Interscholastic Skating
State Interscholastic Sports Federations
PDF  How to Start a High School Program
PDF  School Affiliated Membership Letter
PDF  Application School Affiliated Club Membership
PDF  List of School affiliated Clubs
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