USFS Judging
 
hosted by

   
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
a non-profit educational organization
SDFSC-Enews.Org

  Synchronized Skating Competitive Levels

       The USFSA requires Synchronized Skating Teams to consist of individual skaters who have passed the minimum required MITF test. 

       Synchronized Skating Teams have been gradually recruiting individual skaters who have acquired more advanced MITF, dance, and free skating skills. Skaters on senior teams now have at least two gold medals (MITF, Free Skating, or Compulsory Dancing). These skills have allowed coaches and choreo- graphers to push the technical boundaries allowing them to consistently deliver elite performance and presentation levels representative of a high energy, well balanced and professional choreographed short and long program.

   
Synchronized Skating Competition Event Requirements
   
 

Competition Level


No. of
Skaters

 

Age

Required
Test Levels
 
Suggested Test Levels
 MITF
MITF
Dance
Free Skating
 
Masters
 
12-20
At least 15,
majority 35
 
No test
Pre or Adult Bronze  
Pre-Bronze
 
Adult Bronze
 
Open Adult
 
8-12
 
Majority at least 19
 
No test
Pre or Adult Bronze  
Bronze
 
Pre-Bronze
 
Adult

12-20
 
At least 21, majority at least 25
Pre or adult bronze, pre figure, or bronze dance
 
Adult Silver

Pre-silver

Adult Bronze
 
Open Collegiate
 
8-16
Must be full or part time college students
 
No test
 
Pre-Juvenile
 
Bronze
 
Pre-juvenile
 
Collegiate
 
12-20
Full time college students
 
Juvenile
 
Intermediate
 
Pre-silver
 
Intermediate
Senior 16*
At least 14
Novice
Senior
Pregold
Junior
 
Open Junior
 
12-20
At least 12, majority under 19
 
Preliminary
 
Juvenile
 
Pre-silver
 
Intermediate
Junior
12-16*
At least 14, under 19
Intermediate
Junior
Silver
Junior
Novice
12-20
All under 16
Juvenile
Intermediate
Pre-silver
Novice
Intermediate
12-20
All under 18
Pre-Juvenile
Intermediate
Bronze
Intermediate
 
Open Juvenile
 
8-12
 
majority under 19
 
Pre-pre
Wide range of abilities
 
Pre-bronze
 
Pre-Juvenile
Juvenile
12-20
All under 13 Preliminary
Intermediate Bronze
Intermediate
Pre- Juvenile 8-12 majority under 10 No Test Pre-Juvenile Preliminary Pre-Juvenile
 
Preliminary
 
8-16
Under 12, majority under 10
 
No Test
 
Juvenile
 
Pre-bronze
 
Juvenile
Basic Skills
Beginner 3
8-16 Majority of skaters must be at least 12
No test higher than pre MITF, majority no test
 
Pre-Juvenile
 
Preliminary
 
Pre-Juvenile
Basic Skills
Beginner 2
8-16 Majority of skaters must be 9-11
No test higher than pre MITF, majority no test  
Preliminary
 
No Test
 
Preliminary
Basic Skills
Beginner 1
8-16 Majority of skaters must be under 9
No test higher than pre MITF, majority no test  
Pre-Preliminary
 
No Test
 
Pre-Preliminary
Basic Skills
Synchro 1 - 4
 
6 +
 
All ages
 
No Test
 
Pre-Preliminary
 
No Test
 
Pre-Preliminary

*Teams competing in international competitions must follow the ISU rules. ISU
rules require teams to be comprised of 16 skaters, with not more than 4 alternatives.



    Individual Workshops Basic skating elements target Individual Synchronized Skater skill development.

  
The Figure, Dance, Synchro, General and Free Skating Workshops are designed to be taken concurrently.

  
The following workshops include tasks that are used in singles, pairs, dance, and synchro events:
  • MITF Workshops Pre-Pre through Gold Test
    • USFSA Pre-Preliminary MITF
    • USFSA Preliminary MITF
    • USFSA Pre-Juvenile MITF
    • USFSA Juvenile MITF
    • USFSA Intermediate MITF
    • USFSA Novice MITF
    • USFSA Junior MITF
    • USFSA Senior MITF
  • USFSA Figures - Pre through Gold Test
    • Figure 8 Circles
    • Serpentine Circles
    • Paragraph Circles
    • Loops - Figure 8 Circles
    • Loop - three lobe Circles
    • Loop - Paragraph Circles
    • Turns Level 1 through 10
  • Dance Steps and Turns
    • Drop 3-Turns in both directions
      • European Waltz 3- Turns
    • Waltz 3-Turns in both directions
      • American Waltz 3-Turns
    • Inside mohawk turns in both directions
      • Fiesta Tango mohawk
      • Mans Silver Tango swing mohawk
    • Outside mohawk in both directions
      • Ladies outside 14-Step mohawk
      • Ladies outside Foxtrot mohawk
      • Outside Rocker Foxtrot mohawk
      • Ladies Silver Tango swing mohawk
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:

USFS Competition Events Competition Requirements
PDF Singles Free Skating
         Pair Tests     PDF Pairs Events
         Short Dance & Free Dance Events
         Pattern Dance Events   Compulsory Dances
         Synchronized Competitive Levels
         National Showcase Events
PDF Theater On Ice Events
         Solo Dance Events  PDF Solo Dance Events
PDF Artistic Events
PDF Adult Events
PDF Connecting Moves
PDF Small Connecting Jumps
PDF Recognizing Turns
PDF Test Levels
         Well Balanced Free Skating Events
PDF Test Track Events
         Solo Dance Competitions
         Partnered Dance Events
   --- Subject to Changes ---
PDF Short Program Requirements
PDF Short Program Requirements - Synchro

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