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  Synchronized Skating Competitive Levels

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

    Teams become more competitive as individual skaters pass more MITF, dance, and free skating tests that provide the skills to consistently perform at consistently high performance and presentation levels through out a synchronized skating program.


2008- 2009 Competiton 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 single, pair, 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
    • ParagraphCircles
    • 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


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