San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Synchronized Team SkatingAll teams perform a free skating program that are judged on teamwork, speed, intricate formations, and challenging step sequences. The free skating program is expected to be performed in compliance with required well-balanced program elements.
Competitive Event Levels
Evaluation of Synchro Programs
At the junior and senior levels, the teams perform a short program consisting of required elements.
Elements in a synchronized skating program include blocks, circles, wheels, lines, intersections, moves in the field, moves in isolation, no-hold step sequences, spins and pairs moves. The variety and difficulty of elements require that each team member is a highly skilled individual skater. The typical senior-level athlete has passed a senior or gold test in at least two disciplines.
The USFSA requires Synchronized Skating Teams to consist of individual skaters who have passed the minimum required MITF test.
The performances of teams become more technically demanding 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.
Synchronized teams in the U.S. can compete in 14 different levels according to the age and skill level of the team members.
*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.
Please see the beginner page for specific information related to each beginner level.
Synchronized Skating Levels
Basic Skating Individual Workshops elements target Individual Synchronized Skater skill development.
Basic Skills (beginner) level teams may compete at any U.S. Figure Skating synchronized skating nonqualifying competitions or U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills competitions.
Teams competing at the developmental levels of preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, open collegiate or open adult may also compete at the Eastern, Midwestern or Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held annually at the end of January.
Juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult or masters teams compete first at their respective sectional championships. A placement in the top four at sectionals earns them a spot at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Top-performing teams at the junior and senior levels at have the opportunity to earn a berth to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team, with the top two senior teams going on to represent the United States at the World Synchronized Skating Championships.References:
Note: 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:
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
Figure 8 Circles
Loops - Figure 8 Circles
Loop - three lobe Circles
Loop - Paragraph Circles
Turns Level 1 through 10
Drop 3-Turns in both directions
Waltz 3-Turns in both directions
Inside mohawk turns in both directions
Outside mohawk in both directions
Ladies outside 14-Step mohawk
Ladies outside Foxtrot mohawk
Outside Rocker Foxtrot mohawk
Ladies Silver Tango swing mohawk
Preliminary through Gold dances
USFS Competition Events
2013 USFS National Synchronized Skating Championships Feb. 2t through March 2, 2013 will be
hosted by: Detroit Metro Skating Council
Location: Compuware Arena
14900 Beck Rd.
Plymouth Charter Township, MI 48170
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:
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