USFS Judging

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 Synchronized Team Skating
Competitive Event Levels
  
Evaluation of Synchro Programs
       All 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.

       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.

2012- 2013 Competition Requirements
 

Competition Level


No. of
Skaters

 

Age

Required
Test Levels
 
Suggested Test Levels
 MITF
MITF
Dance
Free Skating
 
Masters
 
12-20
At least 25,
Majority 30
 
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, except
4 skaters  18, 19, or 20
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
Pre-gold
Junior
 
Open Junior
 
12-20
At least 12, Majority under 19
 
Preliminary
 
Juvenile
 
Pre-silver
 
Intermediate
  
Junior
 
12-16*
At least 12, under 19
  
Intermediate
  
Junior
  
Silver
  
Junior
   
Novice
 
   12-20
Under 16
except
4 skaters 16 or 17
 
   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 12    \
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.

       Please see the beginner page for specific information related to each beginner level.

Recommended Reading:
  • Synchronized Skating - Ice Skating Institute (ISI)  ISI synchronized events are now divided into 5 categories: Formation, Advanced ... be used on competition event registrations throughout the current skating season. ... by the team members for $1 each after the team passes each test 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
Serpentine Circles
Paragraph Circles
Loops - Figure 8 Circles
Loop - three lobe Circles
Loop - Paragraph Circles
Turns Level 1 through 10
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
Preliminary through Gold dances
International dances
Summer Workshops
Theater
On Ice

 

General
 

MITF

 

Free Skating
 

Dance Steps

 

Figures
 
 

Synchro
 
On-Ice
Workshops
TofC

USFS Competition Events

Competition Requirements

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

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:

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