Synchronized Team Skating

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San Diego Figure Skating Communications

  Synchronized Skating Elements

    The USFS requires
individual skaters of a Synchronized Skating Team to have passed the minimum required MITF test for each competition level.  There are also age requirements based on the team's competition level.

    Skaters increase their competitiveness as a team member by acquiring more skills and passing MITF, Free Skating, and Dance tests.

Basic Skating Workshops target individual development of
elements required in Synchronized Skater skill development.

The following workshops include tasks that are used in single, pair, dance, and synchro events:
  • MITF
    • ISI Delta and Free Skating >4
    • USFSA Pre-Preliminary MITF
    • USFSA Preliminary MITF
    • USFSA Pre-Juvenile MITF
  • Figures
    • 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
Synchronized Team Workshops Target Basic Skater Skill Development.

Basic  Synchronized Elements

       Four levels of synchronized workshops will incorporate tasks from the following list of basic  synchronized elements skated in programs:
  • Circle -
    • Forward skating clockwise and counterclockwise
    • Backward skating clockwise and counterclockwise
    • Small circle to large circle
    • Large circle to small circle
  • Line - (10-15 steps the width or length of the rink)
    • Forward skating
      • With alternating forward crossovers
      • With change of axis
    • Backward skating
      • With alternating backward crossovers
      • With change of axis
    • Forward line transitioning to a backward line
    • Backward line transitioning to a forward line
  • Block - (10-15 steps in a simple block formation)
    • Forward skating in shoulder hold position 
    • Backward skating in shoulder hold position
    • One change of axis and one change of direction
    • A block sequence that creates a circular pattern covering the ice
  • Wheel
    • Forward skating - two spoke wheel
      • Parallel wheel
      • Backward "S" wheel
      • Four spoke wheel
    • Backward skating - two spoke wheel
      • Parallel wheel
      • Backward "S" wheel
      • Four spoke wheel
  • Holds - Arm positions
    • Shoulder to shoulder
    • Hand to hand
    • Basket Weave
  • Intersections
    • One line forward intersection
    • One line forward intersection on one foot, a turn to follow after lines intersect
    • Skaters perform a forward lunge while intersecting
  • Transitions
    • Circle transitioning from forward to backward
    • A wheel and circle
    • A circle and line
    • A line and an Intersection
    • An intersection and a block
All materials are copy protected. 
The use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.

Recommended Reading:

Guide to Basic Skills and Beginner Synchro  Why the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills/Beginner Synchronized Skating Program skating curriculum is a fun.


Synchronized Team Skating for information on specific workshops devoted to various synchro line movements.


Sample Workshop Registration Application

PDF Synchronized Skating Bridge Program Synchronized Skating Bridge Program. Skating schools can use either the Basic Skills synchronized skating badges 1-4 curriculum or the beginner competitive program.

Basic Skills For A Synchronized Skating Competition July 6, 2011 ... Basic Skills For A Synchronized Skating Competition. Synchronized skating became a mainstream figure skating event in 1984. 


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:

Developing Workshop Topics
Workshops Off Ice
Summer Workshops & Seminars
Fundamental Skating Skills Workshops
Adult Workshops
Artistry Workshops
Dance Steps & Turns Workshops
MITF Lesson Plans Group A
MITF Lesson Plans Group B
Off Ice Seminar Program
Figure Workshops
Free Skating Workshops
Synchronized Skating Workshops
Synchronized Skating Elements
Connecting Elements Workshops
MITF Summer Workshop Schedule
Values Derived From Ice Skating

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.

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