USFS Basic Skills

Transition Program



The Basic Skills Transition Program is designed to assist skaters in improving existing figure skating skills and acquiring new abilities.

The Program of workshop is open to Basic Skills and USFS  skaters of all ages and abilities — from pre-schoolers to adults, beginners to advanced skaters. It consists of workshops, badges, and competitions.

There are workshops with levels that begin with the fundamentals and progress to more advanced and specialized figure skating skills: figures, Moves In The Field (MITF), free skating, dance, spotlight/showcase, Synchronized Team Skating, and team free skating events.

The Basic Skills membership year starts on July 1 and ends on June 30. The $10 fee includes insurance coverage when the member participates in Basic Skill activities.


Basic Skills membership runs from July 1 through June 30.  For $10 the skater receives Sports accident insurance coverage when participating in Basic Skills activities.

On-line seminars cover topics of interest to skaters and parents.

Basic Skills Competition Events

The (insert club name) is proud to partner with the
U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Bridge Program.

The Basic Skills Transition program is a well designed curriculum whose goals and objectives are endorsed by our club.
  • Making skating safe and pleasurable for our members
  • Establishing personal goals designed to improve skating skills through progressive levels which will bring confidence and satisfaction at each step.
  • Building a solid foundation which will serve skaters well if pursuing figure skating by testing and entering USFS competitions.


Classes Offered

Snowplow Sam 1 – 3

Introduces preliminary skills to pre-school skaters. Learn dips, swizzles, wiggles, and stops.







Basic Skills 1 – 8

Eight carefully planned levels allow the beginning skater to feel comfortable on the ice while gaining the basic skating techniques needed to advance into any of the specialized areas of the Basic Skills Program.


Free Skate 1 – 6

Upon completion of Basic 1 – 8, skaters learn jumps, spins, footwork, and other exciting athletic and artistic moves.


Artistry in Motion 1 – 4

Promotes overall ability to coordination technical skating skills while mastering the basic concepts of incorporating presentation skills in a total performance package necessary to succeed in spotlight and showcase events.



Synchronized Skating 1 – 4

Promotes overall fitness, improves balance and coordination while mastering the basics of skating on a synchro team.




Dancing 1 – 6

Promotes overall control of edges and turns while skating to a variety of fixed dance tempos. Skater will become familiar with performing Pre through Pre-Silver set pattern dances.

    

Pairs 1 – 6

Promotes overall control of edges and turns while performing elements featured in tests and competition events.

  

Adult 1 – 4

Provides skaters with an introduction to the edges and turns pair elements in tests and competition events.
  
   
  

Theater on Ice Basic Skating

Provides skaters with an introduction to the competitive world of production numbers of a profesional ice show.


 
Hockey

Provides skaters with an introduction to ice hockey.
  
  
 
Speed Skating

Provides skaters with an introduction to speed skating.
                         

Special Olympics

Introduces special skaters to figure skating.

 


Figures 1 – 4

Provides skaters with an introduction to the basic 8 and serpentine figure with turns incorporated in the MITF tests.


Off-Ice Exercises

Promotes overall body strength, stamina, and flexibility, including warm-up and cool down exercises.


Off-Ice Presentation Exercises

Provides skaters with a familiarity of basic ballet positions that are commonly used in conjunction with spins, jumps, and various connecting turns and movements.


Test Track

Provides skaters with an opportunity to compete against other skaters in competitive events based on the USFS test requirements.


Well Balanced Program Track

Provides skaters with an opportunity to compete against other skaters in competitive events based on the USFS well balanced program requirements.