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Question: What is synchronized skating?
Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and ice dance, and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations, and challenging step sequences.
But let U.S. Figure Skating explain further...
Question: What team can I be on? Why so many Levels?
Click Here for a link where you will find a description and requirements of all the different levels of synchronized teams. This includes competitive and developmental levels. The list is comprehensive and shows testing requirements -if any.
Here is another link with further information regarding the Synchro Skills program and the Synchro Skills Team Requirements. This is US Figure skating's program for the introductory levels. The Synchro Skills levels do not have a minimum test requirement.
Question: What is Testing? Do I need it?
US Figure Skating has established a testing structure to develop skating skills in all disciplines of figure skating. The tests also determine eligibility for competition, as they are a national standard against which skaters are measured. The higher the competitive level, the higher the minimum test requirement will be. For a full description of USFS Testing tracks click here.
Snowplow Sam and Synchro Skills Teams do not have any USFS testing requirements - although you can start working on your tests at any time!
Non-Qualifying "Developmental" level teams have either no test requirement or one test required. The Qualifying level teams have higher test requirements, consistent with the increase in competition program difficulty.
Question: What is a Traveling Team?
In addition to competing at local events in southern California, our travel teams will travel out of state for competitions, including the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships or "Sectionals"....cause they almost never have those here in sunny LA !!!... check below for an even better explanation...
Question: What is Sectionals? Nationals?
The US Figure Skating national competition structure includes three Sections: Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Coast. Qualifying teams must place in the top 4 at their Sectional Championship to advance to the National Championships.
Matrix Teams at the Non-Qualifying levels of preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, open collegiate or open adult compete at the Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held annually at the end of January.
Teams at the Qualifying levels of juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult or masters 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.
Question: What is the difference between Non-Qualifying and Qualifying level teams?
Qualifying level teams can enter the Sectional Championships for their area to qualify for advancement to the US Figure Skating National Championships. Non-Qualifying level teams can enter their Sectional competition, but are not eligible for advancement beyond that level.
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Watch this great highlights video from the 2015 Synchronized Skating Nationals held in Providence, R.I. to appreciate all the good things in Synchro!...some of our skaters were there!