Synchronized Team Skating

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Synchronized Skating Levels

      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 the competitiveness of their team by enhancing their individual skating skills as measured by passing Figure, MITF, Free Skating, and solo/pair Dance tests. 

Table of Synchronized Skating Event Levels -
14 different levels according to age & skill levels
  
2013
   
Required Test Levels
  
 

  

    In the future the Minimum Required
Test Standards 
are expected
to be gradually upgraded to
Synchronized Competition Level  
 MITF
Skaters per team  
Age
 
MITF
    
Free Skating
  
Dance
Senior Novice
16
 14>
Senior Senior
Gold
  
Junior
  
Intermediate
  
12 to16
12 to under19
  
Junior
   
 
Junior

 
Pre-Gold
    
Novice
 
Juvenile
 
12 to 20
under 16*
 
Novice
 
Novice
 
Silver
    
Intermediate
    
Pre-Juvenile
 
12 to 20
  
under 18
 
Intermediate
 
Intermediate
 
Pre Silver
 
Juvenile
 
Preliminary
 
  12 to 20
  
under 13
 
Juvenile
  
Juvenile
 
Bronze
    
Open Juvenile

Pre-Preliminary
 
8 to 16
  
Majority under 19

Preliminary

Preliminary

Preliminary
  
Pre Juvenile
  
Preliminary
  
8 to 16
under 13   
Juvenile
  
Juvenile
  
Bronze
 
Preliminary
 
No Test
 
 
8 to 16
under 12, Maj.
<10
 
Pre-Juvenile
 
Pre-Juvenile
 
Pre Bronze
  
ISI Level A
BS Beginner 3
 
Majority
No Test#
 
 8 to 16

 No higher than Preliminary   No higher than Preliminary
  No higher than Preliminary
  
ISI Level B
BS Beginner 2
 
Majority
 No Test#
 
 8 to 16

  No higher than Preliminary
  No higher than Preliminary   No higher than Preliminary
  
ISI Level C
BS Beginner 1
 
Majority
No Test#
 
12 - 20

  No higher than Preliminary   No higher than Preliminary   No higher than Preliminary
* exception of four skaters who may be 16 or 17

#Beginner 1, 2 or 3: No skater may have passed higher than preliminary in any discipline, and the majority of the team must be no test. Teams do not need to designate which beginner level they are in (1, 2 or 3). Click here for Forms.

  
2013
 
Required Test Levels
  



In the future the Minimum Required
Test Standards 
are expected
to be gradually upgraded to
:
Synchronized Competition Level
MITF
Skaters per team
Age

MITF

Free Skating

Dance
   
Open Adult
 
No Test
  
8 - 12
majority 19>
 
Juvenile
 
Pre-Pre
 
Pre

  
Masters
 

No Test
  
12 - 20
min. 25 with majority 35>
       
Adult Pre Bronze MITF
      
Adult Pre Bronze Free
    
Pre Dance


Adult
 Pre MITF, Adult Bronze MITF, Pre Figure or Pre Dance


12 - 20


21>


Adult Silver MITF


Adult Silver Free
  
Silver Dance at Adult level
  
*Must be Enrolled in a College or Degree Program
and enrolled full time
All tests are Standard
 
2013
 
Required Test Levels
  



In the future the Minimum Required
Test Standards 
are expected
to be gradually upgraded to
:
Synchronized Competition Level*
MITF
Skaters per team
Age

MITF

Free Skating

Dance
Open Collegiate    
No Test
 
8 to 16

  
Juvenile
  
Juvenile
  
Bronze
  
Collegiate
  
Juvenile
   
12 to 20

  
Novice
  
Novice
  
Pre-Gold


Rules for each synchronized team level as per the U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook, Rules 4660-4790. All ages are as of July 1 preceding the competitive season. All test requirements must be met by the close of entries.

Please check with the current U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook

Teams competing at the Basic Skills (beginner) level may compete at any U.S. Figure Skating synchronized skating nonqualifying competition or U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills competition.

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.

Teams at the competitive 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.

(For more information about the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team, visit the Synchronized Skating page in the "Athletes" area of the USFS website.

Recommended Reading:

College & High School Synchro Skating (PDF).

List of Open Collegiate and Collegiate Synchronized Skating programs


References:

  

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:

School Skating Clubs & Teams
Team Ice Skating Sports Adult Recreation/Competitive Opportunities
Leagues & Skating Clubs Mission Statement
Opportunities to Compete
College Club JV & Varsity Skating Teams
US Collegiate Championships
Collegiate synchronized skating: all levels
Collegiate Team Skating Programs
Synchronized Skating
College & University Synchronized Teams
Collegiate synchronized skating
PDF Colleges with USFS Skating

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