should I consider a full membership in a USFS club for my child?
Skaters can participate as ISI and USFS Basic Skating members until they have achieved a level of skating skills that demonstrates their readiness to pass the Pre-Preliminary MITF and Free Skating Tests.
There are many opportunities for skaters who have not passed any USFS tests to enter ISI and Basic Skills competitions. It is not necessary to rush to become a full USFS member. It is best that the skater has a solid foundation of skills that are necessary to be successful in the USFS prior to joining a local club. Don't rush the process and risk your skater acquiring major errors that will take years to correct.
Skaters eventually will have to concentrate on taking USFS tests and entering USFS competitions if they desire to qualify to skate in the following USFS championships:
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.
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