Teams of eight to 20 skaters perform challenging formations and step sequences together, and competitions use the same judging system as singles, pairs and ice dance. As with other disciplines, all teams perform a free skate with required elements, and junior- and senior-level teams also perform a short program.

SynchroTeams are Divided in to 3 Levels

Learn to Skate USA

Developmental Levels

Competitive Levels


Learn to Skate SYNCHRO

Snowplow Sam Synchro, Synchro Skills 1, Synchro Skills 2 and Synchro Skills 3 are beginner levels of synchronized skating that are offered at synchronized skating nonqualifying competitions and Compete USA competitions

Synchro 1

Skaters should have passed Basic 3 to start this level. This level will serve as an introduction to the five basic elements. Skaters should feel confident skating by themselves in order to successfully skate these elements.

  1. Block: Forward stroking and snowplow stop (in shoulder hold)
  2. Circle: Two-foot glide, both directions (in hand hold)
  3. Line: Forward stroking and snowplow stop (in shoulder hold)
  4. Wheel: Forward 3 or 4 spoke with half swizzle pumps, either direction (in shoulder hold)
  5. Intersection: Forward intersection, two lines with two-foot glide at intersection (in shoulder hold)

 

Synchro 2

Skaters should have passed Basic 4 to start this level. Elements are now incorporating different skills and should maintain a focus of clear shapes.

  1. Block- forward stroking and snow plow stop with a forward one foot glide and dip (in shoulder hold)
  2. Circle- forward outside and inside edge with a two-foot turn, both directions (in hand hold)
  3. Line- forward stroking and snow plow stop with a forward cross over in each direction (in shoulder hold)
  4. Wheel – backward 3 spoke or 4 spoke with backward half swizzle pumps in each direction (in shoulder hold)
  5. Intersection – forward intersection- 2 lines with 2 foot or 1 foot glide at point of intersection (in shoulder hold)
  6. Transition – from line to block
  7. «Bonus Skill: Try different hand holds – basketweave, tea-pot, goal post, choo choo

 

Synchro 3
 
Skaters should have passed Basic 4 to start this level. Skaters are now introduced to skating backwards in most elements. Skaters should begin to understand how elements transition from one to the other.
 
  1. Block- At least two configurations incorporating skills from Basic 3-6 (in shoulder hold)
  2. Circle- backward outside and inside edge, both directions (in hand hold)
  3. Line- forward and backward skating with skills from Basic 3-6 (in shoulder hold)
  4. Wheel – 2-spoke with backward half swizzle pumps in each direction (in shoulder hold)
  5. Intersection – forward intersection- 2 lines on 1 foot at point of intersection (in wrist hold)
  6. Transition – from line to block to intersection
  7. « Bonus Skill: Creative Element – incorporate skills from Basic 3-6 (i.e. lunge, spiral, bunny hop)

Developmental Levels

The Developmant levels can compete at any nonqualifying synchronized skating competition, these levels are offered at non-qualifing competitions and the U.S. Synchronized Sectional Championships

Preliminary

  • A team of 8-16 skaters.

  • Skaters must be under 12, with the majority of the team under 10.

Pre-juvenile

  • A team of 8-16 skaters.

  • The majority of the team must be under 13.

Open juvenile

  • A team of 8-16 skaters.
  • All skaters must be underthe age of 20

  • All skaters must have passed the pre-preliminary moves in thefield test.

 


Competitive Levels

Juvenile

 

  • A team of 12-20 skaters.  Skaters must be under 13 and have passed the pre-juvenile moves in thefield test.

Intermediate

  • A team of 12-20 skaters. Skaters must be under 18 and have passed the juvenile moves in thefield test.

Novice

  • A team of 12-20 skaters. Skaters must be under 16, with the exception of four skaters who may be 16 or 17.

  • All skaters must have passed the intermediate moves inthe field test.

Junior

  • A team of 12-16skaters. Skaters must beat least 13 years old andunder 19.

  • All skaters must have passed novice moves in thefield test.

  • Enter their respective sectional championships to qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships

 


Team USA

 

 

Top-performing teams at the junior and senior level can earn the opportunity to be part of Team USA.

 

Team USA teams will compete both Nationally and internationally, with two teams going on to represent the United States at the ISU World Junior and ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships