What is Synchronized Skating?
As the definition implies, synchronized skating refers to the importance of unison, accuracy of formations and the synchronization of the team with complicated footwork and pair elements. Combining the artistry and athleticism of figure skating with the excitement of team sport, it is no surprise that synchronized skating is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Although synchronized skating is not currently included in the Olympics, the sport has recently been reviewed for olympic eligibility.
Check out this Skate Canada link with more information about Synchronized Skating. https://skatecanada.ca/programs/synchronized-skating/
Can I skate on a synchronized team and still continue to train and/or compete in freeskate, dance or pairs skating?
YES! We have many skaters who compete and train with their home figure skating clubs in other figure skating disciplines. Because our teamwork focuses mainly on synchro program choreography, it is actually an expectation that skaters continue to develop fundamental figure skating skills outside of the ESSC program.
Competitive and training opportunities in all disciplines, including synchro, helps to develop well rounded skaters. Experience with synchronized skating compliments the training of any skater by focusing on the development of strong footwork, timing, artistry and performance which is an added benefit to ALL other disciplines.
When does the season start?
The synchro season starts the first week of September and runs until March. There are also pre-season ice times that begin at the end of August. The summer ice is used to start choreography for our high competitive teams and for evaluation of skills and try-synchro sessions for our younger teams.
What is the practice schedule for a synchronized skating team?
The practice schedule details & times are specific to the team. The time commitment increases related to the competitive nature of each category.
See the chart below which outlines an average season for our teams.
How often does a synchronized skating team compete?
The synchro competition season starts in December and ends in March. The schedule and locations can change from season to season. Typically, our younger teams participate in 2-3 competitions and our more competitive teams typically compete 4-5 times. The competition grid is always determined at the start of the season.
Competitions are most often held within Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan. Our national qualifying teams often travel to Eastern Canada for events.
What does it cost to skate and compete with a team?
Our fees for the season include ALL costs to participate in the full program except the cost of some team wear items and food at competitions. The costs are variable mainly dependent upon the competitions attended and travel requirements within a season.
The fees for the season include: Skate Canada registration, ice fees, on-ice and off-ice coaching, choreography, all competition registration fees, practice ice fees, skater costumes, team t-shirt, team scarf, tights, make-up, bussing, hotel costs, flights (if required for travel) competition coaching fees, music production, year-end banquet.
Costs are paid online with monthly installments or the option to pay in full. There are also multiple club fundraising opportunities which can help to offset the costs. Skaters are eligible to cover up to 50% of their fees with fundraising activities.
See the chart below which outlines the average season costs of our teams.
What is the AVERAGE season commitment for a synchronized skater?
|number of hours
|number of hours
|Beginner (learn to skate synchro)||1||1-1.5 hours||30 min||2-3||$900-1200|
|Elementary (learn to train)||1||1.5-1.75 hours||30 min||2-3||$1500-1800|
|Juvenile (learn to compete)||1||2 hours||1 hour||3-4||$2000-2300|
|Pre-Novice (train to compete)||1-2||2.5 hours||1 hour||4-5||$2500-2800|
|Intermediate (learn or live to win)||2||3-5 hours||1 hour||4-5||$3500-4000|
|Adult (active for life)||1-2||2-3 hours||1 hour||4-5||$2800-3200|
I want to join… how do I know what team I should register for?
There are many factors that determine your eligibility for a team. The two most important are your age and skill level. The best way to determine the team most suitable for you is through a coach evaluation.
Here is a general look at the age and skill guidelines for our teams:
|Skate Canada Age Requirements as of July 1 (preceding competition season)||Minimum Recommended Skill Level|
|Beginner||skaters must not have reached the age of 12||CanSkate Stage 3 or higher|
|Elementary||skaters must not have reached the age of 15||Star 1 and/or synchro experience on an elementary/beginner team|
|Juvenile||skaters must not have reached the age of 15 and at least 75% of skaters must not have reached the age of 13||Star 2 and/or synchro experience on an elementary/juvenile team|
|Pre-Novice||skaters must have reached the age of 12 but must not have reached the age of 18||Star 4, JR bronze dance/skills and/or synchro experience on a Juvenile/Pre-novice team|
|Intermediate||skaters must have reached the age of 13 bust must not have reached the age of 19||Star 5, SR silver dance/skills and/or synchro experience on a Pre-novice/Intermediate team|
|Adult||skaters must have reached the age of 18||JR bronze dance/skills and/or synchro experience|
We can usually get a good idea of where you would best fit just by talking to you and learning about your figure skating experience. If you are unsure of where you should start, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your age and a brief description of your skating experience, we will then connect you with a coach!
The BEST way to get started is to attend our Team Audition Sessions in April so we can meet you in person and see you on the ice! Any skater is welcome to attend auditions to TRY SYNCHRO to see if it is a good fit for you! There is no obligation to join a team!