Synchronized Skating

ESSC is proud to field multiple teams of different ages and skill levels. Below you will find a description of categories and levels that are part of the synchronized skating discipline. Each year ESSC adapts their programming to offer teams suitable to the age and skill level of our members. The different levels of synchronized skating are broken into 5 different categories: Access to Standard, Regional, Competitive, Elite & Adult.

Assess to Standard

ESSC teams fielded in the Assess to Standard category are for skaters who are beginning to learn figure skating specific skills and are being exposed to synchronized skating elements for the first time. Skaters attend competitions throughout Alberta and elements are graded against a Skate Canada standard.

  • Beginner 1:
    • teams consist of 8-16 skaters
    • at least 75% of skaters must be under the age of 12 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 2:00
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • linear element (block)
      • linear element (line)
      • intersection element
      • rotating element (choice of circle or wheel)
  • Beginner 2:
    • teams consist of 8-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be under the age of 12 and 75% of skaters must be under the age of 10 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 2:30
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • pivoting element (block)
      • linear element (line)
      • intersection element
      • rotating element (wheel)
      • rotating element (circle)
  • Elementary
    • teams consist of 8-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be under the age of 15 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 2:30
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • pivoting element (block)
      • linear element (line)
      • intersection element
      • rotating element (circle)
      • rotating element (wheel)

Regional Synchro

ESSC teams fielded in the Regional category focus on skill development and are heavily dependent on training in other figure skating disciplines. Skaters have the opportunity to compete and travel throughout Alberta and BC and typically attend 3 to 4 competitions each season.

  • Pre-Juvenile
    • teams consist of 8-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be under the age of 12 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 2:30
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • intersection element (with point of intersection)
      • pivoting element
      • traveling element
      • linear element
      • rotating element
  • Juvenile
    • teams consist of 8-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be under the age of 15 and at least 75% must be under the age of 13 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 3:00
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • moves element
      • no hold element (with step sequence)
      • pivoting element
      • travelling element
      • linear or rotating element
  • Pre-Novice
    • teams consist of 8-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be at least 12 years of age but must not have reached the age of 18 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 3:00
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • moves element
      • no hold element (with step sequence)
      • pivoting element
      • travelling element
      • artistic element

Competitive Synchro

ESSC teams fielded in the Competitive category have an advanced skill set and are focused on a high-level competitive experience. Skaters have the opportunity to compete and travel throughout Canada with the goal of both qualifying and competing at the Skate Canada Challenge Cup which takes place in February.

  • Novice
    • teams consist of 12-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be at least 10 years of age but must not have reached the age of 15 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 3:00
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • moves element
      • no hold element (with step sequence)
      • pivoting element
      • travelling element
      • twizzle element
      • artistic element
  • Intermediate
    • teams consist of 12-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be at least 13 years of age but must not have reached the age of 19 (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 3:30
    • Well balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • moves element
      • no hold element (with step sequence)
      • pivoting element
      • travelling element
      • twizzle element
      • artistic element
  • Open
    • teams consist of 12-16 skaters
    • all skaters must be at least 15 years of age (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 4:00
    • Well balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • moves element
      • no hold element (with step sequence)
      • pivoting element
      • travelling element
      • spin or pair element
      • artistic element
      • creative element
      • twizzle element

Elite Synchro

Teams fielded in the Elite category are training to achieve excellence in the sport of synchronized skating. Skaters have the opportunity to compete and travel internationally with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Synchronized Skating Championships (through qualification at Skate Canada National Championships in January). Please note that ESSC has not recently fielded teams in this category but we are proud to support ESSC alumni in there pursuit of excellence with our teams/clubs.

  • Junior
    • teams consist of 16 skaters
    • all skaters must be at least 13 years of age but must not have reached the age of 19 (as of July 1st)
    • Short program:
      • Program length: 2:50
      • Well-balanced program according to ISU season standards
    • Free program:
      • program length: 3:30
      • Well-balanced program according to ISU season standards
  • Senior
    • teams consist of 16 skaters
    • all skaters must be at least 15 years of age (as of July 1st)
    • Short program:
      • Program length: 2:50
      • Well-balanced program according to ISU season standards
    • Free Program:
      • Program length: 4:00
      • Well-balanced program according to ISU season standards

Adult Synchro

Adult categories are focused on remaining active for life and feature a variety of options based on both age and skill level of skaters. Adult teams compete throughout Alberta and BC and have often chosen to travel to additional competitions in both Canada and the United States. ESSC is currently affiliated with Ice Edition — an adult synchronized skating team in Edmonton.

  • Adult 1
    • teams consist of 8 to 20 skaters
    • skaters must be at least 18 years of age (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 3:00
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • no hold element (with step sequence)
      • pivoting element
      • travelling element
      • 2 artistic elements
  • Adult 2
    • teams consist of 8 to 20 skaters
    • skaters must be at least 18 years of age and at least 75% must be at least 25 years of age (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 3:00
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • pivoting element
      • travelling element
      • linear or rotating element
      • artistic element
  • Adult 3
    • teams consist of 8 to 20 skaters
    • skaters must be at least 19 years of age and at least 75% must be at least 35 years of age (as of July 1st)
    • Program length: 2:40
    • Well-balanced program elements:
      • intersection (with point of intersection)
      • pivoting element
      • 2 rotating elements
      • linear element