Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and dance and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences.
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“Little EVO” Introductory Team
A team of 8-16 skaters. No skater may have passed higher than preliminary in any discipline, and the majority of the team must be no test.
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 12.
Open Juvenile: A team of 8-16 skaters. The majority of the team must be under 19. The majority of the team must be under 19. All skaters must have passed the pre-preliminary moves in the field test.
A team of 12-20 skaters. Skaters must be under 13 and have passed the preliminary moves in the field test.
Intermediate: A team of 12-20 skaters. Skaters must be under 18 and have passed the pre-Juvenile moves in the field 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, and have passed the juvenile moves in the field test.
A team of 12-16 skaters. Skaters must be at least 12 years old and under 19. All skaters must have passed the intermediate moves in the field test.
Senior: A team of 16 skaters. Skaters must be at least 14 years old and have passed the novice moves in the field test.
Open Collegiate: A team of 8-16 skaters. Skaters must be enrolled in a college or degree program.
Collegiate: A team of 12-20 skaters. Skaters must be enrolled in a college or degree program as full-time students and have passed the juvenile moves in the field test.
Open Adult: A team of 8-12 skaters. The majority of the team must be 19 years or older.
Masters: A team of 12-20 skaters. All Skaters must be 21 years or older, with the majority of the team 35 years or older.
A team of 12-20 skaters. All skaters must be 21 years or older. All skaters must have passed at least one of the following tests: preliminary moves in the field, adult bronze moves in the field, preliminary figure or preliminary dance.
All teams may have a maximum of four alternates listed on their roster.
All ages are as of July 1 proceeding the competitive season.
Synchronized Skating Required Elements
An element in which the skaters are arranged in parallel lines. The block must contain a minimum of three lines and a maximum of five. The skaters may be arranged in straight lines, diagonal lines, curved lines or a circular pattern. Teams should travel over the entire ice surface in the block. The lines of skaters should be straight and all of the skaters evenly spaced. Features that make a block increase in difficulty are step sequences, pivoting and changes of configuration.
There are several variations of the circle, including one circle, several circles or a circle inside a circle. The shape should be round and spacing between skaters should be even. There should not be any visible pulling or tugging between skaters. Features that increase the difficulty include step sequences, traveling and changes of rotational direction.
An intersection occurs when one half of the team intersects the other half of the team. Skaters may do turns, steps, dance jumps or free skating movements at the point of intersection to increase the difficulty.
There are several variations of the line, including one straight line, parallel lines or diagonal lines. Features that increase the difficulty include pivoting, changing configuration and retrogression.
Movement in Isolation
A movement in isolation is an element during which some skaters are isolated from the rest of the team while performing free skating elements. These movements must show a relationship to the rest of the team and enhance the musical interpretation. The free skating elements, such as jumps, spins, spirals or lifts, must be performed by a minimum of three skaters and a maximum of less than half of the team.
Moves in the field
Moves in the field are a sequence of movements that must include free skating moves such as spirals, spread eagles, Ina Bauers and other flowing moves with strong edges, connected with linking steps. A moves-in-the field element must include at least three different free skating moves.
No Hold block
A no hold block is an element that looks similar to a block except none of the skaters are connected to one another. The team must perform a step sequence in four or five lines that travel over the entire ice surface on a diagonal or straight line. The skaters must hold their spacing without connecting, and everyone must do the steps in unison.
All skaters must perform the same spin in unison. They may perform the element in any formation they choose.
A free skating element or move when one skater attaches to another by the use of one or both hands. Pairs elements in synchronized skating include pair spins, pair lifts and pair pivots such as death spirals.
A wheel is an element during which all of the skaters rotate around a common center point. It can be performed in many different formations such as those that include two to five spokes or parallel wheels. All spokes of the wheel should be straight, and the lean of the skaters should be in the same direction. Teams increase difficulty by including changes of rotational direction and traveling.