What is Synchro?
Synchronized Skating (or “synchro” as is it called) is a fast-growing discipline of figure skating that combines the athleticism and artistry of singles, pairs and ice dancing — and is available at Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, Pennsylvania!
Synchronized skating is a highly technical form of team skating characterized by speed, accuracy, intricate formations and transitions. Teams of 8 to 20 skaters perform side by side on the ice.
There are nine beginner and developmental levels that prepare athletes for competition at the national level.
The Juvenile through Senior levels are skill-based and all members on a team must pass level-specific moves-in-the-field tests to participate in that discipline.
The Collegiate level is for college teams, while the Masters and Adult levels are for skaters aged 25, and 18 and over, respectively.
NONQUALIFYING & QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS
Teams can participate in any nonqualifying competitions they choose to enter. Those teams wishing to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating qualifying pipeline must start at the Sectional championships. By finishing in the top four at their Sectional, teams at the Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, Senior, Collegiate, Adult and Masters levels qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships (often called “Nationals”). Based on performances and placements from this event, Junior and Senior teams are nominated to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team and assigned to international competitions.
SYNCHRO TEAM MEMBERSHIP
The membership of U.S. Figure Skating, at more than 192,000 members, has embraced synchronized skating as more than 615 teams register and compete each year.
WHY JOIN A Synchronized SKATING TEAM?
Figure skating is traditionally an individual sport. Synchro offers all of the benefits of team unity, builds self-confidence, teaches good sportsmanship and creates new lifelong friendships, while improving your skating skills at a competitive level.
Learning the skills of synchronized skating will enhance your abilities as a figure skater in freestyle, moves in the field and dance! Many advanced figure skaters and USFS gold medalists participate in synchronized skating. Team skating provides conditioning and additional skills not taught in normal figure skating sessions. Skaters will improve their technique, speed, posture, presentation and style.
Currently, there are approximately 615 synchronized teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating, and nearly 5,000 athletes participate annually in the Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships.
SYNCHRO IN YOUR COMMUNITY
There are synchronized skating teams training and competing at various levels all over the United States, including our successful IceLiners program at Ice Line Quad Rinks!
Unlike school sports, synchronized skating teams are typically formed from figure skating clubs that are member clubs of U.S. Figure Skating. U.S. Figure Skating member clubs are found at most rinks nationwide.
Synchronized skaters are talented figure skaters who enjoy participating in team sports. They enjoy the many benefits of participating in sport: challenge, hard work, achievement, friendships, fun, fitness and the opportunity to travel. Synchronized skating is popular collegiately with more than 30 colleges offering club or varsity teams.
Synchro Skills level synchronized skating teams typically practice one hour per week whereas teams at the most competitive levels, junior and senior, may train between 15-20 hours per week. All team members must continue to maintain their skills by practicing individually in addition to team practices.
JOIN THE ICELINERS SYnchro Team FOR THE 2019-2020 SEASON!
Calling all beginners through advanced figure skaters! Audition to be part of the IceLiners!
Auditions for the 2019-2020 IceLiners Synchronized Skating Team
Saturday, March 16, 2019
7:45am - 10:45am
at Ice Line Quad Rinks in West Chester, PA
Experience the fun of team skating! Auditions for the 2019-2020 IceLiners Synchronized Skating Team will be held on Saturday, March 16, between 7:45am - 10:45am at Ice Line Quad Rinks. Specific audition times are based on each skater’s ability and age. All figure skaters from PA, DE, NJ, MD and beyond warmly welcomed! Register to an Audition for the IceLiners Synchronized Skating Team →