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.
As with the other disciplines, all
teams perform a free skate with required well-balanced program
elements. In addition, teams at the junior and senior level perform
a short program consisting of required elements.
Elements in synchronized skating
include blocks, circles, wheels, lines, intersections, moves in the
field, moves in isolation, no-hold step sequences, spins and pairs
The variety and difficulty of
elements require that each team member is a highly skilled
individual skater. The typical senior-level athlete has passed a
senior or gold test in at least two disciplines.
Synchronized Skating Required Elements
There are so many benefits to
participating in a team sport, and synchronized skating is a great
way for figure skaters to compete in a sport they love while
enjoying all of the aspects of working with others in a
Synchronized teams in the U.S. can compete in 14 different levels according to
the age and skill level of the team members.