WHAT IS SYNCHRONIZED SKATING?
Formerly known as Precision Team Skating
Synchronized Team Skating has been a rapidly emerging discipline within the US and International skating communities throughout the past decade. It is a highly technical form of Team skating characterized by speed, accuracy, intricate formations and breathtaking transitions typically performed by 8-20 skaters. This specialized discipline requires skaters to have strong individual skating skills so that they can perform intricate step sequences, difficult hand holds and quick changes of direction with the highest level of precision. A free skating program for synchronized skating teams contains numerous elements linked together by a variety of transitions. A well-balanced program includes a balance of circles, lines, blocks, wheels, and intersections. Step sequences and a variety of handholds are used to enhance maneuvers and transitions. The overall emphasis is the accuracy of the formations and the synchronization of the team. Synchronized skating teams compete in US Figure Skating sanctioned competitions in 14 levels, differentiated by age, skill level and the number of skaters on each team.