Whether you are a skilled skater or someone who wishes to get back into the sport; whether you are male or female, an adult or youth – Midland Figure Skating Club’s Synchronized Skating Program is for you!
What is Synchronized Skating?
Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a choreographed routine to music. It is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. Elements in synchronized skating include blocks, circles, wheels, lines, and intersections. (More info on required skating elements)
Synchronized teams can compete in different levels according to the age and skill level of the team members. (More info on team divisions.) Here in Midland, we form teams appropriate to the numbers of interested (and qualified) skaters – both at youth and adult levels. Our youth teams are called “Nexus” (meaning connection or center – they truly are the center of our club!). Our adult teams are called “Turning Points”. (Their original name was Precision Patriots back in the late 70s.)
Our program also works closely with our Basics Skills Learn-to-Skate group to help expose beginning skaters to team skating. (More info on Basics Skills Synchro Teams.)
The United States Figure Skating Organization has published a wonderful media guide to Synchronized Skating – if you want to be inspired, click here.
Our program goals are to:
- Develop teams of all levels and ages – both competitive and recreational
- Foster good sportsmanship and positive attitudes
- Encourage skaters to further develop their individual skating skills while learning team skills
The Midland Figure Skating Club has been active in the sport of team skating ever since its beginnings – participating in the first official team skating competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1976. Since then the Club has been represented over 2 dozen times at the National level by its adult synchronized skating team and several times at its Sectional level by its youth teams.
When does our competitive season begin?
Our competitive season begins with the start of school in the fall and runs through the end of February. Each team performs in the Club’s Christmas Exhibition and competes in various Synchronized skating competitions from December through February. Additional performances, such as during Spirit Hockey games, are also scheduled as appropriate.
We generally offer skill-building sessions and clinics during the spring and summer to allow interested skaters to give Synchro Skating a try. Teams are formed during the late summer.
If you are interested in skating on one of our teams or want to help with our synchronized skating program, please contact:
Hedi Allis, Program Director
Find us on Facebook: Turning Points Synchronized Skating Community