(1) GENERAL INFORMATION:
Synchronized skating is a specialized branch of skating distinct from the other figure skating disciplines. It generally involves a group of eight or more skaters performing various group formations and maneuvers. “Synchronized” refers to the importance of unison, the accuracy of the formations and the synchronization of the team.
The objective of synchronized skating is to have skaters performing as one as opposed to a group of soloists. The difficulty level of these maneuvers is enhanced by step sequences, free skating moves, holds and transitions incorporated into or between each of these maneuvers during the program.
Synchronized skating has quickly arisen as an innovative and dynamic sport bringing new excitement and energy to the world of figure skating.
For a team to be eligible to compete at a synchronized skating event, requirements such as the number of skaters on the team and the prescribed percentage of team members meeting the specified age criteria must be met.
QUALIFYING STRUCTURE – Teams competing in the qualifying structure are at the Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior levels. Novice, Intermediate and Open teams skate a free program while Junior and Senior teams perform a short program and a free program. Vocal music using lyrics are permitted at all levels.
It is at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships that Senior teams are selected to represent Canada at the World Synchronized Skating Championships and various other international events. Also, following this national event, the Synchronized Skating National team is selected
The Junior teams for the Synchronized Skating Junior World Championships are selected at Winterfest.
REGIONAL SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS - The country is divided into five Regions. The Mountain Region includes British Columbia/Yukon and Alberta/NWT/Nunavut Sections. The Prairie Region consists of the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Sections. The Ontario Region includes Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, Central Ontario and Eastern Ontario sections. The Quebec Region is comprised of the Quebec Section and the Atlantic Region is made up of the New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland Sections. There is no qualification process to enter the Regional Synchronized Skating events, however, a qualification round may be held if the number of entries warrants it. Regional events are held in late January to early February of each year.
The final result in each Regional event shall determine the teams eligible to enter the equivalent Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championship qualifying competition in the Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior categories. Each Region is eligible to enter one team into each category at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championship event. For every 15,000 registered associate members in the Sections included in the Region, an additional team may be entered into each category at the national event. The number of sustaining members shall be determined by the membership year September 1 to August 31 of the year preceding the national qualifying event.
Teams placing in the top five at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships will grant their Region an additional entry (or entries) into the respective national qualifying round the following year.
Teams may also compete at various interclub and invitational competitions.
See Skate Canada Official Rulebook, Technical Handbook and Event Management Handbook for more details on synchronized skating. These can be accessed from Members Only on-line at www.skatecanada.ca or by calling Member Services at 1.888.747.2372.