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What is Synchronized Skating?
Elements:
Elements in synchronized skating include blocks, circles, wheels, lines,
intersections, moves in the field, moves in isolation, no-hold blocks, spins and
pairs moves. 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 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.  In Canada,
Skate Canada is the governing body for the
four figure skating disciplines (Synchronized skating, Singles, Pair Skating,
and Dance).  The International Skating Union governs figure skating
internationally.

Synchronized Skating competition is not currently an Olympic Sport.  At the
international level, Synchronized Skating is competed at the Novice, Junior
and Senior levels.  Junior level teams compete at the
World Challenge Cup
for Juniors  and senior level teams compete at the ISU Wold Synchronized
Skating Championships.
Newmarket Skating Club
Iced Energy Synchronized Skating Teams
Participation Categories:
The Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) is a new philosophy designed to ensure a more positive
and more successful sports experience for all.  Developed by sports scientists, Sport Canada, and the
Canadian Sport System, the LTAD model model.  Skate Canada's model guide a skater’s development
regardless of their level, age or ability.  LTAD outlines a staged approach to appropriate training, competition
and recovery programming in relation to the developmental age of the individual.
Learn to Skate
  • Introduction and development of all basic figure skating skills

Learn to Train
  • Introduction to good training practices – on and off ice
  • Single peak season
  • High training/ Low performance schedules
  • Low focus on ranking, high focus on skill development and
    quality of execution

Learn to Compete
  • Skill acquisition continues
  • Competitive experience mostly for the learning experience
  • Speed/power development
  • External evaluation is introduced

Train to Compete
  • Using training skills to improve competition.

Active for Life
  • Maintaining health through continued participation in sports
Synchronized Skating and the new Long Term Athlete Development Model:
LTAD  Stage
Synchro Category
Learning to Skate
Beginner I - II
Learning to Train
Elementary
Juvenile
Pre-Novice
Learning to Compete
Novice
Intermediate
Open
Training to compete
Junior
Senior
Active for life
Adult (I, II, III)
Beginner I & II

Elementary:
Under age 12 (at least 75% must be under age 10)

Juvenile:
Age: Up to age 15

Pre-Novice:
Age: under 19 (at least 75% of team must be between 10 and 19)

Novice:
Age: 10 to 19 (at least 75% of team must be between 10 and 15)

Intermediate:

Junior

Senior

Adult I:
Age 19 or older

Adult II:

Adult III:
Age 19 or older (at least 50% must be over 35)
for more information on the LTAD model please visit Canadian Sport for Life.
Each team has one to three on-ice practices per week.  Practice schedules are team dependant but generally begin at the
beginning of September.  With youth teams, a parent is required to stay in the arena during all on ice practices.  If  the skater is
sick or injured it is generally expected that s/he attend the practice to observe (assuming that her illness/injury will allow).  This is
because the program is constantly adjusted and improved throughout the season.  
In addition to the on ice practices, synchronized skating requires weekly technical dry-land training.  Practice schedules are team
dependant. These practices are just as important as on-ice practices.  Skaters learn foot sequences, head movements, and arm
holds for their routine.  For technical dry-land training, parental attendance is not required - you will simply be asked to drop off your
skater and then return to pick them up.  Skaters will not be released until parents or guardians arrive.  Technical dry-land training
attire will typically be any athletic wear and running shoes with hair in a pony tail.
On-Ice Practice:
Technical Dry-Land Training:
Competitions may be 'away' and require overnight hotel stay - competitions are generally within Ontario.  Iced Energy's
Accommodation Co-ordinator coordinates the booking of block hotel accommodation.  Overnight accommodation is coordinated
based on the skating schedule for the particular competition.  We do not have a team bus; parents and skaters are required to
provide their own transportation to/from the competitions.  Detailed competition logistics are be sent out 1 week prior to each
competition and are team dependant.
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