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Non-Competitive Synchro (SPS)


Testing Requirements are set forth not only by the U.S. Figure Skating association, but also by the Northern Lights Figure Skating Club. Each of our teams has testing and age requirements that our skaters must meet. The tests that we are referring to on this page are U.S. Figure Skating tests that require a private coach and U.S. Figure Skating certified judges, who are flown-in to conduct a U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned test session. These tests are not to be confused with the Basic Skills badge tests that are conducted during group lessons. U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned test sessions are hosted by the NLFSC twice a year, usually in December and March. There are also sessions hosted in other area cities. Please see the U.S. Figure Skating Testing tab for these dates and places. 

Below you will find the testing, age, lesson and/or other requirements U.S. Figure Skating and/or NLFSC has set in place for each team. Please note that although synchronized skating is a team sport, it is essential that each team member be a strong and well rounded individual skater. This is why we encourage all of our synchronized skaters to test Moves in the Field, Dance and Freeskate.

  • TEAM LEVEL: Exhibition Line
  • NUMBER OF SKATERS:  Minimum of 8
  • AGE RECOMMENDATION:  5 years of age (If you child does not meet the age recommendation but meets the level recommendation prior to the first practice, please see the Skating Director.
  • RECOMMENDED:  Passed Basic 3 (but all skaters learn at a different pace so if you feel your skater might be ready but you are unsure, please contact the skating director.  Any skater below Basic 2 will not be allowed as they have not yet learned the elements needed to be a part of the synchro team. 
  • RECOMMENDED:  One 15-minute private lesson per week
  • PERFORMANCES:  5 - NLFSC Holiday Exhibition (December), Northern Star Competition - Exhibition performance only (January), Green Wave hockey game , Annual Ice Show - 2 performances (March)
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The Snowplow Sam Synchro team is our non-competitive, beginner synchro team.  This is where all skaters  interested in synchro should begin as the team is an "intro" to competitive synchronized skating and skaters will learn the basics.  If your skater doesn't know if she is interested in synchro, join the SPS Team! It's also a great way to find out if skaters are interested or not.  There are no tryouts for this team but all skaters will be evaluated at the first practice; meaning if the coaches see your skater is not quite ready for the team we will inform you and discuss options.  If you have questions about the recommendations and if your skater is ready, please contact the Skating Director.  The Deadline to join the SPS Team for the season is November 10th. The SPS team practice every Sunday, 3:00-3:30pm.  

*Skaters who do not meet the requirements prior to tryouts will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Our number one priority is to form 5 teams that will be successful at the competition level they skate at. This means that there may be times when a skater who does not meet the requirements may be placed on a team with the understanding that the individual will work toward completing the requirements prior to the end of the season. There may also be times when skaters who do meet the requirements may not be placed on a team for a variety of reasons. The synchronized skating coaches and the coordinator reserve the right to choose how the teams are formed and any changes to the requirements at any time. 

**All NLFSC and Parks and Recreation fees must be paid in full prior to the beginning of the season in order to participate on a competitive team. In addition, all competitive team members are required to participate in fundraising opportunities.

Start Date:  TBD    VFW Arena
Times:  Sundays 4:30-5:00pm

Non-Competitive Synchro Fee  - $65.00 Resident of EGF
                                 $115.00 Polk County but outside of EGF City Limits

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