Senior Director, Synchronized Skating and Figure Skating Programs
Leslie Graham

Coordinator, Synchronized Skating
Kyleigh Gaff

Synchronized Skating

Synchronized skating is a popular discipline both within U.S. Figure Skating and around the world. U.S. Figure Skating held the first U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in 1984 and also hosted the first World Synchronized Skating Championships in 2000. There are approximately 600 synchronized teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating, and nearly 5,000 athletes participate annually in the synchronized skating sectional championships.

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.

Elements in synchronized skating include blocks, circles, wheels, lines, intersections, move elements, creative elements, no holds elements, 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 teams in the U.S. can compete in 14 different levels according to the age and skill level of the team members.

Teams competing at the Synchro Skills (formerly beginner) levels may compete at any U.S. Figure Skating synchronized skating nonqualifying competition or a Learn to Skate USA competition (Compete USA).

Teams competing at the developmental levels of preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, open collegiate or open adult may also compete at the Eastern, Midwestern or Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held annually at the end of January.

Teams at the competitive levels of juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult or masters compete first at their respective sectional championships. A placement in the top four at sectionals earns them a spot at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Top-performing teams at the junior and senior levels at have the opportunity to earn a berth to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team, with the top two senior teams going on to represent the United States at the World Synchronized Skating Championships.

(For more information about the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team, visit the Synchronized Skating page in the "Athletes" area of the website.)

There are so many benefits to participating in a team sport, and synchronized skating is a great way for figure skaters to compete in a sport they love while enjoying all of the aspects of working with others in a team-oriented sport.

Latest Synchronized Skating News

Congratulations to all teams during the 2017-18 season! We look forward to the 2018-19 season.

2018 Synchronized Developmental Camps

Come one, come all! We are inviting any skater who competed in the synchro skills, preliminary, pre- juvenile, and open juvenile divisions during the 2017-2018 season, as well as those new to synchronized skating to improve their individual and synchronized skating skills, in a fun one-day summer camp setting.

We will also be running a Coaches Track alongside the Athlete Track for our synchronized skating coaches.
More information can be found here.

2018 Eastern DREAM Camp
Location: Cicero, New York
Date: July 14, 2018
Times: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Register here (Coaches, registration deadline July 6)

2018 Midwestern DREAM Camp
Location: Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Date: July 21, 2018
Times 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Register here (Coaches, registration deadline July 6)

For any questions regarding the 2018 DREAM Camps, please contact Kyleigh Gaff at

2018 Coaches College
Location: Boston
Date: July 26-28
Register here (Deadline July 6)

As there is an International Skating Union (ISU) Congress this June, and we are expecting quite a few changes for synchronized skating, we will be offering an extended Coaches College from July 26-28, in Boston. There will be seminars for all coaches, regardless of the synchronized skating level you work with, so all are welcome to attend! Officials and coaches will be leading discussions, seminars and on-ice demonstration regarding developing and training your athletes and rule changes for 2019. There will not be an athlete program this year, however, the Synchronized Skating Summit (athletes and coaches in programming together) will resume in the summer of 2019.

Check out the Synchro Skills page for updates to the Learn to Skate USA synchronized skating program!

Synchronized Skating Promotional Video
U.S. Figure Skating has produced a video to promote synchronized skating in the United States. Watch it now!