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

Welcome to the 2018-2019 season!

The 2019 Qualifying Season registration is now open for all teams, except those at the Snowplow Sam Synchro and Synchro Skills 1-3 levels. Your team must be renewed with U.S. Figure Skating prior to beginning your Qualifying Season registration. The deadline to register your team(s) for the Qualifying Season is MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 11:59 P.M. in the time zone of your team’s home club.

  • Instructions on how to renew/ add your team for the season can be found here.
  • Instructions on how to register your team for the Qualifying Season can be found here.

The 2019 Qualifying Season Competition dates and locations are as follows:

*2019 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships - Worcester, Massachusetts (January 31-February 2, 2019)
*2019 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships - Kalamazoo, Michigan (January 31-February 2, 2019)
*2019 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships - Plymouth, Michigan (February 28- March 2, 2019)

Registration for the 2019 Regional Monitoring Sessions is now available. The Regional Monitoring Program is available to all synchronized teams at the IJS levels. Teams will be offered a chance to have their program evaluated by a pair of officials to learn what improvements they can make to their programs to be successful during the season. More information can be found on the registration sites:

To register for the following locations, please follow this link here.
  • October 20- Dearborn, Michigan
  • October 20- Vernon Hills, Illinois
To register for the following locations, please follow this link here.
  • November 2-3- Mentor, Ohio
  • November 10-11- Anaheim, California
  • November 11- Essex, New Jersey
  • November 17- Marlborough, Massachusetts



U.S. Figure Skating is pleased to announce the 2019 National Synchronized Skating Series. This program is open to synchronized teams at the Snowplow Sam, Synchro Skills 1-3, preliminary, pre-juvenile, open juvenile, open adult, open masters, and open collegiate teams in the Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Coast sections. All registered teams participating in at least three nonqualifying competitions of their choice will have the opportunity to compete for overall standings in their respective division in this "national competition".

For more information on the National Synchronized Skating Series, please follow this link here.

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