Synchronized skating, or “synchro” is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations and manoeuvres. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow. Skate Canada’s SynchroSkate program includes a number of Synchronized Skating categories which accommodate skaters at any age and skill level.
Kingston Synchronized Skating (KiSS)
Skaters joined together on the ice with interlocking arm holds and intricate footwork, perform at various competitions and ice shows throughout the season. Skaters connect in a team atmosphere that fosters long time friendships in a positive environment for skill development.
Throughout the skating season the teams practice on and off the ice and travel together to various competitions all the while enjoying various team activities.
Beginner I and II Teams
The Beginner I level offers skating opportunities for skaters of any age that have achieved a level 4 in the CANSKate program; while the Beginner II level skaters must be under the age of 12 with a more advanced skating level. These teams will travel to at least one competition this season and participate in many local ice shows. Skaters at this level typically have 50 minutes of on-ice instruction that allows them to learn the components of their program; this is supported by off-ice training.
These teams allow for skaters to develop their synchro skills in a fun atmosphere with the emphasis on learning to train.
The Elementary team is offered this season for those skaters under the age of 15 that have progressed in their individual skating to further develop skills allowing them to master the synchro skills required at this level. Skaters on this team will practice on and off the ice for over 2 hours. This team has an increased level of competition as they have a stronger skill level that is supported by their individual skating skills and they have entered the train to compete program.
Adult II Team
The Adult team offers opportunities for adult skaters over the age of 19 to enjoy the sport of synchronized skating. Skaters at this level should possess an intermediate skating skill allowing them to master the skills of a team that continues to compete.
The Adult team trains once a week for 2 hours with both on and off ice sessions
Regional Synchronized Skating Championships
The Regional Synchronized Skating Championships are held annually in five regions across the country. Each Region is made up of Sections specific to their geographical location. 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 is made up of the Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, Central Ontario and Eastern Ontario Sections. The Quebec Region is comprised of the Quebec Section and the Atlantic Region includes the New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador 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 Regional events provide a developmental and competitive experience for synchronized skating teams at all levels. The final result in each Region shall determine the teams eligible to enter the equivalent National qualifying competition at the Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior levels.
Each Region is eligible to enter one team into each category at the 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 Championship event. The number of sustaining members shall be determined by the membership year September 1 to August 31 of the year preceding the qualifying event. Also, teams placing in the top five at the Synchronized National event will grant their Region an additional entry (or entries) into the respective Canadian qualifying round the following year.
Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships
Teams at the Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior levels compete annually at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. National Champions for this discipline of skater are declared at these Championships for all levels involved.
It is at these 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 World Challenge Cup are selected earlier in the season at Winterfest, hosted by the Central Ontario Section. Also, following this event, the Junior National team is selected.
Adult Synchronized Skating
Skate Canada’s SynchroSkate program offers adult skaters the opportunity to participate in the discipline as well. With three adult categories, skaters of all skill levels and experience may join a team and compete at various club, interclub, invitational and regional competitions.
Since the discipline of Synchronized Skating is included in the Skate Canada Adult Figure Skating Championships, adult teams also have the opportunity to compete at the national level at this invitational event.