Synchronized Team Skating (formerly known as Precision Team Skating) has been an emerging discipline within the United States and international skating communities. It is a highly technical form of team skating characterized by speed, accuracy, intricate formations and breathtaking transitions typically performed by teams of 8-20 skaters. This specialized discipline requires skaters to have excellent skating skills so they can perform intricate step sequences, difficult hand holds and quick changes of direction with the highest level of precision.
Basic Elements of Synchronized Skating
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Maneuvers that revolve around a common center. (i.e., single, double, triple, stationary or traveling circles)
What To Look For: Roundness of the circle, direction of skating and spacing between team members / Type and quality of holds / Quality and difficulty of step sequences / Control of rotation / Speed and cleanness of edges
Maneuvers made up of 1-2 row(s) that move either straight or curved across the ice (i.e., straight line, horizontal line, parallel lines and all variations thereof)
What To Look For: Straightness of the line / Direction on the line / Type and quality of holds / Quality and difficulty of step sequences / Speed & Cleanness of edges
Maneuvers made up of three or more lines in varying shapes that move as a unit. (i.e., closed, open blocks)
What To Look For: Type of configuration and spacing between lines / Type and quality of the holds / Direction of the block, quality and difficulty of step sequences / Speed and cleanness of edges
Maneuvers where varied formations rotate around a pivot point. (i.e., 2-3, 4-5, 5-6 spoke wheels, parallel wheels, 5-wheels, interlocking wheels, traveling wheels)
What To Look For: Type of wheel and quality of holds / Control of rotation, speed of the wheel, equal spacing of spokes / Quality of step sequences and cleanness of edges / Combinations and/or variations of the transitions
Maneuvers made up of two or more lines that cross.
What To Look For: Type of intersection / Quality and difficulty of step sequences at point of intersection / Spacing & variety of holds / Speed, cleanness of edges / Combination of transitions