Synchronised skating is team-based figure skating, where 9-16 skaters learn a routine to be performed in “synchronisation” to music. Various elements such as wheels, lines, splices & circles must be incorporated into the routine, to meet international rule requirements.
The International Skating Union (ISU) have a short promotional video, that highlights synchro at it’s very best and helps demonstrate the very real beauty and grace of our sport…
AIFSC is dedicated to synchronised skating and has had multiple teams competing at the NZ Nationals Ice Figure Skating Champs over the past 20 years.
AIFSC Synchro train with multiple teams at different levels, based on skater age and skill level. Ideally a squad for each team can have up to 20 skaters This way we always have skaters “in training” and reserves. Our teams aim to compete at all local club competitions and if they qualify, NZ Nationals and ISU International Competitions.
We welcome skaters of all skill levels and all ages. Our aim is to find a team for EVERY skater.
Skaters still in skate school (must be Novice One or above) will form part of our development squad. These skaters ideally remain in skate school until they are ready to sit stroking test zero (Elementary)
This year, we have five teams training across three sessions each week…
Black Ice – Senior Synchro, Silver Ice – Mixed Age Synchro, Ice Angels – Basic Novice Synchro, Ice Pixies – Beginners, Silver Diamonds – Adult Beginners
Black Ice – Senior Synchro
What Grades are available….
Skate School – no test level or TC registration required, compete at skate school & club competition. No minimum number of skaters.
Elementary – (9-16 skaters) no test level or TC registration required, compete at skate school & club skate school competitions.
Novice Basic – 9-16 skaters, up to the age of 18. Stroking Test Zero (elementary) required. Highest test level, inter-bronze stroking
Novice Advanced – 9-16 skaters. Up to 15 years of age. Stroking Test One (preliminary) required.
Mixed Age – 9-16 skaters. No age requirements. Stroking Test One (preliminary) required
Junior – 9-16 skaters. Must have reached the age of 12, & no older than 18 by 1 July in the year competing. Stroking Test Two (inter-bronze) required. (Inter-Silver for Australian Competition)
Senior – 9-16 skaters. Must have reached the age of 14 & no older than 25 by 1 July in the year competing. Stroking Test Three (bronze) required.
Adult – 8-16 skaters, must be over the age of 25 by 1 July in the year of competition. Stroking Test Zero required
What do I need to do….
To skate within an AIFSC Synchro Team, skaters must belong to AIFSC. (AIFSC however, DOES NOT have to be your home club, you can belong to two clubs if necessary). Club membership is due in January of each year and this year costs $40.
Please click this link to access the Membership Form.
To skate at club competitions & be eligible to sit stroking tests, skaters must also be “Test & Competition Registered” to the NZIFSA (New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association).
This registration is due annually (although the fee can be paid at anytime during that year) and costs $85.
Please click this link to access the TC Registration Form.
Please however, check with your coach before paying this, as if your team is entering in the skate school grade, TC registration is not required.
When is training & how much does it cost?
All synchro training except adults, is on a Saturday morning. The higher the grade, the earlier the start!
Session length will vary, depending on the grade of the team. However, our aim is to always provide both on and off ice training each week. The cost for a standard 10 week term is approximately $250-$300. Costs are also dependant (to some degree) on skater numbers and grants received.
What else do I need to know??
All skaters in competitive grades are expected to train in black skating pants and AIFSC synchro jackets. Hair must be in a bun. Tight fittings plain black gloves are allowed.
Skaters in competitive teams will be required to have reached a certain “stroking test” level. Some years, all skaters in a team will have the correct test level, at the start of the season. In other years, half the team may be working towards a certain test, so will be aware they may end up as “non-skating reserves” unless they pass the required tests. To sit a “test” skaters will need a private coach and when they are ready to be tested, they will need to be TC Registered. Regardless of what we at AIFSC Synchro would like, it is ALWAYS the decision of the private coach, as to when a skater is ready to sit a test.
Double Teaming. Because skater numbers in NZ are not high, to sustain a team at any level, we often ask skaters from other teams to “Double Team”. This is a very common practice and in the past it has not been unusual to have skaters in three teams! If and when double teamers are deemed necessary, both the team coach and the head coach will discuss options with the skater and their parents.
Each team has a Team Manager. This person is in charge of all communication to the skaters. Any absences, problems or questions should be directed to that person. The team manager, not the coach, is your point of contact with the club. The Team manager then works with the AIFSC Synchro Committee, at regular meetings, so information & expectations flow both ways.
If the coach feels the need, additional off ice sessions may be organised. These are not included in the approx. term fees above.
Costumes will be decided upon by the team coach, manager & synchro committee. Where possible we reuse existing costumes. If new costumes are necessary, grant applications will be submitted, but parents may be asked to contribute if there is a shortfall. (there normally is!)
Competitive teams can expect to enter 5 Auckland based competitions each year. Entry fees for these competitions can be additional to term fees and can range from $20 to $50 per competition. In the last few years, to help keep things simple, entry fees have been included in term fees.