Rachel Tortora, Gary Shortland and Kyle McIntyre.
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 ice 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.
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.
Our synchronized skating teams have been performing in ice shows and competing in regional and nationally based competitions every season since 2010. Participants develop skating, teamwork and leadership skills. Fun and friendship are at the heart of every practice, show, competition and trip.
Team tryouts are held in Spring. Main and mini camps are held over the summer to develop team unity and learn choreography for the program of the coming season. From September through February, teams practice one to two times per week. Teams compete at three to five USFS sanctioned competitions held in North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and other states named by USFS as competition locations. Teams perform in three to five ice shows and exhibitions at the Pineville Ice House. Skaters and families enjoy social events such as our annual Carowinds trip, Meet Charlotte Synchro and an end of season banquet.
Moves in the Field test requirements:
There are approximately 525 synchronized teams registered with U.S. Figure Skating, and nearly 5,000 athletes participate annually in the Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. Many synchronized skaters continue competing on one of over 125 collegiate teams. Charlotte Synchro alumni currently skate for collegiate teams at Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Trine University (Indiana) and Miami University (Ohio).
Weekly Saturday morning practices are held for all teams from June through February. Some practices may be skipped due to holidays, performances and competitions.
Additional practices on Sundays or weekdays may be added for all teams as ice time and coach schedules permit during competition season.
Beginning September 15 there will be Synchro Skills from 4 PM to 5 PM. This is mandatory for all teams.
Charlotte Synchro Mini and Main Camps are for skaters that have joined teams for the upcoming season. Camps are used to develop team skills and learn choreography for the upcoming season.
The Aspire Preliminary and Open Juvenile teams may designate Swing Spots per team. A team with seventeen skaters, for example, may choreograph for and compete with sixteen skaters. Like an understudy in live theater, the Swing skater ensures that a performance is not jeopardized in the event of an illness, injury or absence. As a synchro team is only as strong as its weakest skater, the Swing spot also creates competition within the team and drives accountability for attendance, conduct during team practices and events, learning and executing a program, and training outside of team practices. Swing spots are commonly and extensively used in synchro programs from beginner to elite levels.
The Swing skater may change throughout the season and may be named as late as immediately before taking the ice for a competition. A Swing skater is required to travel to a competition since he or she could be called on to skate at any time.
When registering for a team, skaters must also submit a Charlotte Synchro Expectations & Code Of Conduct form.
All members of the Aspire Preliminary and Pre-Juvenile teams must have a current membership with the Figure Skating Club of Charlotte (FSCC). This requirements is set by U.S. Figure Skating and is necessary for our teams to compete at USFS sanctioned events. Members of the Aspire Beginner team are encouraged to join FSCC to enjoy member benefits and support our local club.