Mae Archie, Jennifer Klinger, Erin Flood, Gary Shortland and Kyle McIntyre.
Five to twenty figure skaters perform a program set to music. Team members skate in unison with formations that include lines, blocks, circles, wheels and intersections. Teams perform required step sequences and turns such as three-turns, mohawks, choctaws, twizzles, counters and rockers.
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.
Synchronized skaters continue with an active individual training and competition schedule throughout the synchronized skating season. Skaters are required to take skating classes and/or private lessons outside of team practices. There are many levels at which synchronized skating teams compete. Higher level teams have minimum Moves In The Field test requirements. A full list of all competition levels and more information about the sport is available on the US Figure Skating Synchronized Skating web page.
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 September 11 through February 19. 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.
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 Pre-Juvenile teams may designate one or two 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. In the event that a Swing skater does not perform at a competition, the monthly payment as listed below which falls in the month of the competition will be refunded upon the skater's completion of and payment in full for the entire season.
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.
Develop skills, evaluate skaters and place skaters on one of our three teams for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.
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2022-2023 season activities begin shortly after teams have been named. Summer activities include Mini Camps on July TBD and August TBD as well as the Main Camp August TBD. Weekly practices begin in late August and run through February. Visit the Charlotte Synchro Team Packages for more details.