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2024 - 2025 Competitive Synchro Season Tryout Information

Tryouts for the Upcoming Season are open!


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Please be advised that some tryouts are still ongoing. For more information on these sessions, please reach out directly to the Ice Denettes at ice.denettes.synchro@gmail.com

INTRODUCTION


“As individuals we are strong but together we are unstoppable!”

Our program is currently comprised of 12 teams – Affinity (Intermediate), Synergy (Pre-Juvenile), Harmony (Open Juvenile), Unity & Shining Stars (Aspire Pre-Preliminary), Shooting Stars (Aspire Beginner), Rising Stars, Symphony, & Twinkling Stars (Aspire), and our two adult teams – Integrity (Adult) and Tenacity (Masters). This season we added a Juvenile team (Symmetry) and an Open Adult/Masters team (Legacy). Synchro is a highly competitive sport throughout the world and through our program we hope to push skaters to be their best while training in a positive team environment. The Ice Denettes pride ourselves on being a supportive community that creates friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.


Performance Footage from 2022 Season


Why Synchro?

  • Athletes who pursue synchronized skating at the elite level and complete all of their gold tests can be Team USA athletes who compete at the world level.
  • Synchronized skating offers skaters college scholarships to continue skating. Many colleges have synchro teams, with skaters who are members of Team USA and will be competing at the World Championships in a few weeks.
  • Participating in team sports is an important and invaluable experience for athletes, so they can learn how to excel and succeed with and within a group. In the world of figure skating, this experience doesn't present itself very often. Team skating will encourage your skater to step out of their comfort zone, become better at working with and relating to others, and enjoy camaraderie that comes from competing with friends, not against them.   
  • If your skater has dreams of skating on Disney on Ice or any other professional ice shows, this is a very good way to make these dreams a reality. When submitting your resume for one of these performance companies, team skating experience is something that will stand out in their resume.

Time commitment

  • We practice in Chandler and/or Scottsdale from May - February 1-2 times a week. All teams will have a primary rink that they train in. However we do practice at both rinks when ice is available.
  • During the summer we practice 1-2 times a week. We are very flexible with Summer attendance as we know people travel a lot!
  • We have 1-2 early Saturday morning practices per month for our Sectional and Qualifying teams.
  • The synchro competitive season starts after the Solo Dance season and all NQS qualifier events for Freestyle are completed.
  • Synchronized skating requires and encourages excellence in individual skating skills, and enhances all the disciplines of solo skating. Speed, power, freestyle elements, flexibility, twizzles, musicality, pairs elements, and more make up our programs. 
  • Our team management is flexible and committed. We encourage your skater’s solo skating activities, respect your private coaches, and are supportive when solo skating obligations need to be prioritized.

2023-24 ICE DENETTES SYNCHRO SEASON UPDATE

We are starting out this season with 12 teams, at two rinks with over 140 athletes! Our team members are from 5 to over 60 years old and made up of skaters that are beginners all the way through Olympians.
Our Intermediate Team, Affinity and Masters Team, Tenacity went to Nationals and we can't wait to see what the teams accomplish this season!

Contact us at ice.denettes.synchro@gmail.com with any questions.


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Why Join the Ice Denettes Synchronized Skating Program?

Figure skating is traditionally an individual sport. Synchro offers the benefit of team unity, builds self-confidence, teaches good sportsmanship, and creates new lifelong friendships, while improving your skating skills at a competitive level. Learning the skills of synchronized skating will enhance your abilities as a figure skater in freestyle, moves in the field and dance!

Many advanced figure skaters and USFS gold medalists participate in synchronized skating. Team skating provides conditioning and additional skills not taught in normal figure skating sessions. Skaters will improve their technique, speed, posture, presentation and style. Synchronized skaters are talented figure skaters who enjoy participating in team sports. They enjoy the many benefits of participating in sport: challenge, hard work, achievement, friendships, fun, fitness and the opportunity to travel. Synchronized skating is popular collegiately with more than 30 colleges offering club or varsity teams.



Rising Stars (Aspire 1)


Unity (Aspire 3)

Harmony (Open Juvenile)

Harmony (Open Juvenile)


Tenacity (Masters)


Symphony (Aspire 3)

Symmetry

Symmetry (Juvenile)

TEAM REQUIREMENTS

The teams will be determined by the Synchronized coaching team.

All synchro skaters should be working to improve their individual skating skills to be a better skater for their teammates. Suggested guidelines for each team are as follows:

RISING STARS AND TWINKLING STARS: Skate 1-2 days per week in the LTS program and/or on Freestyle sessions. We suggest you work with a coach of your choosing.

UNITY, SHOOTING STARS, AND SYMPHONY: Skate 1-2 days per week in the LTS program and/or on freestyles, and should work with a private lesson coach of your choosing.

HARMONY: Skate 1-2 days per week in the LTS program and on Freestyles, and work with a private lesson coach of your choosing and pass preliminary moves by August 1st. All skaters must be 19 and under as of July 1st.

SYNERGY: Skate 2-3 daysper week on Freestyle sessions and Learn to Skate. Skaters should have 1-2 private lessons per week, working to test and achieve higher Moves in the Field tests. Pre - juvenile Moves in the Field must be passed by August 1st. Ice Dance experience is encouraged. All skaters must be 17 and under as of July 1st.

SYMMETRY: Skate 3-4 days per week on Freestyle sessions and obtain 2+ private lessons per week, working to test and achieve higher Moves in the Field tests. Juvenile Moves in the Field must be passed by August 1st. Ice Dance experience is encouraged. All skaters must be 13 and under as of July 1st.

AFFINITY: Skate 3-4 days per week on Freestyle and obtain 2+ private lessons per week, working to test to higher Moves in the Field tests (unless passed Senior Moves). Intermediate Moves in the Field must be passed by August 1. Ice Dance experience is encouraged. All skaters must be 19 and under as of July 1st.

ADULT AND MASTERS (QUALIFYING): Intermediate moves in the field +. Skate on your own when possible. ADULT team members must be 18 or older as of July 1st and MASTERS team members must be 25 or older as of July 1st.

OPEN ADULT AND MASTERS :  Pre bronze through Silver or equivalent skating skills and skate on your own when possible. ADULT team members must be 18 or older as of July 1st and MASTERS team members must be 25 or older as of July 1st.

 


Synergy (Pre-Juvenile)


Affinity (Intermediate)


Shooting Stars (Aspire 4)


Integrity (Adult)


Twinkling Stars (Aspire 1)

Legacy (Open Adult)

Legacy (Open Adult)


WHAT IS SYNCHRONIZED SKATING

Synchronized Skating (or “synchro” as is it called) is a fast-growing discipline of figure skating that combines the athleticism and artistry of singles, pairs, and ice dancing. Synchronized skating is a highly technical form of team skating characterized by speed, accuracy, intricate formations and transitions. Teams of 8 to 20 skaters perform side by side on the ice.


Levels

  • There are nine beginner and developmental levels that prepare athletes for competition at the national level.
     
  • The Juvenile through Senior levels are skill-based and all members on a team must pass level-specific Moves in the Field tests to participate in that discipline.
     
  • The Collegiate level is for college teams, while the Masters and Adult levels are for skaters aged 25, and 18 and over, respectively.