June thru August– 3 - 4 on ice and/or off ice practices (Preliminary and Pre-Juvenile teams only)
September – 4 practices prior to the Silver Blades season.
Regular Practices: September – February
Competitions – 3-4 throughout the season
• More specific information on team practices will be sent to you in a team placement packet
after the June 26th team commitment deadline.
All paperwork and the commitment fee must be submitted by June 26th.
• Please note that once you commit you are responsible for paying the full team amount. No
• Please note that teams may be adjusted based on who commits to a team by June 26th.
Synchro is a team commitment, skaters are expected to be at ALL practices, performances and competition events during the season. Practices are where the skaters learn to trust and rely on each other when performing maneuvers. We need everyone at practices. Skaters participating in Silver Streaks commit to team practices in addition to private lessons (ALL skaters are required to continue their individual training and advance through USFS and/or ISI tests in addition to skating with their teams) and adhere to our strict attendance policy. Any extra practices will be kept to a minimum with at least a weeks notice for any additional practices. Please list on your registration any conflicting commitments that you are aware of at this time. We will try to work with schedules, but we need to know conflicts WELL in advance. Attendance is extremely important to the success of our teams. Please note if you miss any practice the 2 weeks prior to a competition or performance you will be asked to be an alternate for that performance.
All excused absences are at the discretion of the Coach and Synchronized Skating Committee and must be submitted in writing to the coach prior to the missed practice. Not all submitted absences are automatically excused. Examples of excused absences: illness (high fever, doctor's excuse, contagious infection); serious injury; or school event/trip. Work is not considered an excused absence as skaters are expected to request off days for practices and competitions. Planning ahead as well as time management is expected of all skaters and is a life lesson that will benefit our skaters beyond synchro. If a skater is unable to skate, due to illness or injury, the skater is required to attend and watch practice.
If the parent/guardian or skater fail to contact the coach prior to the practice missed, the absence will be unexcused. Also, missing the last practice before a performance will be considered unexcused (this is for the safety of all performing as a missing skater may not know some of the small changes made at the last practice).
The following information outlines actions that will result should infractions occur:
Unexcused Absences (all): First offense: skater will sit out for one competition or performance, Second offense: Referral to Synchronized Skating Committee and coach for evaluation of the severity. If determined to be excessive, a member of the Synchronized Skating Committee will speak with the skater's parent(s)/guardian(s). Any additional absences could result in dismissal from the team.
Skaters and their parents/guardians as well as their behavior is a direct reflection of themselves as well as our team. All skaters and parents/guardians will be expected to behave appropriately and to adhere to all the tenets set forth in the skater pledge as well as the parent/guardian pledge when making their commitment to the team. Remember sports are played out in the public sphere and therefore all actions reflect directly on the athlete(s) and their team(s)
Absolutely. Skaters of all levels, ages and abilities are invited to try out. There is no prior experience needed to try out, just a willingness to learn, be coached and have fun. Furthermore, many skaters find that they love the team aspect of synchronized skating and we encourage skaters to continue training in freestyle, moves in the field and ice dancing outside of team practices!
Female skaters should wear black leggings or tights with a skating dress/skirt, fitted top/jacket and have hair pulled neatly away from face in a bun (preferably). Male skaters should wear pants and a fitted shirt. We prefer black or dark clothing. No hooded shirts, jewelry, gloves or pants for females permitted. Water bottles encouraged. We are working on finding sponsors to assist us in purchasing team attire, so if you know of any sponsorship opportunities, please let us know.
No. The strict attendance policy is referring to unexcused absences (for example, missing practice for a sleep over). When a skater is going to miss because of illness, or attendance at a school or religious function, the skater will need to fill out an absence form. Excessive absences will result in a meeting with Coaches and Synchro Directors. Please see your coach for more details.
We will be following all the Covid policies set forth by Learn to Skate USA, US Figure Skating, ISI, The Cube, The Hancock County Health Board and the Findlay Silver Blades FSC board. In addition, hand sanitizer will be used by all skaters prior to the start of practice
The team requirements are listed below for each team. US Figure Skating and Learn to Skate USA have strict test and age requirements for each team level as do our coaches. While the team requirements are listed below for each team, please remind your skaters that this is a season for everyone to develop, learn and have fun. If they do not meet the requirements for a certain level, this will give them something to work towards for the next season while making new friends on the team that meets their needs for success now. We, as a coaching staff, rely heavily on positive attitudes, a willingness to learn and be coached as well as a commitment to your team and the ability of our skaters to work together.