New Skater Information

Learn to skate /Basic skills

Basic skills teaches the fundamentals of ice skating and provides the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, and speedskating. Six progressive levels introduce forward and backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, and turns. Upon completion of the Basic Skills 1-6 levels, skaters will be able to confidently advance to more specialized areas of skating. 

usfsa LEVELS

After Free Skate 6, Skaters test to enter the US Figure Skating program. There are 8 levels within US Figure Skating.  Each level has two tests. The first one is a MOVES test, and it does not affect competition level. The second test is a FREE SKATE, and it determines the competition level of that skater.

  • Pre-Preliminary

  • Preliminary

  • Pre-Juvenile

  • Juvenile

  • Intermediate

  • Novice

  • Junior

  • Senior


Skaters may decide if they want to compete recreationally (TEST TRACK), or competitively (WELL BALANCED FREE SKATE).

Pre-Preliminary to Pre-Juvenile are Non-qualifying levels. Juvenile-Senior are Qualifying levels, where skaters may compete to attend Sectionals and Nationals.

Skaters who complete all 8 MOVES test, will receive a Gold Medal in Moves. Skaters who complete all 8 Free Skate tests will receive a Gold Medal from US Figure Skating in Free Skate. To pass the Senior Free Skate, a skater must have a double Lutz as their highest jump. To qualify for Nationals, skaters must move on to triple jumps.

Step 1

Basic 1-6

Learn to Skate Classes

Focus: Skating Skills

Step 2

Pre-Free Skate - Free Skate 6

Private Lessons

Focus: Single Jumps

Step 3

Non-qualifying Levls

 

Pre-Preliminary

Preliminary

Pre-Juvenile

Focus: Double Jumps

Step 4

Qualifying Levels:

 

Juvenile 

Intermediate

Novice

Junior

Senior

Focus: Double Axel, Triple Jumps and/or Testing for Gold Medals