Synchronized Skating has partnered with the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program to expand the beginner competitive level. Beginner teams may compete at synchronized skating nonqualifying competitions, as well as Basic Skills competitions.

Each season, beginner teams should register with U.S. Figure Skating by filling out a team registration form. The registration form can be found here: 2014 Synchronized Skating Team Registration

Please see this document for frequently asked questions for the Beginner level: FAQ Regarding Beginner Synchronized Skating (PDF)

The 2013-2014 Beginner synchronized skating requirements can be found here (PDF).

Note, the changes for the 2013-2014 season include:
Beginner 1:
Circle - Stroking from backward to forward is permitted
Line and Block - should cover between half ice to full ice
Wheel - choice of 4-spoke or 3-spoke
Choo choo hold and forward chasses are permitted

Beginner 2:
Circle - new choreographed step sequence
Two forward crossovers, FO 3-turn, back pump, back outside one foot glide (held at least 2 counts), back pump, 1 back crossover, FI stroke
Intersection - can be done on one or two feet
Choo choo hold and forward chasses are permitted

Beginner 3:
Circle, Line and Wheel can change configuration and rotational direction

Beginner Synchronized Skating Team Requirements

Beginner 1 - 8-16 skaters, majority under 9 years old, 1:30-2:00 +/- 10 seconds

Beginner 2 - 8-16 skaters, majority 9 - 11 years old, 1:30-2:00 +/- 10 seconds

Beginner 3 - 8-16 skaters, majority at least 12 years old, 2:00-2:30 +/- 10 seconds

Skaters may not have passed any test higher than preliminary and majority must be "no test".