Adult Championships

Overview

The U.S. Figure Skating adult qualifying competition season consists of four events, including three qualifying events (adult sectional championships) and the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. All four events are sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and conducted according to the most current U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook.

When are the events held?
Announcements for the adult qualifying competition season are published by December 15 each year. The registration deadline to participate is February 1. The adult sectional championships are held in March and the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships take place in April.

Who can compete?
Both adults who became skaters and skaters who became adults can participate in the adult sectional championships and the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. Prerequisites for all events are specified in the current U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook. Additionally, this chart is a helpful resource for former standard-track skaters to determine which adult free skate events they may skate in based on their standard-track tests.

What does "masters" mean?
In the context of the adult sectional championships and the U.S. Adult Championships the term "masters" refers to adult skaters who have passed higher-level tests (roughly intermediate and higher free skate, pre-gold and higher dance, adult gold and higher pairs).

Adult Sectional Championships

Adult sectional championships are held each March in all three U.S. Figure Skating sections – Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Coast. Qualifying-event competitors must compete in the section of their home club or, if an individual member of U.S. Figure Skating, in the section of their legal residence.

Events
The adult sectional championships consist of the following qualifying championship events:
Championship masters junior-senior free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship masters intermediate-novice free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship adult gold free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship adult silver free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship masters pairs
Championship adult dance

A separate nonqualifying competition may be held in conjunction with the adult sectional championships at the discretion of the Local Organizing Committee. Skaters competing in adult sectional nonqualifying competitions may compete in the section of their choice.

Advancement
The top four competitors in each qualifying event advance to compete in their corresponding event at the U.S. Adult Championships.

U.S. Adult Championships

First held in 1995, the U.S. Adult Championships is the premier adult competition in the United States. Each April, adult skaters from across the country compete to earn their tiles as national champions and medalists and their place in the history of adult figure skating. The competition is unique in that it also includes open/nonqualifying events that do not require qualification from the adult sectional championships. Part competition, part family reunion, the U.S. Adult Championships are not to be missed if you are a competitive adult skater.

Championship events (require qualification from sectionals)
Championship masters junior-senior free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship masters intermediate-novice free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship adult gold free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship adult silver free skate (men’s and ladies)
Championship masters pairs
Championship adult dance

Nonqualifying events (do not require qualification from sectionals)
Free skate (men’s and ladies): masters junior-senior, masters intermediate-novice, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze
Dramatic entertainment: masters, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze
Light entertainment: masters, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze
Pairs: masters, centennial, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze
Dance: masters open, adult gold, adult pre-gold, adult silver, adult pre-silver, adult bronze, adult pre-bronze and adult centennial
Solo Pattern Dance: adult gold, adult pre-gold, adult silver, adult pre-silver and adult bronze
Solo Free Dance: adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze

Free skate, dramatic entertainment, and light entertainment events are further divided by age. Current age classes for these events are as follows:

  1. Class I: 21-35 years
  2. Class II: 36-45 years
  3. Class III: 46-55 years
  4. Class IV: 55-65 years
  5. Class V: 66 and older

Maximum Number of Events
Skaters may compete in a maximum total of four events.

Team Trophy
Beginning in 2016, club awards for the U.S. Adult Championships are awarded annually. Two club awards are given: a Large Club (175+ members) Team Award, and a Club (<175 members) Team Award.

2016 Team Trophy Winners: Large Club Team Award - Washington FSC, Club Award - Wyandotte FSC
2017 Team Trophy Winners: Large Club Team Award - Washington FSC, Club Award - Bay Country FSC
2018 Team Trophy Winners: Large Club Team Award - Los Angeles FSC, Club Award - Centennial 7k Skating Club

Yvonne M. Dowlen Trophy
Beginning in 2017, The Yvonne M. Dowlen Trophy is awarded annually to the oldest registered competitor who completes an event at the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. A competitor is permitted to receive this award once every three years. If a competitor has won in the previous two years, then the next oldest eligible competitor is that year's recipient. 

2017 Winner: Coralie Raunig
2018 Winner: Margaret Atkins

Skate Forever Young Awards

U.S. Figure Skating Skate Forever Young Awards are medal-like awards given to competitors at the U.S. Adult Championships and U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships who are 71 years of age and older. Complete details are available in the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Skate Forever Young Award Program Document (PDF).

Adult Special Achievement Awards

U.S. Figure Skating Adult Special Achievement Awards are pins given to adult athletes in qualifying events to encourage and reward high-quality elements, performances and skating. Pins are awarded in championship singles events at the adult sectional championships and championship pairs and dance events at the U.S. Adult Championships. Complete details are available in the Adult Special Achievement Award Program Document.

2018 Adult Sectional Championships Special Achievement Award Winners

Lifetime Competitor Recognition Program

The U.S. Adult Figure Skating Lifetime Competitor Recognition Program recognizes competitive adult figure skaters who have successfully demonstrated longevity in the sport through their ongoing participation in the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships and Adult Competition Series. It defines the ultimate success in competitive adult figure skating as being physically able to skate competitively for a lifetime and rewards competitive adult figure skaters who manage their training in a way that makes this possible. The U.S. Adult Figure Skating Lifetime Competitor Recognition Program is open to all members of U.S. Figure Skating and Learn to Skate USA who compete at the U.S. Adult Championships or in the Adult Competition Series. Athletes participating in the U.S. Adult Championships must register to participate in the recognition program here.

Complete details are available in the Adult Lifetime Competitor Recognition Program Guidelines.

2019 Competition Information

2019 U.S. Adult Championships, April 2-6, 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT
2019 Eastern Adult Sectional Championships, March 8-10, 2019 in Havertown, PA
2019 Midwestern Adult Sectional Championships, March 8-10, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO
2019 Pacific Coast Adult Sectional Championships, March 8-10, 2019 in Oakland, CA

2020 Competition Information

2020 U.S. Adult Championships, April 14-18, 2020 in Newark, DE
2020 Eastern Adult Sectional Championships, March 6-8, 2020 in Ardmore, PA
2020 Midwestern Adult Sectional Championships, March 6-8, 2020 in Springfield, IL
2020 Pacific Coast Adult Sectional Championships, March 6-8, 2020 in San Francisco, CA

Interested in Hosting an Adult Qualifying Competition?

If you or your club is interested in hosting an adult qualifying competition, bid packages are posted on the Bid Packages and Competition Guidelines home page.