Chair, Program Development
Elise Preston

Manager, Figure Skating Programs


The Program Development Committee of U.S. Figure Skating is excited to announce the launch of the Excel Program, a new competitive opportunity created to encourage skaters to develop their technical ability in a competitive environment that promotes success. The new Excel Program will be effective September 1, 2018; an outline of the levels and requirements for the program can be found in the Resources Box on the right.

The Excel Program has been created to provide competitive opportunities for skaters that allow them to develop their technical skills and continue their progress in the sport through the following structure:

• Creating levels that allow skaters to push the technical envelope beyond the test requirements

• Creation of the Excel Series - a series of competitions across the country at which competitors earn points toward the goal of receiving an invitation to compete in the National Festival.

• Bridging the transition from Learn to Skate USA and U.S. Figure Skating

• Continued encouragement of progression

Excel News and Notes

8/24: Clarification on Pre-Preliminary and Preliminary Levels
Please note that the redundancy of skill level in Excel Pre-Preliminary and Excel Preliminary is intentional so that those skaters at the Pre-Preliminary or Preliminary level who do not yet have an axel, still have a leveled event in which to compete. The only difference between these two event levels is the test level of the skater.


Skaters who have their Pre-Preliminary or Preliminary test and have their axel jump should register for Excel Preliminary Plus events.

2019 Excel Series

We are now accepting applications for Series competitions for the 2019 Excel Series and National Festival! If you are interested in hosting a Series competition event, please submit the application available in the Resources Box by September 1, 2019. Competitions must be held between January 1 and May 5, 2019. Additional details can be found in LOC Requirements - Excel Series in the Resources Box.

If you are interested in hosting the inaugural National Festival within the first two weeks of June, 2019, please contact the Program Development Committee at