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Hosting an Event

For clubs & other users to gain access to resources for hosting a U.S. Figure Skating competition.

CLICK HERE for the Standard Nonqualifying Announcement Template (All Disciplines)

Hosting Requirements

The following are requirements of all U.S. Figure Skating Sanctioned events, qualifying and nonqualifying.

Rulebook Compliance

The LOC agrees it will comply with all applicable rules as outlined in the most recent edition of the U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook.  The LOC also agrees to comply with any subsequent U.S. Figure Skating rule changes and policies affecting the Competition. 

U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook

SkateSafe Compliance

Understanding and agreement to abide by U.S. Figure Skating’s SkateSafe Policies and Requirements. In accordance with federal law, specifically S.534 – Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017, U.S. Figure Skating, as a National Governing Body, and all member figure skating clubs, as Local Affiliated Organizations, are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport.  All sanctioned events must comply with U.S. Figure Skating’s SkateSafe policies. This includes the club having a SkateSafe Compliance Chair that has passed a U.S. Figure Skating background check and completed the SafeSport training (“compliant”) and strictly complying with the Athlete Protection Policies (Section II) and SafeSport Compliance Requirements (Section III), this includes but is not limited to compliant locker room monitors and medical professionals/volunteers.


Event medical coverage is required for all official practice ice and competitive events. There must be a minimum of one compliant medical professional rink side for each surface.


Host a U.S. Figure Skating Event

Each year, a number of events are owned by U.S. Figure Skating and bid out to local cities and figure skating clubs. These events include the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and qualifying events, U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and qualifying events, and more. A Request for Proposal to Host (RFP) will be released by U.S. Figure Skating for each event open for bid. Submitted bids are carefully reviewed by the designated committees and U.S. Figure Skating staff before a final host city is selected.

Host a Nonqualifying Competition

Nonqualifying competitions are sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating and hosted by member clubs. Any member club that follows appropriate procedure and abides by U.S. Figure Skating rules may host a nonqualifying competition.

Event Management System (EMS)

Contact us if you are interested in using EMS for your competition.

Sanction Application

An application for a competition sanction must be submitted online via EMS for review at least 90 days prior to the start of the competition. All applications must receive approval from their regional vice chair (RVC) of the competitions committee prior to accepting registrations. In order to submit a sanction application, you must have a completed standard nonqualifying announcement.  

As of March 15, 2022, and consistent with updated CDC guidance on mask use,  face coverings are no longer required to be worn indoors at U.S. Figure Skating-sanctioned events or activity if your community levels are Low or Medium. We do encourage masks to be worn indoors if your community is in the High category based on the CDC Community Levels by County Map as announced on Feb. 25. Sanctioned activities include competitions (U.S. Figure Skating and Compete USA), exhibitions/performances and test sessions. For a complete list of archived COVID-19 resources, click here

Once you have completed your announcement, a figure skating club president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, or sanction chair may complete the Sanction Application in EMS.

Competition Sanction Application
Note: only authorized club officials will have access to this page to create new or view existing sanctions.

All LOCs are encouraged to utilize online results vs. posting results onsite. To request a live results link from U.S. Figure Skating (IJS and 6.0), click here.

Series Opportunities

If you would like your competition to be a part of a competitive series, you will need to fill out an additional application. Refer to the links below for more information.

Officials & Equipment


IJS Systems

Music Equipment

Performance Sanctions

Performance Sanction Primer 

Performance sanctions must be applied for 14 days prior to the start date or clubs will incur a $25 late fee to be assessed at the time of submission. Performance sanctions should be attained when the following apply:

  • Admission is charged
  • Club or promoter is recipient of some pecuniary benefit
  • Non-home club members participate
  • Ineligible persons participate
  • The event is advertised, or the public is invited to attend
  • Performance at professional hockey games
  • Performance is held at a location other than your principle skating headquarters.

Performance Sanction Application
Note: only authorized club officials will have access to this page to create new or view existing sanctions.

Learn to Skate USA Performance Approval Rules and Process 

Eligible Skater's Compensation Agreement

Athletes must apply for an Eligible Skater’s Compensation Agreement (ESCA) if they are performing or otherwise using their skating abilities for a non-sanctioned event or sponsorship. ESCAs must be applied for 14 days prior to the start date.

Eligible Skater's Compensation Agreement (ESCA)

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding hosting a U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned competition, contact the U.S. Figure Skating events department.