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Qualifying Competitions

There are four types of qualifying pipelines that lead to U.S. Championship events in singles, pairs, ice dance, synchronized, collegiate and adults.


Singles, Pairs & Ice Dance

2022-2023 Qualifying Season Structure

Approved for the 2022-2023 season: The National Qualifying Season combines the stand-alone October qualifying competitions, Regional (singles) and Sectional (pairs and ice dance) Challenges, into series competitions from mid-July to early October allowing athletes to advance to the Sectional Singles, U.S. Pairs and U.S. Ice Dance Finals in November 2022 and culminating with the 2023 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships and National Development Camp in January 2023 (San Jose, California). 

Note: the EMS Series Application (i.e. qualifying registration) will open on July 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Registration will be conducted in tiers with the early bird application open July 1 – July 15 ($35), standard from July 16 – September 1 ($70) and late from September 2 – September 20 ($105). The application will close on the respective deadlines at 11:59 p.m. ET and re-open the following day at 12:00 p.m. ET. During this time, the Series Status will be listed as “Registration Closed”.

In order for the scores from an approved NQS competition to count for a Series Standing and advancement opportunities, this application must be paid prior to the first day of your preferred competition. There are no exceptions for this policy!

Synchronized Skating Qualifying Structure

The synchronized skating qualifying structure consists of three sectional events that lead to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Teams may participate at the sectional championships in the juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior, senior, collegiate, adult, and masters levels eligible to advance to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. 


  • Aug. 15: Registration opens for the qualifying season
  • Oct. 1: Registration closes for the qualifying season
  • Dec. 1: Deadline for additions to the competition roster
  • January: Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships
  • February: U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships

Adult Skating Qualifying Structure

The U.S. Figure Skating Adult Skating Program offers adults at the championship adult levels the chance to qualify for the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships.

A nonqualifying competition is held in conjunction with each adult sectional championship. Skaters who want to enter the nonqualifying portion of the adult sectional championships register directly with the Local Organizing Committee. Some adult sectional nonqualifying competitions include young adult events for those 18-20 years of age. Check the announcements for details. 

Nonqualifying events are also held annually at the U.S. Adult Championships. These nonqualifying events do not require qualification from the sectional championships

2022-23 Season Important Dates and Timeline

U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships

The U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships are a stand-alone qualifying event. Skaters who are enrolled as a full-time student in the fall semester of the competition year may compete. Skaters at the junior & senior levels are eligible to earn scholarships based on placement.


  • May 15: Registration opens for the U.S. Collegiate Championships
  • June 15: Deadline for registration and collegiate verification form
  • Late July/Early August: U.S. Collegiate Championships

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For more information on Qualifying Competitions, please contact one of the U.S. Figure Skating representatives listed below.