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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). Additional information will be available after 2022 Governing Council (May 2022). A chart outlining the flow of this new pathway can be found HERE

Note: the EMS Series Application (i.e. qualifying registration) will open on July 1, 2022. 

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

2021 U.S. Adult Qualifying Season Update 1/11/21

2021 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships Competition Website

2020-21 Season Important Dates and Timeline

  • Feb. 1: Testing and age eligibility deadline
  • May 10 (or before): Confirmation of viability of event (six weeks prior)
  • May 12: Registration will open via EMS at 4 p.m. ET
  • May 26: Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • June 23-26: 2021 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, Rochester, Michigan

The ongoing pandemic has created many challenges that have required decisions to be made in the best interest of our entire Adult skating community. We appreciate your support and understanding.  

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.