U.S. Figure Skating has approved an updated structure for the 2020-21 synchronized skating season to accommodate all levels and varying restrictions due to the impact of COVID-19. The goal of this updated format is to provide competitive opportunities for teams at every level in various geographic regions. This year only, U.S. Figure Skating will host the 2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and Challenge. This will be an open event for all qualifying level teams, and will run Feb. 23-27, 2021, at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Additionally, the 2020-21 National Synchronized Skating Series will be expanded to include all levels and all judging systems and will run from November to April. To accommodate collegiate and open collegiate teams, U.S. Figure Skating will host the 2021 Collegiate Synchronized Skating Final held in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Final, April 16-18, 2021, in Adrian, Michigan.
This new format, which has been approved by the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors, was conceived as a result of athlete, coach, and parent/guardian or chaperone feedback, as well as input from the U.S. Figure Skating Synchronized Development and Technical Committee, and the Synchronized Skating Competitions Subcommittee. As it has done throughout the planning process for the upcoming season, U.S. Figure Skating will continue to assess the viability of this plan based on state and local regulations to ensure the health and wellbeing for all participants.
2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and Challenge
Feb. 23-27, 2021 | The Orleans Arena | Las Vegas
Open to all qualifying level teams able to travel to the event. Teams must meet the minimum moves in the field test requirement by Nov. 15, 2020. Registration is $600 and will take place from Jan. 1 - Feb. 1, 2021.
Due to COVID-19 requirements in Nevada, we are requiring all teams to stay at the Orleans Hotel, which will serve as the only official hotel for the 2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and Challenge. This will allow us to implement a health and safety plan for all event participants. The Orleans Hotel is a 1,100-room property and is used to supporting large sporting groups, including food service options.
The 2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships will be open to any eligible junior- and senior-level teams that wish to participate.
The 2021 U.S. Synchronized Skating Challenge will be open to eligible teams at the juvenile, intermediate, novice, collegiate, adult and masters level. This event will be part of the 2020-21 National Synchronized Skating Series (more details below).
An official competition announcement with housing information, health requirements and more will be published Dec. 1, 2020.
2020-21 National Synchronized Skating Series
November to April
The 2020-21 National Synchronized Skating Series will be open to teams at all synchronized skating levels and judging systems (6.0 and IJS). The series will run from November to April and feature events in major geographical areas. Overall scores and placements will be uploaded to U.S. Figure Skating’s Event Management System (EMS) throughout the series to generate national rankings at each level. All events are subject to change or cancelation based on local COVID-19 regulations. More details regarding individual events and registration will be released at a later date.
2021 Collegiate Synchronized Skating Final
April 16-18, 2021 | Adrian, Michigan
The 2021 Collegiate Synchronized Skating Final will be open to all collegiate and open collegiate teams. The event will run in conjunction with the 2021 U.S. Intercollegiate Final. With the current university restrictions for club and varsity sports, this event will allow collegiate and open collegiate teams the necessary time to train and prepare for competition. The above-mentioned levels are also eligible to compete in the 2020-21 National Synchronized Skating Series. Additional information about this event will be released at a later date.