Nonqualifying Competitions

Skaters interested in competing outside of the U.S. Figure Skating qualifying structure can find a variety of opportunities across the country. Nonqualifying events do not qualify skaters to the U.S. or World Championships, but provide the opportunity to engage with other skaters, hone your skills and deepen your experience in the world of competitive figure skating.

Any member of U.S. Figure Skating can enter a nonqualifying competition. Nonqualifying competitions can be hosted as standalone events or part of a series or state games. Figure skating clubs host competitions for the levels and disciplines of their choice. Some competitions are part of a series that lead to a national final, such as Excel and solo dance, but they are independent of the qualifying structure and don’t lead to any qualifying competitions.

Local Competitions

U.S. Figure Skating clubs host their own nonqualifying competitions as a way of engaging local skaters and encouraging them to hone their skills in a competitive setting. These events are sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating.

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National Nonqualifying Events

State Games of America

State Games are Olympic-style games conducted in various locations across the United States. The competitions are open to any eligible skater, whether they are affiliated with an organization, and the only requirement is that the skater be a resident of the respective state in which they are competing. 

Skaters who place first through third in their state competition are eligible to participate in the State Games of America event, held every other year.

National Showcase

National Showcase is a competition that brings many of the top showcase competitors together to skate in the categories like light entertainment, dramatic entertainment and interpretive. Many who have observed National Showcase have remarked on the uniqueness and variety of the programs. The top four skaters within a Showcase event qualify for National Showcase. This includes nonqualifying competitions with showcase events or all-showcase competitions.

The 2024 National Showcase will be held in San Jose, CA (Dates TBD). 

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National Theatre On Ice

Theatre On Ice teams in the United States can compete at the National Theatre On Ice competition every year. The 2024 National Theatre On Ice competition will take place June 25-29, 2024 in Evansville, IN. 

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Competition Series

There are a variety of competition series that U.S. Figure Skating offers to its members. These events are nonqualifying events, but allow for the skater to participate in a more competitive environment. 

Excel Series

The purpose of the Excel Series is to offer young athletes an exciting and competitive environment that motivates them to focus on strengthening their program components and advancing their technical skills each season. Additionally, this program serves as an opportunity for grassroots skaters and coaches to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of the International Judging System (IJS) through a phased approach which allows them to become proficient and confident with the IJS.

The dates and location of the 2024 Excel National Final and Festival are TBD. 

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National Solo Dance Series

The Solo Dance Competition Series was launched in January 2011 and is open to individual skaters within the Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast sections. The Solo Dance Competition Series provides an avenue for ice dancers at the standard levels to compete at and qualify for the National Solo Dance Final.

The goal of this program is to create a fun, nationwide competitive program for solo dancers that will allow them to expand their competitive opportunities, have the chance to qualify for a national event, keep travel costs down and increase the visibility of ice dancing at local competitions.

The 2024 National Solo Dance Final will be held September 12-15, 2024 in Wesley Chapel, FL. 

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National Synchronized Skating Series

The National Synchronized Skating Series is an opportunity for teams at the nonqualifying levels to compete against one another in a national competition series.      

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Adult Competition Series

The U.S. Figure Skating Adult Competition Series is open to adult skaters in the adult 1 through adult bronze levels. The mission of this program is to provide a meaningful series of events to encourage grassroots adult skaters to enjoy a fun and competitive environment within the adult skating community. 

Athletes receive points based on their placement and number of competitors in each event, and these points determine the final series winners in each section. Sectional series awards are presented at the nonqualifying event held in conjunction with each adult sectional championships.

Participants compete in the free skate events at least two Compete USA and/or nonqualifying competitions, one being the nonqualifying event held in conjunction with a skater’s adult sectional championships. 

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National Qualifying Series

The National Qualifying Series (NQS) is a series of nonqualifying competitions where skaters advance through the U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying Structure based on their score as it falls within sectional and national rankings. 

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