Qualifying Competitions

The U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying Structure is in place for athletes who want to compete at U.S. Championship events in singles, pairs, ice dance, synchronized, collegiate and adults.

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The U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying Structure is in place for athletes who want to compete at U.S. Championship events in singles, pairs, ice dance, synchronized, collegiate and adults. Singles, pairs and ice dance athletes who are juvenile, intermediate or novice compete to earn a spot on the National High Performance Development Team. Synchronized Skating and Adult Skating also have their own qualifying structures for those aiming to compete at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships and U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. The U.S. Collegiate Championships is a stand-alone event.

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Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance

Athletes competing in singles, pairs and ice dance enter the qualifying structure for the chance to earn a spot at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. 

Structure Overview

Athletes in the singles, pairs and ice dance curriculum enter the qualifying structure by either participating in the National Qualifying Series (NQS), held June–September, or entering their respective regional or sectional challenge in October.

Qualifying Structure

 

Detailed advancement for singles
Detailed advancement for pairs
Detailed advancement for ice dance

National Qualifying Series

The decision was made to cancel the 2020 National Qualifying Series (NQS). 

 

U.S. Qualifying Season

The Qualifying Season begins in October with the Regional Singles Challenges for singles skaters and Sectional Pairs and Ice Dance Challenges for pairs skaters and ice dancers. From there, athletes qualify for the Sectional Singles Final and U.S. Pairs and Ice Dance Finals, hoping to earn a spot to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the National High Performance Development Team.

Synchronized Skating

Synchronized skating teams from the juvenile level and up can enter the qualifying season for a chance to compete at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. 

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Structure Overview

The U.S. synchronized skating qualifying season begins in January with three Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, held in the Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast sections. Open to teams at the pre-preliminary level and above, the top performing juvenile through senior, collegiate, adult and masters levels qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

Synchronized Skating Qualifying Structure

Competitions

The 2020 Synchronized Skating Qualifying Season competition dates and locations are as follows: 

How to Participate

Synchronized skating teams register for the qualifying season via the Event Management System Aug. 15–Oct. 1. Per the U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook, no late registrations are accepted under any circumstances. Teams must register with a roster that meets at least the minimum requirements for their team’s level. 

Adult Skating

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

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Structure Overview

The adult sectional championships are held in March in the Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast sections. The top four skaters from each level advance to compete in their corresponding event at the U.S. Adult Championships, held in April.

Qualifying Structure Adults

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. Events and levels offered include: 

  • Free skate (men’s and ladies): masters junior-senior, masters intermediate-novice, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze 
  • Dramatic entertainment: masters, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze 
  • Light entertainment: masters, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze 
  • Pairs: masters, centennial, adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze 
  • Dance: masters open, adult gold, adult pre-gold, adult silver, adult pre-silver, adult bronze, adult pre-bronze and adult centennial 
  • Solo Pattern Dance: adult gold, adult pre-gold, adult silver, adult pre-silver and adult bronze 
  • Solo Free Dance: adult gold, adult silver and adult bronze 

Free skate, dramatic entertainment, and light entertainment events are further divided by age. Current age classes for these events are as follows: 

  • Class I: 21-35 years 
  • Class II: 36-45 years 
  • Class III: 46-55 years 
  • Class IV: 56-65 years 
  • Class V: 66 and older 

Solo Pattern and Solo Free Dance events are further divided by age. Current age classes for these events are as follows: 

  • Class I/II: 21-45 years
  • Class III/IV/V: 46 and older 

Competitions

The qualifying competitions are as follows:

How to Participate

To register for the adult qualifying season, log in to the Members Only site and access the Event Management System. Skaters must register between Dec. 15-Feb. 1.

Collegiate Skating

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.

How to Participate

Timeline:

  • 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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