Synchronized skating, or “synchro” is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations and maneuvers. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow. Skate Canada’s SynchroSkate program includes a number of Synchronized Skating categories which accommodate skaters at any age and skill level.
Synchronized skating has grown in popularity around the world and Canada is considered a world-leader in this discipline. In 2000 the first ever World Synchronized Skating Championships were hosted in the United States. Canada’s black ice captured a silver medal at the inaugural event. In 2003, Skate Canada was proud to host the World Synchronized Skating Championships in Ottawa, Ontario. Then in 2009, Nexxice brought home Canada’s first gold medal in the discipline of Synchronized Skating from the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Sherwood Parkdale Skating Club offers two levels within our Synchronized Skating program. The guidelines & requirements to join these programs include: Development Team for skaters with level 4 Canskate through Junior A. Skaters at Junior B and higher are generally on our Synchro Team. The Coaching Professional will group skaters according to skill level. The Skate Canada level the team will be categorized under will be determined by the skill level of our skaters within a group. The correct grouping is at the discretion of our Professional Coach running the program. To join one of our sychro teams the skater must be registered in one of our Canskate or STARskate programs.
Synchro Club Details
Skaters must attend all practices and competitions. In a team sport an individual's dedication and commitement will set the tone and ability for the team to gel as one. In all cases of absence, advance notification is a must. Contact your Coaching Professional by phone or in person. Follow up with email if it is advance notification. If you miss more than three practices, the coach has the right to ask the skater to leave the team. Open communication with the coach is expected. Any family vacations that have been booked MUST be discussed in advance with your coach.
Skaters are expected to attend their regular skating program sessions (Canskate, STARskate) for continued growth and progression of skills as an individual skater.
School work is extremely important. It is crucial that you stay on top of it and still attend all practices. Your teammates depend on you.
Extra practices will be booked from time to time depending on the teams requirements.
Sherwood Parkdale Synchro Club does many fundraisers throughout the season to off-set costs and keep registration fees to a minimum. There are many fundraisers for the whole team to participate. The expectation is that all will take part. Fundraising events will be determined at a team/parent meeting at the start of the season.
Typical events the teams may participate in (determined by Coaching Professional) includes:
Friendship Competition, Atlantic Synchro Championships, Provincial Synchro Championships and the Club Annual Ice Show
*Travel and Accommodations costs are parent’s responsibility.