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Synchronized Skating 

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 For the 2018-2019 Season all Starskaters (Jumpstart through Senior) under the age of 15yrs as of July 1st 2018, are welcome and encouraged to join Synchro. 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(s) is at the discretion of our Professional Coach running the program. To join our sychro program the skater must be registered in one of our STARskate programs or be an associate skater registered in Starskate at another club.

Synchro Club Details

Practices

Skaters must plan to 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, notification is requested. 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 take the position of an alternate. Open communication with the coach is expected.

Skaters are expected to attend their regular skating program sessions (Jumpstart through Senior 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 may be booked from time to time (potentially), depending on the teams requirements in preparation for events.

Fees

Sherwood Parkdale Skating Club has a special "Welcome Back to Synchro" discounted fee for the 2018-2019 Season

The only additional costs for this season will be personal travel costs for compeititon. All coaches fees will be covered by the Club. Fundraising opportunites are open for discussion with parents & club to offset personal costs.

Events

Typical events the teams may participate in (determined by Coaching Professional and approved entries by the club) includes:

Friendship Competition, Atlantic Synchro Championships, Provincial Synchro Championships  and the Club Annual Ice Show