Team Levels at Arctic Edge Unity

Arctic Edge Unity fields a variety of competitive teams accommodate skaters of all ages and experience levels. Skaters are placed on teams every season based on a variety of factors including age, skill and individual test level. Skaters of all skating backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate. Synchronized skating routines frequently combine many components of freestyle, ice dance and pairs in conjunction with the shapes, speed and precision the discipline is known for!

 
IJS/National Competitive Teams

Ages: Skaters are generally aged 10 years and older

Skating Level: Minimum requirement is USFS Pre-Juvenile Moves in the Field, Preferred Requirement is working on Intermediate Moves in the Field or higher

  • Skaters on IJS/National-Qualifying Level Teams have the opportunity to perform and compete 6-9 times per season (at least 5 of which are competitions).

  • Events and performances will be held regionally/within driving distance (e.g. Arctic Edge, Ann Arbor, Fraser, Northern Ohio, etc.) as well as up to two multi-day travel events within the US.

  • Skaters begin practices in early- to mid-summer and meet two-three days per week beginning in September and ending in early March

  • Skaters on the team will be expected to purchase matching team pants, team jacket and a few other matching items for competition​​​

Sectional Competitive Teams

Ages: Skaters are generally aged 8 years and older
Skating Level: General minimum requirement is Freeskate 1-4; Preferred Requirement is Pre-Preliminary or Preliminary Moves in the Field.

  • Skaters on Sectional Teams have the opportunity to perform and compete 6-8 times per season (at least 4 of which are competitions).

  • Events and performances will be held regionally/within driving distance (e.g. Arctic Edge, Ann Arbor, Fraser, Northern Ohio, etc.) as well as 1-2 multi-day travel event within the Midwest Section (e.g. Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, etc.)

  • Skaters begin practices in mid-to late-summer and meet two days per week beginning in September and ending in early March

  • Skaters on the team will be expected to purchase matching team pants, team jacket and a few other matching items for competition.​ with team commitment.

Regional Competitive Teams

Ages: Skaters are generally aged 5-12 years old
Skating Level: Basic 4 and Above

  • Skaters on the Regional Teams have the opportunity to perform and compete 4-6 times per season (2-3 of which are competitions). All events and performances will be held within driving distance (e.g. Arctic Edge, Ann Arbor, Fraser, Northern Ohio, etc.)

  • Skaters meet one day per week beginning in September and ending in early March

  • Skaters on this team will be expected to purchase 1-2 items of team uniform clothing

Exhibition Teams (non-competitive)

Ages: Skaters are generally aged 3-8 years old
Skating Level: Enrolled in Snowplow Sam through Basic 3

  • Skaters on an Exhibition Team have the opportunity to perform 1-3 times. All events will take place at Arctic Edge or local surrounding area.

  • Skaters will meet no more than once per week, culminating in 1-3 performances​​

General Requirements for all AEU Skaters:
  • All skaters wishing to participate on a synchronized skating team MUST have an active US Figure Skating or USFS Learn-to-Skate membership during the time they plan to train with the team

  • For certain competitive teams, there may be a skill level requirement in addition to a recommended test/skill level given by AEU.

  • While participating in synchronized skating, skaters are expected to continue their individual skill development, either through their regular lessons with a private coach or in a Learn-to-Skate program. Synchronized Skating is NOT replacement for individual skating development, but rather a competitive opportunity for driven and team-oriented skaters.

Notes on Team Placement Process:

Participating in team placement/Tryouts is a commitment-free process. It is our job at AEU to place your skater on a team that will allow them the best opportunity for success and it is ultimately up to you and your skater whether you would like to proceed with team commitment.

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