Synchro Skate

Syncrho skatersExciting News! The Cochrane Skating Club is hoping to run a Synchronized Skating this year if there is enough interest. The program is open to all STARSkate levels (Junior, Intermediate and Senior).

The program will be on Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:30 pm at the Cochrane Arena starting on Sept. 23.

As an addition to your singles skating, we would like to encourage as many members to sign up for a very fun and TEAM based skating discipline. What a great opportunity to continue to develop your skating, but in a team environment/competition.

What is 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.

What will Synchro look like at CSC?

We are hoping to gather enough skaters for two teams. Minimum number of skaters per team is eight. Both teams will share the Friday session which will include an edges and turns skill development component. The goal of the teams will be to develop a program to compete in the spring.

Because this is a team event skaters need to be able to commit both to practices as well as the following competitions should the club enter:

  • Rose Bowl on January 14-15 in Calgary Synchronized Skating
  • Invitational – Edmonton March 19, 2017

We are unable to confirm yet but competition fees for the team should be similar in cost (individually) to singles fees. Those costs will be in addition to the fees listed for the program.

Costumes will also be additional and can range greatly in cost, however I have been assured that costumes can be put together for as little as $50 per skater. We will do our very best to look great at an affordable cost. A costume deposit will be collected with the registration fee and should the cost of costumes exceed the deposit you will receive an invoice for the balance.

The program is available for registration in Uplifter and the deadline for sign up is August 22, 2016.  Please select the “pay offline” or pay by cheque option so we can ensure we have the minimum numbers before we collect fees.