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Save the Date!
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Chiller Dublin
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Try-outs for the competitive teams will take place in two parts:

PART 1: An on-ice individual skating skill tryout.

PART 2: An on-ice team skating try-out.

PART 1

On-ice Individual Skating Skills

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Skaters will be split into small groups and assigned a time slot within the hour to demonstrate their individual skating skills.

PART 2

On-ice Team Skating Skills

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The on-ice team skating try-out will evaluate skaters on their ability to skate in common synchro formations.

Both parts of the tryout must be complete for a skater to be considered for a competitive team in the 2022-2023 season. If a skater cannot attend the in-person tryout, alternative arrangements must be made in advance of the try-out date.

Expectations for skating on a competitive team

  • Practices are REQUIRED. Practices are twice a week and currently take place Sundays at Chiller Easton & Wednesdays at Chiller North.  Failure to attend practices or habitual tardiness may result in a skater being asked to skate an alternate position at competitions.  This rule is in place for the safety and success of the team.  It is important that any skater considering trying out for a competitive team understands the required commitment and is ready and willing to uphold their end of the contract

  •  Skating on a competitive team is both a financial and time commitment.  Current competition team costs are $225/month (for a 9-month season), which covers ice time, performance attire, coaching fees, and competition fees.  Travel fees (such as hotel, transportation, food, etc) are not included. (Fees are subject to change for the 2022-2023 season.)

  • You should expect to travel approximately one weekend (Friday thru Sunday) each month from November to April. Coaches do everything within their power to limit school absences, however, the occasional absence may occur.  Coaches will provide a school absence letter upon request, and are happy to schedule time for homework/study sessions if needed.

  • Skaters are expected to skate in private lessons at least once a week in addition to synchro practice.  Additional practice is strongly encouraged but not required.

  • All skaters trying out for the Pre-Juvenile Team should have passed their Pre-Preliminary Moves In The Field test prior to the start of the season (late August/Early September).

  • All skaters trying out for the Open Juvenile Team should have passed their Juvenile Moves In The Field test prior to the start of the season (late August/Early September).

  • The focus on Moves In The Field testing is to develop qualities such as power, edge quality, extension, quickness, turn development, and preciseness of movement. These skills provide the fundamentals for synchronized skating, which is why the level structure of synchronized skating is based upon the Moves In The Field levels.

Attire

Skaters should wear black skating pants and a colored top of their choice.

The try-out will be filmed and the unique colored tops will help us identify each skater. Skaters' hair should be in a clean ponytail. Makeup is optional.

 

declaration of intetion

Skaters must declare their intention to try out for a competitive team by submitting an application by July 13, 2022.

Skating Skills - individual

Testing Level Requirement: MITF Pre - Preliminary

Skaters should be prepared to demonstrate:

 

  • Perimeter Power Stroking: Forward & Backward

    • Recommended MITF patterns:

      • Alternating Backward Crossovers to Backward Outside Edges  (Preliminary MITF pattern)

      • Forward & Backward Perimeter Power Stroking 

                    (Pre-Juvenile MITF pattern)

  • Chasses: Forward & Backward

  • ​Turns: Forward Outside 3-Turns 

 

  • Turns: Forward Inside 3-Turns

 

  • Turns: Forward Inside Mohawks

NOTE: For all turns, focus on edge quality and strong upper body control. Skaters should be able to do the following turns in both directions and while moving.

  • Lunges: Right & Left Foot/Forward & Backward

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  • Bunny Hops: Right & Left Foot

NOTE: Use the Moves in the Field patterns as a guide for practicing your individual skating skills (linked above for reference). If you do not know the moves patterns, you do not need to spend time learning them.  Just have a general working knowledge of the patterns listed above.
 

Pre-Juvenile

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Testing Level Requirement: MITF Juvenile or higher

Skaters should be prepared to demonstrate:

 

  • Perimeter Power Stroking: Forward & Backward

    • Recommended MITF patterns:

      • Alternating Backward Crossovers to Backward Outside Edges  (Preliminary MITF pattern)

      • Forward & Backward Perimeter Power Stroking 

                    (Pre-Juvenile MITF pattern)

  • Chasses: Forward & Backward

  • ​Turns: Forward Outside 3-Turns 

 

  • Turns: Forward Inside 3-Turns

 

  • Turns: Forward Inside Mohawks

NOTE: For all turns, focus on edge quality and strong upper body control. Skaters should be able to do the following turns in both directions and while moving.

  • Lunges: Right & Left Foot/Forward & Backward

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  • Bunny Hops: Right & Left Foot

Note regarding advanced turns: use the Moves in the Field patterns as a guide for practicing your individual skating skills (linked below for reference). If you do not know the moves patterns, you do not need to spend time learning them.  Just have a general working knowledge of the turns listed above.

 

Open Juvenile

Open Juvenile Only Skills:

  • Advanced Turns: Skaters should have general knowledge of the following:

    • Rockers​

    • Counters

    • Brackets

    • Twizzles

  • Field Moves: 

    • Forward inside & outside spirals (right & left foot)

    • Outside spread eagles

    • Outside Ina Bauers

    • 135 (Y-spirals)

Skating Skills - Team

Assessment

 

After a brief on-ice warm-up, skaters will be divided into smaller groups for evaluation on their basic team skating skills.  Coaches will be evaluating skaters on their ability to take direction, listen, and participate in a team tryout format without being disruptive.  More importantly, skaters will be assessed on their ability to skate connected in basic synchro formations (e.g. wheels, circles, lines, blocks, etc.) as well as their ability to skate in a no-hold formation, while maintaining speed and spacing.

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