Synchronized Teams and Registration Process

All ISI Synchronized teams need to register their team each season prior to their first competition.

The Synchronized Team registration fee is $25 per team. The following items are verified:

  • Team age division (as of 7/1 date)
  • Individual membership of each skater
  • Coach(s) Professional membership

This registration fee will allow each team to designate a team manager who will complete a background check. Additional Team Managers may also be designated for an additional $25 each. (Please note: ISI membership is not applicable for Team Managers)

All non-skating persons that enter locker rooms at an ISI National event must have a credential. Credentials are only obtained by following the above procedures.

All team members will receive a crescent patch for the current season. All new team members will also receive an ISI Team Member patch during their first season on the team.

All ISI synchronized teams have between 8-24 skaters. ISI synchronized events are now divided into 5 categories: Formation, Advanced Formation, Skating, and Dance.


Formation teams are a good category for beginning skaters who have a minimum of skating skills. Skaters are not allowed to skate backwards on one foot. The team should demonstrate good knowledge of synchronized basics such as unison, straight lines and correct holds.

Advanced Formation

Advanced Formation teams have already competed in the Formation event, but skaters on these teams can do 3-turns, mohawks and backward crossovers for transitions and in block sequences. Lifts and rotation jumps are not allowed in the advanced formation category. This is a great way for teams to take the next step as they continue to improve the basics of synchronized skating.

Skating Teams

Skating teams have already mastered the basics of synchronized skating and execute superior formations with speed, difficulty and accuracy. There is a minimum of stops and 2-foot skating in the skating category. Teams should have smooth transitions and effortless performance. Unison, cleanness and speed are expected. Lifts are permitted in the Teen Skating events only.

Dance Teams

Dance teams have more flexible choreography with all skaters moving in unison utilizing dance steps and skating moves to produce a well-rounded program. Teams can focus on a particular type of dance, such as tap, ballet, jazz – or including folk dances from various countries of the world.

Age Divisions

Age determined each year on the previous July 1.

Tot - Majority 6 years & younger

Jr. Youth - Majority 8 years & younger

Youth - Majority 9-11 years

Sr. Youth - Majority 12-14 years

Teen - Majority 14-19 years

Collegiate - Majority 18-25 years

Adult - Majority 20 years and older

Master - Majority 40 years and older


Formation & Advanced Formation Teams-Program Durations


Jr. Youth3:30


Sr. Youth3:30




Skating and Dance Teams - Program Durations


Jr. Youth2:30


Sr. Youth3:30




Formation Compulsories - Program Durations

All Ages1:45

Skating Compulsories - Program Durations

All Ages2:30

ISI Synchronized Skating Tests 1-4

The ISI recently introduced a series of four new Synchronized Skating tests to help encourage and reward beginning team skaters. After the team has passed Test 2 and Test 4, they will have already mastered the skills necessary to participate in the Formation Compulsory and Skating Compulsory events.

These tests ARE NOT REQUIRED for any team to participate in any local, district or national ISI competition event. They are only for education and accomplishment to help team skaters learn to work together as they achieve a common goal.

The colorful test patch crescents can be purchased by the team members for $1 each after the team passes each test level. Be the first team in your area to earn all four patches!

These patches compliment the newly designed Synchro Team Member patch that each team member receives when their team is registered for the current skating season.

Synchronized Skating Test 1

  • Demonstration of holds – hand hold, shoulder hold, waist hold
  • Forward Skating line
  • Forward Circle
  • Forward Two-Spoke Wheel
  • Forward Skating Block

Synchronized Skating Test 2

  • Forward Intersection
  • Forward Skating Line into Forward Two-Spoke Wheel
  • Forward Two-Spoke Wheel into a Forward Block
  • Forward Block into Forward Circle
  • Synchronized Formation Compulsory Program

Synchronized Skating Test 3

  • Line
  • Footwork Block
  • Circle
  • Wheel
  • Intersection

Synchronized Skating Test 4

  • Line to Intersection
  • Intersection to Circle
  • Circle to Footwork Block
  • Footwork Block to Wheel
  • Synchronized Skating Compulsory Program



If you have any additional questions, please contact Kim Hansen - ISI Skating Programs and National Events Director