High School Programs
Mixing school with the many hours of training you do for figure skating is difficult, but it's not impossible. Skaters have managed to balance skating and studies for years, and the two are compatible. However, it's important to avail yourself of the many resources available to you. U.S. Figure Skating supports your athlete through the School Programs Subcommittee of the Program Development Committee. Here you will find information about high school teams and upcoming competitions as well as other resources to improve your experience as a skater and a student.
If you're looking for a high school team in your area, or want to start your own team, you've come to the right place. Check out our available resources on this page. If you're looking for upcoming high school competitions, use the event search engine and choose "school program."
Your U.S. Figure Skating home club is a wonderful resource. The club can help parents, skaters and coaches with many school issues. The probability is high that a skater in your school or district has already "broken the ice" with school officials. Ask questions and follow up with any lead you may have.
A complete education is a valuable asset in life. In order to coordinate school and skating here are some helpful hints: Plan in the early spring for next fall, especially when you are changing from elementary school, to middle school and to high school. School officials need you to educate them about skating and the needs of your student/athlete.
Help the school and counselors help you. Time off, schedule reorganization and physical education credit through independent study are possible only if you plan well in advance. Asking for these options after school starts creates administrative disruption and ultimately a refusal to help. Some changes take six months to a year to pass through proper channels. If your school does not allow credit for skating, there is a packet available through School Programs that is independent study for physical education. If you present this easy outline to your physical education department, it may help.
When qualifying competition (regional) applications are distributed in the fall, skaters can download the School Absence Support Letter on this page to take to your school. If the skater is intermediate and below, these letters of support can be written by your club officers. A letter of congratulations addressed to your skater's school is sent to the skater's home address. Parents can then take the letter and certificate to the school for recognition.
The Graduating Seniors Program was developed to recognize the achievements of those individuals graduating from high school who have made the commitment to continue their training in figure skating while pursuing their studies. To be considered for this award, applicants must complete an online application on or before March 1 of the skater's senior year. Following the application deadline and review process by U.S. Figure Skating in early May, Graduating Seniors Certificates will be mailed to the listed point of contact at the athlete's school, and an email will be sent to the athlete notifying him or her the certificate has been sent. If applicants would like to use this distinction on their college entrance applications in the fall of their senior year, they will need to contact the U.S. Figure Skating Program Manager in regards to this so that other arrangements can be made.
BUY A RULEBOOK: It comes with a U.S. Figure Skating directory. The directory contains listings of all the committees, their members and their phone numbers. Call Headquarters (719.635.5200) and order a rulebook. It is a wealth of information and an absolute necessity for any skater or coach.
School Programs are under the auspices of the Program Development Committee.