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Adult Skating Program Information
Figure Skating Programs Manager
Whether you are new to the sport of figure skating or a seasoned veteran ready to return to competition, the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Skating Program has a place for you!
Some adults are new to skating and have never taken a lesson, while others have competed on the national level as children and want to return to the ice for fun, fitness, competition or to pursue yet-unrealized dreams and goals. Whether you are an "adult who became a skater" or a "skater who became an adult," the U.S. Figure Skating Adult Skating Program has a place for everyone to learn, enjoy and participate through a variety of skating programs, proficiency tests and competitions on the local, national and international level.
New to Figure Skating and/or Want to Master the Fundamentals?
Learn to Skate USA
The Learn to Skate USA adult curriculum is designed for adults who want to learn how to skate or to refine their skating skills. The program teaches proper skating techniques while improving physical fitness, balance and coordination. This is an exciting program for people who look to skating as an enjoyable part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.
The curriculum is divided into six levels in which adult skaters will progress at an individual rate while being challenged and motivated. The curriculum is designed specifically to teach the adult skater the basic elements of forward skating, backward skating, turns and stops before advancing to more challenging moves.
Whether you want to skate during your lunch break, form a coffee club, compete locally or lay the foundation to progress into the U.S. Figure Skating adult test structure, the Learn to Skate USA program is the place for you! Visit the Learn to Skate USA adult home page for more information and to find a program near you.
Adult skaters from adult 1 through adult bronze free skate who are current members of Learn to Skate USA or are full members of U.S. Figure Skating may enter Compete USA competitions at their level. This is a great opportunity for adults to showcase the skating elements they have learned. Many adults enter these events to meet a specific goal or to satisfy their desire to compete. Visit the Compete USA page for more information.
Adult Competition Series
The Adult Competition Series (ACS) provides a meaningful competitive experience to adult and young adult skaters in the adult 1 through adult bronze levels, encouraging them to enjoy a fun, yet competitive environment where they can experience the community of adult skating. Participants in the ACS compete in both the free skate and compulsory events in at least two participating competitions, one being the nonqualifying competition held in conjunction with their adult sectional championships. Athletes receive points based on their placement and the number of competitors in each event. These points determine final ACS winners within each section and awards are presented at the nonqualifying competitions held in conjunction with each adult sectional championships. Visit the Adult Competition Series page for more information, a list of participating competitions and to register for the series.
Test Opportunities for Advanced Adult Skaters and Those Returning to the Sport
The test structure is the base for U.S. Figure Skating. Passing proficiency tests allows a skater to advance to the next level. Each level has specific requirements that a skater must perform in front of a panel of qualified judges. Adults can choose to test in the adult testing structure or the standard track testing structure; either structure allows the adult skater to participate in adult competitions and events.
Free Skate & Moves in the Field Tests
Adult free skate and moves in the field tests are divided into eight levels: pre-bronze, bronze, silver, gold, intermediate, novice, junior and senior. The standard free skate test structure is comprised of eight levels ranging from pre-preliminary to senior. For free skate and moves in the field, the adult pre-bronze through gold tests are generally equivalent to the standard pre-preliminary through juvenile tests. Adults may progress to either the standard track or adult track intermediate moves in the field/free skate tests after passing the adult gold moves in the field/free skate tests.
Adult pre-bronze through senior moves in the field tests may be taken by adult 21+ candidates (adults 21 or older) and adult 50+ candidates (adults 50 or older), with age-appropriate test expectations. Candidates must specify their intention to test as an adult 21+ or adult 50+ candidate when registering to take the test. Adult moves in the field tests taken as any type of adult candidate qualify skaters to take the corresponding free skate test.
If you passed figure tests prior to 10/1/79 or your most recent free skate tests prior to the establishment of moves in the field prerequisites (10/1/94 for standard-track tests and 9/1/02 for adult-track tests) you are not required to start over with the first moves in the field test. Your figure or free skate test level grandfathers you at the corresponding level for free skate and moves in the field. You may start testing at the next level higher or a lower level. See the Moves in the Field and Free Skate Test Grandfathering Chart for complete details.
Adults may take pair tests on either (or both) the adult and standard-track test structure. The adult pair tests are divided into three classes: bronze, silver and gold. The standard pair tests are divided into six classes from pre-juvenile through senior.
All standard partnered pattern dance, solo pattern dance, partnered free dance and solo free dance tests are available to adults. Additionally, adult partnered pattern dance, solo pattern dance, partnered free dance and solo free dance tests are available and may be taken as adult 21+ (21 and older) or adult 50+ (50 and older candidates) with age-appropriate test expectations. The adult partnered pattern dance, solo pattern dance and solo free dance tests have the same levels and content as their standard counterparts. The adult partnered free dance test structure is divided into four classes: pre-bronze, bronze, silver and gold.
Adults may take any of the standard figure tests from preliminary through the eighth tests. Additionally, three levels of adult figure tests are offered: bronze, silver, and gold. If you have passed standard figure tests and would like to cross over into the adult figure tests structure, see the Figures Cross Over Chart for complete details on the level at which you may begin testing.
Unsure of Your Prior Test History?
Recent test history is located in the U.S. Figure Skating database, accessible from your Members Only account (select "Account," "Member Profile." "Skate Test History"). If you have been away from the sport for an extended period of time and your test history is no longer in the current database, you can request your prior test history be researched in the U.S. Figure Skating archives. To initiate this process, download the Test Verification Request Form. Email questions to email@example.com. Welcome home!
For Information About U.S. Figure Skating Tests
Detailed information on test requirements and prerequisites is available in the current U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook in the “Test Rules” section. The current U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook is available on the Rulebook web page.
Competitive Opportunities for Advanced Adult Skaters and Those Returning to the Sport
Returning to the Sport with Standard-Track Tests?
For those who are returning to the sport after testing as a standard-track skater, your standard tests qualify you to compete in adult competitive events according to this chart.
Adults interested in all-adult competitions will find no shortage of events to enter within U.S. Figure Skating. Several adult nonqualifying competitions are hosted nationwide throughout the year. Adult skating competitions divide competitors by age and test level, and most offer free skate events, as well as showcase, dance, pairs, compulsory moves, and jump/spin contests. Clubs are also able to offer adult events as a part of their regular nonqualifying competitions.
Adult Sectional Championships and U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships
Adult sectional championships, annual qualifying events for the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, are held in each section of the country and include a corresponding nonqualifying competition at the discretion of the Local Organizing Committee. Adult sectionals take place each year in March. The U.S. Adult Championships is the highlight of the adult competitive season and takes place each year in April. Visit the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships page for more information.
ISU Adult Figure Skating Competitions
The International Skating Union provides opportunities for adults to compete internationally. Live your dream of skating internationally for the USA! Visit the ISU Adult Skating page for more information.
Helpful tips and information for U.S. adult figure skaters competing at the ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf Germany are available in this document.
Synchronized skating is a fun, team opportunity for all types of adult skaters. There is a wide array of opportunities for adults interested in synchronized skating. Visit the Synchronized Skating home page for more information.
Theatre On Ice
Theatre On Ice is a form of competitive figure skating that combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance. It is a fun, team opportunity for all types of adult skaters. Visit the Theatre On Ice home page for more information.
Showcase fuses artistic creativity with figure skating for single skaters, duets, small ensembles of three to seven and production numbers of eight to 30. National Showcase offers the categories of light entertainment, dramatic entertainment and interpretive (improvisation) events to singles skaters. Adult events are a part of the annual National Showcase competition, and the gold medalists in adult events earn the honor of advancing to the Adult Parade of Champions. Visit the National Showcase home page for more information.
Solo Dance Competition Series
The Solo Dance Competition Series provides an avenue for ice dancers at the standard levels to compete at and qualify for the National Solo Dance Final. Adults may participate in the series based on their standard-track ice dance tests (adult dance tests do not fulfill the eligibility requirements). Visit the Solo Dance Competition Series home page for more information.
Other Opportunities for Adult Skaters
The best way to be a part of U.S. Figure Skating is to become a member of your local U.S. Figure Skating club. With more than 600 member clubs nationwide, you should be able to find one near you that meets your needs. Clubs serve many purposes to their members, providing a social network for adult members and offering weekly or monthly practice sessions, private instruction, test sessions, ice shows and exhibitions, nonqualifying and qualifying competitions, seminars, and dance weekends. Most skating clubs are non-profit associations run by volunteers. If possible, take the time to volunteer; through involvement, you will learn more about skating and at the same time create a training "home" for yourself. If there is not a club in your area, you can always join U.S. Figure Skating as an individual member.
Adult Skating Camps
Attending camps and clinics for adult figure skaters is a great way to improve your on-ice skills while meeting other adult skaters and having fun together both on and off the ice. Several adult skating camps are held throughout the year. Upcoming camps are published in the Adult Skating Committee's Facebook Note.
The Adult Skating Committee hosts an annual informational meeting in conjunction with the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships and educational seminars are often held as well. Webinars on a variety of topics are available for on-demand viewing in the Members Only section of the U.S. Figure Skating Website, including two webinars on IJS for U.S. Adult Athletes (select "General Info," "Webinars" and then "Skating Programs").
Social Ice Dancing
Many adults enjoy social ice dancing. Without the pressure of testing or competing, it provides the opportunity to relax and enjoy skating with others who share the same passion. Social ice dance weekends and sessions are held in many places throughout the year, and usually welcome all levels and abilities. You can find information about upcoming social ice dancing events in the Adult Skating Committee's Facebook Note, and on Ice Dancers.com and Ice Dancers Online.
“Adults Skate Too” Exhibitions
Recreational and competitive adult skaters can enjoy the opportunity to skate in an exhibition for friends and family. Volunteer to organize a local exhibition for your club! Download the "Adults Skate Too" Exhibition Guide (PDF) to get started.
Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating
The Learn to Skate USA program includes a complete curriculum and test structure for those with disabilities under the umbrella of "therapeutic recreational skating". Information can be found on the Therapeutic Recreational Skating web page. Additionally, moves in the field, free skate, and pattern dance tests may be taken by skaters in a therapeutic program on a pass/fail basis. Visit the Special Olympics/Therapeutic Skating home page for more information.
USA Adult Figure Skating Program Team Jacket
Show your pride in being a part of U.S. Figure Skating's Adult Skating Program with a team jacket! Anyone may purchase a jacket, even family and friends who support adult figure skating. Find more information on the Women's Adult Jacket web page and the Men's Adult Jacket web page.
For More Information
Adult Skating Committee
U.S. Figure Skating has an extensive volunteer network of committees supporting all disciplines and aspects of figure skating. The Adult Skating Committee (ASC) is dedicated to the growth and advancement of adult skating within U.S. Figure Skating. Committee representatives exist in most areas of the country, and are a valuable resource in assisting adult skaters with information regarding testing, clubs, rule interpretation and networking with other adult skaters. To get in touch with an ASC member near you, or to get involved, go to the Adult Skating contacts page.
The Adult Skating Committee also maintains an active Facebook page that provides motivation, inspiration, education, assistance and networking opportunities for adult skaters. You are invited to “like” the Adult Skating Committee’s Facebook page for current news and information.
Download the Adult Skating Program brochure (PDF)
Download the Adult Skating Opportunities Flyer (PDF)
Download the Adult Skating Program for Growth and Retention Flyer (PDF)