FAQs

What is synchronized skating?

Synchronized skating combines the grace of ballet, the elegance of ice dancing, and the thrill of split-second maneuvers. Each team skates as one unit, executing difficult patterns with speed and precision.

When are tryouts?

Tryouts for the 2017-2018 season are at two different times. Skaters who have passed Juvenile Moves and above can attend tryouts in early April. Skaters who have passed Pre-Juvenile Moves or below can attend tryouts in mid-May. Dates and times are listed on our home page.

Do you have to be in a certain level to tryout?

No. We invite skaters of all ages and levels to attend tryouts.

How are teams fielded?

During tryouts, the staff will evaluate skaters’ skills and determine where they will be most successful. Each skater’s age and Moves-in-the-Field level will be considered when determining team levels and skater placement.

What is the cost to participate? 

Synchronized skating requires a large financial commitment. A monthly fee is calculated for each team, based on the level and the amount of coaching necessary for the season. Fees will be available prior to committing to a team for the season. Apparel, classes/practice time, and travel require additional payments.

What is included in the monthly fee?

Included in the monthly fees are the skater’s individual and team USFS membership, Skokie Valley Skating Club membership, competition entry and critique fees, off-ice training, on-ice coaching and specialty classes, boot camps, ice rental, skater transportation during travel events, music editing, competition dress(es), hair & make-up supplies, end of season banquet, administrative costs, operation costs, and additional team event fees.

How often are there practices?

Teams practice 1-6 hours per week, depending on the level and time of year. Specific practice schedules will be available prior to committing to a team for the season.

Are there other requirements?

Depending on the time and year and team level, skaters may be required to participate in one of the following:

  • Learn-to-skate/Freestyle skating class at the Northbrook Sports Center
  • 4 hours/week of freestyle at the Northbrook Sports Center

*Intermediate team skaters and above will be exempt from additional skating requirements for the Fall & Winter session unless participating in programs supporting Northbrook-On-Ice, in which case they will only be exempt during the Fall session

How many skaters are on each team?

Depending on the level, 10-24 skaters may be placed on a team. Some teams may field more skaters than are eligible to skate in a competition, and skaters may be named alternates for one or more competitions.

Are there cross-skaters?

Cross-skaters are fielded when necessary.

What is the time commitment?

In addition to weekly practices, skaters travel for competitions on many weekends from November-February. Staff also schedules off-ice team activities, such as community service projects, to promote camaraderie and a family feel.

What teams will you field for the 2017-2018 season?

Team levels will be determined after tryouts, based on the number of skaters, their ages and skill levels. Specific levels will be announced prior to committing to a team for the season.

If you have additional questions, contact us at teamselite@nbparks.org.