Developmental Teams Progression - Synchro Skills, Preliminary, and Pre-Juvenile

We call our developmental program Shooting Stars, and it’s designed for 7 to 13 year-old skaters of any gender who want to learn the foundations of synchronized skating in a fun and relaxed environment.  Skaters in the Learn to Skate Program (Basic 1-6, Pre-Free Skate, and Free Skate 1-6) as well as skaters who have passed their first moves in the field tests (up through pre-juvenile moves) will be placed on our Shooting Stars teams.

View the tryout schedule and locations here.

Shooting Stars Preliminary


Mini Shooting Stars and Shooting Stars Preliminary

Skaters age 10 and younger who are in the Pre-Free Skate or the Free Skate Badge program are usually placed on either our Mini Shooting Stars synchro skills team or our Shooting Stars preliminary team. Skaters placed here will want to continue to work through Learn to Skate badges and the first U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) tests in moves in the field, dance, and free skating.

Learn more about Mini Shooting Stars here.

Learn more about Shooting Stars preliminary here.

Shooting Stars Pre Juv


Shooting Stars Pre-Juvenile

Skaters under age 12 years with more advanced experience (have passed one or more USFS tests at formal testing sessions in front of a judge panel) may be eligible for our Shooting Stars pre-juvenile team. Skaters under age 12 who have passed the juvenile moves in the field test may be eligible to train and compete under our National Competing Teams Progression on our Mini Mates juvenile team (learn more here).

Learn more about Shooting Stars pre-juvenile here.


USFS Requirement

Hayden SS Preference

Mini Shooting Stars synchro skills

No skater may have passed a test higher than a preliminary test.

Pre-free skate

Shooting Stars preliminary
(10 years old and younger)

Skaters must be under age 12 with the majority of the team under age 10.

Preliminary moves

Shooting Stars pre-juvenile
(under 12 years old)

The majority of the team must be under age 12.

Pre-juvenile moves
Preliminary dance
Pre-Preliminary free skate

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