Ice Arena’s STARFIRE
Synchronized Skating program has been
in existence since September 2000. The
purpose of the STARFIRE program
at Rocket Ice Arena is to provide skaters with the opportunity to participate at
a competitive level in the ever-growing sport of Synchronized Skating.
We strive to provide a quality program that fields competitive teams,
improves individual skating,
enhances self confidence and performance technique through both on-ice and
off-ice practice. The STARFIRE
program stresses Good Sportsmanship,
Cooperation, Leadership and Community Awareness through the competitive
experience and service projects. We
sincerely hope the friendships made through STARFIRE
will last a lifetime.
Our Synchronized Skating Teams have done very well in competition during
the short time we have offered a Synchronized Skating Program at Rocket Ice
as evidenced by our overflowing Trophy Shelf in the rink office.
Rocket Ice is very proud of the accomplishments of its teams.
IS A SYNCHRONIZED SKATING TEAM?
Synchronized Skating team is a group of 8 to 24 skaters who learn, practice and
perform together a specifically choreographed routine set to music at either USFSA
(United States Figure Skating Association) and/or ISI (Ice Skating
Institute - www.skateisi.org) competitions. These
choreographed routines consist of lines, blocks, circles, pinwheels and
intersections which incorporate forward and backward skating, footwork, turns
and edges to complement the theme of their music.
Synchronized Skating Teams strive to execute these maneuvers with power,
speed, grace, finesse and most important of all unison.
There are basically two types of Synchronized Skating Teams:
FORMATION ~ At this level the emphasis is on learning good Unison, good
Basic Skating Technique, Presentation Skills
and the Neatness and Correctness of the geometric shapes formed by the
skaters during the routine.
SKATING ~ At the Synchronized Skating level, Unison is still the number one
objective but added to this, the teams are expected to perform with significant
Speed and Power and include Intricate Footwork, Technically Difficult
Formations and Smooth Transitions from one formation to the next.