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    High School and Collegiate Team Skating Competitions

    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    He [Jason Brown] was his HS "team captain" at the inaugural HS competition on Monday. Got lost on the way to the rink, ran in threw his skates on, got a 30 second warm up for the jumps segment AND......


    hit the boards on the landing of his jump combo.
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    Was he OK, and did his team win?
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    He was fine (just a little embarassed). I believe they did win the "A" group of the competition.
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    Could you start a thread topic about high school skating teams? I didn't even know there was such a thing!
    I'll start things off...

    Here's information on how they are run in Michigan (maybe the longest-running series, starting in 1999): http://mihs.sk8stuff.com/

    Turns out the high school competition in which Jason Brown participated on March 12 was Illinois' inaugural high school team competition -- see the announcement: http://skatingcouncilofillinois.org/...ompetition.pdf

    The 2012 Ohio High School Team Figure Skating Competition was held on February 11-12, 2012 -- more info: http://www.shakerfsc.org/hs-competition

    The New England region has a very active high school program as well - here's an announcement for a competition on May 6 in Dedham, MA: http://neicc.org/download/2012%20HS%...nouncement.pdf

    Informational links via USFS:

    High School Skating Clubs and Teams (brochure): http://www.usfsa.org/Content/HighSch...bsandTeams.pdf

    "How to start a High School Program": http://www.usfsa.org/Content/Setting...2010-2011_.pdf
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    Thanks for doing this, Sylvia. Yes, SVSC has been trying to work with the Michigan Series organizers, but still ran into some snags with a couple of the area HS. Michigan clubs/skaters/high schools worked with the MHSA so that it is now recognized as a state championship. The skaters in Michigan get varsity letters for participating on the HS team at most of the schools who participate. It has been a great way to involve figure skaters in the HS athletic programs and make them feel more a part of their HS as opposed to ignored.

    I believe Colorado also is or has been kicking off something similar as is Wisconsin.

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    I find this so encouraging, as well as the increased popularity of synchro! The more figure skating grows a base of local team sports, the more popular I believe it will be. Especially, if things grow to the point that colleges include the sport and offer scholarships to top skaters, similar to the way that top gymnasts go to college after their competitive days, often times.

    How about the LA area? Does anyone know whether something is being organized there?

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    The Illinois comp was a very simple one: Jumps divided by group A, B, and C, Spins divided by group A, B, and C, Moves divided by A, B, and C, and a "survivor" competition divided by A, B, and C. Unfortunately, all the skaters fell into category A (unrestricted level) and B (no higher than Intermediate FS/Novice MIF test) and there were no C (no higher than Prejuvenile FS/Juvenile MIF). :(

    It could end up being very encouraging and providing scholie money to skaters! There IS a college competition format starting to gain in popularity as well, but as of yet, it's all club sport related. Here's the link for collegiate: http://www.usfsa.org/Programs.asp?id=45

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    That's awesome news!

    Is there any person that is the head organizer of this sport, who would know all about everything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Is there any person that is the head organizer of this sport, who would know all about everything?
    What do you mean?

    Doris, can you change my original thread title to include collegiate team competitions? Something like: "High School and Collegiate Team Competitions"... I wonder if there are similar programs outside the United States?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Is there any person that is the head organizer of this sport, who would know all about everything?
    I would guess whichever committee chair that is responsible for programs at USFS would know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mskater93 View Post
    Thanks for doing this, Sylvia. Yes, SVSC has been trying to work with the Michigan Series organizers, but still ran into some snags with a couple of the area HS. Michigan clubs/skaters/high schools worked with the MHSA so that it is now recognized as a state championship. The skaters in Michigan get varsity letters for participating on the HS team at most of the schools who participate. It has been a great way to involve figure skaters in the HS athletic programs and make them feel more a part of their HS as opposed to ignored.

    I believe Colorado also is or has been kicking off something similar as is Wisconsin.
    oh if only that were the case at every high school in MI. my high school didn't consider skating a sport and didn't recognize it, so no varsity letter for me. my school only had about five skaters when i was there and we were the odd ones out. my high school team didn't even have anything to do with my school.

    but on the contrary HS teams are super fun. it's very laid back and a great time for bonding with your friends.

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