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As many have stated here getting into the competitive world of figure skating takes lots of time, patience and MONEY. A good place to start would be right in your own FS club. Has your daughter competed in any club competitions? That is a good place to start. It does sound strange that her coach would not be able to advise her on this, but not all coaches have been involved in competitive skating. Here in Canada we have Skate Canada (formerly called the Canadian Figure Skating Association) to find out any information we need about figure skating. Perhaps you could get in touch with the US Figure Skating Association to ask your questions. Anyway, I hope this helps and all the best to your daughter.