The Middle of the Mitt High School Figure Skating Team is composed of 9th through 12th grade skaters from several area high schools. To participate skaters must be members in good standing of USFS, have completed the Pre-Freeskate Level of the Learn to Skate USA program, and be enrolled in high school. Though this is a competitive sport, the goal of the team first and foremost is to have FUN and to promote a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie.
Skaters will be assigned to one of a possible three teams based on skill levels, with A-Team having the most difficult elements and C-Team the least. Restrictions for competing at each level are:
- A-Team: No Restrictions
- B-Team: Must not have passed Intermediate Freestyle/Novice Moves
- C-Team: Must not have passed Preliminary Freestyle/Pre-Juvenile Moves
The teams compete at three District events from December-February with the hopes of qualifying for the State Championships in March.
The 2016-17 team is composed of an A, B and C-Team and features skaters from Big Rapids High School, Gladwin High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, Sacred Heart Academy, and Shepherd High School.
2016-17 District Competitions:
- Kalamazoo, December 17, 2016
- Mt. Pleasant, January 21, 2017
- Bay City, February 19, 2017
2016-17 State Championships:
- March 25 – 26, 2017, Rochester
2016-17 High School National Final
- March 31 – April 2, 2017, Dearborn.
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About the Michigan High School Skating Series: (via Sk8Stuff)
Introduced in 1999, and continuing to grow every year, the Michigan High School Skating series offers great opportunities for skaters to participate in team sports and to be part of their school’s athletic program. Starting with 10 teams and a single competition in 1999, the 2016 series has 43 teams and 19 competitions.
High School Figure Skaters in Michigan compete in 6 Districts, each composed of 6-12 teams. Each school may field any or all of “A”, “B”, and “C” level teams, which compete separately. The “A” teams have the most difficult elements, “C” teams have the least difficult. Teams participate in 3 initial-round competitions within their own District, then the victors from each district meet in a final State Championship Competition in March.
The initial-round competitions in each district are Team Compulsory competitions. At these competitions, there are 3 events at each level – a Jumps event, a Spins event, and a Moves event. Each event has 4 “elements” – elements are performed by a single skater from each team, in team rotation. Each competition lasts about 4 hours, and teams compete against other teams within their own district to earn a position in the State Championship competition.
The 2-day State Championship offers a final Team event in the same format as described above. It also offers a large variety of “Individual” events such as freeskating, dance, and showcase which allow skaters to earn State Individual medals.