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    What Is Synchronized Skating?

    Synchronized skating is the fastest growing segment of figure skating. Best described as "Rockettes on Ice," it is the least expensive form of competitive figure skating. A synchronized skating team consists of 8 to 20 members skating in unison to a choreographed program set to music. Programs are performed in front of judges during competitions.

    Synchronized skating is a fun and rewarding experience for skaters of all ages. It is the newest and fastest growing discipline in the sport of figure skating. Since team skating first appeared in the late 1950s at the University of Michigan, synchronized skating has now become an international sport. U.S. teams now compete with teams from around the world. Synchronized skating is slated to be an Olympic sport in future Winter Games.

    Synchronized skating is all about teamwork. A synchronized skating team consists of 8 to 20 members, skating various formations and steps in unison to a choreographed program set to music. The objective is for the team to skate as one unit rather than as individuals. Programs are performed in front of judges during competitions and in ice show exhibitions.

    Synchronized skating also benefits figure skaters in the development of their singles skating by enhancing on-ice performance and overall skating development.

    Synchronized skating offers you the opportunity to participate in a group activity and make new friends, while sharing in the experience, energy and camaraderie of a team sport.

    Why Join A Skating Team?

    Synchronized Team Skating is one of the fastest growing Collegiate sports! Synchronize skating is just not for beginners. Learning the skills of synchronized skating will enhance your abilities as a figure skater in freestyle, field moves and dance! Many advanced figure skaters and USFS gold medalists participate in synchronized skating. Team skating provides conditioning and additional skills not taught in normal figure skating sessions. Skaters improve their skills, speed, posture, presentation and style. Be apart of a team sports and learn skills that will last a lifetime!

    The Steel City Blades

    The RMU Island Sports Center's Steel City Blades are Greater Pittsburgh's first competitive synchronized skating teams. In addition to competitions, the teams skate in exhibitions and ice shows, and perform during intermission at hockey games and other events.

    Skater who wish to join the Steel City Blades must meet the skating level prerequisites for tryouts and joining the team.

    Steel City Blades Skater's Requirements
    Skaters with little or no synchronized skating experience should be at least 7 years old and have passed the ISI Delta Level and/or USFS Pre-Preliminary Field Move Test and/or have permission from the synchronized skating director. Skaters will be placed in groups based on the listed prerequisites for the red and blue groups. Group placement will not determine or guarantee the team on which the skater will be placed following tryouts. It simply assists the coaches in evaluating skaters to determine the best team placement.

    Steel City Blades Practice Schedule
    The Steel City Blades practice at the RMU Island Sports Center on late Sunday afternoons, from September 2016 through March 2017. The Steel City Blades Teams practice two additional evening per month, plus one or two Saturday mornings per month when necessary.

    Steel City Blades web site:

    For More Information, contact Skating Director Beth Sutton at 412-397-4469 or

    2017-18 SCB Workshop & Tryout Brochure - Click to Open

    Workshops & Tryouts Details for 2017-18 Skating Season

    Workout & Tryout Fee: $95 on or before April 28; $115 after April 28

    General Practice Session: Practice Session will go over various skating skills and focus on individual skill development necessary for synchronized team skating
    Friday, May 12 – 5:30-6:50 p.m. | All Skaters

    Workshop: Workshops will focus on team development with synchronized skating elements, formations and footwork 
    Saturday, May 13 
    8:00 - 10:50 a.m. - Workshop - All Groups
    3:15 - 4:45 p.m. - Workshop - Blue & Red *
    *Group Colors will be determined at Friday general practice session

    Monday, May 15 – 5:30-7:50 p.m. ****(Specific Group Times will be provided at the Saturday session)

    Teams for the 2017-18 Steel City Blades will be determined by the Coaching Staff.

    Parent Information Meeting

    Friday, May 12 • 6–6:50 PM:
    Meeting with Skating Director, Beth Sutton & Steel City Blades Board Members

    The parent meeting with the Skating Director & SCB Board will discuss tentative practice and competition schedules, and seasonal fees associated with joining the Steel City Blades synchronized skating teams. The Steel City Blades Board will discuss with parents the role of the SCB organization, fund-raising opportunities to defray team costs.

    For skaters interested in trying out for a Team - please contact - Skating Director - Beth Sutton: 412.397.4469

    Summer Synchro Dates 

    Summer Synchro Skills: Skaters should make every effort to attend the Summer Synchro Skills classes
    12-JunMonday5:00 PM6:30 PMOLYMPICSummer Synchro Skills
    19-JunMonday5:00 PM6:30 PMOLYMPICSummer Synchro Skills
    26-JunMonday5:00 PM6:30 PMOLYMPICSummer Syncrho Skills
    7-JulFriday5:00 PM7:00 PMOLYMPICSummer Synchro Skills
    14-JulFriday5:00 PM7:00 PMOLYMPICSummer Synchro Skills
    21-JulFriday5:00 PM7:00 PMOLYMPICSummer Synchro Skills
    25-JulTuesday5:00 PM6:30 PMOLYMPICSummer Synchro Skills

    SCB Boot Camp Dates
    Summer Boot Camp Dates - Mandatory for all 2017-18 Team Skaters - Specific Team Schedules TBA

    4-AugFriday4:00 PM6:50 PMOLYMPICBOOT CAMP
    5-AugSaturday1:00 PM8:50 PM84 LUMBER BOOT CAMP
    6-AugSunday10:00 AM5:50 PMOLYMPICBOOT CAMP
    7-AugMonday3:00 PM8:50 PM84 LUMBER BOOT CAMP
    8-AugTuesday4:00 PM7:50 PMOLYMPICBOOT CAMP
    9-AugWednesday4:00 PM6:50 PMOLYMPICBOOT CAMP
    10-AugThursday4:00 PM7:50 PMOLYMPICBOOT CAMP

    Parent Fund Raising Information
    Through the efforts of the parent synchronized skating organization - Steel City Blades - fund raising opportunities are offered and available to members of the Steel City Blades Synchronized Skating Teams - to help defray the seasonal synchronized skating fees. Details at parent meeting: April 29: 6:00 - 6:50 PM

    Congratulations to the Steel City Blades Open Juvenile Synchronized Skating Team 
    and Coach Jennie! 

    Eastern Sectional Champions!