FIGURE SKATING

  • ADULT SUMMER FREESTYLE
  • SYNCHRONIZED SKATING COMPETITIVE TEAMS - STEEL CITY BLADES
  • SYNCHRONIZED SKATING DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAM - LITTLE BLADES
  • THEATRE ON ICE
  • SHAMROCK SKATE
  • HOLIDAY SHOW
  • SPECIAL EVENTS & SEMINARS
  • RELATED LINKS

    ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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    The Robert Morris University Island Sports Center currently has two competitive U.S. Figure Skating synchronized skating teams - the Steel City Blades Competitive & Junior Competitive. In addtition to the competitve Teams, RMU ISC offers a developmental synchronized skating program to beginning figure skaters: Little Blades.

    The Synchronized Skating teams of the RMU Island Sport Center are the Steel City Blades: Junior Competitive and Competitive teams (the “Teams”). The purpose of the Teams is to promote Synchronized Skating. The Teams offer skating opportunities for skaters of all ages and abilities. The Teams compete at both qualifying and non-qualifying competitions. The Teams are supported by the Steel City Blades, a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation (“Steel City Blades” or “Corporation”).

    The Steel City Blades is a corporation that works with Robert Morris University to promote Synchronized Skating at the RMU Island Sports Center. The Corporation works with Robert Morris University to ensure the efficient operation of the Teams.

    Fundraising is conducted by the members of the Steel City Blades for the financial support of the Teams. Fundraising is conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the IRS for a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization and the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation and By-laws.

    Synchronized Team Skating is a competitive sport governed by the UNITED STATES FIGURE SKATING (US FS). All Synchronized skating teams must be affiliated with a US FS member figure skating club. All team members must be members in good standing of the US FS, Robert Morris University (“RMU”) Island Sports Center and the designated figure skating club, which is the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club.

    The objective of Synchronized Team Skating is to compete as a team with emphasis placed on the ability of the team to perform as a group, skating in unison with clean execution of movements, style and a degree of technical difficulty. The team’s placement in a competition relies on its application of the above, its program's technical difficulty and artistic merit.

    For purposes of Synchronized Skating competition, the country is divided into three regions. These are the East, the Midwest and the Pacific Coast. A number of non-qualifying competitions are held at various sites within each region. Also, sectional qualifying competitions are held to determine the teams that will represent each region at the National Championships.

    The purpose of the Little Blades: Developmental Synchronized Skating program is to introduce skaters ages 6-13 to synchronized skating and to familiarize them with elementary holds, formations and transitions. Emphasis is on the development of basic synchronized skating skills that are necessary to prepare for synchronized team tryouts. However, there is no obligation to try out or join the Steel City Blades synchronized skating teams.

    The Learn to Synchronized Skate program will teach a variety of hand, elbow and shoulder holds in addition to footwork, unison, straight lines and formations. You'll improve your basic skating skills while having lots of fun! There is a place for everyone in our synchronized skating program!