What is Synchronized Skating?
A team sport in which 12-16 skaters perform a program together. It uses the same judging system as singles, pairs and ice dance, and is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences.
What does the time commitment look like?
Our team has three on ice practices a week in the mornings for two hours. These are before classes start and will not interfere with classes. We also have one off ice and workout in the evenings per week. As for competitions, we have five throughout the year and generally will not miss any days of class.
IllinoiSkating gave me a way to stay active through something I love, and make some amazing friends right at the start of college. It made my transition to school much less intimidating.
— Meghna Shankar, Class of 2022
How expensive will it be to join this team?
Our dues are typically between 3,000 and 4,000 dollars per season but we always hope to lower the cost through fundraising. This cost will cover everything that is part of the team: travel, ice time, competition dresses, hotels stays, team wear and much more!
Can I still rush a sorority or frat if I am a part of IllinoiSkating?
We have had many of our previous skaters also participate in greek life at UIUC. It is more than possible to participate in IllinoiSkating as well as greek life.
What if I want to study abroad?
Generally IllinoiSkating is a two semester commitment but we welcome all skaters and have made exceptions in the past for those who study abroad. If you are really passionate about both skating and studying abroad, be sure to email us at email@example.com to see how we can make something work!
What if I am still unsure about IllinoiSkating?
We have an informational meeting for anyone interested in our team and a trial clinic the first week of classes. These events are just to try out illinoiskating and are in no way a commitment to our team. Even if you are unsure about skating in college, come check us out on these dates to get a little more information and meet the team! If you are an incoming skater at UIUC make sure to stop by and see our booth at Quad Day!