United States Figure Skating (USFS) Membership
- USFS Membership Year: July 1 – June 30
- Optional, not required unless competing or testing in USFS sanctioned events.
- Individual, First Time Members: $40.00 Annually
- Individual, Renewing Members: $75.00 Annually
The United States Figure Skating Association (USFS, http://www.usfigureskating.org) is the national governing body of amateur figure skating in the United States. This is a more competitive track of skating and used by the Olympics. This membership is optional to NUFSC members. Some skaters within the club are only USFS members (skater cannot be taking group lessons with NUFSC), some are only ISI, and some are both. It is up to the skater, coach, and family what track they decide to go on. USFS membership can be purchased from our website. Some coaches strictly teach only ISI or only USFS. Please consult with your private ice coach as to what organization they teach. Skaters may join USFS at any time during the year, however, coverage will go through June 30 and must be renewed on July 1st. Members receive a subscription to Skating Magazine.
USFS testing is not part of the NUFSC group lessons. Testing is usually in the Metro area, Mankato, or Rochester. The first two test levels are judged by one judge, the rest are judged by three judges for each skater. At least two judges have to pass the skater at the average passing grade per test. The fee for USFS testing ranges but can be expected to be between $25.00 -$75.00 depending on the location and level of test.
USFS levels are: Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, and Senior. Skaters must test the preceding Moves In The Field tests before testing the Freestyle tests. Example: A skater must test and pass the Pre-Preliminary Moves in the Field test before being able to test the Pre-Preliminary Freestyle test. Once reaching the top level, the Senior level, skaters are awarded a US Figure Skating gold medal in that discipline.
The testing and competition disciplines for US Figure Skating include Moves In The Field, Freestyle, Ice Dance, Solo Dance, and Pairs.