Tryouts are coming....
August 11, 2019!
New Skaters that are interested in being part of the Southwest Sparklers for the 2019-2020 season will be required to tryout.
Tryouts are Sunday, August 11, 2019
Tryouts will begin with a parent meeting starting at 10:00a.m. If a parent or family cannot attend, they must make arrangements with the coaches ASAP, to help their skater be eligible to try out.
Next, is CAMP, to prepare the skaters for tryouts! Camp lasts from 10:30-12pm.
Cost of this session is $15,
Skaters should have their hair pulled back and wear plain black.
Skaters will learn a basic footwork pattern that takes them across the ice. They will learn it during the camp session and perform it in the evening tryout session. The pattern must be performed in unison with 2-3 other teammates they'll be paired with, and in unison with the group as a whole.
It is important that the entire group looks similar in skating, and that skaters don't stand out from other members. The judges are also looking for clean footwork and similar posture, precision and carriage, both in the upper and lower body. Presentation is very important!
All skaters will also go through a series of very basic chasses and crossovers in a line and circle. Timing and counting is very important as we are looking for skaters that are not just individually strong, but also strong TEAMMATES that can skate alike, and count alike.
Coaches will be running the camp event to prepare skaters for tryouts as best as they can. We will try all sorts of lines, blocks, circles and patterns.
Formal Tryouts will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m, off ice. (Cost of session $15)
Skaters should have their hair pulled back and wear plain black.
Each skater will be asked to perform the footwork sequence alongside 2 or 3 other skaters.
EVERY SKATER will perform 30 sec. of their favorite individual solo routine. (If skater has no routine, they can perform an interpretive piece). At 30 seconds, the music will turn off.. so please plan accordingly... to skate faster or slower if there is "not much happening" in the first 30 seconds-- or choose a different program that has a more exciting 30 seconds! :)
All skaters will show the judges their timing, unison and precision of chasses, crossovers, and pumps in a circle and in a line.
The coaches are working and coordinating the girls at this time, making sure that the judges, if they have special requests, can see all the things they wish to see. There may be things the judges would like to see, like a block, or a pinwheel. You will be seeing coaches organize the skaters in such a way as to accomplish these goals.
Results will be posted within 24 -48 hours online and also in print on the rink info. wall!
After results are posted, and if you choose not to take your spot on the team, your family will have 48 hours only to notify the coaches. Lots of planning and preparations are made after that, and adjustments in the roster are too difficult, once skaters have a spot in the line.
Southwest Sparklers Synchronized Skating Team is a self-funded, self-supporting club. All expenses are paid by the parents/guardians of the skaters in the clubs through monthly fees and fundraising efforts.
How long is the competition year?
Tryouts are in August. Non refundable Deposit of $200, at the first practice, August 18th... We will skate at the Christmas Show in December, Love to Skate in February, Synchro Champs April 4-5 and Interrink in April. No practices are held in May, June, July ... the season starts up again in August!
When are practices?
Practices are held on Sunday evenings starting at 5:45 pm, Every Sunday evening... unless specificed by the coaches. Also, a representative for each skater is expected to be at Sunday meetings when they are held for communicating upcoming events and plans.
How much and when do I pay for Sparklers?
A $200.00 deposit is due after the skater is placed on the official team roster. A monthly fee is due each month at the first Sunday of each month, approximately $170, will be announced for sure at the start of the season.
What expenses are covered in the monthly fee?
Dress, accessories, monthly ice time, coaches fees, competition fees, competition tights, uniform dress, crystals, new jacket.
What expenses are not covered in the monthly fee?
In normal years-- travel expenses to Synchro Champs, extra t-shirts, or t-shirts for friends/family, trading pins, other Sparkler wear.
Do you have fundraisers?
Yes, we have a table set up all shows/competitions at Ice at the Parks where we sell many items. We have also sold raffle tickets, candy bars, etc. We also conduct a Sparkler Resale Store two to three times a year. Car washes have also been successful.
What are the judges looking for during tryouts?
Overall skating ability, stamina, strength, maturity, and ability to learn quickly and adapt to last minute changes are all factors determining placement on a Sparkler team. The skaters must perform the footwork pass they learn at Sparkler Camp, and perform 30 seconds of a solo program, to be judged on individual skating.
Are there any other requirements?
Each skater is required to have 30 minutes of instruction outside of Sparklers, AND participate in a Power Stroking class. There is a NEW Stroking class offered on Sundays, 5:15-5:45pm for our convenience. Skater is required extra practice at 30 min minimum each week.
Failure to keep up with this basic requirement will result in dismissal from the team.
Is there a contract?
Yes, we do expect each skater and parent/guardian to sign a contract stating that they understand the financial obligations, agree to abide by the Skating team guidelines and code of conduct which includes a commitment from August- April.
How does Sparklers operate?
The coaches make all the decisions about the team including: officers, music, dresses, hair, makeup, fees, practices, choreography, etc.
Secretary-keeps team roster, fills out all competition entry forms, takes notes at meetings, communicates them through emails.
Financial Officers- keep the account up to date, accepts payments, write checks, etc.
Team Manager- runs meetings, keeps the communication and general information between parents and coaches.
Do I need to belong to ISI?
Yes, ISI membership must be kept up to date.
Do I have to buy a Sparkler Jacket?
Yes. Each Sparkler owns a warm up jacket with the Sparkler logo, and her name.
How many competitions are there per year?
Usually 2-3: Love to Skate in February, Synchro Champs in April, Districts in May. We also skate exhibitions at the Christmas Show and Interrink Competition.
We can't wait to meet new skaters!!! See you soon!