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All athletes participating in SHARP/EDGE must be members of this site in order to participate in weekly programming or special events.


Athlete Track Overview

The athlete track includes a comprehensive curriculum designed as a tool for athletes to grow their potential as skaters.  It can be used by coaches as a guide for their athletes as well.  This track will include skills expected to be introduced, learned and then mastered in an effort to grow the skater in the most comprehensive way possible.  Along with the curriculum provided, the athletes will have access to many worksheets, drills, and exercises to enhance and expedite learning in a user-friendly and age-appropriate format.  Concepts are introduced in a methodology-based manner and re-occur throughout an athlete's progression.  Continuity, therefore, is an important aspect of this sport-science based program.

After Registration: Obtain access to additional information using the following path:
- Move your cursor over the "Home" tab at the top of the page

- Move your cursor down to "Skating: Athlete Track"
- Click on "Skating: Developmental"/"Skating: Qualifying" or "Athlete Community"

Quarterly Membership ($99)


Preview: After the registration process:

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SHARP Is Not... SHARP Is...
Learn-To-Skate program A science based progression of skills along with explicit instruction support on "how to", "when to", and "where to" with regard to building a strong skating foundation
A technique A methodology to empower athletes through a holistic approach to achieving potential
Your coach (or intended to replace your coach or training environment) A valuable tool to use with your coach which can strengthen communication and streamline information between coach, athlete and parent
One dimensional skill acquisition A multi-dimensional matrix of information for kinetic, visual, and auditory learning
A list of skills Foundational support which assumes that every athlete entering a paradigm of learning should be granted access to equal opportunity for excellence
Counter intuitive to Skate USA/ISI/ISU A matriculation of learning concepts
A replacement for standardized and mandatory existing progress metrics (i.e. USFS MIF or free skate tests, CAN-skate levels, ISI Basic through Freestyle 10, etc.) A parallel, yet highly comprehensive, set of developmental tools to enhance and exceed expected mastery of skills





This track is aimed at developing competitive elite athletes in which skill level and age is tracked carefully for proper progression from the first steps on the ice to potentially reaching the Jr. International circuit by the age of 15.  Progression of skills will be congruent with athletic development, emotional readiness, maturity and commitment.  These factors will be considerations for inclusion of those athletes selected for this track.  Recommended ages are associated with each level division, as both the USFS and the ISU indicate the minimum and maximum ages per level for competitive qualifying participation. 

Receive:

- Well balanced competitive experience 
- Shows & exhibition performances
- Tests in S.H.A.R.P. and USFS
- Track leading to international representation

Commitment:

- $$$$
- Complete commitment and dedication to the sport
- Autonomy regarding athletic decision making 

Opportunities:

1) Development of skills
2) World-class coaching
3) Path to elite track
4) Resources throughout training journey
5) Training team atmosphere

S.H.A.R.P. Team Classification Age USFS Level ISI Level
Elite Team Minimum Age: 15 International Senior -
Elite Team 13 - 18 International Junior -
Junior Elite Team 11 - 15 Junior - National Competitor -
Advanced Team 2 11 - 15 Junior/Senior -
Advanced Team 1 10 - 14 Novice Freestyle 10
Qualifying Team 2 9 - 13 Intermediate Freestyle 9 - 10
Qualifying Team 1 8 - 12 Juvenile Freestyle 9 - 10
Developmental Team 2 7 - 11 Preliminary/Pre-Juvenile Freestyle 6 - 9
Developmental Team 1 6 - 9 Pre-Preliminary Freestyle 4 - 5 (Advanced)
Bridge Team 4 5 - 8 Free Skate 4-6 Freestyle 4 - 5 (Beginning)
Bridge Team 3 4 - 7 Free Skate 1-3 Freestyle 1 - 3
Bridge Team 2 3 - 6 Basic Skills 4-6 Alpha - Delta
Bridge Team 1 Walking - 5 Basic Skills 1-3 Basic - Pre-Alpha





This curriculum will foster the development of athletes who possess the interest in experiencing the competitive track of figure skating while accomplishing their goals along the way.  Using the newly developed "USFS Excel Program" for competitive events, skaters will be trained to be very competitive in the levels selected for competition using our specialized curriculum in combination with Excel specific events.  The E.D.G.E. track will provide a positive competitive experience for skaters whose age or development is more in line with the Excel Program leading skaters towards exciting futures in the world of collegiate competitions.  Athletes who show great progress in correlation to their competitive age may also transfer back to the S.H.A.R.P. track with necessary milestones being achieved, athlete/family goals or commitment changes.

Receive:

- Excel competitive experience
- Shows & exhibition performances
- Tests in E.D.G.E. and USFS
- Tracks leading to collegiate competitions, professional shows, skating opportunities, junior coaching programs, judging and synchronized skating preparation

Commitment:

- $$ to $$$$
- Commitment of time and energy
- Partial autonomy regarding athletic decision making 

Opportunities:

1) Development of skills
2) PSA rated, ranked coaching staff
3) Path to competition team track
4) Training team atmosphere

E.D.G.E. Team Classification USFS Level ISI Level Rec Competitive Level
Advanced Team 2 Junior/Senior - Excel Senior/Collegiate
Advanced Team 1 Novice Freestyle 10 Excel Junior
Qualifying Team 2 Intermediate Freestyle 9 - 10 Excel Novice
Qualifying Team 1 Juvenile Freestyle 9 - 10 Excel Intermediate
Developmental 2 Preliminary/Pre-Juvenile Freesytle 6 - 9 Excel Pre-Juvenile Plus/Excel Juvenile Plus
Developmental 1 Pre-Preliminary Freestyle 4 - 5 (Advanced) Excel Preliminary Plus/Excel Juvenile
Bridge Team 4 Free Skate 4 - 6 Freestyle 4 - 5 (Beginning) Free Skate 4 - 6
Bridge Team 3 Free Skate 1 - 3 Freestyle 1 - 3 Free Skate 1 - 3
Bridge Team 2 Basic Skills 4 - 6 Alpha - Delta Basic Skills 4 - 6
Bridge Team 1 Basic Skills 1 - 3 Basic - Pre-Alpha Basic Skills 1 - 3

How do I get involved?

Step 1: Determine Your Track/Level
Using the SHARP chart above, cross reference your current age and your competitive level this season.  If these two factors don't match up, you will be registering within the EDGE track.  

EDGE Track: Match up your competitive level and the EDGE team that correspond.  This will be the team you select within your athlete track registration. 

SHARP Track: Match up your age and your competitive level this season to see which team is most appropriate for your placement.  This will be the team you select within your athlete track registration.

Step 2: Registration
Using the link below, please fill out the registration form.  Memberships will be available on a quarterly basis throughout the year.  Once your registration has been completed, you will be provided with access to additional pages that will assist in your development mentally, emotionally and physically.  


Athlete Track Membership Payment Structure

General Participant (National/International)

Time Frame Fee Time Frame Fee Time Frame Fee
3-Month Membership (January - March) $99 2-Month Memberhip (February - March) $79 1-Month Membership (March) $39
3-Month Membership (April - June) $99 2-Month Membership (May - June) $79 1-Month Membership (June) $39
3-Month Membership (July - September) $99 2- Month Membership (August - September) $79 1-Month Membership (September) $39
3-Month Membership (October - December) $99 2-Month Membership (November - December) $79 1-Month Membership (December) $39
1-Year Membership (January-December) $249
Add-On Fees Fee/Webinar
Mental Training Webinars $10
One-On-One Mental Training Session $100/session

Scott Hamilton Skating Academy/Skating Club Participant

Reduced Fee Coupon Code
50% Off Quarterly/Annual Fees SHSASC50

Q: What can I expect after I complete my registration?

A: By completing your registration process, you will gain access to additional pages on this site that will provide you with skill development lists, training worksheets, mental training opportunities, videos, and much, much more.  Information will continue to be provided to you on a weekly basis enhancing your experience through the program.

Q: I am registering in the middle of a payment quarter, will I receive a pro-rated fee?

A: Yes, the membership fee will automatically reduce (depending on the month) during the registration process.  Pro-rated amounts will only be available during the middle and end of a payment period. 

Q: When I pass a level, does anything change within my membership or the pages I will gain access to?

A: Memberships are consistent for all athletes in each level.  The pages you gain exclusive access to will not change unless you are passing from Developmental Team 2 to Qualifying Team 1.  If this change occurs during the middle of a payment quarter, please email us and access can be granted for the next step in curriculum.

Q: Does my skater receive a detailed skills report after a tryout session?

A: The tryout sessions are used to place skaters into the correct general team level when assessing their skating skills, current technical ability level as well as emotional development through a personal interview.  Skaters will receive their team placement after this process has been completed.  Specific skill feedback/progress will not be available until the skater begins their team level's set curriculum and each skill is practiced/mastered through the group class process. 

Q: I noticed that the passing of tests are part of my skater's curriculum.  Are the tests mandatory?

A:  The majority of each team's curriculum will contain tests (both ice dancing and Moves in the Field) that should be passed before moving to the next team level's curriculum.  The Moves in the Field tests will be absolutely mandatory.  The ice dance tests are strongly encouraged (not mandatory) as they will assist skaters in learning rhythm, edge quality, and posture. 

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