Joining a synchronized skating team allows skaters of all levels to develop their skating skills in a positive and encouraging environment. The strategy of goal setting is developed, and skaters learn how to utilize their strengths and develop areas needing improvement. Synchro skaters learn that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and can often accomplish more with a team than they would on their own in terms of skating excellence. As skaters progress within synchronized skating they learn about responsibility, and participation on a team can reinforce the ideas of accountability, and punctuality. A skater learns quickly what it's like to have a team of peers rely on them to be present, well rested, on time, and ready to practice.
The Ice Caps after their practice ice at Nationals 2016.
Being part of a team that represents a club creates sense of team spirit and loyalty among skaters. Wearing the team's colors and cheering for other local teams is one of the most exciting parts of synchronized skating competitions! Skaters often get to travel to places all over the province (and sometimes even across the country) as they represent their city, club, and section while at synchro competitions. The skaters experience the joys of teamwork as they experience success as a result of their collective effort. FUN and FREINDSHIPS are the main reason why skaters enjoy the sport of synchronized skating!
The Ice Caps at the Eastern Ontario SynchroSkate 2014 winning a bronze medal.
So you want to be an Ice Cap?
Are you intrested in becoming an Ice Cap next skating season?
Look out for our open house! Here you can meet new skaters, discover a new team, and decide if you're really meant to be an Ice Cap. The National Capital Ice Caps throw Open Houses during spring and summer. Linked below is our 2016 recruitment trailer:
If you decide that you'd like to give the team a shot, the next step is to attend our tryouts! These tryouts will depict your position on the team. The possible positions are as listed below:
- Full-time (full-time position on the team)
- Shared (often split between two skaters)
- Spare (first choice replacement should a full-time skater become injured)
- Skater in Training (a placement that allows for development in skills and techniques before skating competitively)
If you tryout you are guaranteed one of these positions!