What is the weekly schedule for Central Park Ice?
Practice schedules will depend on the skater’s team level. Our 2016-2017 season schedule consisted of:
Saturdays – 6:00-7:50a on-ice, 8:00-9:00a off-ice – Chelsea Piers
Open Juvenile team
Sundays – 6:00-7:20a on-ice, 7:30-8:30a off-ice – Chelsea Piers
Sundays – 8:00-9:00a off-ice, 9:00-10:20a on-ice – Chelsea Piers
Beginner 1 team
Sundays – 9:00-10:20a on-ice, 10:30-11:15a off-ice – Chelsea Piers
All Skaters (optional practices)
Thursdays – 6:30-7:30a – Skills & Drills – Bryant Park
Sundays – 4:30-6:00p – Dance & Conditioning – Ripley-Grier Studios
* our Int, OJ & PJ teams also had extended Sunday afternoon practices in Hackensack, NJ in September & October
I’ve never skated synchro before. Can I still try out for a team?
Absolutely! All of our skaters were new to the sport at some point, and they are very enthusiastic to welcome new members to the team. We recommend attending all of the clinics for your skating level before your tryout date so that you can become comfortable with the synchro elements and style of skating.
Can I still make progress in my individual skating if I skate synchro?
Yes! In fact, we’ve seen that most of our skaters make MORE progress while skating synchro than they would have otherwise. Simply put, they spend more time on the ice, focus on strength and extension, and become more comfortable performing in front of large groups. Additionally, they are often more motivated to continue setting goals and passing tests when they see their teammates moving through the levels.
What is the synchro “season”?
Our practices run from September to mid-February. Most competitions are scheduled for November through February. In April, we start clinics and tryouts for the following season. We also run summer synchro camps, and many of our skaters plan on taking advantage of the summer synchro opportunities offered by US Figure Skating as well.
Where do you practice?
We train at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers and Bryant Park and off-ice at Ripley-Grier Studios in New York City. Families generally carpool or take a team bus to out of town competitions.
Where do you compete and perform?
We compete across the Northeast! In the past few seasons, we have traveled to:
- Stamford, CT
- Lowell, MA
- Hershey, PA
- Middletown, CT
- Kingston, RI
- Lake Placid, NY
- Marlborough, MA
- Richmond, VA
- Plymouth, MA
- Rockefeller Center
- Frog Pond at Boston Common
- Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
- South Street Seaport
- Wollman Rink in Central Park
- The Rink at Brookfield Place
- Bryant Park
How much travel is involved?
Our teams compete in 4-5 competitions during the season, most of which require an overnight stay. Traveling with friends and teammates is a very memorable part of the Central Park Ice experience!