Adrian College Skating Recruitment Weekend and Auditions: March 29-31, 2019

Varsity Synchronized Skating and Figure Skating Teams
8th Annual Recruitment Weekend & Tryouts, 2019-2020 Season

Adrian College Skating will be hosting their Recruitment Weekend and Tryouts together on the weekend of March 29-31, 2019.

Recruitment is open to all High School Juniors, Seniors, & College Transfers and runs from Friday 3/29 (exact time TBD) until the afternoon of Saturday 3/30 (2 pm).

Tryouts are for High School Seniors, College Transfers, and Returning Skaters only and runs from Friday 3/29 (exact time TBD) until the afternoon of Sunday 3/31 (4 pm).

Each skater (regardless of whether they are a part of recruitment, tryouts, or both) will stay overnight with a Bulldog, attend a campus tour, skills clinic, team meals, bonding activity, and receive a t-shirt - all complimentary.


Figure Skating:
Friday 3/29

Synchronized Skating (Senior and Collegiate will have a combined tryout):
Saturday, 3/30
Sunday, 3/31
Synchronized Skating (Open Collegiate):
Sunday, 3/31
All Teams:
Sunday, 3/31 - Off ice assessment
March 8, 2019
Questions?  Please contact Head Coach Ashley Carlson at
Senior Synchronized Skating Team / 2018-2019 / Team USA
Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team / 2018-2019

Open Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team / 2018-2019

Adrian College Varsity Figure Skating: 6-Time Defending Midwestern Conference Champions

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many teams do you have at AC?  What levels?

Adrian College Varsity SST proudly offers Senior, Collegiate, and Open Collegiate Synchronized Skating. The Senior team competes on behalf of Team USA.

Adrian College is also honored to be the first school to offer Intercollegiate Figure Skating at the varsity level. AC earned its sixth consecutive Midwestern Conference Championship in 2018 and won the bronze medal at the 2018 US Intercollegiate Team Championships. This team features skaters at all levels of freestyle and solo dance.   

What are the academic/skating requirements to try out?

All skaters must be full-time students at Adrian College, maintaining at least 12 credit hours per semester. Fifth-year undergraduate and graduate level students are eligible, and we also accept undergraduate transfer students.

US Figure Skating requires all Senior skaters to have passed Junior Moves in the Field, while Collegiate skaters must have passed Juvenile MIF. The majority of Senior team members have passed Senior MIF and Gold dance, plus freestyle and solo free dance experience. The average test level of the Collegiate team is Senior MIF and Pre-Gold dance, plus freestyle and solo free dance experience. Many skaters on the synchronized skating teams are competitive figure skaters as well. We also take into account competitive experience, on-ice presentation, attitude, and work ethic.

Figure Skating team members range in experience and ability from Preliminary to Senior Freeskate and Preliminary to International Dance.

How much does it cost to skate on the team?

Synchronized Skating and Intercollegiate Figure Skating at Adrian College are varsity sports and are funded by the college. Funding includes equipment, apparel, ice time, travel/lodging/meals, coaching fees, competition fees, individual practice ice, and more. Skaters are expected to do some team fundraising for additional guest coaching, international travel, and customized apparel.

What equipment do you provide?

We provide everything from tights, laces, tape, competition apparel, official practice dress, competition dress, travel outfits, t-shirts, and more. Athletes must bring their own skates. The teams also have full access to our state of the art rink, sport and fitness center, ballet studio, and athletic training facility.

How often and when are practices?

Senior: 4-5x week on ice, 3x week strength/conditioning, 1x week ballet

Collegiate: 3-4x week on ice, 3x week strength/conditioning, 1x week ballet

Open Collegiate: 1-2x week on ice, 3x week strength/conditioning

Figure Skating: sessions available 6 days/week on ice

Training is scheduled around class times and may be adjusted from season to season, based on team level and ice availability. All team members are required to practice outside of team.

Do you offer campus visits, recruitment events, or camps?

Yes! Prospective student-athletes can visit campus any time of the year and receive a VIP tour complete with a campus/rink tour, an admissions and financial aid visit, a meal in the dining hall, and an inside look at an academic class. Prospective student-athletes may also observe the teams during their visit. In addition, we host a Recruitment Weekend in conjunction with try-outs that includes many fun events and surprises.

We will offer two camps in summer 2019:

Adrian Elite Synchronized Skating Camp (July 14-18, 2019)

Bulldog Skating Camp (July 18-20, 2019)

Can I join other clubs or a sorority?  Will I have time outside of skating?

Yes!  We encourage student-athletes to embrace the full college experience.  Many of our skaters are in sororities, academic clubs, choir, and band.    

I don't see my intended major on the list of available majors.  What do I do?

Students can have an Individually Designed Major by working with their Academic Advisor to create a program that includes relevant courses, internship experiences, and independent studies.  For more information, please contact the Academic Affairs Office at Adrian College. 

How do I keep up with information about the team?

It’s easy!  We share information about the team in multiple ways.

For the team’s schedule, results, and press releases, follow our school’s website at

For recruit/fan information and to follow live practice/competition updates, follow us:

Facebook: Adrian College Varsity Synchronized Skating and Figure Skating   

Twitter: @AdrianVSST

Instagram: BulldogSkating

If you have questions that have not been answered here, please contact:

Ashley Carlson, Director of Skating, ext. 5008