Adrian College Skating Recruitment Weekend and Tryouts: April 9-11, 2020

Varsity Synchronized Skating and Figure Skating Teams
9th Annual Recruitment Weekend & Tryouts, 2020-2021 Season

Adrian College Skating will be hosting their Recruitment Weekend and Tryouts together on the weekend of April 9-11, 2020.

Recruitment is open to all High School Juniors, Seniors, & College Transfers and runs from Thursday 4/9 (exact time TBD) until the afternoon of Friday 4/10 (2 pm).

Tryouts are for High School Seniors, College Transfers, and Returning Skaters only and runs from Thursday 4/9 (exact time TBD) until the afternoon of Saturday 4/10 (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:
Thursday 4/9

Synchronized Skating (Senior and Collegiate will have a combined tryout):
Friday, 4/10
Saturday, 4/11
Synchronized Skating (Open Collegiate):
Saturday, 4/11
March 22, 2020
Questions?  Please contact Head Coach Ashley Carlson at
Which try-out segments do I attend?  (For HS 20's/Transfers only):
- All skaters interested in the Figure Skating team must attend an individualized try-out on Thursday.  If you would like to be considered for the team (freestyle, compulsory dance, and/or solo free dance) please e-mail with what disciplines and levels you're interested in by 4/1.  
- All skaters interested in Open Collegiate and/or those with Intermediate MIF passed or lower must attend the Open Collegiate try-out.  
- All skaters interested in Collegiate and Senior will attend a 3-part try-out (Part 1 on Friday, Parts 2 and 3 on Saturday).  

Recruitment Weekend 2020 Schedule

Senior Synchronized Skating Team / 2019-2020 / Team USA / 2 International Silver Medals
Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team / 2019-2020 / 2nd in Nation

Open Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team / 2019-2020 / 2nd Consecutive Undefeated Season and Midwestern Sectional Champions

Adrian College Varsity Figure Skating / 2019-2020 / 8-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 the first school to offer Intercollegiate Figure Skating at the varsity level. AC earned its seventh consecutive Midwestern Conference Championship in 2019 and won the bronze medal at the 2017, 2018, and 2019 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 team members 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 athletes to have passed Junior Moves in the Field, while Collegiate skaters must have passed Juvenile MIF. The majority of Senior and Collegiate team members have passed Senior MIF and have high dance and/or freestyle experience. Open-Collegiate team members typically have a wider range of skating backgrounds. When selecting team rosters, we also take into account competitive experience, performance quality and expression, personality, and commitment to Bulldog Culture. Figure Skating team members must participate on one of our synchronized skating teams, and may 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 dresses, basic equipment, ice time,
travel/hotel/meals, coaching/private lessons, entry fees, and more. Team members participate in an
annual raffle and on-campus fundraising initiatives. Any additional expenses will be outlined in the
yearly contract upon the completion of tryouts.

What makes Adrian College Skating special?

While we are proud to be known as one of the most competitively successful collegiate skating
programs in the United States, we are most focused on cultivating our unique culture. We believe
that skating in college is about so much more than medals and titles. For Bulldogs, it is about
personal discovery through learning life skills, collaborating as a team, overcoming challenges,
developing grit, giving back to the community, and leaving an impactful legacy.

How often are practices?

Senior: 5x week on ice, 3x week strength/conditioning, 1x week floor work/ballet
Collegiate: 4x week on ice, 3x week strength/conditioning, 1x week floor work/ballet
Open Collegiate: 1x week on ice, 1x week floor work/ballet, 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 have a personalized experience complete with a campus 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.

We will offer three camps in summer 2020:

Adrian Elite Synchronized Skating Camp (July 12-16, 2020)

Bulldog Skating Camp (July 16-18, 2020)

Adrian Figure Skating Camp (July 25-26, 2020)

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 student-athletes are in sororities, student government, academic clubs, choir and band, campus employment, internships, and study abroad. 

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, / 517-265-5161 ext. 5008