Michigan Basic Skills Series

Introduced in 2007, and continuing with vigor into 2022 the Michigan Basic Skills series offers many opportunities for Basic Skills level skaters to compete in a series of competitions with consistent rules, a friendly atmosphere, and the opportunity to earn points towards season awards.

News, and Season Points after Aug 6 Novi

2022 Season Competitions

Feb 05
Onyx-Suburban BS Challenge 2022 due Jan 20 Anc Resu
Mar 12
Mountain Town Classic 2022 due Feb 26 Anc Resu
Mar 26
Tuxedo Invitational 2022 due Mar 11 Anc Resu
Apr 10
Arctic Basic Skills 2022 due Mar 25 Anc Resu
May 01
Flint Iceland Spring Fling 2022 due Apr 23 Anc Resu
Jun 04
TAFS Basic Skills Comp (Troy) 2022 due May 25 Anc Resu
Jun 11
Ann Arbor Skills & Showcase 2022 due May 25 Anc Resu
Jun 18
Farmington Summer Swizzle CANCELLED due Jun 01 Anc
Jul 16
Skate the Shores 2022 due Jun 27 Anc Resu
Jul 30
Skate the Zoo 2022 due Jul 15 Anc Resu
Aug 06
Novi Summer Chill 2022 due Jul 30 Anc Resu
Aug 20
Skate the Lakeshore 2022 due Aug 08 Anc OLR
Oct 09
Skate the Gate DATE CHANGE due Sep 24 Anc OLR

Each year approximately 16 series competitions are offered. Each competition is a stand-alone event, and you can enter as many or as few competitons as your interest and your budget allows. Medals are awarded for all flights at all competitions. Additionally, skaters who compete in Series competitions (as listed above) accumulate points each season towards a season-long Series medal. There is no additional fee or "registration" required to become eligible for the Series medals, all skaters participating in any Series competition are eligible, based on performance.

Skaters interested in receiving Season awards should plan to enter as many competitions as possible, though there is no upper or lower limit on the number entered. For each Elements or CM event entered, and for each Freeskate event entered, the skater receives points towards their season total (note that "Beyond the Basics" events such as spins, dance, pairs, theater, showcase, synchro, adult events or CM/FS at PrePreliminary or Preliminary levels are not eligible for series points).

We try to limit all flights to a maximum of 6 skaters. Award points are awarded as follows: 1st place=6 points, 2nd place=5 points, 3rd place=4 points, and so on down to 6th place=1 point. If an event has 2-6 skaters, points are awarded as if there were 6 skaters in the group. If there is only one skater in the group, they will be awarded 3 points. If last-minute changes cause groups to become larger than 6 skaters, then all skaters following 6th place will receive 1 point. Skaters may receive bonus points for advancing in level during the course of the season. A separate points talley is kept for the Elements/CM events and for the FS events. At the end of the series, in the case of total points tied, all skaters tied for a place will be awarded a medal - no ties will be broken.

A very special Awards Ceremony is presented near the end of the final competition in the season (Midland). At this ceremony, season medalists (1,2,3) get the red-carpet treatment with medals and flowers presented on-ice, on podiums. Season medals are awarded in each discipline (CM/Elements and FS), at each eligible level (Snowplow and Basic 1-8, Limited Beginner, Beginner, NoTest)

Michigan has passed a Sports Concussion Law that went in to full effect June 30th, 2013. This law requires all coaches, employees, volunteers and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program. The training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. A certificate of taking the course will be provided. The Series requires each competition leader to take this training.

The law also requires the organizing entity, Michigan Basic Skills Series, to obtain a signed statement by each youth athlete and a parent/guardian that acknowledges receipt of educational materials on concussions and their consequences. Signed statements will be kept on file by Suzy Malloure, but may be submitted at any Series competition for filing.

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