Michigan Basic Skills Series

Introduced in 2007, and continuing with vigor into 2019 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 August 2 Kalamazoo

2019 Season Competitions

Feb 02
Onyx Suburban BS Challenge 2019 due Jan 18 Anc
Mar 30
Tuxedo Invitational 2019 due Mar 15 Anc
Apr 07
Arctic Basic Skills 2019 due Mar 23 Anc
Apr 13
Mountain Town Classic 2019 due Apr 04 Anc
May 05
Flint Iceland Spring Fling 2019 due Apr 27 Anc
May 11
Skate the Gate 2019 due Apr 28 Anc
Jun 01
Troy ICES BS Challenge 2019 due May 20 Anc
Jun 08
Ann Arbor Skills and Showcase 2019 due May 28 Anc
Jun 15
Farmington Summer Swizzle 2019 due Jun 01 Anc
Jul 13
Skate the Shores 2019 due Jul 03 Anc
Jul 20
Novi Summer Chill 2019 due Jul 01 Anc
Aug 02
Skate the Zoo 2019 due Jul 19 Anc
Oct 05
CANCELLED Westland Autumn Ice Fest due Sep 20
Nov 09
Skate Midland 2019 due Oct 23 Anc

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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