Michigan Basic Skills Series

Introduced in 2007, and continuing with vigor into 2024 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 Jul 13 Shores
Jul 21Attention NOVI skaters: Skaters who pre-purchased PRACTICE ICE during registration may now log on and assign themselves to the session of their choice. Self-assignment will be turned off at 9pm Thursday to allow the LOC to do final preparation for the competition. Those who did not pre-purchase Practice Ice will be able to purchase sessions at the rink saturday morning.

2024 Season Competitions

MIBS Poster (shows all competition dates this season)
Feb 03
Onyx Suburban BS Challenge 2024 due Jan 20 Anc Resu
Mar 09
Mountain Town Classic 2024 due Feb 27 Anc Resu
Mar 23
Tuxedo Invitational 2024 due Mar 11 Anc Resu
Apr 21
Arctic Basic Skills 2024 due Apr 08 Anc Resu
May 05
Iceland Spring Fling 2024 due Apr 25 Anc Resu
Jun 01
CANCELLED: Troy TAFS Basic Skills due May 20 Anc
Jun 08
Ann Arbor Skills and Showcase 2024 due May 24 Anc Resu
Jun 15
Farmington Summer Swizzle 2024 due May 31 Anc Resu
Jul 13
Skate the Shores 2024 due Jun 30 Anc Resu
Jul 27
Skate the Zoo 2024 due Jul 09 Anc Sked
Aug 03
Novi Summer Chill 2024 due Jul 06 Anc Sked
Sep 14
Skate the Lakeshore 2024 due Aug 25 Anc OLR
Oct 06
Skate the Gate 2024 due Sep 15 Anc OLR
Nov 09
Skate Midland 2024 due Oct 22 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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