By Erin Banco
Teams from around the Midwest are gearing up to take the ice next weekend for one of the first major competitions of the season.
The 11th annual Kick-Off Classic will take place at Wings Stadium Nov. 20 in Kalamazoo, Mich. A total of 92 teams will compete at the event, a similar number to last year’s competition. However, several new teams joined the list of regular contenders, including the University of Illinois senior team.
The University of Illinois competed in the Open-Collegiate and Collegiate Divisions last year, but chose to compete in the Collegiate and Senior divisions this year. The senior team will compete against the Crystallettes, who earned a spot at the 2010 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championship last year, Starlights and Western Michigan University.
Chicago Jazz junior team will be the only junior team to skate their long program. The club’s intermediate line will look to place in the top two teams again this year.
Several IJS teams will also have the opportunity to have a critique while at the competition. This competition marks the first major group critiquing session for the Midwest. Many East coast teams had their critiques at the Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 10 and the Capitol Critique Nov. 14. Other teams met with USFS officials one-on-one for monitoring sessions in October.
Teams who competed at the Thanksgiving Classic received lower scores in comparison to past years. Skaters from around the country are anticipating similar scores at the Kick-Off Classic. The panel of judges and technical specialists has not been released to the public as of Nov. 14.
For results from last year’s competition click here.
Stay tuned to find out how teams place at the Kick-Off Classic. Follow Get It Called’s live blog for competition updates, videos, photos and more!
Good luck to all teams competing.