Event Information

Figure Skating


  • Event:
    April 22 - 24, 2016


Friday, April 22: Practice Ice
Saturday, April 23: Competition
Sunday, April 24: Competition (if necessary) and US Figure Skating Test Session

Other Info

Test forms: figureskatingclubofbillings.org

Hosted By:
Figure Skating Club of Billings


Centennial Ice Arena
427 Bench Blvd
Billings, MT 59105

Headquarter Hotel

Bighorn Resort
Phone 1-877-995-8999
ask for BSSG Rate

Entry Fees

First Event Price $65/first
After First $20/each
Basic Skill Price $35/first
After First Basic $15/each
Practice ice will be $10 for a 15 minute session. Make practice ice checks payable to FSCB. Online entries pay practice ice on site.
 Online Entry Deadline:
 T-Shirt Deadline: Apr 04

*Walk on registrations will be accepted.

Event Photos

Click the button below to view photos of the BSSG Figure Skating event.

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Centennial Ice Arena
427 Bench Blvd
Billings, MT 59105

Event Sponsored By:

Supported By:


Kathie Jewell has over 30 years of ice skating coaching experience, and has served as a BSSG commissioner for over 10 years. She has taught all levels and has been involved with the Figure Skating Club of Billings since 1987. Kathie is a GIS Manager at the Bureau of Land Management.

Alex McCready has been involved with figure skating since the age of five, and has served as a BSSG commissioner for many years. She has enjoyed being an instructor for the over 25 years, teaching at both recreational and competitive levels.

State Games of America Qualifier

All 2015 and 2016 Big Sky State Games medalists, and some 2017 medalists are eligible to compete in the
2017 State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Current sports are:

Archery, Basketball, Billiards, Bowling, Cycling, Disc Golf, Fencing, Figure Skating, Flag Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Karate, Lacrosse, Pickleball, Racquetball, Road Race, Rollerskating, Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do/Judo, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

Please see the State Games of America website for more information.

Event Details

Entry Deadline

The online registration deadline is April 8, 2016. Register online for reduced entry fees. Walk on registrations will be accepted.

Admission Fees

No Admission charge at the venue.


Friday, April 22, 2016: Practice Ice
Saturday, April 23, 2016: Competition
Sunday, April 24, 2016: Competition (if needed) and U.S. Figure Skating Test Session

Competition Schedule


Event Check-In will be open at Centennial Arena one to two hours before the first event and run through the last event of the day. Please Check-In promptly upon arrival in Billings.

Competition Schedule

The schedule of events is determined by the total number of entries and by the number of entries in each event. The 2016 competition schedule for the figure skating event will be posted before the competition.

Tentative Competition Schedule

Eligibility/Test Level

The competition is hosted by the Figure Skating Club of Billings. This competition is sanctioned by U.S. FIGURE SKATING. Competition is open to all female and male skaters who meet at least ONE of the following guidelines:

  • A full-time resident of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming.
  • A registered member of a figure skating club in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, or Wyoming.

Skaters who are members of U.S. FIGURE SKATING must also be in good standing with US Figure Skating. Age and test level as of March 13, 2016 will determine the skater's level, but see the further explanation below. For additional details concerning eligibility see US Figure Skating State Games Committee Rules 6.0 to 6.04.

Test Level: Skaters may compete at their passed and registered freestyle test levels or one level higher except for Theater on Ice Teams. Theater on Ice Teams may not skate up a level but must enter the division that reflects their member’s test level as of the cutoff date for entries. Skaters who are not members of USFS or ISI will be assigned to events at the discretion of the Referee based upon the skater's ability or competition level assigned by another federation.

Age Restrictions/Requirements: Skaters entering juvenile free skate events (Well Balanced Program) must be under 14 years of age at the close of entries. Skaters entering open juvenile free skate events (Well Balanced Program), must be at least 14 years of age at the close of entries. Skaters entering beginner–pre-juvenile events will be divided as closely as possible by age should the number of entries warrant more than one group.

Rules & Regulations

General Information

The Big Sky State Games – FIGURE SKATING COMPETITION (USFS) will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of U.S. Figure Skating, as set forth in the current rulebook, as well as any pertinent updates which have been posted on the U.S. Figure Skating website. This competition is open to all eligible, restricted, reinstated or readmitted persons as defined by the Eligibility Rules, and is a currently registered member of a U.S. Figure Skating member club, a collegiate club, or an individual member in accordance with the current rulebook.

Refund Policy

There will be NO refunds of entry fees because of weather or other acts of nature. NO REFUNDS WILL BE PERMITTED SIMPLY BECAUSE AN ATHLETE FAILS TO PARTICIPATE.


U.S. Figure Skating, Centennial Arena and the Figure Skating Club of Billings accept no responsibility for injury or damage sustained by any participant in this competition. This is in accordance with Rule 1600 of the official U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook.


Competition Site

The competition will be held at Centennial Ice Arena, which is located at 427 Bench Blvd. in Billings, MT.

Ice Surface

The ice surface is 200'x85', with round corners and hockey barrier.

Practice Ice

Practice ice will be available depending on the final competition schedule. More information on practice times will be posted here at the conclusion of registration. Practice ice will be available Friday and Saturday April 22-23rd, 2016. Practice ice will be $10 for a 15-minute session. Make practice ice checks payable to FSCB, but include it with the registration form.


Preparing Music

Each competitor is responsible for submitting their music to the Big Sky Games office by April 4, 2016. All music MUST be pre-edited, named appropriately, and provided in an .mp3 format to help minimize any issues during the event. Music files (.mp3) may be saved to a USB flash drive and mailed to Big Sky Games (which will also be used as a backup at the event) or can be saved to an online cloud service (such as DropBox or Google Drive) with the URL provided to info@bigskygames.org. USB flash drives are preferable; any music provided on CD or any other format will need to be converted at a cost of $2/song. Any media provided will be available immediately after the event for pickup. Please test all of your songs before you submit them.

Labeling Music

Names of Skater(s), Event, Song Name

Submitting Music

Mail Flash Drive/CD to the following address:
Big Sky State Games
Attn: Figure Skating
Box 7136
Billings, MT 59103


A backup CD should be readily available. Music may be picked up at the registration table following each event. Every reasonable care will be taken, but the Big Sky State Games cannot be responsible for CDs left at the end of the competition. Please have separate CDs for practice and competition.

Special Information


The 6.0 Majority Judging System will be used for all events. The 2016 U.S. FIGURE SKATING Rule Book will govern the competition.

  • Chief Referee: Victoria Aversano
  • Chief Accountant: Anita Conrad

    Medals will be awarded to skaters placing first, second, or third in each event.


    An official bulletin board will be maintained at the Centennial Arena. It is the responsibility of each competitor, parent and coach to check the bulletin board frequently for any schedule changes and/or additional information. Skaters are requested to arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled time of their event. A tentative schedule of events will be posted prior to the competition.

    USFS Safesport Locker Room Policy

    USFS policy adopted by the SafeSport Subcommitte of the Competitions Committee prohibits parents and coaches from being present in locer rooms used as changing rooms by the athletes. This is a "sex neutral" policy that is intended to insure the safety of the skaters, and to insure that skaters who select a coach of the opposite gender do not suffer a perceived disadvantage at the competition. An area will be provided in which parents can assist younger skaters with costumes and equipment. That area will be open to public view. the LOC recommends that younger skaters dress before coming to the rink. Restrooms are not to be used as changing rooms.

    Information Regarding Coaches

    Coach Registration

    U.S. Figure Skating Rule MR 5.11 Coach Registration

    Basic Skills Coaches

    For Basic Skills ONLY coaches - Any person, 18 and older, instructing in a U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program must have successfully passed the annual background screen and be registered If a coach cannot provide a photo I.D. and is not on the list or cannot produce the necessary documents, he or she will not be allowed a credential – no exceptions. We strongly urge all coaches to have their cards with them. Non-credentialed coaches will not be permitted in the designated coaching area at rink side during events including practice sessions. Coaching at U.S. Figure Skating events without compliance is an ethics violation which is reported to U.S. Figure Skating and PSA. Click here for more information regarding Coach Compliance.

    Skill Code Conversion

    ISI Program Members: You must be a member of USFS to compete in USFS events. If you are in an ISI program, please use the conversion chart below to determine your appropriate competition level.

    If you have passed ISI level Enter the USFS level
    Tot or Pre-Alpha (age 7 and older) Alpha Basic 1
    Advanced Pre-Alpha Basic 2
    Advanced Pre-Alpha Basic 3
    Alpha/Gamma Basic 4
    Beta Basic 5
    Delta Basic 6
    Gamma Basic 7
    Delta-Freestyle 1 Basic 8
    Freestyle 2 or 3 / Open Bronze Pre-Preliminary
    Freestyle 4 / Open Silver Preliminary
    Freestyle 5 / Open Silver Pre-Juvenile
    Freestyle 6 / Open Gold Juvenile or Intermediate
    Freestyle 7 / Open Platinum Novice
    If you have passed ISI level Enter the USFS level
    Freestyle 8 / Open Platinum Junior or Senior
    Freestyle 9 / Open Platinum Senior
    Freestyle 10 / Open Platinum Senior
    Freestyle 2 / Open Bronze Adult Pre-Bronze
    Freestyle 3 / Open Bronze Adult Bronze
    Freestyle 4 / Open Silver Adult Silver
    Freestyle 5 / Open Gold Adult Gold
    Dance 3 Preliminary Dance
    Dance 4 Pre-Bronze Dance
    Dance 5 Bronze Dance
    Dance 6 Pre-Silver Dance
    Dance 7 Silver Dance
    Dance 9 Pre-Gold Dance

    Singles Free Skating Events

    See current rulebook or click here for current rules and requirements. See below for an illustration of Singles Free Skating Events:

    Events Offered

    Event Categories Events
    Free Skate & Short Program Snowplow Sam - Basic 8
    Free Skate 1-6
    Test Track
    Well Balanced Free Skate
    Short Program
    Basic Elements & Compulsory Events Snowplow Sam - Basic 8
    Free Skate 1-6
    Pre-Preliminary - Senior
    Jumps Challenge Beginner - Senior
    Spins Challenge Beginner - Senior
    Step Sequence Pre-Preliminary - Senior
    Ice Dance Solo Dance
    Showcase Dramatic Entertainment
    Light Entertainment
    Theater on Ice N/A