Dear Skyliners,

We hope you had a great summer, and we are thrilled to head into our 2021-2022 season with our phenomenal group of skaters and coaches!

A big welcome to all of the new skaters joining the Skyliners family. Our returning skaters can vouch for the incredible memories and lifelong friends you will make as a Skyliner. And welcome back to all the skaters who continue to make Skyliners one of the top teams in the nation and the world!

Skyliners mission is to prepare skaters to compete at the highest level of USFS synchronized skating: locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. And that mission has brought us to where we are today - 15 lines, over 235 skaters, 33 Eastern championships, 16 National championships, 8 International gold medals and historic Junior Worlds back-to-back Silver and Bronze medals.

This issue of SkyBlast features information about Pep Rally; boot camp diaries; and a COVID update. Enjoy, and Go Skyliners!!!
This year's Pep Rally will begin the afternoon of Saturday, October 30th at Terry Conners Rink in Stamford, CT! As always, this is a free event showcasing our amazing skaters with their new programs!

An on ice show will be happening! As we welcome back our Skyliners' alumni and individual coaches, family members and friends, we want remind everyone to be mindful of others and to adhere to Skyliners Covid-19 health and safety protocols. Masks are a must at all times regardless of the vaccination status. 

Online Auction BEGINS on October 25th and a Live Zoom event on Thursday, 28th at 8:30 PM. More information to follow.

Unfortunately this year there will not be an after party/dinner, we are very sorry!

Donations Needed!

Our auction is one of the highlights of the Pep Rally, and a very important fundraiser. Skyliners families, we need your help to make this auction successful for our team!!! Please donate an item for the auction, all donations are to a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and may be tax-deductible! Some ideas include sports & entertainment tickets, travel (airline tickets, vacation homes, timeshares), skating paraphernalia, gift cards, gift baskets or cash contributions (we can do the shopping for you!) No item is too big or small, the sky's the limit! 

To donate cash, please use these two options:
  1. Zelle funds to: In the memo/note field, type "Auction Shopper" and your skater's name. This is the preferred method because there is no fee to the organization.
  2. Use this link, Personal Auction Shopper

To donate an item, please use the following link - Pep Rally Auction Donation Form

Email our auction team with any donation ideas or questions you have (Alums, that includes you too!!)

Every year we receive both individual donations from Skyliners families, as well as line donations from each Skyliners line. This fundraiser is crucial to underwriting our ice costs.
Skyliners is a parent run organization and we are requesting everyone's help in making the Pep Rally event a successful one.
Please consider volunteering at one (or more!) positions that will be needed to run the event. We will be sending sign up forms via emails, so keep an eye out for these!
Sign up yourself, sign up your friends! We will be happy to welcome you all to our teams of helpful helpers!

There are plenty of roles that are simple to fulfill but vital to the event. Remember, this also counts towards your volunteer hours!
We are immensely thankful to all of you who will be working together with us and creating a day to remember for our kids, families and friends.
Non Qual and New Jersey Round Up!

Our Non Qual and NJ teams had a bunch of practices in early summer to start moving and grooving as a team together on the ice. They were thrilled to begin working on some new IJS elements for their programs. We have started our weekly practices and are working hard for our debut at the PEP RALLY! We have so many new skaters this year and we are excited to show them our amazing Skyliners family!
Juvenile Boot Camp Diary
by Cindy Wang

On August 26th, the Juvenile team arrived at Chelsea Piers, excited to see each other again after two months’ break and to start our Boot Camp. We were especially eager to learn our theme since we had received multiple hints from coaches Nikki and Ashley, and had spent the past couple of weeks trying to guess it. After our final discussion about our guesses, Nikki unveiled it and we were ecstatic to find out that it was a movie/Broadway show! For the next few days, our team worked extremely hard (spending over 14 hours total on ice) on the program and managed to get through most of it. Along with on ice, we also did a lot of off ice and fitness. We went through a stretching challenge, which showed our improvement on splits and Beillmanns from a few months ago. As a reward, we were all gifted Team USA mittens as an encouragement to keep up the good work. Finally, on the fourth day of Boot Camp, our team, tired but happy, threw a pizza party to celebrate the end of Boot Camp. We were all sad that this amazing experience was over, but were looking forward to the upcoming season! 
Intermediate Boot Camp Diary
by Ellie Goudie

At 9:00 am sharp Monday morning on August 2nd, Skyliners Intermediate got on the ice for our 3-day boot camp at Darien Ice house. Although we could not travel to Lake Placid for boot camp like usual, we were all excited to officially start preparing for the upcoming season. Coach Josh started us off by choreographing a snappy beginning to our program. After working on more of the routine, we had lunch and off-ice outdoors in the summer sun. Our long-standing Intermediate team bluetooth speaker, christened “Beefkit” by a label maker, finally gave out after many years of service, so Coach Nikki played our program music using her car as a speaker. The first day closed out with a second on-ice session where we completed our beginning choreography, artistic line, and part of our no-hold block. 
Our second day of practice was program themed, with skaters sporting colorful eyeshadow, bright (and temporary) hair streaks, and even a groovy 70s dress originally belonging to Coach Nikki. Tuesday and Wednesday, we had off-ice before our morning 3-hour block of ice time. We continued to learn the rest of the routine, adding our pivot block, moves element, and some fun transitional elements, experimenting with drop swings and splits. Kata Junninen, a master of expression and former member of Skyliners Senior as a part of team USA, also came to the rink to help us add some flair and “spice” to our program.
The last day’s theme was Team USA. Skaters donned red white and blue necklaces, and other forms of Team USA merch.  
During our afternoon off-ice that day, we finished our month-long stretch challenge. Back in July, we all took pictures of our splits and Beillmann spirals, and sent them to the team Whatsapp chat, challenged with stretching and improving them. At boot camp, we did our splits and compared them to the original pictures from the month prior to gauge our improvement. All the skaters got red white and blue Team USA “improvement mittens” for our work in increasing our flexibility. 
After our 3 days of intense crocodile rocking, the team had a small party outside with pizza and cupcakes. We can’t wait to go back to doing in-person competitions, and spend Saturday nights fighting for gold this season!
Novice Black Boot Camp Diary
by Eden Leopold

When I stepped on the newly resurfaced ice at bootcamp with the rest of my team, I felt a great amount of relief seeing my friends and coaches together again. With all of the things going on in the world and with the Covid-19 pandemic effecting us all so much the past year in a half, my memories of previous seasons skating with Skyliners always made me happy and gave me hope. I was so happy to be back on the ice for bootcamp and performing with my team and showing everyone just how hard we work. At bootcamp, Novice Black gave it our all and we worked harder than ever. Im so thankful to have a team of girls and coaches always there for me. With the threat of variants of Covid coming to the US, I’m not sure what is going to happen with the competition season, but we all remain optimistic and look to the future. I know I can speak for my whole team when I say I am happy that I am even able to go to practices with my team. Everyone can’t wait for a real season and the adrenaline rush we get from hearing a live crowd cheer us on.
Novice Blue Boot Camp Diary
by Samantha Paris

Walking into the familiar place that was Chelsea Piers, you could hear a buzz among all the skaters on Novice Blue. Even though Boot Camp had priorly always taken place in the beautiful place that was Lake Placid, it was reassuring that the majority of us were already acquainted with the rink we were about the spend an abundance of our time in for the weekend. Ranging from 13-16, all freshly back from summer breaks, all the girls on the team walked into the rink with a bounce in their steps. After a year of skating that was unfortunately dampened due to Covid-19, everyone was floating with the excitement of starting a new season. It’s always slightly intimidating coming back from summer break to be confronted with close to 6 hours of ice time per day, but the mood that first day of Boot Camp was one entirely of excitement. Come 9:15am that early August Friday, we all filtered into the off ice room, greeted by the smiling faces of Pam and Alex. With the motivation of doing our best, we walked through all we had learned in the spring so we could build off of all of it as soon as we stepped on the ice. After reestablishing the first part of the program in our minds, we went to the lobby area to tie our skates. Once again, a buzz of excitement shrouded the area we were sitting in, all in anticipation for the first of six 3-hour-chunks of ice time. After tying (and some of us retying) our skates, we beelined onto the ice, warmed up, and ran through some drills to prep us for team practice again. From then on, the day flew by. It was a beautiful day, so we headed outside to a grassy area with picnic tables to eat lunch. The gorgeous weather, combined with the wide array of food everyone was eating made the day feel interconnected and happy. The next two days followed in almost perfect uniformity, and by the end of the third day of Boot Camp, we were all energized by the excitement of our gorgeously choreographed, powerful program. Many of us hadn’t skated together before, but during boot camp, we came together as a team both on and off the ice. After working tirelessly for the weekend, spending almost every waking hour with the team, we were starting to bond closely with one another, setting the stage for what will come to be an amazing season!
Junior Boot Camp Diary
by Misora Ooka

This summer, we couldn’t go to Lake Placid for boot camp, but the new Junior team enjoyed spending time and training together at one of our home rinks in Connecticut, although there were still many rules to follow regarding Covid-19. For five days, we worked hard to improve the short program and to get most of the long program done. We were nervous about the lifts because many of us were first-timers, but we definitely nailed it! The expression session led by Kata, a former Skyliners Senior, was also an interesting moment during this boot camp, as it made each one of us get out of our comfort zone both on and off the ice, enhancing our program. The annual summer event ended with pizzas and cupcakes in celebration of a successful boot camp. Each skater is very proud of their work and super excited to show everyone our two amazing programs!
Senior Boot Camp Diary
by Molly McMahon

If you ever pull up to Chelsea Piers and see a huge group of girls stretching/warming up in the back right hand corner of the parking lot, just know you’ve found the senior line! We kicked off our boot camp on Wednesday, August 18th at Chelsea Piers. It was great to see everyone for the first time in over a month and we were all eager to get the season into full swing! We spent the first half of camp focused on choreographing our new short program. Our on-ice sessions were very productive and fast paced as we reviewed and learned new choreography. By day three of boot camp, not only were we drilling sections of the short in the morning, but we successfully completed our first full run of the season! After our full run was completed, we switched our focus to our new free skate. The music is unlike anything we’ve skated to before. There’s so much creativity flowing into this dramatic program including innovative tricks, intricate transitions, and lots of speed. We are incredibly proud of the progress we have made as a team in such a short period of time. Even in the early stages of our practices, we know that this is going to be a season to remember and we can’t wait! GO SKYLINERS!!
Thank you Cindy, Ellie, Eden, Samantha, Misora, and Molly for sharing your experiences during Boot Camp!
This season we have developed our Intro program at 3 rinks in order to attract more skaters to our programs. We offer classes on Friday and Saturday at Westchester Skating Academy (Elmsford, NY), Thursdays at Codey Arena (West Orange, NJ) and Sundays at the Darien Ice House (Darien, CT). We welcome any and all interested skaters. Our program is $179 a month and can be taken monthly - whatever works for best for the family!

Skyliners are our BEST RECRUITERS! Know a skater interested? Have them contact!
Skyliners Intro 2016-2017
For more than 10 years our Skyliners Pep Rally Journal has been a beloved tradition and keepsake. Since the past 18 months has been a little different, we have decided this year to create a year end YEARBOOK to commemorate this season. The yearbook will work the same in that skaters can buy pages - but this time include pictures FROM THIS SEASON! Teams can make pages and shout outs, and business can also purchase to support us. We are working on the specifics now, but more information will be coming out! 

Have you always wanted to help with creating yearbook and gathering sponsors for pages? Your in luck! Shoot an email to and we will round up some helpers :)
The COVID team continues to monitor developments and guidance from the CDC and local, state, and Federal health officials with the goal to keep our skaters and families safe. This information may change as the season progresses so please continue to review and stay current on all communications from the COVID team.

We appreciate your support and compliance to make this season safe and successful for all.
Below is a summary. Please make sure to read our COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols in their entirety as there are important details that are not included here. The latest version will always be posted on our website at
  • Please do not come to a practice or competition if you have any symptoms of COVID-19! 
  • If you think that the symptoms are due to another cause, err on the side of caution and get tested. 
  • If your skater or someone in your family tests positive, or if your skater has been in close contact (within 6 feet) with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID 19, notify Skyliners and follow CDC, state and local guidance for quarantine and isolation. 
  • For exposures, per CDC guidance as of 7/27/21 vaccinated individuals do NOT need to quarantine if they are not symptomatic. However, a PCR test must be taken 3-5 days after exposure and a proper face covering is required indoors for 14 days or until a negative test result is received.
  • Unvaccinated individuals with exposure should follow the CDC guidance for quarantine.  
  • Parents (and not the minor skater) should communicate with the club or coach, in accordance with the the U.S. Center for SafeSport ( policies and guidance and include skater’s name, line and relevant symptoms/dates.
  • Face coverings are required indoors for all coaches, skaters, parents and spectators at all times
  • Face coverings may be removed briefly to eat or drink but social distancing must be maintained during those times
  • This includes while on buses and planes, and while in airports, rinks, and common areas of hotels including hallways
  • Face coverings must the nose and mouth (and may not be pulled down below the nose or chin) 
  • Skaters, coaches and parents not in compliance with the policy will receive one reminder and then be asked to leave
  • Health Screenings/Testing:
  • Routine weekly testing of skaters who are not fully vaccinated on Intermediate – Senior (any FDA approved rapid test is acceptable)
  • Mandatory daily health screening questionnaire for Skaters on Beginner – Juvenile (same procedure as last year)
  • Mandatory vaccination status questionnaire for all skaters, coaches, chaperones and line parents
  • temperature checks at practices and when traveling
  • Travel to competitions:
  • Required Testing of all skaters and prior to departure for competitions (regardless of vaccination status)
  • For chaperoned lines, skaters who are not fully vaccinated will be required to stay with a parent at a hotel other than the team hotel. The accompanying parent will be responsible for transporting the skater to meet the team as dictated by the team schedule. The skater may travel with the team on a plane or a bus to/from a competition but the accompanying parent must meet the child at the destination.
  • Skaters who are not fully vaccinated should plan on meals with their parent
  • Skaters who are not fully vaccinated will share spots. This enables our teams to still compete as a whole should entry or the ability to compete of a skater who is not fully vaccinated be restricted or limited.
  • Certain competition rinks will require that the entire team wear masks even when on ice while competing if there is any skater who is not fully vaccinated.
  • Certain competition rinks will not permit entry to persons that are not fully vaccinated.
  • Required Designated Health Guardian for each Skater at each competition
  • Each skater will be required to have a parent (or another adult designated by the parent) in attendance and reachable at each competition should skater fall ill, test positive or become exposed (the “Designated Health Guardian”)
  • The Designated Health Guardian is responsible for immediate pick up, supervision/quarantine and testing of any skater falling ill, testing positive or having exposure
  • The costs of any required quarantine (hotel, transportation, etc.) or testing are the responsibility of the the Designated Health Guardian and the family of the skater falling ill, testing positive or having exposure
  • Social Distancing/Hygiene:
  • We strongly request that skaters/coaches maintain social distancing when not connecting and use proper hygiene
  • Carpools
  • Please follow the CDC guidelines, including wearing masks and cracking windows for ventilation (see page 22 for CDC carpool guidelines)
Skyliners was established in 2001 by a group of parents who wanted to create the most competitive synchronized skating club in the tri-state area. In that first year, the team had three lines - Preliminary, Juvenile and Intermediate. Twenty-one years later, Skyliners has grown into one of the top synchronized skating teams in the country, now 14 lines and 235+ skaters strong. While the majority of the skaters reside in the tri-state area, we also have had skaters from Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Our resume of achievements includes 33 Eastern championships, 16 National championships, 8 International gold medals, an historic Junior Worlds Silver medal.
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