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  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 – Preliminary, Prejuvenile and Open Juvenile official practices
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 – Preliminary, Prejuvenile and Open Juvenile qualifying rounds (these teams compete first in a qualifying round to make it to a final round)
  • Friday, January 17, 2020 – Finals for Preliminary, Prejuvenile and Open Juvenile, as well as competition (only one for these teams) for Juvenile and Intermediate
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 – Competition for Novice, Junior, Senior, Adult and Collegiate teams.

Shifts run from 6am – 10am, 10am – 2pm, 2pm – 6pm and 6pm-10pm.



Ice monitors

Stationed rink-side at main arena (competition ice monitor) or practice arena (practice ice monitor) to ensure teams enter the ice and leave the ice at the appropriate time.


Stationed rink-side at main arena or practice arena to assist with any music issues.

Hospitality Room/Handler

Stationed at arena hospitality room, or at hospitality room at the Officials’ hotel, to assist with any needs of the officials and to assist with food replenishment and keeping the hospitality room clean.

Team Escorts

Escort teams between locker rooms, warm-up area, rink and photo area. Give reminders and warnings to teams to keep teams on-time to next location.


Stationed at the registration/check-in desk at the main arena or practice ice arena to assist with registration and check-in of teams.

Information Table

Staff table where spectators and participants can come for information about the event.

Warm up area attendants

Stationed at the warm-up areas to assist teams.

Photo area attendants

Stationed at the photo area to assist teams and photographer

Bag Check Attendants

Stationed at the bag check area to assist teams with checking and retrieving skate bags and for security monitoring of left bags.

Accounting Runner

Assist with running results between officials’ dais rink-side and the accounting room. Assist with posting results.

Skate Guard attendants

Stationed rink side to collect skate guards from skaters as they enter the ice, transport them to the rink exit and return them to the skaters at the rink exit.

Copy Center

Assist with making any needed copies. Stationed in the copy center room.


Assist as needed with procuring additional equipment/supplies. Must have car.


Assist on the concourse with information and directions.

Awards (Friday and Saturday only)

Assist with awards ceremonies as needed.

Descriptions can also be found next to each role on the EMS site where you will actually sign up to volunteer (see below for instructions).



First, register as a volunteer:

  1. Go to and click on Members Only at the top to log into your account. If you do not have a USFSA member account, you can still volunteer. Please see this link to create a non-member account:
  2. Log into your member (or non-member) account
  3. Click on EMS (Event Management System)
  4. Click on Volunteer Opportunities
  5. Under “Upcoming USFS Competitions” locate “2020 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships - 1/15/2020 - 1/19/2020 (Times Union Center)”
  6. Click the blue button that says “Volunteer Now”. Review or complete the requested information and click the blue “Save and Continue” button at bottom right.
  7. The next page will ask you about any relevant experience, and it will ask you to agree to the terms and conditions, including a criminal background check (some roles require a background check and some do not – this is just to give consent if one is required). Then click the blue “Submit” button at the bottom right.

Now Select your shifts:

  1. A list of available shifts will appear at the left. These will be by date and by time. Find the day and time you want to volunteer and then click on it to open the volunteer roles available. Please note the location (some volunteer roles are at the main arena (the Times Union Center), some are at our practice rinks (Bethleham YMCA or Albany County Rink) and some are at the official host hotel (The Albany Renaissance).
  2. Select the desired volunteer role. It will appear in green at the top of the list
  3.  Select other shifts/roles to add those as well.
  4. Once done selecting shifts, click the blue “Review” button at bottom right to review all selected shifts. If correct, click the blue “Confirm” button. You will once again be asked if all is correct – if correct say “yes” but be sure because once you click yes, you can no longer change. If you need to make changes just go ahead and confirm and then email and we can remove any unwanted shifts.

If at any time you want to add additional shifts, go back to EMS and click on “Volunteer Management”.  Click on “Shift Selection” and use the dropdown menu to find the Easterns 2020 competition. Make sure you have the right competition – “2020 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships - 1/15/2020 - 1/19/2020 (Times Union Center)”. Select a shift as you did before, and again if you need to make any changes or remove a shift, just email and we can make the changes for you.