Definition: The figure skating competition season begins in the fall with regional ice skating competitions which usually take place in October. The top four skaters that qualify at regionals move on to sectionals. Those who place in the top four at sectionals, qualify for the United States National Figure Skating Championships.
Examples:The United States is divided into three sections:
- Pacific Coast section - Nickname: "Coast"
- Midwestern section - Nickname: "Mids" or "Midwesterns"
- Eastern section - Nickname: "Easterns"