The United States is divided into nine different regions:
- Southwest Pacific Regional- "Southwest"
- Central Pacific Regional - "Centrals"
- Northwest Pacific Regional - "Northwests"
- Southwestern Regional - "Southwesterns"
- Eastern Great Lakes Regional - "EGL"
- Upper Great Lakes Regional - "Uppers"
- South Atlantic Regional - "South Atlantics"
- North Atlantic Regional - "North Atlantics"
- New England Regional - "New Englands"
Separate adult competitions are held each year, so adult figure skaters usually do not compete at regionals. Also, pair skaters and ice dancers at the Juvenile level and above no longer compete at regionals, but advance directly to sectional figure skating events.
To qualify for a regional non-qualifying or qualifying event is an accomplishment in itself since there are very difficult figure skating tests that must be passed before an ice skater is eligible.
Most serious figure skaters train each year with the goal of participating at a regional figure skating competition. Much preparation is involved to get ready for regionals.