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USFS Governing Council 
2011 Rule Changes


    The 2011 USFS Governing Council has passed some rule changes that will require coaches to plan to immediately incorporate these new rules in their training plans.

    Skaters who have passed the USFS Juvenile Free Skating Test and are not yet 14 years of age are eligible to enter the juvenile event.  This change provides the opportunity for a skater two additional years to develop physically and acquire the technical and presentation skills that will form a solid basis to progress steadily through the test and competitive structure. 


Event Qualifications, refer to the USFS Technical Sheets for detailed event requirements.
  • http://www.usfigureskating.org/Content/201011InterimSinglesFSElementsNoTest-Prejuv.pdf
  • http://www.usfigureskating.org/Content/201011SinglesFSElements.pdf
    At the 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Annual Governing Council meeting in Lombard, IL.,  new rules were approved that affect skaters. Unless mentioned otherwise, these changes go into effect in competitions starting June 1, 2011. Listed below are rule changes that will significantly impact the sport:

Juvenile Events

Juvenile: Increased the age for juvenile to “under age 14 as of Sept. 1 prior to the regional championships.” This means skaters have an additional year before they need to begin competing in Open Juvenile.

Juvenile/Open Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate to limit the number of spins to two. One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of position, and one spin mus tbe a spin in one position with no change of foot. Both spins may have a flying entry.

Pre-Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skateing Events

Pre-Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate to limit the number of spins to two. One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of position (minimum six revolutions total), and one spin must be a spin in one position with no change of foot (minimum four revolutions). Both spins may have a flying entry.

The following levels can now only have two jump combinations and sequences in their programs instead of three: 

  • Juvenile/Open Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • Pre-Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • Preliminary Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • Pre-Preliminary Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • No Test Well-Balanced Free Skate

The following levels can NOT do a three jump combination in their program, only two jump combos are allowed:

  • Juvenile/Open Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • Pre-Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • Preliminary Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • Pre-Preliminary Well-Balanced Free Skate
  • Test Well-Balanced Free Skate
The Junior National Championships Has Been Restructured:
    Starting in 2013, the Junior Nationals will no longer be held as a separate event with skaters qualifying through their Regional championships.  Changes include:
  1. The four best-placed competitors in the intermediate and juvenile singles events in each region will qualify to enter the appropriate sectional championship.  This will give young skaters a better understanding of how they will need to qualify for the National Championships in higher levels.

  2. The current U.S. Junior Championships will be replaced with a smaller national competition for juvenile and intermediate athletes held in conjunction with the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. This is a wonderful change since Junior National competitors will now be at “big nationals” and can get inspired by the nation’s top skaters in the higher levels.

  3. The four best-placed competitors in all intermediate and juvenile events (singles, pairs and ice dancing) from each section qualify to enter the national competition mentioned in item 2 above.

This change to Junior Nationals will not take place in 2011, but in the competitive season 2013.  There will still be a Junior Nationals in December in the 2012 competitive season. Skaters will advance directly from Regionals.

Novice Events

Novice Ladies Short Program is replacing the fixed Base Value spiral sequence with a leveled step sequence.

Novice Well-Balanced Free Skate is replacing the option of a fixed Base Value spiral or a fixed Base Value choreographed step sequence with a leveled step sequence.

Novice Well-Balanced Free Skate 
is allowing one additional triple jump to be repeated for novice men and to limit each double (and triple) jump to appear no more than twice for novice men and novice ladies (i.e. can repeat as many doubles as they like, but each can appear no more than two times in a program).

Novice Men Short Program
now has a change of foot in the camel or sit spin.

Intermediate Events

Intermediate Short Program, Intermediate Well-Balanced Free Skate and Juvenile/Open Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate to replace the leveled step sequence with a fixed Base Value choreographed step sequence.

Intermediate Well-Balanced Free Skate to limit the number of spins to two. One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of position, and one spin must be a spin in one position with no change of foot. Both spins may have a flying entry.


Adult Competition Events:

  1. The maximum number of spins allowed in the championships masters junior-senior, masters senior and masters junior well-balanced free skate events reduced from four to three.
  2. The maximum number of jumps allowed in the championships masters intermediate-novice, masters novice and masters intermediate well-balanced free skate events reduced from seven to six.

  3. The maximum number of jump elements allowed in the championship adult gold and adult gold well-balanced free skate events reduced from six to five.

  4. The Championships Masters Junior-Senior, Championship Masters Intermediate-Novice, Masters Senior, Masters Junior, Masters Novice, Masters Intermediate, Championship Adult Gold and Adult Gold well-balanced program requirements have been amended to allow the option of a choreographed step sequence or a choreographed spiral sequence.

  5. The IJS system for championship, masters and gold levels of singles events will be used at adult sectional championships.

Committee Reports

SINGLES COMMITTEE

  • Amended rule 3662, Novice Ladies Short Program (steps), (page 242, Rulebook) to replace the fixed Base Value spiral sequence with a leveled step sequence.
  • Amended rule 3663, Novice Well-Balanced Free Skate (steps), (pages 242-243, Rulebook) to replace the option of a fixed Base Value spiral or a fixed Base Value choreographed step sequence with a leveled step sequence.
  • Amended Intermediate Short Program, Intermediate Well-Balanced Free Skate and Juvenile/Open Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate to replace the leveled step sequence with a fixed Base Value choreographed step sequence.
  • Amended rule 3661, Novice Men Short Program (spins), (page 241, Rulebook) to require a change of foot in the camel or sit spin.
  • Amended rule 3672, Intermediate Well-Balanced Free Skate (spins), (page 244, Rulebook) to limit the number of spins to two. One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of position, and one spin must be a spin in one position with no change of foot. Both spins may have a flying entry.
  • Amended rule 3681, Juvenile/Open Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate (spins), (page 245, Rulebook) to limit the number of spins to two. One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of position, and one spin must be a spin in one position with no change of foot. Both spins may have a flying entry.
  • Amended rule 3691, Pre-Juvenile Well-Balanced Free Skate (spins), (pages 245-246, Rulebook) to limit the number of spins to two. One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of position (minimum six revolutions total), and one spin must be a spin in one position with no change of foot (minimum four revolutions). Both spins may have a flying entry.
  • Amended rule 3663, Novice Well-Balanced Free Skate (jump repetitions), (page 242, Rulebook) to allow one additional triple jump to be repeated for novice men and to limit each double (and triple) jump to appear no more than twice for novice men and novice ladies (i.e. can repeat as many doubles as they like, but each can appear no more than two times in a program).
  • Amended the following levels to limit the number of jump combinations or jump sequences to a maximum of two: Juvenile/Open Juvenile through No Test Free Skate.


PAIRS COMMITTEE
  • Amended rule 4061, Novice Pairs Short Program, (page 281, Rulebook) to alternate between  the solo spin and the pair spin each season. The requirement for 2011-12 will be the pair spin.
  • Amended rule 4061, Novice Pairs Short Program, (page 281, Rulebook), such that one step sequence will be required each year, and the spiral sequence will no longer be required in any season. (Currently the step sequence and spiral sequence alternate each year.)
  • Amended rule 4062, Novice Pairs Well-Balanced Free Skate, (pages 282-283, Rulebook), such that one spiral sequence will be required each year, and the step sequence will no longer be a requirement in any season. (Currently the step sequence and spiral sequence alternate each year.)
  • Amended rule 4071, Intermediate Pairs Well-Balanced Free Skate, (pages 283-284, Rulebook) to allow a  pivot figure as an option for the death spiral element.
357. APPROVED - Pairs Committee Implementation date: June 1, 2011
Amended rule 4061, Novice Pairs Short Program, (page 281, Rulebook) to alternate between the solo spin and the pair spin each season. The requirement for 2011-12 will be the pair spin.

358. APPROVED - Pairs Committee Implementation date: June 1, 2011
Amended rule 4061, Novice Pairs Short Program, (page 281, Rulebook), such that one step sequence will be required each year, and the spiral sequence will no longer be required in any season. (Currently the step sequence and spiral sequence alternate each year.)

359. APPROVED - Pairs Committee Implementation date: June 1, 2011
Amended rule 4062, Novice Pairs Well-Balanced Free Skate, (pages 282-283, Rulebook), such that one spiral sequence will be required each year, and the step sequence will no longer be a requirement in any season. (Currently the step sequence and spiral sequence alternate each year.)

360. APPROVED - Pairs Committee Implementation date: June 1, 2011
Amended rule 4071, Intermediate Pairs Well-Balanced Free Skate, (pages 283-284, Rulebook) to allow a pivot figure as an option for the death spiral element.


ADULT SKATING COMMITTEE
  • Amended Rule 3781 (page 255, Rulebook) to reduce the maximum number of jump elements allowed in the championship adult gold and adult gold well-balanced free skate events from six to five.
  • Amended the Championship Adult Pairs, Adult Masters Pairs and Adult Gold Pairs to allow the option of a choreographed step sequence or a choreographed spiral sequence.
  • Revised the names, levels and requirements for adult interpretive events. New rules 3810 – 3851 replace rules 3810 – 3821. Refer to new rules for test requirements.
    • Dramatic Skate and Light Entertainment Skate
    • Program requirements for Gold state “all single jumps, including the Axel may be included, but no double jumps or higher are allowed.”
    • Program requirements for Bronze and Silver state “no Axels or multi-revolution jumps.”
DANCE COMMITTEE
  • Amended rule 4412 (page 313, Rulebook) to adjust the way novice pattern dances are judged to mirror the judging of the pattern dance elements in the junior and senior short dance.
  • Guidelines for evaluating the novice pattern dances:
    • Four key points in each sequence/section of the dance will be assessed by the technical panel to establish the level of the whole sequence/section as one unit, and judges will give one GOE for the whole sequence/section.
    • The key points will be taken into consideration by the technical panel to establish the level of each sequence/section of the dance.
    • The key points will be determined by the ISU. If the ISU has not already assigned key points for a dance to be skated in an upcoming season, they will be determined by the U.S. Figure Skating Dance Committee.
    • The key points and calling specifications will be announced at the Governing Council meeting prior to the start of the season.
  • Changed the lift requirements for the novice free dance and novice free dance test to: "one short lift and one long lift or three short lifts." If three short lifts are used, only one type of lift may be repeated.
353. & 354. APPROVED - Dance Committee Implementation date: June 1, 2011
Changed the lift requirements for the novice free dance and novice free dance test to: "one short lift and one long lift or three short lifts." If three short lifts are used, only one type of lift may be repeated.

355. APPROVED - Dance Committee Implementation date: September 2, 2011
Added a solo free dance test track for juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior levels.

356. APPROVED - Judges Committee Implementation date: June 1, 2011
Amend rule TR 49.03 (page 37, Tests Book) and JR 7.01 (B)(3)(a) (page 73, Rulebook) to allow a silver dance test judge to single panel bronze pattern dances.

  
Resources: The following articles discuss efforts to go beyond stressing performance skills through the incorporation of choreography into a well balanced figure skating program.

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Choreography - An Art or Science

Role of Technique in Choreographing Figure Skating Programs

Role of Music in Choreographing Figure Skating Programs


Role of the Choreographer in Figure Skating

A Choreographer's Role & Duties

The Role of Choreography in Presentation

Choreographing Free Skating Programs
 
Choreographing Artistic Skating Programs

Artistic and Interpretive Events

Showcase Events

Creating Dance Content

Theater On Ice Events

Information Feedback

2011 USFS Governing Council Rule Changes

Program Components


References:

Full Version : USFS 2011 Governing Council

Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

2011 USFS Governing Council Competition Rule Changes

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The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.


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