and GOE Scores
Planning the elements of an IJS program
involves a series
with the requirements and restrictions for the event prior to
created the Planned Program Sheet is a list of the elements the skater
plans to perform that
needs to be completed and a copy sent to the registrar of the
competition along with the entry form and
Many competitions are now able to process entries
|Program requirements at
all qualifying events for the 2010-2011
competition season will be according to the 2010 USFS Rule Book. Any
rule changes marked as “Urgent” at the May 2010 Governing Council will
All competitors in IJS events must submit a Planned Program Content
Sheet (PPCS). Many competitions require the PPCS is to be completed
online prior to a specified date. Many host clubs are assessing a $25
fee for each event for those skaters who do not
submit the PPCS by the stated time.
Any PPCS submitted by paper, regardless of date, may also be assessed a
Once the information has been entered, PPCS may be updated online at
any time and as
often as is desired without cost, but no later than the date specified
in the announcement. Go to www.usfsaonline.org and follow
complete your PPCS. Designate the name of the competition to receive
|The PPCS can be changed
prior to the event. The competition announcement will elaborate when
and to whom the revised PPCS should be handled when arriving at the
rink and checking in.
|There are elements that
the skater and coach have 100% confidence in the skater being able to
deliver the same high quality skills in program practices and
The PPCS usually changes over the training season with more difficult
elements being substituted as the skater develops the skills to
consistently perform the individual element in practice sessions.
Each coach and skater will have their own ideas about when more
difficulty elements should be added to practicing the full program from
start to finish without interruptions.
The are different opinions about when difficult elements should be
skated in the program. Front end loading is an expression referring to
situating all of the difficult jump elements before the halfway mark in
the program. The thought is that the legs become fatigued and achieving
the full springing force declines as the skater approaches the halfway
mark. Jumps after the halfway mark receive a 10% bonus points.
Skaters who rarely or inconsistently practice their programs to the
music and perform every element as planned to the coach's satisfaction
does not achieve the stamina necessary to deliver a championship
performance in a competition.
Running through sections of a program are part of the process of
strengthening and improving parts of a program; however, this is not a
substitute for daily practices of a full program skated to music with
the planned elements performed as they are intended for competition
with out falls interrupting the flow, choreography, and interpretation.
|Develop a performance
confidence baseline by recording how the essential elements of free
skating, pair or free dance program is
performed. Using a PPCS, evaluate and mark the elements as they
would be called, including levels, by a technical panel and by judges
awarding GOEs and the five Program Component scores - Skating Skills,
Transitions, Execution, Choreography, and Interpretation.
The above PPCS information allows the skater and coach to calculate the
value of the program content. Additional calculations can factor in
value for element levels, estimated GOEs, and Program Components.
This data can become the basis of developing a risk analysis strategy
of attempting items which are not consistently being performed at a
high skill level.
technical info - Welcome to US Figure
Welcome to the Technical Information portion of the
U.S. Figure Skating web site. Here you learn about changes to the
international judging system used at Regional, sectionals, nationals,
International, world, and Olympic Championships/
: Summary of ISU Judging System
Championships are held in accordance with the
International Skating Union ( ISU) Regulations. The ISU Judging System
used at all Figure Skating events.
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