San Diego Figure Skating Communications
There are currently two systems used for judging figure skating competitions - the 6.0 system and the ISU Judging System.
The 6.0 figure skating judging system was the judging system used at most figure skating competitions until the new ISU figure skating judging system was implemented shortly after the 2002 Olympics.
The ISU Judging System is the scoring system was designed and implemented by the International Skating Union (ISU), the ruling body of the sport. This system of scoring is used in all qualifying national and international competitions sanctioned by the ISU, including the Winter Olympic Games.The following discussion provides an overview of how spins are scored in the ISU Judging System by the technical panel.
|Level of Difficulty|
For spins there are 4 levels of difficulty.
The level of difficulty is dependent on the number of features.
Skater needs to perform:
||A difficult variation in a basic or in an intermediate position (for spin combinations only)|
difficult variation in a
basic position which must
||Backward entrance/Difficult variation of flying entrance/Landing on the same foot as take off or changing foot on landing in a Flying Sit Spin|
|5.||Both edges in one basic position (in any spin both edges count only once)|
|6.||All 3 basic positions (for spins with change of foot – on each foot)|
|7.||Both directions immediately following each other.|
|8.||At least 8 revolutions without changes in position/variation, foot or edge (camel, sit, layback, difficult upright), counts twice if repeated on another foot|
Additional features for the Layback spin
|9.||One change of position backwards-sideways or reverse, at least 3 revolutions in each position|
|10.||Biellmann position after layback spin (SP – after 8 revolutions in layback spin)|
|Change of position|
There are really only three positions for spins ; upright, camel and sit. All spins are variations of these three basic positions. To receive points for a change of position a skater must transition from one of these three basic positions to another. Since a layback and a Biellmann are both upright spins, a transition is not considered a change in position but rather a change in feature. A transition form a camel to a sit spin is in fact a change of position.
|Change of edge|
Since spins can be performed on an inside or outside edge, a change in edge will receive additional points
|Change in direction|
Most skaters spin in one direction. A spin in both directions is certainly a difficult task.
Centering - When a spin is properly centered, the blade creates small circle in the same spot on the ice. When a spin is not properly centered the circles become larger and the skater may travel across the ice.
Control - Control and balance go hand in hand.
Speed - Speed is actually achieved by having good centering and control.
|Grade of Execution (GOE)|
|Flying Upright Spin|
|Flying Layback Spin|
|Flying Camel Spin|
|Flying Sit Spin|
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