Evaluating Spiral Sequences
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Competition Spiral Sequences
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 spiral sequences are scored in the ISU Judging System.
|Levels of Difficulty|
Spirals on each foot, forward & backward, inside & outside mandatory for Levels 3-4
Number of features for Levels :
2 for Level 2
3 for Level 3
4 for Level 4
|Scale of Values for Figure Skating Spirals|
|A spiral has a base value to which a GOE value is added to or subtracted from. When performing a spiral in competition you can improve you score by achieving a higher grade of execution GOE.|
|Grade of Execution (GOE) for Figure Skating Spirals|
performing a spiral in competition you can improve you score by
achieving a higher grade of execution GOE. You can receive +1, +2, or
+3 based on the number of bullets you achieve below.
|1.||Good flow, energy and execution|
|2.||Good speed during sequence|
|3.||Good body line|
|4.||Highlights the character of the program|
|6.||Creativity and originality|
|Spiral Sequence Patterns|
Consists primarily of spirals, Pattern of the Spiral Sequence can be any combination of curves (on edges - spiral positions on a straight line are ignored and not counted in the number of positions).
*** If in the Short Program if there is no change of foot at all, the Sequence will have no Level and no value. If there is a change of foot but any spiral position before or after the change is shorter than 3 sec. the sequence can receive Level 1 (but not higher).
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