San Diego Figure Skating Communications
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After a test, judges must be prepared to discuss their marks
Judges evaluate all aspects of a skater's performance, including the positive and negative performance of each element in determining the mark they award. It is extremely important that the positive and negative factors be communicated to coaches, skaters, and parents so when they reviewing the sheet they can plan corrective measures while preparing for the next test or competition.
Most coaches use the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) MITF Manual as a key reference. It helps to be familiar with the terminology used in the manual as it allows your comments to concisely refer to positive and negative descriptions they are using.
Judges may form their expectations from experienced related to figures or ice dancing. Unfortunately, many newer coaches have little or no figure or dance background to relate to these references.
Communication between coaches and judges should be an on going process, especially since the many changes in the MITF elements that occurred on Sept. 2, 2010.
Local club officials and the rink's coaching staff can accomplish more if they work together to plan and host events that facilitate and foster an exchange of ideas so everyone is in agreement and teaching and evaluating a skater's performance.
Some coaches ask judges to critique there students in advance of testing and competing so that areas that need improvement can be identified and fixed. Unfortunately in some areas judges are not readily available and must be brought in great distances for tests and competitions.
There is an inceasing trend, in areas that must import judges, to combine testing prior to hosting an open competition.
Even in areas where many judges reside, those who are not retired are busy with earning a living are not able to arrange their schedules for weekday practice and test sessions. As a result, these judges don't have much interaction with skaters and coaches except for competitions, exhibitions, and shows held on weekends.
Judging comments on test sheets frequently mention the following topics:
Core Body Positions
Forward Outside 3-Turns
Forward Inside 3-Turns
Backward Outside 3-Turn
Backward Inside 3-Turn
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