San Diego Figure Skating Communications
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Discussion of MITF Topics
Evaluation of Performance
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 these 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.
Communication of Expectations
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.
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:
The essential qualities of judges and coaches who contribute positively to sports possess four qualities above their technical knowledge and ethics:
Core Body Positions
Forward Outside 3-Turns
Forward Inside 3-Turns
Backward Outside 3-Turn
Backward Inside 3-Turn
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:
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