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Evaluation Standards for Skating ElementsEvaluating Performance against a Standard
The sport of figure skating has a mental and emotional factor that can not be ignored as a skater attempts to acquire a package of skills to be successful in taking tests and winning competitions.
It is very helpful to fully understand the judging system and prepare a short term mental strategy to maximize your strengths and minimize areas that are weaker. In the long term a skater must correct weaknesses as soon as possible. They longer they exist, the more difficult it is to correct a physical and/or mental problem.
Parents and coaches should encourage skaters to strive to be their very best. Obviously
there are physical and mental factors that affect performance. An enormous factor in
acquiring skating skills is the determination, desire, and focus of the skater which is
reflected in the quality of practice time and consistent high level performance under the
stress of test and competition conditions.
(-3) Lacks concept of the fundamental technical skills - requires a major effort to understand the basic concepts and physical implementation of the concepts.
(-2) Demonstrated some understanding of the basic concepts, but considerable improvement of the technical (physical) skills is needed.
(-1) Understands the basic concepts, but need minor improvement of the technical (physical) skills.
(✓checkmark or "0") Meets minimum basic skill level. Is equalivent to a "C" grade in school.
(+1) Demonstrates GOOD skill level and understanding of concepts. Equivalent to a "B" grade in School.
(+2) Demonstrates VERY GOOD skill level and understanding of concepts. Equivalent to a "B+" grade in School.
Demonstrates EXCELLENT skill level and understanding of
concepts. Equivalent to a "A+" grade in School.
Skaters should continue to be evaluated until they feel confident in performing the entire test in front of judges who will be evaluating their progress.
Practice sessions should stress the skater developing technical and presentation skills, plus strength/endurance to finish the test strong.
A coaches' evaluations sometimes miss something that can be detected by judges who see the MITF for the first time. Judges on a test panel are not able to propose solutions to correct a problem they have observed. A critique can provide more opportunities to analyze a skaters performance.
Evaluation sheets should be used that reflect the “Focus” of each skater's short and long term training plan. A record of the marks that reflect the individual strengths and weaknesses for specific elements allow a check on progress based on establishing a bench mark of skills.
The mission of U.S. Figure Skating is to provide programs to encourage
participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating.
Test Judging Topics
ISU Figure Skating Judging
The International Judging System (IJS)
IJS Judging Criteria
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