Skating Figures
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 Diagrams of Figures

      The diagrams are illustrative of the general concept and geometric layout by which the figures
should be skated.

The specific rules for the performance of figures are contained in the Skating Standards.

a. To begin a figure, the skater must stand on the flats of the blades slightly before the intersection
     of the long and short axes of the figure.

b. The point of initial strike shall normally be on the long axis, it being recognized that only at a
    short distance beyond the long axis will the full weight of the body be placed on the skate with
    the distinct trace starting at this point.

c. The diagrams which follow illustrate the general appearance of the figures, the trace being
    indicated ONLY from the point at which the weight has been fully placed on the skate.

    The diagrams are organized in the following catagories:

Circle Eights
Double Threes
One Foot Eight
Change Three
Change Double Threes
Change Loop
Change Bracket
Paragraph Threes
Paragraph Double Threes
Paragraph Brackets
Waltz Eight



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:

School Figure Tests - Table of Contents
Pre Test Figures
1st Test Figures
2nd Test Figures
3rd Test Figures
4th Test Figures
5th Test Figures
6th Test Figures
7th Test Figures
8th Test Figures

School Figures - Table of Contents
Skating of School Figures
Figure Workshop Lesson Plans
School Figure Diagrams
School Figure Centers
PDF  USFS Figure Rules and Regulations
          Basic Rules for Figures
          Standards for School Figures
          Judging School Figures

All materials are copy protected. 
The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.

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those skills to their future education, career, and other life activities.

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