Free Skating Test Requirements
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Focus of Free Skating Tests
Application of Focus Points used in MITF to Free Skating Tests.
A. An even speed and flow should be maintained throughout.
B. Maximum utilization of the ice surface is desirable. Ice coverage must not be obtained by
the use of flat or shallow edges.
(1) velocity, speed or pace (Continuous Flow),
(2) flow across the ice,
B. The upper body should be upright, but not stiff;
C. The arms should be held gracefully;
D. The free leg should be extended, with the toe pointed.
A similar axis of rotation existing in spinning. Any tilt of the body can cause easily observable traveling of the center. The ability to spin in one spot without any loss of speed is rewarded. Attempt to increase the difficult of the spin generally produces contorted positions that slow the speed of the spin and reduce the total duration of the time spinning in one of the three basic spin positions - Camel, Upright (Layback), and sit spin.
Required Elements - jumps, spins, and footwork sequences
The required free skating elements are listed on the test sheets. These required elements are linked together in choreographed transitions that connect the jumps, spins, and footwork sequences to the musical score.
The standard free skate test structure is divided into eight levels to be taken in order from Pre-Pre to Senior:
Prior to taking a standard free skate test, the test candidate must have taken and passed the same level of the standard Moves in the Field test. Skaters may pass as many levels of the standard Moves in the Field test (up through and including Senior) without taking any Free Skating Test. The Free Skating test level will be used to determine the competitive free skating event the skater may enter.
Skaters need to be aware that required test elements differ from the minimum requirements for competition events.
Skaters must know and understand the nuances of the required elements when a decision is made to incorporate competitive elements into the choreography of their free skating test program.
There are strategies that involve what optional jump and spin elements will pass in a test. When attempting to exceed the requirements, a skater risks a fall that is difficult to recover from and the skater fails to satisfactorily accomplish the mandatory test elements.
The program requirements specify what type of jumps and spins are are required to pass a test. A double Lutz is more difficult than a double flip, but skaters are not allowed to substitute one for the other when a specific jump is required.
Individual jumps must be performed as individual jumps and will not receive credit because they were performed as a part of a combination or sequence.
Many skaters wait until later in the season to test and then they risk confusion when they test because the free skating program they have been practicing the most has been choreographed with much more demanding elements for competition. Only 2 elements that have been poorly performed or not attempted may be reskated.
The problem with Flip and Lutz jumps is that they have a greater chance of being downgraded because of the wrong edge and/or under rotation.
There is no automatic penalty in free skating tests for falling except when it prevents a required element from being completed. Judges will factor into their final mark if a skater puts a hand or foot down and fails to complete the full number of revolutions of a jump or spin. Consistent minor errors throughout a program can cause a test to be retried.
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