Focus Points Judging
USFS MITF Tests
Concerns Judges Focus On When
Evaluating MITF Tests
The focus points are no longer are
characterized as having a primary or
secondary importance. The PSA MITF booklet and the USFS Rulebook (TR
22.08) requires judges to consider all of the following focus points in
assigning marks for MITF tests:
- Accuracy - the
correct start, steps and adherence to the general pattern.
TR 22.08 A. - The steps must be skated in general accordance with the
diagrams and descriptions. Subject to a general conformity with the
basic requirements, the skater is permitted complete freedom with
respect to arm and free leg positions.
- Edge quality -
initiated through proper body alignment over the skating foot, creating
a stable arc that travels uninterrupted until a required transition
takes place. Depth of edge refers to the acuteness of the arc and is
created by the lean of the body and the angle of the blade when it
takes the ice. Good edge quality results in a confident, sure and
TR 22.08 B. - Moves-in- the-Field must be skated with good edges,
control, flow, extension, carriage and rhythm.
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.
- Turn quality/Execution
– the proper skill and technique of how the turn should be
performed. The correct entry and exit edges are to be adequate and
maintained throughout the turn for its identification.
TR 22.08 C.
- Extension - the
general carriage should be erect, characterized by an extended body
line. The angle of the head follows naturally from the line of the
back; the arms should be naturally extended with the shoulders down and
back. The skater's hands should follow the line of the movement being
executed. The final extended position should be executed in a
controlled manner and should achieve the maximum length of all body
lines. TR 22.08 D.
- Quickness -
quickness refers to foot speed. It is precise, rapid and crisp
execution of turns, changes of edge and transitions. Quickness does not
refer to the overall pace at which the move is skated, although in some
moves the foot speed will result in a brisk and continuous cadence.
Refinements to acknowledge include quick movement that is quiet, fluid
and continuous without disturbing the proper and erect carriage of the
upper body or interrupting the established rhythm. TR 22.08 E.
- Power - the
creation and maintenance of speed and flow without visible effort. It
is developed by a continuous rise and fall of the skating knee together
with the pressure of the edge of the blade against the ice. TR 22.08 F
- The skater should demonstrate bilateral ability to exert equal
against the surface of the ice on both right and left foot, forward and
backward, and in the clockwise
and counterclockwise direction.
products of power are:
(1) velocity, speed or pace (Continuous Flow);
(2) flow across the ice; and
Part of the Power
Focus refers to the skater's ability to maintain a consistent
and undisturbed running edge across the ice. Flow does not necessarily
relate to the speed at which the skater is traveling as it is sometimes
best recognized as the skater starts to slow.
TR 22.08 G.
also referred to as Core Body
- the proper
alignment of the hips, back, arms and shoulders and head over the
skate. Unless the move requires a variation, typically, the skater's
back should be straight, with the spine and head perpendicular to the
surface of the ice. The arms should be extended out from the shoulders
and level and relaxed. The free leg should be in a straight line and
slightly turned out from the free hip to the free toe. TR 22.08 H.
Within the limits of the following rules, complete freedom is
permitted to the skater.
Body TR 22.03
An effortless, flowing and graceful execution should be
A. The head should be carried in an upright position, relaxed and held
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 skaters performance. in USFS tests, is judged
against a set of standards for each level of tests
- Bilateral Movement
- the ability to execute movements on both sides of the body, clockwise
and counterclockwise, forward and backward. TR 22.08 I.
Tests are judged on a
subjective but absolute scale
from 0.0 to 6.0 with increasing scores required to pass higher
levels. Judges determine if the performance meets a minimum
standard, or passing average mark, for each component of a Moves in the
Field test, or for the technical and presentation aspects of a free
passing mark of each element on the test can be compared to a "C" mark
in an academic course in school. This is also the minimum mark schools
accept for students to participate in sports and extra curricular
activities. This indicates the student has acquired 70% of the
information presented. Or another way of expressing the it would be
that the student did not acquire 30% of the material that will be used
in the next grade. Sooner or later the information not acquired will
prevent comprehending new material in courses based on information in
which the student lacks the necessary foundation
to learn new concepts.
elements of a skating test need to be at or above the minimum passing
in the opinion of the majority of a pabel of three judges, the overall
total for the test must reach or exceed the passing minimum total for
the test. This allows elements to vary in quality, average out to a
This does not mean that the skater
should not continue to work on correcting the deficiencies on the test
while working on learning the elements on the next test level.
For example, a Juvenile tests have a passing average of 3.0. The
Juvenile Moves test has four elements for a total passing mark of
12.0. The free skate must total at least 6.0. The entry
level test in each discipline is marked Pass/Retry. In all cases,
judges can ask for a limited number of elements to be reskated if they
think it could change a failing test into a passing one. They can
also include comments on what was done well or poorly and areas for
continued improvement on passing elements or tests.
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