Free Skating

Forward Camel Spin

Workshop Lesson Plan




Forward Camel Spin:

The primary goal of this element is to display the ability to start from a forward outside curve, initiating a 3-Turn, hooking the edge to convert the forward momentum into rotation energy necessary to center the spin.

A centered spin requires distributing body weight on one foot while in a camel (spiral) position.

Skater must present an elegant body position with head held up.


  • Speed into Spin
  • Control Entry into Spin
  • Centering Spin
  • Complete a minimum of 3 Rotations in Position
  • Control Spin Exit

  • The skater should be able to demonstrate they can push onto a forward outside edge and bend the skating knee to force the edge of the 3-Turn to hook.
  • Head should not look down while preparing to enter spin.
  • Hands should be at waist level with shoulders level. The free arm may stretch back matching the extension of free leg.
  • The change of positions of the free leg and arms should not disturb the skater's ability to hook the edge and center the spin.
  • Pre rotation of the upper body and free leg should not occur.
  • The ability to sustain a controlled center after the hook should be observed.
  • Head should not be lower than the waist while in the camel (spiral) position.

Advanced - Extra Credit
  • Reward a skater who can perform forward crossovers and step onto the entry edge prior to performing the spin.
  • Skaters should not build up speed and then slow down prior to initiating the spin.
  • Reward a controlled one foot exit from spin.
  • Review position of a one footed glide on a deep inside curve with the skating knee bent.
  • Review spirals.
  • Introduce the concept of the free leg swinging wide to assist in creating a controlled hook.
  • Introduce the idea of using a bent skating knee to help center the spin.
  • Stress centering the spin in a camel (spiral) position with the free leg and arms extended and head up.
  • Emphasize the speed of the spin occurs with the initial snap into the spin.

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