Free Skating

Forward Sit Spin

Workshop Lesson Plan




Sit Spin:

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

A centered spin requires distributing body weight on one foot while in a sitting 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 to hook.
  • Head should not look down while preparing to enter spin.
  • Hands should stretch towards the free leg with shoulders level. The skating knee should be bent to create a sitting position.
  • The the foot of the free leg should be turned so the outside of the boot is parallel to the ice. The toe should not be pointing up in the air.
  • 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.
  • No pre rotation of the upper body should occur.
  • The ability to sustain a controlled center after the hook should be observed.
  • Upper body position may slightly lean forward, but the head should be up and the body should not be in a contorted position.  The skater must be in a full sitting position. A partial sitting position is not acceptable.
  • The skater should not start in an upright position and then assume the sit position. This is a more advance spin with a change of position.

  • Review position of a one footed glide on a deep curve with the skating knee bent.
  • 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 with the free leg and arms extended while holding head up.
  • Emphasize that the speed of the spin starts with the wide swing of the free leg on the hook.