Free Skating
Loop Jump

Workshop Lesson Plan




Loop Jump:

The primary goal of this element is to display the ability to start from a standing position and skate forward, perform an inside mohawk, change feet to a back outside edge prior to springing from the edge and executing a full revolution loop jump without the free leg trailing on the take-off.

The skater must demonstrate the ability to transition to the landing foot while while in the air and present both  elegant body and free leg positions upon landing.

  • Speed into Jump
  • Take-off Control
  • Height of Jump
  • Completion of Rotation
  • Landing Control
  • Speed Exiting Jump
  • Form and Style
  • Smooth transitions from one foot to another in the mohawk requires changing weight while in a plié position (both knees are bent).
  • After performing the inside mohawk, change feet to achieve a back outside edge.
  • Upper body position must not break forward at the waist and the head should not look down in preparation for the jump.
  • Hands should be at waist level with shoulders level. The free arm should stretch forward matching the extension of the free foot. The free foot must not trail on the ice prior to jumping.
  • The change of positions of the free leg and arms should not disturb the arc of the tracing while performing the mohawk.
  • No pre rotation of the upper body should occur prior to jumping.
  • The full turn and should be completed in the air prior to landing.
  • The exit of the jump should be held on a sustained edge with a strong checked position.
  • The speed of the jump exit should not diminish from the take-off speed.

Advanced - Extra Credit
  • Extra credit is given if skater can correctly perform forward crossovers into mohawk as an entry to jump.
  • Review forward stroking.
  • Review inside mohawks.
  • Review changing feet to achieve a back outside edge.
  • Review back outside upright spin.
  • Teach the rotation as a jump from a center back outside upright spin. 
  • Introduce the full turn rotation, landing on the back outside edge of the jumping foot.

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