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Changes to Moves in the Field
- Effective Sept. 2, 2010


   The revisions to the current MITF testing structure have been made with two goals in mind:

1. To find methods to shorten the length of tests while still allowing the skater to demonstrate
     important skills bilaterally

2. To re-introduce skills that have been part of figure skating for decades but were not included in
     the original introduction of the moves tests

   Many of the current moves ask the skater to perform a skill in one direction, stop and perform the skill in the opposite direction. Sometimes it's clockwise to counter-clockwise, and sometimes it's forward to backward, but we have taken several of these moves and revised them to flow continuously - saving time without sacrificing what the skater is meant to learn from the skill. These improvements will not only save valuable ice time during tests but also lesson and practice time.

   Moves were originally created to help preserve the form and accuracy of the turns that are an essential part of figure skating, but loops and twizzles have been overlooked until now. New patterns including these turns complement the threes, brackets, counters and rockers that have been part of the moves structure since its inception.

   While new moves are being introduced, some current moves are also being deleted from the test structure to achieve a logical and progressive test structure.

   The links are to the USFS web site. Video examples of the new and revised moves are presented here, and eventually all moves will be included to provide a resource center for the entire new moves test structure.  The PSA has a DVD and new MITF Manual for $50. Professional Skaters Association

   Diagrams and descriptions are available here for All of the moves. Keep checking for new information as it may be updated approach the Sept. 2, 2010 date form implementation.


New - Implementation Plan


Comments are welcomed. Try out the new and revised moves for yourself.

2010 Adult Moves in the Field Revisions
Adult track moves in the field (MITF) will adopt the same revisions as the lower-level standard track moves in the field. Below are the diagrams for the six moves that are being revised or added. For more information, including videos of the current moves and diagrams of all adult moves (current, new and revised), visit the Adult Educational Skating Videos page.


Please e-mail comments to movesinthefield@usfigureskating.org.

Wayne Hundley, Task Force Chair, Tests Committee Chair


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