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Schedule of Pair Tests

TR 39.00 Schedule of Pairs Tests

TR 39.01 Pre-Juvenile Pairs Test
The pre-juvenile pairs test shall consist of a variety of skating moves and connecting steps skated to music. Pairs must demonstrate good form with some degree of unison, especially in stroking and footwork.

The following elements are required:
a. One lift from Group 1 or the waist loop lift from Group 2
b. One throw jump, single, optional
c. One solo jump, single
d. One jump combination or jump sequence, single jumps only
e. One pairs spin, minimum 3 revolutions, no change of foot or position
f. One solo spin, minimum 3 revolutions, no change of foot or position
g. One death or pivot spiral, no minimum requirements, optional
h. Stroking forward and backward, clockwise and counterclockwise
i. Footwork and connecting moves (spirals, spread eagles) utilizing one-half of the ice
   surface

Extra elements may be added without penalty.
Duration: 2:00 minutes to music of the skaters' choice.
Two different elements may be retried, if necessary.
Passing total: 5.4
Passing average: 2.7
Judging panel required: Three bronze or higher rank singles/pairs judges

TR 39.02 Juvenile Pairs Test
The juvenile pairs test shall consist of a program with a variety of moves and connecting steps skated to the music. The pair must utilize the ice surface, with some degree of unison in good form while demonstrating the fundamentals ofpairs skating.

The following elements are required:
a. Two lifts from Group 1 or one lift may be the waist loop lift from Group 2, minimum
    1 revolution of the man
b. One throw jump, single
c. One solo jump, single or double
d. One jump combination or jump sequence, consisting of single or double jumps
e. One pairs spin, minimum 4 revolutions, optional change of position (minimum 2
    revolutions in each position), no change of foot
f. One solo spin or combination spin, minimum 5 revolutions, optional change of
   position (minimum 2 revolutions in each position), no change of foot
g. One death or pivot spiral, minimum one-half revolution by the man in pivot position
h. One straight line, circular or serpentine step sequence, fully utilizing the ice surface

Extra elements may be added without penalty.
Duration: 2:30 minutes to music of the skaters’ choice.
Two different elements may be retried, if necessary.
Passing total: 6.0
Passing average: 3.0
Judging panel required: Three bronze or higher rank singles/pairs judges.

TR 39.03 Intermediate Pairs Test
The intermediate pairs test shall consist of a program skated rhythmically and in harmony with the music. The pair must show a moderate degree of pairs unison, with good form and flow, while fully utilizing the ice surface. It is also expected that the pair will demonstrate some of the more advanced fundamentals of pairs skating including intermediate-based moves in the field in mirror and/or shadow skating.

The following elements are required:
a.  Two different lifts to be chosen from the following:
• Group 1 lifts
• Waist loop lift
• The forward press, two-handed star or platter lift (only one of these may be
   done)
b.  One twist lift, single
c.  One throw jump, single or double
d.  One solo jump, single or double
e.  One jump combination or jump sequence consisting of single or double jumps
f.  One pairs spin, minimum 5 revolutions, at least one change of position by each
    partner, either together or separately (minimum 2 revolutions in each position) no
    change of foot
g. One solo spin combination, minimum 5 revolutions, at least one change of position by
    each partner (minimum 2 revolutions in each position), no change of foot
h. One death spiral, minimum one-half revolution by the man in pivot position
i.  One straight line, circular or serpentine step sequence, fully utilizing the ice surface

Extra elements may be added without penalty.
Duration: 3:00 minutes to music of the skaters’ choice.
Two different elements may be retried, if necessary.
Passing total: 6.4
Passing average: 3.2
Judging panel required: Three silver or higher rank singles/pairs judges.

TR 39.04 Novice Pairs Test
The novice pairs test shall consist of a program with connecting moves and footwork. The pair must demonstrate basic pairs unison and good form and flow. The program should utilize the full ice surface and be skated with expression in time to the music.

The following elements are required:
a.  Two different lifts, at least one lift must be from Group 3 or Group 4, minimum 1
      revolution of the man, full extension of the lifting arms
b.  One twist lift, single or double
c.  Two different throw jumps, single or double
d.  One solo jump, selected from single Axel or any double jump
e.  One jump combination or jump sequence, at least one jump must be double
f.  One pairs spin combination, minimum 6 revolutions, each partner must change feet
    and position at least one time (either together or separately) minimum 2 revolutions in
    each position
g. One solo spin combination, minimum 6 revolutions, at least one change of position by
    each partner (minimum 2 revolutions in each position), change of foot optional, if
    performed, minimum 3 revolutions on each foot
h. One death spiral, minimum one full revolution by the man in pivot position
i.  One sequence of spirals fully utilizing the ice surface, number of spirals optional but
    balanced between the partners, all spirals held for a minimum of 3 seconds

Extra elements may be added without penalty.
Duration: 3:30 minutes to music of the skaters’ choice.
Two different elements may be retried, if necessary
Passing total: 7.0
Passing average: 3.5
Judging panel required: Three silver or higher rank singles/pairs judges.

TR 39.05 Junior Pairs Test
The junior pairs test shall consist of a program of good, harmonious composition skated to the music with rhythm and expression. The program should have a change of pace, utilize the full ice surface and be skated in good form with very good flow. The pair must demonstrate good partner relationship and show a good degree of pairs unison.

The following elements are required:
a. Two different lifts, at least one lift must be from Group 3 or Group 4, minimum 1
     revolution of the man, full extension of the lifting arms
b. One twist lift, double
c. Two different throw jumps, both double
d. One solo jump, double
e. One jump combination or jump sequence, at least one jump must be double and
    different from the solo jump
f. One pairs spin combination, minimum 8 revolutions, each partner must change feet
    and position at least one time (either together or separately), minimum 2 revolutions in
    each position
g. One solo spin combination, each partner must change feet and position at least one
    time (minimum 2 revolutions in each position), minimum 4 revolutions on each foot
h. One death spiral performed on a forward edge, minimum 1 full revolution by the man
    in pivot position
i.  One straight line, circular or serpentine step sequence, fully utilizing the ice surface or
    one sequence of spirals fully utilizing the ice surface, number of spirals optional, but
    must be balanced between the partners; all spirals must be held for a minimum of 3
    seconds

Extra elements may be added without penalty.
Duration: 4:00 minutes to music of the skaters’ choice.
Two different elements may be retried, if necessary.
Passing total: 8.0
Passing average: 4.0
Judging panel required: Three gold singles/pairs judges.

TR 39.06 Senior Pairs Test
The senior/gold pair must give an excellent performance. Both partners should move together in complete harmony showing a marked degree of pairs unison, good form and excellent flow. The program should fully utilize the ice surface, have a change of pace and superbly express the mood and rhythm of music. Harmonious steps and connecting movements in time to the music should be maintained throughout the program.

The following elements are required:
a. Three different lifts, at least one lift must be from Group 3 or Group 4, and at least
    one lift must be from Group 5, minimum 1 revolution of the man, full extension of the
    lifting arms
b. One twist lift, double
d. One solo jump, selected from double flip, double Lutz or double Axel
e. One jump combination or jump sequence, two jumps must be double of a like or
    different nature, both must be different from the solo jump
f. One pairs spin combination, minimum 8 revolutions, each partner must change feet
   and position at least one time (either together or separately) demonstrating all three
   basic positions, minimum 2 revolutions in each position
g. One solo spin combination, each partner must change feet once and change position
    at least two times, demonstrating all three basic positions (minimum 2 revolutions in
    each position), minimum 5 revolutions on each foot
h. One death spiral performed on a backward edge, minimum 1 full revolution by the
    man in pivot position
i.  One straight line, circular or serpentine step sequence, fully utilizing the ice surface or
    one sequence of spirals fully utilizing the ice surface, number of spirals optional but
    must be balanced between the partners; all spirals must be held for a minimum of 3
    seconds

Extra elements may be added without penalty.
Duration: 4:30 minutes to music of the skaters’ choice.
Two different elements may be retried, if necessary.
Passing total: 9.0
Passing average: 4.5
Judging panel required: Three gold singles/pairs judges.

       A strong background in free skating, especially multi-revolution jumps is highly recommended for anyone wishing to skate competitive in qualifying pair events.

References:


Resources:

The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

 
PDF Judges Singles & Pairs Training Manual
         Figure Skating Pair Events
         Strategies for Pair Tests
PDF Single/Pair Elements Levels of Difficulty
PDF Pairs Free Skating
         Pair Test Requirements
         Pairs Competition Requirements
         Pair Test Level    
PDF
Pairs Events
         Pair Death Spirals
         Pair Lifts
         Pair Throws
         Pair Step Sequences

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