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Planned Program
Content Sheet (PPCS)

       Planning the elements for an IJS program involves a series of steps:

       Start with the requirements and restrictions for the event prior using the list of required elements the skater  needs to complete. Create a draft Planned Program Sheet with levels and point values with a risk assessment for completing each element without a deductible GOE error.

       It is important to note that the Planned Program Sheet can be upgraded throughout the training season as completion skills improve. Stamina to performing a program daily should be an on going training goal starting at the beginning of the training season and peaking for qualifying competitions.

Program requirements at all qualifying events for the 2010-2011 competition season will be according to the 2010 USFS Rule Book. Any rule changes marked as “Urgent” at the May 2010 Governing Council will apply immediately.

It is important to select music with the idea of selecting a score with a versatility for choreographic interpretation combined with the strategic placement of required items.

The PPCS can be changed prior to the event. The competition announcement will elaborate when and to whom the revised PPCS should be handled when arriving at the rink and checking in.

There are elements that the skater and coach have 100% confidence in the skater being able to deliver the same high quality skills in program practices and competitive performances.

The PPCS usually changes over the training season with more difficult elements being substitued as the skater develops the skills to consistently perform the individual element in practice sessions.

Each coach and skater will have their own ideas about when more difficulty elements should be added to practice program run throughs. The are different opinions about when difficult elements should be skated in the program. Fron end loading is an expression refering to situating all of the difficult jump elements before the halfway mark in the program. The thought is that the legs become fatigued and achieving the full springing force declines as the skater approaches the halfway mark. Jumps after the halfway mark receive a 10% bonus points.

Skaters who rarely or inconsitently practice their programs to the music and perform every element as planned to the coach's satisfaction does not achieve the stamina necessary to deliver a championship performance in a competition.

Running through sections of a program are part of the process of strengthening and improving parts of a program; however, this is not a substitute for daily practices of a full program skated to music with the planned elements performed as they are intended for competition with out falls interrupting the flow, choreography, and interpretation.

   Many competitions are now able to process entries electronically.

   All competitors in IJS events must submit a Planned Program Content Sheet (PPCS). Many competitions require the PPCS is to be completed online prior to a specified date. Many host clubs are assessing a $25 fee for each event for those skaters who do not submit the PPCS by the stated time. Any PPCS submitted by paper, regardless of date, may also be assessed a $25 fee.

   Once entered, PPCS may be updated online at any time as often as is desired without cost but no later than the date specified in the announcement. Go to and follow the instructions to complete your PPCS. Designate the name of the competition to receive your form.


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:

IJS Competition Articles
          GOE Guidelines
          Base Values & GOE Scores
PDF  Single/Pair Elements Levels of Difficulty 
PDF  Guidelines marking Single/Pair GOEs
          Calculating Base Values & GOE Scores
PDF  Changes in the Scales of Values
          GOE Spin Elements
          GOE Step Spiral Elements
PDF  Program Component Marking Ranges
PDF  Explanation of Components
          Planned Program Content
PDF  Planned Program Content Form
          Considerations - Performance  Feedback
          Does Outcome Equal Performance
          Summary of IJS Judging System   

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