|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
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
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
All competitors in IJS events must submit a Planned
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
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 www.usfsaonline.org and follow the
complete your PPCS. Designate the name of the competition to receive