component marks and the technical scores equal the total program score
the IJS program component marks
involves a series of steps to evaluate and develop an objective
assessment of the skater's current skills and establish short and long
term goals to achieve maximum performance marks:
There are five Program
Component areas that judges
evaluate to award a mark from O.25
to 10 in increments of .25 for each of the following categories:
Linking Footwork & Movement
scores are added together and multiplied by a factor to produce the
skater’s final second mark.
Component Explanations document
that contains the following information can be found on the ISU
developed the IJS to evaluate elite international,
world, and Olympic skaters. The ISU issued a Program
Component Range that provides a
suggestion for evaluating program
components of elite skaters.
all skating quality: Edge control and flow over the ice surface
demonstrating a command of edges, steps,
turns, etc. displaying a clarity of technique, and the use of
to accelerate plus demonstrating a variation of speed. Includes:
Balance, rhythmic knee
precision foot placement
Flow and effortless
strength, clean strokes, and an efficient use of lean to create a
run to the blade and an ease of transfer of weight resulting in
effortless power and acceleration
Cleanness and sureness
of deep edges,
steps, and turns: The skater should demonstrate clean and
controlled curves, deep edges, steps and turns that do not impede
Varied use of
power/energy, speed, and
acceleration: Variety is the gradation – some of which
may be subtle
skating: Includes skating: forward and backward,
clockwise and counterclockwise, including rotation in both directions
with equal/balance skill performance.
Mastery of one foot
skating: Minimum use of gliding/skating on two
Linking Footwork and Movement
varied and/or intricate footwork, positions, and movements that
link all elements. In singles, pairs, and synchronized skating this
also includes the entrances and exits of technical elements.
Transitions can be short or long, including
the use of blade, body,
head, arms, legs as dictated by the music and with a minimal use of
is the involvement of the skater/couple/teams physically, emotionally,
and intellectually as they translate the intent of the music and
choreography. Execution is the quality of movement and precision in
all skating disciplines each skater must be physically committed,
sincere in emotion, and equal in comprehension of the music and in
execution of all movement.
A trained inner strength of the body that makes possible ease of
movement from the center of the body. Alignment is the fluid change
from one movement to the next.
and individuality/personality: Style
is the distinctive use of line and movement as inspired by the
music. Individuality/personality is a combination of personal and
artistic preferences that a skater/pair/couple brings to the concept,
manner, and content of the program.
movement: Is characterized by the refined lines of
the body and limbs, as well as the precise execution of any movement.
contrast: Varied use of tempo, rhythm, force,
size, level, movement shapes, angles, and, body parts as well as the
use of contrast
skater radiates energy resulting in an invisible connection with the
intentional, developed, and/or original arrangement of all movements
according to the principles of proportion, unity, space, pattern,
structure, and phrasing. Includes:
Purpose - (Idea,
concept, vision, mood): To reward the intentional and quality
weight of all parts): Each part
and section has equal weight in achieving the aesthetic pursuit of the
Unity - Purposeful
threading of all movements: A program achieves unity when: every
movement, and element is motivated by the music. As well, all its
parts, big or small, seem necessary to the whole, and there is an
underlying vision or symbolic meaning that threads together the entire
Pattern and Ice
phrases are designed using an interesting and meaningful variety of
patterns and directions of travel.
Phrasing and Form
(movement and parts
are structured to match the phrasing of the music):
A phrase is a unit of movement marked by an impulse of energy that
grows, builds to a conclusion, and then flows easily and naturally
into the next movement phrase. Form is the presentation of an idea, the
development of the idea, and its conclusion presented in a specific
number of parts and a specific order for design.
Originality of Purpose,
individual perspective of movement and design in pursuit of a creative
composition as inspired by the music and the underlying vision.
Utilization of Personal
Space: Movement phrases are
distributed in such a way they communicate from every angle in a 360
degree skater-viewer relationship.
personal and creative translation of the music to movement on ice. To
reward the skater who through movement creates a personal and creative
translation of the music. As the tempo binds all notes in time, the
ability to use the tempos and rhythms of the music in a variety of
ways, along with the subtle use of finesse to reflect the nuances of
all the fundamentals of music: melody, rhythm, harmony, color, texture,
and form creates a mastery of interpretation. Includes:
Effortless Movements in
Time to the
Music (Timing): The
ability to translate music through sureness of rhythm, tempo, effective
movement, and effortless flow over the ice surface by: rhythmic
continuity, awareness of all tempo/rhythm changes in a variety of ways.
Expression of the
character, and rhythm: Maintaining
the character and style of the music throughout the entire program by
use of body and skating techniques to depict a mood, style, shape, or
thematic idea as motivated by the structure of the music: melody,
harmony, rhythm, color, texture, and form. The total involvement of the
body should express the intent of the music.
Use of finesse to
reflect the nuances of
skater's refined, artful manipulation of nuances. Nuances are the
personal, artistic ways of bringing subtle variations to the intensity,
tempo, and dynamics of the music made by the composer and/or the
The total Technical Element GOE Scores and the total of the Program Component Scores are added together to arrive at the total combined score that determines who wins the event.
System (IJS) - Welcome to US Figure Skating Aug. 17, 2012 In the Technical Score,
each element of a skater's program is assigned a base value. ... + GOE)
is the Total Element Score (TES), aka the Technical Score.
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