Free Skating Test Requirements

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 Required Elements
of Free Skating Test
Required Elements - jumps, spins, and footwork sequences
     The required free skating elements are listed on the test sheets. These required elements are linked together in choreographed transitions that connect the jumps, spins, and footwork sequences to the musical score. Note: Some jumps do not have ISU base values. For example -
split, stag, falling leaf, half loop, etc.

     The technical requirements for free skating tests are not as demanding as the judges expectations for the same level in competition.  Refer to:  U.S. Figure Skating Competitive/Test Structure.  Recreational skaters can take free skating tests in order to continually challenge themselves and their abilities.

     The standard MITF test structure is divided into eight levels to be taken in order from Pre-Pre to Senior:

MITF Test Elements

     The Moves in the Field (MITF) must be taken to become eligible to take the free skating tests.  Skaters who want to take the MITF tests do not have to take the free skating tests.

    The standard free skate test structure is divided into eight levels to be taken in order from Pre-Pre to Senior:

Free Skating Test Elements

     Prior to taking a standard free skate test, the test candidate must have taken and passed the same level of the standard Moves in the Field test.  Skaters may pass as many levels of the standard Moves in the Field test (up through and including Senior) without taking any Free Skating Test. The Free Skating test level will be used to determine the competitive free skating event the skater may enter.

     Skaters need to be aware that required test elements differ from the minimum requirements for competition events.

    Skaters must know and understand the nuances of the required elements when a decision is made to incorporate competitive elements into the choreography of their free skating test program.

    There are strategies that involve what optional jump and spin elements will pass in a test. When attempting to exceed the requirements, a skater risks a fall that is difficult to recover from and the skater fails to satisfactorily accomplish the mandatory test elements.

    The program requirements specify what type of jumps and spins are are required to pass a test. A double Lutz is more difficult than a double flip, but skaters are not allowed to substitute one for the other when a specific jump is required.

    Individual jumps must be performed as individual jumps and will not receive credit because they were performed as a part of a combination or sequence.

    Many skaters wait until later in the season to test and then they risk confusion when they test because the free skating program they have been practicing the most has been choreographed with much more demanding elements for competition. Only 2 elements that have been poorly performed or not attempted may be reskated.

     Flip and Lutz jumps have a greater chance of being downgraded because of the wrong edge takeoff and/or under rotation.

    There is no automatic penalty in free skating tests for falling when it is not related to a required element, but judges do factor into their final mark if a skater puts a hand or foot down and fails to complete the full number of revolutions of a jump or spin.

Recommended Reading:
Pre-Preliminary through Senior Free Skating Test Elements

Singles FS Test Elements (Intermediate-Senior)


USFSA & ISI Test Levels for beginning ice skaters
2012-13 Free Skating Requirements for No Test - Juvenile


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:

Training Principles for Athletes
Principles of Learning Sports
Athlete Training Principles
Sports Training for Children
Goals & Objectives for Skating
Sports Training Syllabus
Lesson Planning for Sports
Long Term Athlete Development

PDF  Trainability of Children
PDF  Trainability of Young Athletes
PDF  Writing Objectives

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