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Requirements to Pass MITF

Source USFS 2010-11 Rulebook

TR 20.00
Requirements for Passing MITF Tests  - Source USFS 2010-11 Rulebook

TR 20.01 In order to pass a Moves-in-the-Field test, a candidate shall have received a passing total or a “pass” for the entire test from a majority of the judges.

TR 20.02 In order for a Moves-in-the-Field test to pass, no serious errors, following reskated elements (see TR 23.01), as defined below may be present.

A. Serious errors in Moves-in-the-Field tests are:

1. A fall;
2. A touchdown of the hand or free foot needed to save the skater from falling;
3. Omission of an element.

B. Mandatory errors in Moves-in-the-Field tests require a deduction of 0.1 and do not require a
     reskate of the element in question in order to pass the test.

     Mandatory errors are:

1. Exceeding the seven introductory steps;
2. Not starting from a standing, stationary position.

TR 21.00 Moves in the Field Test Rules

TR 21.01 Moves-in-the-Field tests may be taken and passed independently of the free skate, pairs, and dance tests. A skater may take and pass Moves-in-the-Field tests higher than the corresponding free skate tests and still be qualified to compete in qualifying and nonqualifying competitions in free skating events at
the level defined by the highest free skate test passed. Competitors should refer to test and age requirements for each event.

TR 21.02 For Moves-in-the-Field tests the entire ice surface shall be available. The ice surface shall not be less than 125 feet by 75 feet (9375 square feet) in size.

TR 21.03 There are no restrictions on the use of painted lines or marks on the ice for Moves-in-the-Field tests.

TR 21.04 Moves-in-the-Field tests shall be skated in the order set forth in the Schedule of Moves in the Field Tests (TR 25.00).

TR 22.00 Marking of Moves in the Field Tests

TR 22.01 Basic Rules — Moves-in-the-Field

TR 22.02 Moves-in-the-Field are basic skating moves skated without music. The terms and judging standards applied to moves in the field are for basic skating.

A. The elements in the Moves-in-the-Field tests shall be skated in the order as set forth in the
     schedule of tests.

B. As basic skating elements, Moves-in-the-Field turns must be judged in accordance with the
     criteria set forth in the corresponding test rules.

C. Moves-in-the-Field must be commenced from a standing, stationary position with a maximum of
     seven introductory steps unless specified otherwise in TR 25.00.

D. If a skater starts a move on the wrong foot or skates a move other than that prescribed, the
     Moves-in-the-Field must draw attention to the mistake as soon as possible. The mistake must be
     treated as a false start.

     Such fresh start must be allowed only once without penalty; for a second fresh start, if incorrectly
     executed, the judges must deduct 0.1 from the mark that they would have otherwise given.

E. Directed by the Judge-in-Charge, skaters shall select the area on the ice surface for their moves in
    the field tests.

TR 22.03 An effortless, flowing and graceful execution should be achieved. Within the limits of the following rules, complete freedom is permitted to the skater:

A. The head should be carried in an upright position, relaxed and held naturally;

B. The upper body should be upright, but not stiff;

C. The arms should be held gracefully;

D. The free leg should be extended, with the toe pointed.

TR 22.04 The steps must be skated in general accordance with the diagrams and descriptions. Subject to a general conformity with the basic requirements, the skater is permitted complete freedom with respect to arm and free leg positions.

TR 22.05 Moves-in-the-Field must be skated with good edges, control, flow, extension, carriage and rhythm.

A. An even speed and flow should be maintained throughout.

B. Maximum utilization of the ice surface is desirable. Ice coverage must not be obtained by the use
     of flat or shallow edges.

TR 22.06 For all tests except the pre-preliminary and adult pre-bronze Moves-in-the-Field tests the following information is listed:

A. Passing total: the total points which must be obtained for the test from an individual judge in
     order to obtain a “pass” from that judge.

B. Passing average: the mark that, if obtained in each division of a test would result in a passing
     total for the test.

TR 22.07 Moves-in-the-Field tests shall be marked by each judge on a scale from 0 to 6 in accordance with TR 1.20. However, the marking of the pre-preliminary and adult pre-bronze moves in the field test shall be on the basis of “pass” or “retry” for the entire test.

Note:  The following terms are commonly referred to as "Focus Points" by judges and coaches.
TR 22.08 In assigning marks, the following must be considered:

A. Accuracy - the correct start, steps and adherence to the general pattern.

B. Edge quality - initiated through proper body alignment over the skating foot, creating a stable
     arc that travels uninterrupted until a required transition takes place. Depth of edge refers to the
     acuteness of the arc and is created by the lean of the body and the angle of the blade when it
     takes the ice. Good edge quality results in a confident, sure and controlled movement.

C. Turn quality – the proper skill and technique of how the turn should be performed. The correct
     entry and exit edges are to be adequate and maintained throughout the turn for its identification.

D. Extension - the general carriage should be erect, characterized by an extended bodyline. The
     angle of the head follows naturally from the line of the back; the arms should be naturally
     extended with the shoulders down and back. The skater's hands should follow the line of the
     movement being executed. The final extended position should be executed in a controlled
     manner and should achieve the maximum length of all body lines.

E. Quickness - quickness refers to foot speed. It is precise, rapid and crisp execution of turns,
     changes of edge and transitions. Quickness does not refer to the overall pace at which the move
     is skated, although in some moves the foot speed will result in a brisk and continuous cadence.
     Refinements to acknowledge include quick movement that is quiet, fluid and continuous without
     disturbing the proper and erect carriage of the upper body or interrupting the established rhythm.

F. Power - the creation and maintenance of speed and flow without visible effort. It is developed by
    a continuous rise and fall of the skating knee together with the pressure of the edge of the blade
    against the ice. The skater should demonstrate the ability to exert equal pressure against the
    surface of the ice on both right and left foot.  The end products of power are:

(1) velocity, speed or pace;

(2) flow across the ice; and

(3) acceleration.

G. Continuous flow – the skater’s ability to maintain a consistent and undisturbed running edge
     across the ice. Flow does not necessarily relate to the speed at which the skater is traveling as it is
     sometimes best recognized as the skater starts to slow.

H. Posture/Carriage - the proper alignment of the hips, back, arms and shoulders and head over
     the skate. Unless the move requires a variation, typically, the skater's back should be straight,
     with the spine and head perpendicular to the surface of the ice. The arms should be extended out
     from the shoulders and level and relaxed. The free leg should be in a straight line and slightly
     turned out from the free hip to the free toe.

I.  Bilateral movement - the ability to execute movements on both sides of the body, clockwise and
    counterclockwise, forward and backward.

TR 23.00 Reskating Any Element of a Moves in the Field Test

TR 23.01 At the completion of any test and before any other test is conducted, the judge-in-charge
shall ask the other two judges individually if they wish any element reskated before the judges turn in their judging sheets. Should the judges wish a reskate, they shall indicate to the judge-in-charge what they wish to be reskated. This shall be done privately without conference.

    If a majority of the panel requests a reskate, the judge-in-charge will direct the skater to reskate the agreed-upon element. If the judges do not agree on which element to reskate, the judge-in-charge shall decide. A brief rest and warm-up is permitted before the reskate is performed.

A. After a moves in the field test, only one element may be reskated. The reskate may consist of the
     entire element or a portion of the element.


PDF   Moves in the Field - US Figure Skating   skaters a visual focus as to the MIF pattern and the placement of turns steps and ... Moves in the Field will continue to contain the basic focus points

PDF  Strategies for Passing Moves in the Field   Strategies for Passing Moves in the Field. The Professional Skating ... The focus points are described as follows:

Moves in the Field   Major Points of Moves in the Field (MIF) ... While not a formal focus point, a progression in the development of Posture/Carriage will also be expected of each test candidate.


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combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
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MITF Judging Criteria
Critique Sheets
Basic Skating Judging Protocols
Basic Skills Judging Competitions
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