Free Skating
Salchow Jump

Workshop Lesson Plan




Salchow Jump:

The primary goal of this element is to display the ability to start from a standing position and skate forward, perform an inside mohawk, maintain a back inside edge prior to springing from the edge and executing a full rotation in the air prior to landing on the back outside edge of the opposite foot.

The skater must demonstrate the ability to transition to the landing foot while while in the air and present both  an erect body, free leg, and arm positions upon landing.

  • Speed into Jump
  • Take-off Control
  • Height of Jump
  • Completion of Rotation
  • Landing Control
  • Speed Exiting Jump
  • Form and Style
  • Smooth transitions from one foot to another in the mohawk requires changing weight while in a plié position (both knees are bent).
  • The is a rhythm in performing the inside mohawk and the timing of the spring off the skating foot combined with the kick of the free leg to assist in gaining height and producing the rotation of the jump,
  • Upper body position must not break forward at the waist.
  • Head should not look down prior to jumping.
  • Hands should be at waist level with shoulders level. The free arm should stretch back matching the extension of the free foot.
  • The change of positions of the free leg and arms should not disturb the arc of the tracing while performing the mohawk.
  • No pre rotation of the upper body should occur prior to jumping.
  • The full turn rotation should be completed in the air prior to landing.
  • The exit of the jump should be held on a sustained edge with a strong checked position.
  • The speed of the jump exit should not diminish from the take-off speed.

Advanced - Extra Credit
  • Extra credit is given if skater can correctly perform forward crossovers into mohawk as an entry to jump.
  • Review forward stroking.
  • Review inside mohawks.
  • Review the full turn rotation.
  • Review changing feet while in the air to land on a back outside edge.

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