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School Figure Tests

     The structure of the figure tests was based on introducing new skills and modifications of old skills with new features. For example, learning to put a perfectly placed and executed turn at the top of each circle with the turn on the long axis and performed without changes or flats. Performing a circle with a double set of three turns on one foot increased the skills required.

     A serpentine pattern (three-lobed figure) required the skater to change edge on one foot. Single and double three turns were added to the serpentine. Besides threes, loops, bracket, rocker and counter turns were incorporated onto serpentines and also performed as paragraph figures as the skaters progressed through the test structure.

     The most difficult figures include the paragraph figures that were skated on two circles with on one foot with one push, then take another push and retrace the figure on the other foot.

     Informational topics and lesson plans to host on and off-ice workshops on figures are in the process of being developed. The goal is to assist skaters in acquiring the skills to perform the new MITF elements, but have not had any exposure to skating school figures.

Recommended Reading:

Compulsory figures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Compulsory figures or school figures were formerly an aspect of the sport of figure skating, from which the sport derives its name.

History of Skating Elements « SkatingDomo   History of Skating Elements and video of any of the elements listed.  Check out the “Technical Merit” page). SCHOOL FIGURES

PDF Practicing School Figures

School Figures - Table of Contents
Skating of School Figures
Figure Workshop Lesson Plans
School Figure Diagrams
School Figure Centers
PDF  USFS Figure Rules and Regulations
          Basic Rules for Figures
          Standards for School Figures
          Judging School Figures



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:

School Figure Tests - Table of Contents
Pre Test Figures
1st Test Figures
2nd Test Figures
3rd Test Figures
4th Test Figures
5th Test Figures
6th Test Figures
7th Test Figures
8th Test Figures

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