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Free Skating Short and Long Program Requirements 

     Free skating and pair competitions are divided into two phases - Short and Long Programs. Each program consists of various elements, jumps, spins, spirals, and footwork. The USFS competitive structure requires a specific number of elements based on the competitive level. Deductions are taken for failing to complete any required elements. No credit is even if there are duplications of required elements.

      The degree of difficulty increases as the skaters progress through the tests from Pre-Pre to Senior level.
The required elements vary for ladies and men. The length of time of programs also begins to increase for the men starting

     The Intermediate through Senior events have both short and long program requirements.  Each level can have a specific number of jump combinations and sequences, individual jump and spin restrictions, and step requirements as outlined below:
Note: requirements frequently change each season. Generally these changes
are announced at the annual USFS meeting held in the spring.

Recommended Reading:

Index of IJS Articles


USFS Test Judging Topics


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:

ISU Figure Skating Judging
PDF The International Judging System (IJS) PDF   IJS Judging Criteria
ISU Technical Updates
Index of ISU Articles
Free Skating Program Requirements
Basic Jumps
Technical Jump Requirements
Cheated Jumps
Short & Long Programs
Free Skating Test Elements
ISU Judging
IJS Technical Panel
Competition Jumps
Competition Spins
Competition Spirals
Competition Step Sequences
IJS Grades of Execution
PDF  IJS Judging Criteria
PDF  IJS Presentation Guidelines
Program Component Guidelines
PDF  IJS Handbook
PDF  ISU Communication 1593
PDF  ISU Communication 1557
PDF  ISU Communication 1548
PDF  ISU Communication 1547
PDF  ISU Communication 1540
PDF  ISU Communication 1505
PDF  ISU Communication 1504
PDF  ISU Communication 1494
PDF  ISU Communication 1476
PDF  ISU Communication 1459
PDF  ISU Communication 1445
PDF  Search for ISU communications

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