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Skating School Figures

    Figures, or school figures, refer to circular patterns which skaters trace on the ice to demonstrate skill in placing clean turns evenly on round circles. These circles are skated using one foot at a time, as a skater masters balance, control, flow and edge to achieve clean and accurate tracings.

     The Compulsory School Figures tests were designed to require skaters to demonstrate performing the correct edges and the turns performed on two and three lobe circles. Skaters were required to pass the figure tests prior to taking the corresponding free skating tests in order to qualify skaters to enter competition events.
     The lesson plans are designed to have video clips of the technical skills and performance levels of each element. It is our hope to gradually add these resources to the lesson plans as time and funding permits.

Recommended Reading:

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


Compulsory figures The simplest figure, the circle eight, consists of a circle skated on an edge on one foot tangent to another circle.

History of figure skatingThe history of figure skating stretches back to prehistoric times, when archaeological evidence of the activity has been found. Figure skating is one branch of ice skating.

The History Of Figure Skating Read about the history of figure skating to see how ice skating transformed from a means of transportation to an Olympic event that has captured audiences around the world.

1984 Winter Olympics 1984 Winter Olympics - Men's Figure Skating Compulsory 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 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

All materials are copy protected. 
The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.

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