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MITF Discussion Topics

    Judges attempt to evaluate all aspects of a skater's performance, including the positive and negative technical performance of each element  as part of thee perocess of determining the mark they award. It is extremely important that these factors be communicated to coaches, skaters, and parents
so when they reviewing the sheet they can plan corrective measures while preparing for the next test or competition.

    Communication between coaches and judges should be an on going process, especially when there are many changes in the MITF elements that will occur on Sept. 2, 2010.

    Local club officials and the rink's coaching staff can accomplish more if they work together to plan and host events that facilitate and foster an exchange of ideas so everyone is operating based on the same standards.

    Some coaches ask judges to critique there students in advance of testing and competing so that areas that need improvement can be identified and fixed.
Unfortunately in some areas judges are not readily available and must be brought in great distances for tests and competitions. 

    Even in areas where many judges reside, those who are not retired are busy with earning a living are not able to arrange their schedules for weekday
practice and test sessions. As a result, these judges don't have much interaction with skaters and coaches except for competitions, exhibitions, and shows held on weekends.

    Judging comments on test sheets frequently mention the following topics:
  • The MITF have specific patterns that judges evaluate using the concept of long and short axis, used in skating figures and ice dancing and applied when skaters transition from one lobe to another. The consistent placement of the skate blade on the correct edge and on an angle that results in forward and backwards lobes that are equal in size and shape on outside and inside edges.
  • Using the rulebook patterns as a guide, the ice surface can be divided into four distinctive quadrants of the ice surface that coincide with the lines and circles that are universal in rinks that host a hockey club.
  • Skaters need to adjust the size of their lobes and flow to accommodate the edges and turns per quadrant. When this is not achieved, the skater realizes they are running out of room and then slows down in an attempt to avoid running into the barrier.
  • The following articles are being developed to facilitate communication between judges and coaches. The technical descriptions describe common mistakes that are observed by judges and the definitions that are represented by the notations and abbreviations used by judges.
   Comments and suggestions are welcomed so a balance of different perspectives can be achieved. Input from coaches and judges will help to achieve a consensus. We hope our efforts will result in skaters who are well prepared to test and receive a uniform evaluation by judges from rink to rink.

Technical Descriptions

Core Body Positions

Forward Stroking

Forward Outside 3-Turns

Forward Inside 3-Turns

Backward Stroking

Backward Outside 3-Turn

Backward Inside 3-Turn



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