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Test Track Competitions
  
     
    The test track is a new event for all nonqualifying competitions that limits the difficulty of skating elements performed in each level. The test track will line up the test structure requirements with the competition levels, giving skaters a fair playing field to continue competing and testing according to their abilities. There are no age restrictions for any of the levels included in the test track curriculum.

    Skaters may choose to participate in either the test track or free skating track but not both during the same nonqualifying competition. The 6.0 judging system will be used for this new track.

    Adding an alternative track for restricted competition will encourage skaters, offer them opportunities for success in a competitive atmosphere while they continue to progress through the test structure, gain credentials for future endeavors and retain membership in U.S. Figure Skating.

   Competitions that host these events will be offering more opportunities to keep skaters motivated along the pipeline and keep them enthusiastic about their abilities in hopes of retaining skaters who may be discouraged by the high level of technical elements at all levels.

Test Track Free Skating Track
All entries will be sub-divided by age Well-balanced program requirements found in U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook
Limited Beginner n/a
Beginner No Test free skate
Pre-pre Test Pre-pre free skate
Preliminary Test Preliminary free skate
Pre-juvenile Test Pre-Juvenile free skate/Open Pre-Juvenile
Juvenile Test Juvenile free skate/Open Juvenile
Intermediate Test Intermediate free skate
Novice Test Novice free skate
Junior Test Junior free skate
Senior Test Senior free skate


US Figure Skating Test Track
No Test through Juvenile/Open Juvenile Programs

   Skaters may enter EITHER the new test track free skate program or the well-balanced track free skate program, but NOT both during the same nonqualifying competition. Competitors will skate to music of their choice. Deductions WILL be made for skaters including technical elements not permitted in the event description.

Non Qualifying Competition Levels

Limited Beginner
Solo spins in an upright position (min 3 revolutions)

Jumps with not more than one-half rotation (front to back or back to front).

No combination jumps or jump sequences.

Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program.

Skaters may not have passed tests higher than U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills free skating
badge tests

Program Length - Time: Up to 1:30 +/- 10

Beginner
Solo spins in an upright position (min 3 revolutions)

Jumps with not more than one-half rotation (front to back or back to front), single rotation jumps: Salchow and toe loop only.

No combination jumps or jump sequences.

Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program.

Skaters may not have passed tests higher than U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills free skating
badge tests

Program Length - Time:1:30 +/- 10

Pre-Preliminary Test
At least two solo spins of a different nature (min 3 revolutions and no flying spins)

All single solo jumps allowed (no Axels), jump combinations or sequences using only a waltz
jump, toe loop, and Salchow.

Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program.

Skaters may not have passed tests higher than U.S. Figure Skating prepreliminary free skate test

Program Length - Time :1:30 +/-10

Preliminary Test
At least two spins of a different nature, combination spins allowed (min 3 revolutions each and no flying spins)

Jumps with not more than one rotation (no Axels). Jump
combinations and sequences are allowed.

Maximum 5 jumping elements. Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program.

Skaters must have passed at least the U.S. Figure Skating pre-preliminary free skate test but may not have passed tests higher than the preliminary free skate test

Program Length - Time :1:30 +/-10

Pre-Juvenile Test
Three spins in any position (min 4 revolutions), one must be a combination spin with change of
foot optional (min 3 revolutions on each foot or 6 total revolutions and no flying spins).

Jumps with not more than one rotation (no Axels). Jump combinations and sequences are allowed.

Maximum 6 jumping elements.

One step sequence straight line, circular, or serpentine fully utilizing ice surface.

Skaters must have passed at least the U.S. Figure Skating preliminary free skate test but may not have passed tests higher than pre-juvenile free skate test

Program Length - Time: 2:00 +/-10

Juvenile Test
Three spins in any position (min 4 revolutions), one must be a combination spin with one change of foot (min 4 revolutions on each foot). May include flying spins.

Any single jumps and jump combinations with not more than 1½ rotations. (Axel permitted).

Maximum 6 jumping elements.

One step sequence straight line, circular, or serpentine fully utilizing ice surface.

Skaters must have passed at least the U.S. Figure Skating pre-juvenile free skate test but may not have passed tests higher than juvenile free skate test

Program Length - Time: 2:15 +/-10



Test Track Flow Chart (PDF)

2010-11 Test Track Level Descriptions (effective Sept. 1, 2010) (PDF)

2010-11 Test Track Level Descriptions (effective Sept. 1, 2010; landscape) (PDF)

Test Track Competitive Levels pdf

Test Track vs. Well Balanced Program    What is the difference?



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