USFS Test Sessions

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The Testing Process

    The test chairperson of the local Figure Skating Club plays a very important role in the life of a skater. They are frequently taken for granted, but without their services skaters would be unable to take the tests necessary to enter the regional qualifying competitions.

    The volunteer position of Test Chair generally runs smoothly, but occasionally the process breaks down. The end of the summer is an especially hectic time when skaters are attempting to qualify for the fall qualifying competitions. August is the last month to pass tests prior to the Sept, 1. deadline.  There are a limited number of judges and expereinced test chairs have planned ahead to schedule Gold Singles, Pairs, and Dance judges for their sessions.

    Skaters and coaches must plan ahead when scheduling tests to meet deadlines for entering open and qualifying competitions. Skaters who do not pass a test must wait 28 days before they can retake the tests so test sessions are scheduled accordingly. When a schedule for testing is planned for the year, test chairs ensure dates allow 28 days between sessions so skaters have the maximum opportunity to pass tests prior to September 1st each year allowing them to qualify to enter the regional qualifying events in the fall.

    Clubs generally give priority to testing its home club members. Applications to test from skaters representing other clubs and USFS independent members depend on the ice time available from rink management. Some club's charge an extra fee for arranging tests for non home club members.

    The number of test sessions a club annually hosts depends on the availability of judges and ice time. While many clubs in urban areas attempt to schedule tests on a monthly basis, clubs in smaller, more remote cities may schedule tests less frequently in an effort to maximize the number of tests per session and spread the test expenses over more skaters. Clubs may coordinate their test schedules and organize one and two day tests with skaters traveling an hour or more to participate in these extended sessions.

   Increasingly clubs may combine a test session with hosting a competition as a means of reducing the overhead cost per test since the expense to bring in the judges is born by the LOC of the competition. Depending time of test session, there would be expense of meals and possibly another night of lodging for judges. Married couples reduce room costs and some LOC's inquire if officials are willing to share a room equipped with two beds,

    Not all rinks operate on a year round basis. Some seasonal rinks close in the spring and do not reopen until the fall.  Some may open for a few weeks in the summer for hockey clinics and Figure Skating Camps. 


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Comments and suggestions are welcomed to provide a balance of different perspectives. With the input from coaches and judges, we will be able to generate a consensus that will result in well prepared skaters who receive a uniform evaluation from rink to rink and region to region.

Ice Skating Information & Resources

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A web site for figure skaters of all ages involved in
Basic Skating Skills and USFS Figure Skating programs

The information on this site is provided to support skater's efforts to
achieve their full potential in the pursuit of his/her skating goals, and to transfer
those skills to their future education, career, and other life activities.

    Information is an important tool that provides a basis for the articles being developed. The goal is to help facilitate communications between judges and coaches that provides the technical descriptions  coaches use in their teaching and for judges the basis they use to arrive at the minimum standard for passing each level of tests.

  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.

San Diego Figure Skating Communications (SDFSC) goal is to provide information
that encourages participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating.
Articles are continuously under development to serve as reading/reference
materials for seminars with an audience of skaters, parents, coaches, and judges.

Suggestions and comments from rink management, coaches,
     choreographers, judges, skaters, and parents are welcomed. 

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