Well-Balanced Free Skating Programs
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Well-Balanced Free Skate Track / No-Test through Senior free skate
programs are allowed +/- 10 seconds.
The Referee/Competition Committee of a club hosting an open competition may elect to combine Juvenile and Open Juvenile events if entries are limited.
The Pre-Juvenile and Open Pre-Juvenile events may also be combined if entries are limited.
The free skate consists of a well-balanced program of free skate elements such as jumps, spins, steps, and other linking movements executed with a minimum of two-footed skating in harmony with music of the skater’s choice, except that vocal music with lyrics is not permitted.
Within the applicable well-balanced program requirements of the skater’s level, the skater has complete freedom to select the free skate elements, the sum of which will comprise the program. All elements are to be linked together by connecting steps of a different nature and by other comparable free skate movements while fully utilizing the entire ice surface (forward and backward crossovers are not considered to be connecting steps). Special attention must be given to choreography, expression, interpretation of the music, and intricate footwork and transitions between elements.
The numbers of each element listed below may be varied unless otherwise provided in the applicable well-balanced program requirements for the skater’s level. In events using the 6.0 system, an excessive number of any element, or fewer than the minimum number required, as well as the lack of connecting steps and other comparable free skate movements between the various elements, must be penalized by the judges since they are against the objective of a well-balanced program. The penalty should be 0.2 for each extra or lacking element in the mark for technical elements.
General remarks about singles free skate elements:
All triple and quadruple jumps may be executed either as individual jumps, jump sequences or jump combinations. Because the triple toe loop and the triple toe Walley jumps are very similar in nature, and essentially equal in value, the skater may execute only one or the other of them but not both. A double Axel cannot be included more than three times in total during a singles free skate.
B. Jump combinations:
A jump combination consists of two or more jumps performed together where the landing of the first jump becomes the take-off of the second jump. The jumps must directly follow one another without a change of foot or turn in between.
C. Jump sequences:
A jump sequence may consist of any number of jumps of any number of revolutions that may be linked by non-listed jumps and/or hops immediately following each other while maintaining the jump rhythm (knee). There can be no turns*, steps**, crossovers or stroking during the sequence.
*Turns: three turns, twizzles, brackets, loops, counters, rockers.
** Steps: toe steps, chasses, Mohawks, Choctaws, curves with change of edge, cross-rolls.
A jump sequence consisting of only one listed jump together with other non-listed jumps is not considered a jump sequence, but will count as a solo jump.
The minimum numbers of required revolutions must be counted from the entry of the spin until its exit. In each of the required spins with less than the required number of revolutions a deduction of 0.1 under the 6.0 system must be made in the mark for technical elements. The skaters have complete freedom to select the kinds of spins they intend to execute within the spin types required. In the spin combination, the change of foot is compulsory (unless otherwise provided) and the number of different positions is free.
In the senior and junior free skates, a position must be held for 2 revolutions minimum to be counted as a
position. All spins must be of a different character (in IJS, they must have different abbreviations).
The skaters have complete freedom to select the kinds of step sequences they intend to execute. Jumps may also be included in the step sequences; however, the step sequences must fully utilize the ice
surface. Step sequences that are too short and barely visible cannot be considered as meeting the requirements of a step sequence, but additional step sequences connecting the various elements are at the
discretion of the skater. Turns and steps must be balanced in their distribution throughout the sequence.
F. Moves in the field:
This is a sequence of movements, which must include such movements as turns, spirals, arabesques, spread eagles, Ina Bauers and flowing moves with strong edges, which can be connected with linking steps and footwork. Moves in the field will be judged as transitions rather than as separate elements.
G. Sequence of spirals:
Consists of spirals progressing in bold curves. Pattern may vary. Only the first three spirals will count toward level.
H. Illegal elements/moves:
Somersault-type jumps, lying on the ice, and prolonged and/or stationary kneeling on both knees on the ice at any moment are illegal.
Note: Rules concerning music; permissible time allowances for short programs and free skates; warm-up times and periods; coaching restrictions; clothing; competitor ethics; and filing complaints, appeals and protests are in the General Information Section starting with Rule 3001.
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:
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.