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F - Skating Skills Tests

1.0 DEFINITIONS


For information regarding the Skating Skills Tests, refer to the Skating Skills Technical Handbook and Skating Skills Technical Videotape. For information on standards, refer to the Skating Skills Test Standards Manual and Videotape. (Rule 4305)

1.1 SKATING SKILLS

Skating Skills exercises consist of edges, turns and field movements. The Skating Skill exercises are listed under "description of tests".


2.0 DESCRIPTION OF SKATING SKILLS TESTS


2.1 PRELIMINARY SKATING SKILLS TEST

 

  1. EXERCISES: Candidates will skate three exercises: (Rule 4305 (1))
    1. EXERCISE A: Waltzing Threes
    2. EXERCISE B: Waltzing Mohawks
    3. EXERCISE C: Preliminary Circles
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all 3 exercises in order to pass.

 


2.2 JUNIOR BRONZE SKATING SKILLS TEST

  1. EXERCISES: Candidates will skate three exercises: (Rule 4305 (2))
    1. EXERCISE A: Threes & Power Mohawks
    2. EXERCISE B: Power Circles I
    3. EXERCISE C: Change 3's
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all 3 exercises in order to pass.

2.3 SENIOR BRONZE SKATING SKILLS TEST

 

  1. EXERCISES: Candidates will skate three exercises: (Rule 4305 (3))
    1. EXERCISE A: Forward Brackets 
    2. EXERCISE B: Power Circles II
    3. EXERCISE C: Expanding Exercise
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all 3 exercises in order to pass.

 


2.4 JUNIOR SILVER SKATING SKILLS TEST

 

  1. EXERCISES: Candidates will skate three exercises on this test: (Rule 4305 (4))
    1. EXERCISE A: Multi Turns & Power Threes
    2. EXERCISE B: Snakes & Ladders II (revised)
    3. EXERCISE C: Flying Choctaws
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all 3 of the exercises in order to pass.

 


2.5 SENIOR SILVER SKATING SKILLS TEST

 

  1. EXERCISES: Candidates will skate three exercises: (Rule 4305 (5))
    1. EXERCISE A: Rockers & Choctaws
    2. EXERCISE B: Multi-Circle Threes & Brackets
    3. EXERCISE C: Expanding Exercise
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all 3 exercises in order to pass.

 


2.6 GOLD SKATING SKILLS TEST

 

  1. EXERCISES: Candidates will skate three exercises: (Rule 4305 (6))
    1. EXERCISE A: Counters and Three Change Threes
    2. EXERCISE B: Multi-Circle Double Threes and Mohawks
    3. EXERCISE C: Expanding Exercise
  2. PASSING REQUIREMENT: The candidate must obtain a Satisfactory or better on all 3 exercises in order to pass.

 


3.0 SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR SKATING SKILLS TESTS


3.1 SKATING SKILLS EQUIVALENCIES BASED ON OTHER TESTS PASSED

Credit will be given for figures, free skating, dance and Competitive tests passed prior to the introduction of the Skating Skills Tests as follows:

Tests Passed Prior to November 1, 1996

Figure OR FREE SKATING OR DANCE SKATING SKILLS TEST CREDITED
First or Junior Bronze Class 7
Third or Senior Bronze Class 6
Fifth or Junior Silver Class 5
Seventh or Senior Silver Class 4
Eight or Gold Class 3

 

COMPETITIVE TESTS SKATING SKILLS TEST CREDITED
Novice Singles Part 1 or Part 2 Comp. Class 3
Junior Singles Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 Comp. Class 2
Senior Singles Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 Comp. Class 1
Juvenile Pair Part 1 or Part 2 Class 5
Pre-Novice Pair Part 1 or Part 2 Comp. Class 4
Novice Pair Part 1 or Part 2  Comp. Class 3
Junior Pair Part 1 or Part 2 Comp. Class 2
Senior Pair Part 1 or Part 2  Comp. Class 1
Novice Dance Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 Comp. Class 3
Junior Dance Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6  Comp. Class 2
Senior Dance Part 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 Comp. Class 1

 

4.0 COMPOSITION, CONDUCT AND EVALUATION OF SKATING SKILLS TESTS


4.1 CONDUCT OF SKATING SKILLS TESTS

 

  1. ALL EXERCISES TESTED FOR ONE CANDIDATE: One candidate shall skate all exercises before the testing of another candidate begins.
  2. EXERCISES INCLUDE: Candidates shall skate three exercises at each level.
  3. DETERMINING CIRCLE EXERCISE FOR PRELIMINARY SKATING SKILLS: For Preliminary Skating Skills tests, a draw will be made to determine the circle exercise to be skated

 


4.2 RESKATING A PORTION OF A SKATING SKILLS TEST (Rule 4405 (2))

At the request of the evaluator, one exercise may be reskated if necessary to pass. The better attempt shall be counted.


4.3 SCALE FOR EVALUATING SKATING SKILLS TESTS

Skating Skills Preliminary to Gold Tests are evaluated as: Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement.


4.4 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING SKATING SKILLS TESTS

Skating Skills exercises are evaluated using the following five criteria:

 

  1. EDGE QUALITY: Edge quality is characterized by a stable arc without sub-curves or wobbles. Accuracy of the edge and depth (degree of lean) are important although there is a great variance in the required depth of edge for particular lobes and steps.
  2. ICE COVERAGE: Since pattern sizes vary according to the nature of the exercise, the size of the rink and the size/strength of the skater, ice coverage in this context refers to power and flow. In general, power should be attained from the blade and not the toe. Flow, or the ability to maintain speed is the second aspect of ice coverage that is considered.
  3. EASE OF MOTION: Balance, body control (stability), agility or quickness during execution of turns, changes of edge and transitions, and general flexibility are assessed under this category.
  4. CORRECTNESS OF STEPS: Step errors in each exercise are assessed according to the type of step. For example, errors in the main features of exercises (focus) are considered major and will generally be penalized. An error in the connecting steps (i.e. the number of crosscuts, etc.) is considered minor and may not affect the overall assessment of the exercise.
  5. POSTURE: Correct posture/carriage for most Skating Skill exercises involves a high and extended line of the free leg and arms (closer to shoulder level than waist). The position of the head is upright and the bend in the skating hip, knee and ankle should be enough to maintain balance at faster speeds.

 

NOTE: For each exercise the FOCUS highlights the specific criteria that are most prominent for that particular exercise.

 

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