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1.0 DEFINITIONS


1.1 FREE SKATING PROGRAM

The Free Skating Program is a program of a specified length, skated to music of the skater’s choice. The skater is free to choose the number and the type of elements to be included, subject to the requirements outlined in Rules for individual tests.


2.0 DESCRIPTION OF FREE SKATING TESTS


Rule 4304 (1) to (6) is included in regulations 2.1 to 2.6. See Appendix A of this Section for Diagrams of Stroking Exercises.

2.1 PRELIMINARY FREE SKATING TEST

 

  1. PART 1: ELEMENTS (Rule 4304 (1) (a)): 14 compulsory elements in isolation:
    1. STROKING: Two exercises (direction is optional):
      1. FORWARD PERIMETER STROKING: The skater skates forward around the perimeter of the rink, using straight strokes along the sides and cross-cuts around the ends.
      2. BACKWARD PERIMETER STROKING: The skater skates backwards around the perimeter of the rink, using straight strokes along the sides and cross-cuts around the ends.
    2. JUMPS: Five jumps consisting of:
      1. Bunny Hop
      2. Waltz
      3. Salchow
      4. Flip
      5. Loop
    3. JUMP COMBINATION: One jump combination consisting of a Toe Loop/Toe Loop.
    4. SPINS: Four spins each with a minimum of 2 rotations consisting of:
      1. Forward One-Foot Upright (or Corkscrew)
      2. Backward One-Foot Upright (or Corkscrew)
      3. Sit Spin
      4. Camel Spin
    5. FIELD MOVEMENTS: Two field movements as follows:
      1. Right Forward Spiral (choice of edge)
      2. Left Forward Spiral (choice of edge)
    6. PASSING REQUIREMENT: 12/14 elements satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.
  2. PART 2: PROGRAM (Rule 4304 (1) (b)): A free skating program to music.
    1. DURATION: One free program of 1:30 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).
    2. ELEMENTS: This program shall contain:
      1. Maximum six jump elements
        1. Must include at least one waltz jump
        2. Maximum two combinations or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
        3. No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
      2. Maximum of two spins
        1. One spin must be in one position, not in combination, no change of foot 
        2. Maximum one combination spin, no change of foot
      3. Maximum one step sequence or spiral sequence
    3. PASSING REQUIREMENT:
      1. PROGRAM COMPOSITION: A Satisfactory evaluation or better must be achieved in Program Composition.
      2. PROGRAM COMPONENTS: A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 2/5 of the following criteria:
        1. Skating Skills* 
        2. Transitions
        3. Performance/Execution*
        4. Choreography
        5. Interpretation
      3. FURTHER PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skating Skills and Performance/Execution must be Satisfactory or better.
      4. TOTAL PASSING REQUIREMENT: A total of 3/6 requirements Satisfactory or better.

 


2.2 JUNIOR BRONZE FREE SKATING TEST

 

  1. PART 1: ELEMENTS (Rule 4304 (2) (a)): 14 compulsory elements in isolation:
    1. STROKING: 4 exercises (draw for direction then alternate):
      1. FORWARD OUTSIDE EDGE STROKING WITH CROSSCUTS ON END: The skater skates forward outside edges down the length of the rink and forward crosscuts on the ends.
      2. FORWARD INSIDE EDGE STROKING WITH CROSSCUTS ON END: The skater skates forward inside edges down the length of the rink and forward crosscuts on the ends.
      3. BACKWARD OUTSIDE EDGE STROKING WITH CROSSCUTS ON END: The skater skates backward outside edges down the length of the rink and backward crosscuts on the ends.
      4. BACKWARD INSIDE EDGE STROKING WITH CROSSCUTS ON END: The skater skates backward inside edges down the length of the rink and backward crosscuts on the ends.
    2. JUMPS: Four jumps consisting of:
      1. Flip
      2. Lutz
      3. Axel or Walley
      4. Split
    3. JUMP COMBINATIONS: Two jump combinations as follows:
      1. Salchow/Toe Loop
      2. Loop/Loop
    4. SPINS: Three spins consisting of:
      1. One-Foot Upright Spin: Backward, corkscrew position, minimum of 3 rotations 
      2. Flying Spin: Minimum of 3 rotations.
      3. Combination Spin: Minimum of 2 rotations in each position, minimum of 2 positions, optional change of foot.
    5. FIELD MOVEMENTS: Backward Spiral (choice of edge)
    6. PASSING REQUIREMENT: 12/14 elements satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.
  2. PART 2: PROGRAM (Rule 4304 (2) (b)): A free skating program to music.
    1. DURATION: One free program of 1:30 or 2:00 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).
    2. ELEMENTS: This program shall contain:
      1. Maximum six jump elements
        1. Must include at least one Axel-type jump (waltz or single Axel)
        2. Maximum two combinations or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
        3. No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
      2. Maximum of two spins
        1. Maximum one flying spin
        2. One spin of any nature
      3. Maximum one step sequence or spiral sequence
    3. PASSING REQUIREMENT:
      1. PROGRAM COMPOSITION: A Satisfactory evaluation or better must be achieved in Program Composition.
      2. PROGRAM COMPONENTS: A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 2/5 of the following criteria:
        1. Skating Skills*
        2. Transitions
        3. Performance/Execution*
        4. Choreography
        5. Interpretation
      3. FURTHER PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skating Skills and Performance/Execution must be Satisfactory or better.
      4. TOTAL PASSING REQUIREMENT: A total of 3/6 requirements Satisfactory or better.

 

 

2.3 SENIOR BRONZE FREE SKATING TEST

 

  1. PART 1: ELEMENTS (Rule 4304 (3) (a)): 14 compulsory elements in isolation:
    1. STROKING: 3 exercises (draw for direction then alternate):
      1. RUSSIAN STROKING: Rapid stroking, consisting of three step lobes forward inside/outside/inside with crossovers.
      2. FORWARD CROSSCUT / OUTSIDE-INSIDE CHANGE OF EDGE EXERCISE: The skater performs a forward crosscut followed by an outside to inside change of edge then repeats the forward crosscut and change of edge in the other direction starting on the other foot. It is recommended that the free leg move in front for the change of edge and remain in front after the change but the free leg position is optional provided that the correct edges are skated. The recommended stroking pattern consists of four lobes down the sides of the rink and four crosscuts on the ends. The exact numbers, however, will depend on the size of the rink and the strength of the skater.
      3. BACKWARD CROSSCUT / OUTSIDE-INSIDE CHANGE OF EDGE EXERCISE: The skater performs a backward crosscut followed by an outside to inside change of edge then repeats the backward crosscut and change of edge in the other direction starting on the other foot. It is recommended that the free leg move back for the change of edge and remain in front after the change but the free leg position is optional provided that the correct edges are skated. The recommended stroking pattern consists of four lobes down the sides of the rink and four crosscuts on the ends. The exact numbers, however, will depend on the size of the rink and the strength of the skater.
    2. JUMPS: Four jumps consisting of:
      1. Axel
      2. Double Salchow
      3. Double Toe Loop
      4. Split
    3. JUMP SEQUENCE: One jump sequence of three or more jumps. At least 2 jumps to have one rotation or more and must be listed jumps.
    4. JUMP COMBINATION: One jump combination consisting of a single Lutz plus a single or double toe loop or loop jump.
    5. SPINS: Three spins consisting of: 
      1. Flying Camel (minimum 3 rotations) 
      2. Layback or Sideways Leaning Spin or Camel/Sit (minimum 3 rotations)
      3. Combination Spin: Minimum 2 rotations in each position, minimum 3 rotations on each foot, 2 positions and 1 change of foot.
    6. FIELD MOVEMENTS: A sequence of 2 moves chosen by the candidate.
    7. STEP/SPIRAL SEQUENCE: One sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine or spiral).
    8. PASSING REQUIREMENT: 12/14 elements Satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.
  2. PART 2: PROGRAM (Rule 4304 (3) (b)): A free skating program to music.
    1. DURATION: One free program of 2:00 or 2:30 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).
    2. ELEMENTS: This program shall contain:
      1. Maximum six jump elements
        1. Must include at least one Axel-type jump (waltz or single Axel) and one double jump
        2. Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
        3. No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
      2. Maximum of three spins
        1. One spin must be a combination spin, change of foot mandatory (minimum three revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position) 
        2. One spin must be a flying spin (minimum three revolutions in basic position)
        3. One spin of any nature (minimum four revolutions total)
      3. Maximum one step sequence or spiral sequence
    3. PASSING REQUIREMENT:
      1. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 must be achieved. 
        1. JUMPS: 5/6 must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of one double jump must be Satisfactory or better
        2. SPINS: 2/3 must be Satisfactory or better
      2. PROGRAM COMPONENTS: A Satisfactory or better in 3/5 of the following criteria:
        1. Skating Skills*
        2. Transitions
        3. Performance/Execution*
        4. Choreography
        5. Interpretation
      3. FURTHER PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skating Skills and Performance/Execution must be Satisfactory or better.
      4. TOTAL PASSING REQUIREMENT: A total of 11/15 requirements Satisfactory or better.

 


2.4 JUNIOR SILVER FREE SKATING TEST

 

  1. PART 1: ELEMENTS (Rule 4304 (4) (a)): 14 compulsory elements in isolation:
    1. STROKING: 4 exercises (draw for direction, then alternate):
      1. CIRCLE STROKING FORWARDS/BACKWARDS: The skater skates outside and inside edges alternately, forming a large circle. The circle should increase in size as the skater accelerates. A minimum of two circuits of the rink must be completed. The skater shall perform this exercise forwards and backwards
      2. FIGURE EIGHT STROKING FORWARDS/BACKWARDS: Starting at centre ice, the skater skates a large circle in one direction, then on returning to the centre, changes to skate another circle in the opposite direction. Between the two circles, the skater must execute a sustained edge before, during or after the transition. A minimum of two repetitions must be completed. The skater shall perform this exercise forwards and backwards.
    2. JUMPS: Three jumps consisting of:
      1. Axel
      2. One of:
        1. Double Loop
        2. Double Flip
        3. Double Lutz
      3. Split/Split
    3. JUMP SEQUENCE: One jump sequence consisting of 3 or more jumps including one double jump. At least two of the included jumps must be listed jumps.
    4. JUMP COMBINATION: One jump combination consisting of 2 jumps of at least one rotation, second jump must be a double.
    5. SPINS: Three spins consisting of:
      1. Layback or Sideways Leaning Spin or Crossfoot with a minimum of 4 rotations. 
      2. Sit Change Sit (minimum 4 rotations)
      3. Combination Spin: Minimum 2 rotations in each position and minimum 4 rotations on each foot, 3 positions and 1 change of foot. 
    6. FIELD MOVEMENT: A sequence of two moves chosen by the candidate.
    7. STEP/SPIRAL SEQUENCE: One sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine or spiral).
    8. PASSING REQUIREMENT: 12/14 elements satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.
  2. PART 2: PROGRAM (Rule 4304 (4) (b)): A free skating program to music.
    1. DURATION: One free program of 2:30 or 3:00 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).
    2. ELEMENTS: This program shall contain:
      1. Maximum six jump elements
        1. Must include at least one Axel-type jump (waltz or single Axel) and two different double jumps
        2. Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
        3. No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
      2. Maximum of three spins
        1. One spin must be a combination spin, change of foot mandatory (minimum four revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position) 
        2. One spin must be a flying spin in one position with no change of foot (minimum four revolutions in basic position)
        3. One spin of any nature (minimum five revolutions total)
      3. Maximum one step sequence or spiral sequence
    3. PASSING REQUIREMENT:
      1. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 must be achieved. 
        1. JUMPS: 5/6 must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of two different double jumps must be Satisfactory or better
        2. SPINS: 2/3 must be Satisfactory or better
      2. PROGRAM COMPONENTS: A Satisfactory or better in 4/5 of the following criteria:
        1. Skating Skills*
        2. Transitions
        3. Performance/Execution*
        4. Choreography
        5. Interpretation
      3. FURTHER PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skating Skills and Performance/Execution must be satisfactory or better.
      4. TOTAL PASSING REQUIREMENT: A total of 12/15 requirements Satisfactory or better.

 


2.5 SENIOR SILVER FREE SKATING TEST

 

  1. PART 1: ELEMENTS (Rule 4304 (5) (a)): 14 compulsory elements in isolation:
    1. STROKING: 3 exercises (draw for direction then alternate):
      1. FORWARD RUSSIAN STROKING WITH FORWARD INSIDE/ BACKWARD INSIDE THREE TURN SEQUENCE EXERCISE: The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and forward inside three/cross over to backward inside three turn and repeat approximately four times across the ends.
      2. FORWARD RUSSIAN STROKING WITH HIP TWIST SEQUENCE EXERCISE: The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and hip twist sequence across the ends. The hip twist sequence consists of closed forward outside mohawk/cross over to backward inside three turn then repeat approximately four times across the ends.
      3. FORWARD RUSSIAN STROKING WITH BACKWARD OUTSIDE THREE/INSIDE OPEN MOHAWK SEQUENCE EXERCISE: The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and backward outside three/inside open mohawk then repeat approximately four times across the ends.
    2. JUMPS: Four jumps consisting of: 
      1. Axel
      2. Double Toe Loop
      3. Two of:
        1. Double Loop
        2. Double Flip
        3. Double Lutz
    3. JUMP SEQUENCE: One jump sequence consisting of 3 or more jumps including two double jumps. At least two of the included jumps must be listed jumps.
    4. JUMP COMBINATION: One jump combination consisting of 2 double jumps.
    5. SPINS: Three spins consisting of:
      1. Camel Change Camel with a minimum of 5 rotations. 
      2. Flying Camel/Back Sit with a minimum of 5 rotations 
      3. Combination Spin: Minimum 2 rotations in each position and minimum of 5 rotations on each foot. 3 positions and 1 change of foot.
    6. FIELD MOVEMENT: A sequence of least 3 moves chosen by the candidate.
    7. STEP/SPIRAL SEQUENCE: One sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine or spiral).
    8. PASSING REQUIREMENT: 12/14 elements Satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.
  2. PART 2: PROGRAM (Rule 4304 (5) (b)): A free skating program to music.
    1. DURATION: One free program of 3:00 or 3:30 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).
    2. ELEMENTS: This program shall contain:
      1. Maximum six jump elements
        1. Must include at least one Axel-type jump (waltz or single Axel) and three different double jumps
        2. Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
        3. No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
      2. Maximum of three spins
        1. One spin must be a combination spin, change of foot mandatory (minimum five revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position) 
        2. One spin must be a flying spin in one position with no change of foot (minimum five revolutions in basic position)
        3. One spin of any nature (minimum six revolutions total)
      3. Maximum one step sequence or spiral sequence
    3. PASSING REQUIREMENT:
      1. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 must be achieved. 
        1. JUMPS: 5/6 must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of three different double jumps must be Satisfactory or better
        2. SPINS: 2/3 must be Satisfactory or better
      2. PROGRAM COMPONENTS: A Satisfactory or better in 4/5 of the following criteria:
        1. Skating Skills*
        2. Transitions
        3. Performance/Execution*
        4. Choreography
        5. Interpretation
      3. FURTHER PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skating Skills and Performance/Execution must be satisfactory or better.
      4. TOTAL PASSING REQUIREMENT: A total of 12/15 requirements Satisfactory or better.

 


2.6 GOLD FREE SKATING TEST

 

  1. PART 1: ELEMENTS (Rule 4304 (6) (a)): 14 compulsory elements in isolation:
    1. STROKING: 1 exercise (draw one stroking exercise, then draw for direction):
      1. FORWARD RUSSIAN STROKING WITH FORWARD INSIDE/ BACKWARD INSIDE THREE TURN SEQUENCE EXERCISE: The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and forward inside three/cross over to backward inside three turn and repeat approximately four times across the ends.
      2. FORWARD RUSSIAN STROKING WITH HIP TWIST SEQUENCE EXERCISE: The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and hip twist sequence across the ends. The hip twist sequence consists of closed forward outside mohawk/cross over to backward inside three turn then repeat approximately four times across the ends.
      3. FORWARD RUSSIAN STROKING WITH BACKWARD OUTSIDE THREE/ INSIDE OPEN MOHAWK SEQUENCE EXERCISE: The skater performs forward Russian stroking down the sides of the rink and backward outside three/inside open mohawk then repeat approximately four times across the ends.
    2. JUMPS: Six jumps consisting of:
      1. Axel
      2. Double Toe Loop
      3. Double Salchow
      4. Double Loop
      5. Double Flip
      6. Double Lutz or Double Axel
    3. JUMP SEQUENCE: One jump sequence with 3 or more jumps including two double jumps. At least two of the included jumps must be listed jumps.
    4. JUMP COMBINATION: One jump combination consisting of 2 double jumps.
    5. SPINS: Three spins consisting of: 
      1. Layback or Sideways Leaning Spin or Upright Variation with a minimum of 5 rotations.
      2. Combination Spin with 5 rotations on each foot: minimum 2 rotations in each position, 3 positions, 1 change of foot.
      3. Flying Sit Spin with a minimum of 5 rotations and optional foot of landing.
    6. FIELD MOVEMENT: A sequence of moves utilizing the full surface.
    7. STEP/SPIRAL SEQUENCE: One sequence using full length or width of ice with choice of pattern (straight line, circular, serpentine or spiral).
    8. PASSING REQUIREMENT: 12/14 elements Satisfactory or better. All stroking exercises must be satisfactory or better.
  2. PART 2: PROGRAM (Rule 4304 (6) (b)): A free skating program to music.
    1. DURATION: One free program of 3:00 to 4:00 minutes in length (+/- 10 seconds).
    2. ELEMENTS: This program shall contain:
      1. Maximum six (women)/seven (men) jump elements
        1. Must include at least one Axel-type jump (waltz or single Axel) and four different double jumps
        2. Maximum three combinations or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.
        3. No jump included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence
        4. NOTE: One additional jump may be included if it is an attempted double Axel or any triple.
      2. Maximum of three spins
        1. One spin must be a combination spin, change of foot mandatory (minimum six revolutions per foot and minimum two revolutions per position) 
        2. One spin must be a flying spin in one position with no change of foot (minimum six revolutions in basic position)
        3. One spin of any nature (minimum six revolutions total)
      3. Maximum one step sequence or spiral sequence
    3. PASSING REQUIREMENT:
      1. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: A Satisfactory evaluation or better in 8/10 (women)/9/11 (men) must be achieved. 
    4. JUMPS: 5/6 (women)/6/7 (men) must be Satisfactory or better and a minimum of four different double jumps must be Satisfactory or better
    5. SPINS: 2/3 must be Satisfactory or better
      1. PROGRAM COMPONENTS: A Satisfactory or better in 4/5 of the following criteria:
        1. Skating Skills*
        2. Transitions
        3. Performance/Execution*
        4. Choreography
        5. Interpretation
      2. FURTHER PASSING REQUIREMENT: Skating Skills and Performance/Execution must be Satisfactory or better.
      3. TOTAL PASSING REQUIREMENT: A total of 12/15 (women)/13/16 (men) requirements Satisfactory or better.

 


3.0 SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR FREE SKATING TESTS


3.1 EQUIVALENCIES FOR COMPETITIVE SINGLES TESTS IN THE STARSKATE PROGRAM (PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2012)

Skaters passing Singles and Pair Tests in the competitive test system prior to July 1, 2012 will be granted equivalencies for regular free skating tests as follows:

Juvenile Competitive Singles Test = Junior Silver Free Skating Test
Pre-Novice Competitive Singles Test = Senior Silver Free Skating Test
Novice, Junior and Senior Competitive Singles Test = Gold Free Skating Test
Juvenile and Pre-Novice Competitive Pair Test = Junior Bronze Free Skating Test
Novice, Junior and Senior Competitive Pair Test = Gold Free Skating Test


3.2 ORDER OF TESTS

 

  1. FREE SKATING TEST PARTS: The free skating test parts can be taken individually and/or in any order. The candidate must have passed the previous elements portion in order to take the next elements portion and similarly the previous free program in order to take the next free program. (New Rule 4403 (4))
  2. EXCEPTIONS TO (1): A candidate for a test must have passed all of the preceding tests in the same category in all disciplines except as permitted by the special provisions outlined below:
    1. GOLD FREE SKATING: A candidate may try the Gold free skating test without passing the previous free skating tests. The candidate must pay the appropriate fee for challenging the Gold test as outlined in the Notice Board.

 


3.3 TAKING FREE SKATING TESTS IN SINGLES COMPETITIONS

Skaters may apply to take any Junior Silver, Senior Silver or Gold free skating test in competition where offered by the organizing committee. The test must be taken in a Juvenile, Pre-Novice Novice, Junior or Senior singles category in the Free Program segment. Skaters meeting the passing equivalencies in competition will be given credit for Part 1 and Part 2 of the indicated free skating test. The skater must pay the test fee equivalent to taking the test during a standard test day (Part 1 + Part 2).
* Note: Required minimum jump content shall be considered successful when awarded a -1 GOE score or better, or the required jump is the first jump of a combination or sequence.

The minimum passing equivalencies for the free skating tests are as follows:
JUNIOR SILVER:
• Minimum TES: 12.00
• Minimum jump content*: 2 different double jumps
• Minimum total segment score: 18.00
SENIOR SILVER:
• Minimum TES: 15.00
• Minimum jump content*: 3 different double jumps
• Minimum total segment score: 25.00
GOLD:
• Minimum TES: 18.00
• Minimum jump content*: 4 different double jumps
• Minimum total segment score: 32.00


4.0 COMPOSITION, CONDUCT AND EVALUATION OF FREE SKATING TESTS


4.1 COMPOSITION OF A FREE SKATING PROGRAM

 

  1. DEFINITIONS OF REQUIRED ELEMENTS: For definitions of the required elements see the Figure Skating Terms Defined section of the Technical Handbook.
  2. ROTATIONS FOR SPINS IN THE ELEMENTS OF ISOLATION: Where the number of rotations is specified for spins in the elements in isolation, this refers to the rotations required on each foot.
  3. FREE SKATING PROGRAMS: Free skating programs require:
    1. JUMP ELEMENTS: A maximum specified number of jumps which may be done individually or in combination or in sequence.

 

4.2 CONDUCT OF A FREE SKATING TEST

 

 

  1. STROKING EXERCISES:
    1. NUMBER OF TIMES AROUND THE RINK: Stroking exercises should be performed for a minimum of one circuit of the rink unless otherwise specified.
    2. DRAW FOR DIRECTION OF SKATING FOR EXERCISES: Except for the Preliminary Free Skating test, a draw for direction of skating for the stroking exercises shall be done by the evaluator and one skater prior to the warm-up for the first skater. The direction of skating will then alternate with subsequent exercises. The draw for direction shall apply to all skaters taking tests in that particular discipline on that test day.
  2. ELEMENTS IN ISOLATION:
    1. ORDER OF ELEMENTS AND COMPLETED BEFORE PROGRAM: Elements in isolation must be skated in the order listed and are normally to be completed before the program is skated.
    2. REQUIRED FOR A TEST TO PASS: All elements in isolation must be skated and evaluated in order for a test to be passed.

 


4.3 RESKATING A PORTION OF A TEST

At the request of the evaluator, a maximum of four elements in isolation in Free Skating tests, may be reskated once if necessary to pass. In all cases the better attempt shall be counted. The candidate may elect to reskate an unsuccessful element immediately or at the end of the portion of the test.


4.4 SCALE FOR EVALUATING A FREE SKATING TEST

All Free Skating tests shall be evaluated based on the following scale: Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement.


4.5 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING A FREE SKATING TEST

  1. SKATING SKILLS: Overall skating quality, edge control and flow over the ice surface demonstrated by a command of the skating vocabulary (edges, steps, turns, etc.), the clarity of technique and the use of effortless power to accelerate and vary speed, varied use of power/energy, speed and acceleration. In evaluating the skating skills, the following must be considered:
    1. Balance, rhythmic knee action and precision of foot placement
    2. Flow and effortless glide
    3. Cleanness and sureness of deep edges, steps and turns
    4. Power/energy and acceleration
    5. Mastery of multi-directional skating
    6. Mastery of one-foot skating.
  2. TRANSITIONS: The varied and/or intricate footwork, positions, movements and holds that link all elements. In singles this also includes the entrances and exits of technical elements. In evaluating the transitions/linking footwork and movement, the following must be considered:
    1. Variety
    2. Difficulty
    3. Intricacy
    4. Quality
  3. PERFORMANCE/EXECUTION: Performance is the involvement of the skater physically, emotionally and intellectually as they translate the intent of the music and choreography. Execution is the quality of movement and precision in delivery. In evaluating the Performance/Execution, the following must be considered:
    1. Physical, emotional and intellectual involvement
    2. Carriage
    3. Style and individuality/personality
    4. Clarity of movement
    5. Variety and contrast
    6. Projection
  4. CHOREOGRAPHY: An intentionally developed and/or original arrangement of all types of movements according to the principles of proportion, unity, space, pattern, structure and phrasing. In evaluating the choreography/composition the following must be considered:
    1. Purpose (idea, concept, vision, mood)
    2. Proportion (equal weight of parts)
    3. Unity (purposeful threading of all movements)
    4. Utilization of personal and public space
    5. Pattern and ice coverage
    6. Phrasing and form (movements and parts structured to match the phrasing of the music)
    7. Originality of purpose, movement and design.
  5. INTERPRETATION: The personal and creative translation of the music to movement on ice. In evaluating the interpretation of the music, the following must be considered:
    1. Effortless movement in time to the music (timing)
    2. Expression of the music's style, character and rhythm
    3. Use of finesse to reflect the nuances of the music.
  6. PROGRAM COMPOSITION: The technical elements included in the program. In evaluating the program composition the following must be considered:
    1. Required technical elements included
    2. All required elements must be attempted to achieve a Satisfactory in program composition. Each element does not have to be successfully executed.

 


4.6 EVALUATION OF STROKING EXERCISES

  1. STARTING, CARRIAGE, SPEED, MOVEMENT: The evaluator shall take into account the starting, carriage, maintenance of reasonable speed and movement. Secondly, they must also consider the shape and symmetry of the pattern and the quality of the edges.
  2. CURVES AND FOOTWORK: The skater should demonstrate strong, large curves performed with a deep knee bend. Footwork should be neat and the exercise should be performed with good carriage and style. 
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