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C - Competitive Pair Skating

1.0 PAIR SHORT PROGRAM


1.1 MARKING OF THE PAIR SHORT PROGRAM
This section is for events run using OBO judging system.

The short program for pair skating shall be marked in the same way as the short program for singles. See Marking Singles Short Programs, regulation C - 3.12 above with the following additions under Required Elements:

  1. LIFTS/TWIST LIFT: The speed, height and continuous rotation, smoothness of the take-off and landing, good coverage of the ice and the position of the lady in the air.
  2. DEATH SPIRALS: A smooth entry and exit, the even descent into the spiral by the woman, the maintenance of the pivot position by the man and the position of the woman (close to the ice) during the execution of the actual death spiral.
  3. THROW JUMPS: The height, distance, take-off and clean landing of the woman, also the position of the woman in the air.
  4. SPINS: The quality of the required positions.


1.2 FAILURE IN AN ELEMENT IN THE PAIR SHORT PROGRAM
This section is for events run using OBO judging system.

See Failure in an Element in the Singles Short Program, regulation C - 3.13 above.

In the pair short program deductions must be made according to the following scale:

  FAILURES OMISSIONS
Lifts, solo jumps, spins and spin combination and death spiral 0.1 to 0.4 0.5
Step sequence, spiral step sequence 0.1 to 0.3 0.4
Extra or lacking elements 0.1
Not according to requirements/rules 0.1 to 0.2

 

2.0 PAIR FREE SKATING PROGRAM


2.1 MARKING OF THE PAIR FREE SKATING PROGRAM
This section is for events run using OBO judging system.

  1. GENERAL: The basic rules for marking free skating shall also apply to pair skating.
  2. ILLEGAL ELEMENTS: When movements which are not allowed are included, deductions shall be made from both Technical Merit and Presentation. The minimum penalty to be applied should be 0.1 in each mark for each illegal element performed.
  3. TECHNICAL MERIT:
    1. DIFFICULTY: Relative standards of difficulty shall be applied to the program as a whole, and not merely to such obvious highlights as jumps with many rotations (singly or in sequence) and combinations of spins. A program planned to permit the skater to gather speed without visible effort (through dance steps etc.) shall be given a higher rating than a similar program which employs running steps and extreme pushing movements. A program with smooth and harmonious transitions shall receive higher marks than a similar program with laboured transitions. Difficulty shall be disregarded where the attempted move is obviously beyond the skater’s ability.
    2. VARIETY: Variety shall include different types of edges, turns, dance steps, spirals, spins, jumps, accentuation of the beat, changes of pace, of degree of lean, of rhythm, and surprise moves. The use of many different jumps and spins does not in itself constitute variety. If the free skating elements are repetitive the full value of the element repeated shall not be awarded in the marks for technical merit. This of course does not apply to combinations. The program is superior when it contains a well balanced number of steps, jumps and spins. A program which is composed predominantly of only one or two of these components shall be considered inferior.
    3. CLEANNESS AND SURENESS: The program is superior when the skater does not attempt movements beyond his ability. In the case of jumps (including toe jumps) special attention must be paid to a clean spring from a true edge and to a clean landing. Any jump commenced or landed on two feet must be penalized in the marking. In the case of spins special attention must be paid to a beginning which has smooth, strong and well controlled rotation, required number of revolutions, speed of rotation, centering of the spin, quality of the required positions and a controlled and pleasing finish. In flying spins, the height of the jump and the position in the air and landing must be considered. Particular attention shall be paid to glide and linking movements.
    4. SPEED
    5. UNISON: The accurate performance in unison by both partners must be considered.
  4. PRESENTATION:
    1. HARMONIOUS COMPOSITION AND CONFORMITY WITH THE MUSIC: A program planned and skated in time to the music shall receive a higher rating than a similar program to which the music is incidental. Successive parts of the program shall be linked together logically and naturally in an interesting and varied manner and the program as a whole shall be in conformity with the music chosen. It shall not give the impression of being a succession of isolated special moves. In pair and group skating the accurate performance in unison by the skaters shall be especially considered in marking the Presentation.
    2. VARIATION OF SPEED
    3. UTILIZATION OF ICE SURFACE AND SPACE: A program shall take advantage of the whole skating surface and highlights shall be placed in varying locations, rather than concentrated in one area.
    4. EASY MOVEMENT AND SURENESS IN TIME TO THE MUSIC: Everything angular, violent or stiff shall be avoided. The impression shall be given that the entire program is executed with ease. The high points in the program should be placed to coincide with the high points in the music. Rhythm and easy movements to the music shall be observed.
    5. CARRIAGE AND STYLE
    6. ORIGINALITY
    7. EXPRESSION OF THE CHARACTER OF THE MUSIC.
    8. UNISON: The accurate performance in unison by both partners must be considered.

 

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