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CPC Event Procedures and Guidelines for STARSkate & AdultSkate

General

This manual outlines the CPC competition procedures and guidelines for the following STARSkate and/or AdultSkate disciplines:

  • Creative Skating Skills
  • Interpretive
  • Free Skate
  • Pair
  • Pattern Dance – Junior Bronze and higher
  • Creative Dance / Free Dance

Technical Overview
Refer to the most recent version of the STARSkate or AdultSkate Pre-Event Technical Packages for a complete listing of well balanced program criteria and technical requirements <Members Only/Technical and Programs/STARSkate OR AdultSkate>.

Principles of Calculation
Refer to CPC Regulations – Section A – Official Regulations <Members Only/Technical and Programs/Rules/Skate Canada CPC Regulations/Section A: Official Regulations>

Levels of Difficulty (applies to Free Skate, Pair and Free Dance categories only) Refer to the latest ISU Communications, the Skate Canada Levels of Difficulty Document and the ISU Technical Panel Handbook for detailed information regarding levels of difficulty and element identification <Members Only/Technical and Programs/CompetitiveSkate>.

 

Technical Panel Structure

Any event using Levels Base through to Level 4 in Singles, Pairs, Ice Dance
  Technical Controller position Technical Specialist position Assistant Technical Specialist position
Option 1 Technical Controller Technical Specialist Technical Specialist
Option 2 Technical Controller Technical Specialist Section (or higher) Technical
Controller
Option 3 Technical Controller Technical Specialist  

 

All other events where Base Level is the maximum level of difficulty used in Singles, Pairs, Ice Dance
  Technical Controller
position
Technical Specialist position Assistant Technical Specialist position
Option 1 Technical Controller Technical Specialist Technical Specialist
Option 2 Technical Controller Technical Specialist Section (or higher) Technical
Controller
Option 3 Technical Controller Technical Specialist  
Option 4 Technical Controller Challenge (or higher)
Technical Controller
 
  • Individuals who are responsible for structuring these panels are urged to always strive for Option 1 with a fully qualified technical panel. This is the preferred panel structure at Skate Canada events. It is understood, however, that in some situations a full panel may not be possible; therefore, Sections and Technical Representatives are requested to structure panels with the best option possible given their situation. (I.e. Option 1 is most preferred, Option 4 is least preferred).
  • In all options above, the Technical Controller or Specialist must be qualified in the discipline in which they are assigned to officiate.
  • For all events with a maximum of Base Level to be awarded, a Base Level Technical Official can be used in the role of either the Technical Controller or Assistant Technical Specialist for all options listed for these types of events.
  • For all non-qualifying and qualifying events, on panels of two where there is disagreement during the review of a call, the Technical Specialist will determine final identification of the element.

 

STARSkate & AdultSkate Free Skating and Pair Skating Competition

Officials Panel and Responsibilities
For Singles Free Skating events, the panel of officials shall be composed in the same manner as for competitive events. The officials are:

  • Technical Panel
  • Referee
  • Minimum 3 to maximum 5 Judges (one of which may be the Referee)

The following is an outline of the various roles and responsibilities in the various aspects of the application of the principles of calculation:

Activity Referee Judge Technical Panel* Data Specialist
Identification of Element     X  
Identification of level of element     X  
Assignment of GOE (may do so, but
not counting)
X    
Assignment of PCS (may do so, but
not counting)
X    
Applies deductions for falls** and
illegal elements
    X  
Applies deductions for timing,
interruptions, costume, and props
X      
Responsible for rules of conduct of
event
X      
Responsible for overseeing activity of
the judges
X      
Responsible for verification of data       X
Responsible for calculation of final
results
      X
Signature required for release of
results
X   X  

*Refer to the Technical Panel Structure information listed in the General section of this document for a detailed overview of the technical panel.
**Refer to CPC regulations – Section A for information regarding fall deductions assigned for STARSkate vs. AdultSkate free skating/pair skating categories.

Judging Guidelines
Grades of execution
Judges are expected to refer to the latest ISU communication for the most current guidelines for the application of GOE reductions as well as Positive GOEs.

Program Component Scores
Five program component scores are awarded for each free skating and/or pair program: Skating Skills, Transitions, Performance/ Execution, Choreography and Interpretation.

Refer to Appendix A for suggested ranges of program component scores for events in this discipline.
Refer to Appendix B for descriptors and mark range for Program Component Scores.

 

STARSkate & AdultSkate Interpretive Skating Competition

Officials Panel and Responsibilities
For Interpretive skating, the panel shall be composed of the following officials:

  • Referee
  • Minimum 3 to maximum 5 judges (one of which may be the Referee)

The following is an outline of the various roles and responsibilities in the various aspects of the application of the principles of calculation:

Activity Referee Judge Data Specialist
Assignment of PCS (may do so, but
not counting)
X  
Applies deductions for falls and illegal elements X    
Applies deductions for interruptions, costume and props X    
Responsible for rules of conduct of event X    
Responsible for overseeing activity of the judges X    
Responsible for verification of data     X
Responsible for calculation of final results     X
Signature required for release of results X    

Note: There is no Technical Controller or Technical Specialist(s) needed since there is no technical score assigned in Interpretive skating.

Judging Guidelines
Judges are responsible only for the assignment of PCSs for every competitor. The following represents guidelines for assigning these scores for interpretive programs. Note that these guidelines are intended to be consistent with the test standards applied in the interpretive skating program.

Five program component scores are awarded for each interpretive program: Skating Skills, Transitions, Performance/ Execution, Choreography and Interpretation.

Refer to Appendix A for suggested ranges of program component scores for events in this discipline.
Refer to Appendix B for descriptors and mark range for Program Component Scores.

 

STARSkate Creative Skating Skills Competition

Officials Panel and Responsibilities
For Creative Skills competition, the panel shall be composed of the following officials:

  • Referee (may act as judge)
  • Minimum 3 to maximum 5 judges (one of which may be the Referee)

One Judge will be assigned as the “Technical Judge”. The Referee and Technical Judge shall not be the same person.

The following is an outline of the various roles and responsibilities in the various aspects of the application of the principles of calculation:

Activity Referee Judge Technical Judge Data Specialist
Identification of Element     X  
Verification of minimum requirements     X  
Assignment of GOE (may do so, but
not counting)
X X  
Assignment of PCS (may do so, but
not counting)
X    
Applies deductions for falls and illegal elements     X  
Applies deductions for timing, interruptions,
costume and props
X      
Responsible for rules of conduct of event X      
Responsible for overseeing activity of the judges X      
Responsible for verification of data       X
Responsible for calculation of final results       X
Signature required for release of results X      

 

Judging Guidelines
The Technical Judge identifies each element as it is performed. If the element meets the minimum requirements it will be assigned a base value. Elements that do not meet the minimum requirements will receive level “0” and therefore will have no value. Any additional element or elements exceeding the prescribed numbers will not be counted in the result of a participant. Only the first attempt (or allowed number of attempts) of an element will be taken into account. 
Judges are responsible for the assignment of GOEs and PCSs for every competitor. The following represents guidelines for assigning these scores for Creative Skating Skills. Note that these guidelines are intended to be consistent with the test standards applied in the Skating Skills program.

Grades of Execution
The following guides the identification of the *base* GOE. Reductions are applied for specific errors.

Element PLUS 3/ PLUS 2
(Excellent
PLUS 1
(Good)
BASE/ MINUS 1
(Satisfactory)
MINUS 2
(Needs Improvement)
MINUS 3
(Needs Improvement)
Step Sequence
(Circle, Serpentine,
Straight line) – no
field moves
- excellent flow
- exceptional form
and positions.
- the character of
the music captured
by the sequence
- clean edges in all
turns
- balance and
confidence through
all transitions
- strong flow
- strong form and
positions.
- some attempt to
show character of
the music
- clean edges in
majority of turns
- balance through
majority of
transitions
- adequate flow
- some breaks in
form.
- clean edges in majority of turns –
but tend to be flat
- a couple of
balance checks
through more
difficult sections of
the sequence
Minus 1 with one
minor error
Base with 2 minor
errors
Major errors or
more than two
minor errors
Field Move
Sequence
- excellent flow
- exceptional form
and positions.
- the character of
the music captured
by the sequence
- balance and
confidence through
all transitions
- strong flow
- strong form and
positions.
- some attempt to
show character of
the music
- balance through
majority of
transitions
- adequate flow
- some breaks in
form.
- a couple of
balance checks
through more
difficult sections of
the sequence
Minus 1 with one
minor error
Base with 2 minor
errors
Major errors or
more than two
minor errors
Required Loops –
straight line
-seamlessly
integrated with
sequence
- excellent flow
through all loops –
with continuous
action
- exceptional form
and positions.
- balance and
confidence through
all transitions
- confident entrance
- strong flow
through all loops
- strong form and
positions.
- balance through
majority of
transitions
- slight caution on
entry
- adequate flow
through majority of
loops
- some breaks in
form.
- a couple of
balance checks
through the
transitions

Reduce the grade by “1” for each of the
following errors (cumulative):
- stop or skid on the top of one loop
- transition between loops not according to
requirements
Reduce the grade by “2” for
- stumble
- touch down of free foot through the loop
action
Reduce the grade by “3” for
- fall
Required Twizzles
– straight line
-seamlessly
integrated with
sequence
- excellent flow
through all twizzles;
with continuous
action
- correct execution
of twizzles
- exceptional form
and positions.
- balance and
confidence through
all transitions
- confident entrance
- strong flow
through all twizzles
- correct execution
of twizzles
- strong form and
positions.
- balance through
majority of
transitions
- slight caution on
entry
- adequate flow
through majority of
twizzles
- correct execution
of twizzles
- some breaks in
form.
- a couple of
balance checks
through the
transitions
Reduce the grade by “1” for each of the
following errors (cumulative):
- stop in action or skid through one twizzle
- one twizzle becomes a double three turn
- transition between loops not according to
requirements
Reduce the grade by “2” for
- stumble
- touch down of free foot or hand(s)
through the twizzle action
Reduce the grade by “3” for
- fall

Program Component Scores
Five program component scores are awarded for each creative skating skills exercise: Skating Skills, Transitions/Linking Footwork/Movements, Performance/ Execution, Composition/Choreography and Interpretation/ Timing.

Refer to Appendix A for suggested ranges of program component scores for events in this discipline.
Refer to Appendix B for descriptors and mark range for Program Component Scores.

 

STARSkate and AdultSkate Pattern Dance Competition

Officials Panel and Responsibilities
For Pattern Dance, the panel shall be composed of the following officials:

  • Referee
  • Minimum 3 to maximum 5 judges (one of which may be the Referee)

The following is an outline of the various roles and responsibilities in the various aspects of the application of the principles of calculation:

Activity Referee Judge Data Specialist
Assignment of GOE (may do so, but not
counting)
X  
Assignment of PCS (may do so, but not
counting)
X  
Verifies that all sequences have been
performed
X    
Applies deductions for falls and illegal
elements
X    
Applies deductions for timing, interruptions,
costume and props
X    
Responsible for rules of conduct of event X    
Responsible for overseeing activity of the
judges
X    
Responsible for verification of data     X
Responsible for calculation of final results     X
Signature required for release of results X    

Note – A technical panel is not required for Pattern Dance events. For events using marking with computers, the Referee will validate and finalize the elements at the conclusion of the skating of each pattern dance.

Judging Guidelines
Grades of execution
Judges are expected to refer to the latest ISU communication for the most current guidelines for the application of GOE reductions as well as Positive GOEs.

Program Component Scores
Four program component scores are awarded for each compulsory dance: Skating Skills, Performance, Interpretation and Timing.

Refer to Appendix A for suggested ranges of program component scores for events in this discipline.
Refer to Appendix C for descriptors and mark range for Program Component Scores.

 

STARSkate Creative Dance & AdultSkate Free Dance Competition

Officials Panel and Responsibilities
For Creative Dance competition, the panel shall be composed of the following officials:

  • Referee
  • Minimum 3 to maximum 5 Judges (one of which may be the Referee)

One Judge will be assigned as the “Technical Judge”. The Referee and Technical Judge shall not be the same person.

The following is an outline of the various roles and responsibilities in the various aspects of the application of the principles of calculation for Creative Dances:

 Activity Referee Judge  Technical Judge  Data Specialist
 Identification of Element     X  
 Verification of minimum requirements      
 Assignment of GOE  (may do so, but
not counting)
 X  
 Assignment of PCS  (may do so, but
not counting)
   
 Applies deductions for falls and illegal elements      
 Applies deductions for timing, interruptions,
costume and props
 X      
 Responsible for rules of conduct of event      
 Responsible for overseeing activity of the judges      
 Responsible for verification of data       X
 Responsible for calculation of final results      
 Signature required for release of results      

Judging Principles
GOEs are awarded as follows in each Biathlon Creative Dance:

GOE BRONZE SILVER GOLD
1 Rhythm Step Sequence (first side) Diagonal Step Sequence Diagonal Step Sequence
2 Rhythm Step Sequence (second side) Mid Line Not Touching Sequence Circular Step Sequence
3 N/A Mid Line Twizzles Synchronized Twizzles

It should be noted that in the Bronze Creative Dance the rhythm step sequence may be repeated on the second side (1/2 pattern repeated) or different (full circuit pattern). Steps completed across the end of the ice are to be considered under the Transitions score.

Note: The elements for Silver and Gold Creative dances may be completed in any order.

The element is assigned the base value when it is identified by the Technical Judge. Elements that do not meet the minimum requirements will receive level “0” with no value. Note that a step sequence inthe creative dance with required elements is identified as two separate elements. Any additional element or elements exceeding the prescribed numbers will not be counted in the result of a participant. Only the first attempt (or allowed number of attempts) of an element will be taken into account.

For Adult Free Dance events, the panel of officials shall be composed in the same manner as for
competitive events. The officials are:

  • Technical Panel
  • Referee
  • Minimum 3 to maximum 5 judges (one of which may be the Referee)

The following is an outline of the various roles and responsibilities in the various aspects of the application of the principles of calculation for Adult Free Dances:

Activity Referee Judge Technical Panel* Data Specialist
Identification of Element     X  
Identification of level of
element
    X  
Assignment of GOE (may do so, but not
counting)
X    
Assignment of PCS (may do so, but not
counting)
X    
Applies deductions for falls
and illegal elements
    X  
Applies deductions for
timing, interruptions,
costume and props
X      
Responsible for rules of
conduct of event
X      
Responsible for overseeing
activity of the judges
X      
Responsible for verification
of data
      X
Responsible for calculation
of final results
      X
Signature required for
release of results
X   X  

*Refer to the Technical Panel Structure information listed in the General section of this document for a detailed overview of the technical panel.

Judging Guidelines
Grades of execution
The following guides the identification of the *base* GOE. Reductions are applied for specific errors.

Element PLUS 3/ PLUS 2
(Excellent)
PLUS 1
(Good)
BASE/ MINUS 1
(Satisfactory)
MINUS 2
(Needs Improvement)
MINUS 3
(Needs Improvement)
Step Sequence
(all events)
- deep and quiet
edges
- considerable
speed achieved
effortlessly
- effortless turns
and steps
- moves as one unit
- strong edges
- considerable
speed, constant
flow
- clean and neat
steps and turns
- strong unison
- shallow with some
flats
- some speed with
variable flow
- both solid balance
and control
- correct step and
turning actions
- generally flat
- flow deteriorates
as the sequence
progresses
- both weak
partners
- occasional wide
stepping or toe
pushing
- turns are skidded
- no edges
- laboured flow
- both partners
weak
- two foot turns
&/or toe pushing
throughout
Sequence of
Twizzles
(all events)
-Seamlessly
integrated with
sequence
- Excellent flow
through all twizzles;
with continuous
action
- correct execution
of twizzles
- exceptional form
and positions.
- balance and
confidence through
all transitions
- excellent unison
through turning
action
- confident entrance
- Strong flow
through all twizzles
- correct execution
of twizzles
- strong form and
positions.
- balance through
majority of
transitions
- in unison through
turns
- slight caution on
entry
- adequate flow
through majority of
twizzles
- correct execution
of twizzles
- some breaks in
form.
- a couple balance
checks through the
transitions
Reduce the grade by
“1” for each of the
following errors
(cumulative):
- stop in action or
skid through one
twizzle
- one twizzle
becomes a double
three turn
- transition between
loops not according
to requirements
Reduce the grade by
“2” for
- Stumble
- touch down of free
foot or hand(s)
through the twizzle
action
Reduce the grade by
“3” for Fall
Reduce the grade by
“1” for each of the
following errors
(cumulative):
- stop in action or
skid through one
twizzle
- one twizzle
becomes a double
three turn
- transition between
loops not according
to requirements
Reduce the grade by
“2” for
- Stumble
- touch down of free
foot or hand(s)
through the twizzle
action
-Reduce the grade
by “3” for Fall
Lifts
(adult events only)
- seamless with
choreography
- effortless lifting
action
- pleasing positions
in character of
dance
- smooth entry
- lifts with ease
- confident base to
lift
- solid exit
- strong positions
-slight hesitation on
entry
- some effort to lift
partner
- stable base to lift
- fumbles to
position the entry
- struggles to lift
partner
- indication of
unstable base
- position awkward
- very shaky entry
(or does not go up)
- mot held at top of lift
- loss of balance
throughout
Spins
(adult events only)
- seamless entry
-fluid rotation
- exceptional
positions
- smooth entry
- sustained rotation
- strong positions
- hesitant but
controlled entry
- stable and
sustained rotation
- Off balance entry
- rotation speed
deteriorates
- awkward entry
- very slow rotation

Program Component Scores
Five program component scores are awarded for each creative dance/free dance: Skating Skills,
Transitions, Performance/ Execution, Choreography and Interpretation.

Refer to Appendix A for suggested ranges of program component scores for events in this discipline.
Refer to Appendix D for descriptors and mark range for Program Component Scores.

 

Appendices Attached.

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