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2015-2016 Technical Clarification #8 - Flying Spin Requirements and Penalty (September 9, 2015)

This clarification has either been developed by Skate Canada or received from the ISU Technical Committees and/or Sports Directorate.  Any further official clarifications provided by the ISU after the date of this communication will take precedence and will be communicated via this website.

This season’s Program Requirements documents contain additional information. Please consult this document, the ISU website’s Questions and Answers and Technical Panel Handbooks and the clarifications below. If you still require clarification, please submit a Clarification Request.


1.1 Last season (2014-15) there were penalties for errors in flying spins indicated by “V1” and “V2”, and in spins with a change of foot indicated by V1.  The V1 and V2 resulted in a lowering of the base value of the spins in the scale of values. Now there is only a single “V” indicator. What has changed?

There is no longer a penalty indicated by V1 for spins with a change of foot.  The V1 and V2 formerly applied to flying spins in one position with no change of foot is now just a “V” and the penalty includes all spins with a flying entry.  Here is the new definition of requirements and penalty for spins commencing with a fly (Source: ISU Technical Panel Handbooks):

For Singles and Pairs the flying spin requirements are:

“For any spin that commences with a fly in both the short program and free skating the following are required:

  1. A clear visible jump.
    • For Junior short program only it's also required for the skater to reach the prescribed air position. (singles only)
  2. Basic landing position must be reached within the first 2 revolutions after the landing and from the moment this position is initially reached it must be held for 2 revolutions.

The sign “V” indicates that one or both of these requirements are not fulfilled. The “V” results in a reduction of value for that spin, which is indicated on the scale of values. In the case of pairs, both partners must fulfill the requirements.”


1.2  Requirement b) above, states that “a basic landing position must be reached within the first 2 revs after landing [and] must be held for 2 revs.” Does this mean a basic position must be done first before doing any difficult variations?

 No. A skater is allowed to land the flying entry in any basic, or difficult variation of the basic position. The statement, “Basic landing position must be reached within the first 2 revs [and] must be held for 2 revs”, is referring to the definition of the basic position. All properly executed difficult variations meet the definition of the basic position. A skater can also land in a basic position and transition into the difficult variation within the first 2 revolutions after landing as long as the definition of the basic position is maintained.

Technical Panel procedure for calling:

The level of the spin according to features is determined first, followed by the identification of any missing requirements. Features and requirements are determined independently of each other. 

  1. The Technical Specialist (TS) calls the spin with the level according to the number of features (or Level B for categories that have a maximum of Level B, such as Pre-Juvenile/Juvenile). In the case of a flying spin combination (with or without change of foot), the number of basic positions is also part of the call.
  2. The value reduction “V” will be called either after the entire spin element is called including level, or after a review.
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