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Technical Communication #7 - Singles - Application of Credit for Jumps Executed After the Halfway Point (September 9, 2016)

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.

In Junior and Senior singles events, for the purposes of providing a credit for even distribution of difficulties in the program, Technical Panels should observe the following guidelines.  These guidelines will apply to determining which jump elements have been executed in the second half of a program in either the short or free programs.



Short Program

Halfway mark

Free Program

Halfway mark

Junior Women

1:25 1:20


Junior Men

1:25 1:20


Senior Women

1:25 1:20


Senior Men

1:25 1:20


 The ISU Singles Technical Committee Chair has clarified the application of the halfway point as it applies to jumps executed at the halfway point as:

“the moment in which the skater leaves the ice, and not the starting of the entry curve or the preparation.  This is an exact point easy to see and easy to measure.”

Therefore, when a jump element occurs very close to the halfway mark in the program as indicated by the yellow line on the DIO screen, and/or the verbal alert by the Halfway Timer, Technical Controllers are reminded of the following:

  • Jump preparation may occur prior to reaching the halfway mark (i.e. a clear preparation for the take off for a jump, stepping to the entry edge or placing the toe pick into the ice)
  • At the point the skater becomes airborne, the jump is considered to be started
  • The credit for even distribution of difficulties will be awarded if the skater becomes airborne after the halfway mark

In cases for which the Technical Panel is sure that the skater became airborne after the halfway time but the yellow line appears after the jump element on the DIO screen, the Technical Controller asks the DIO to move the yellow line to appear before the jump element. 

For situations where the skater becomes airborne just prior to or on the halfway mark and the Technical Panel is unsure of the exact time of the skater leaving the ice, the Technical Panel should initiate a review of the element according to the “Process Guidelines for Reviewing and Revising a Misidentified Call”.  

(Effective 1 July 2016)

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