Terms used:

Event

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Interruption

The time elapsed between the moment a competitor stops performing the program until the moment the competitor resumes performing the program.

Interruptions

The time elapsed between the moment a competitor stops performing the program until the moment the competitor resumes performing the program.

Level of Difficulty

Referee

A referee of an event within a competition is an experienced judge who has received further training to conduct an event and monitor the performance of the panel of judges. Referees are qualified to referee or judge at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Segment

The name given to a portion of an event.  Some categories have two segments (e.g., short program and free program) and some categories have only one segment (e.g., Juvenile singles).

category

The name for each level of competition within a discipline.  Examples of categories are STAR 1, STAR 2, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, etc.

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1. PDF Version

2017-2018 Adult Program Requirements

2. Part A:  Technical Program Requirements Introduction 

Please review the entire Adult Technical Program Requirements when developing programs in preparation for the 2017-2018 skating season. 

2.1. Program Times

Adult programs have no minimum program time assigned. This will allow skaters to meet their various goals for the season whether that is to pass a STAR test, compete at an ISU or a USFS event, or compete at a Skate Canada Adult Figure Skating event

2.2. Music Requirements

Vocal music is permitted in all events. If vocal music is chosen, the piece(s) must contain lyrics in good taste and appropriate for competition.

2.3. Falls

All falls on elements or in isolation will be called.

2.4. Well Balanced Program Requirements

Maximum element requirements have been established for all Adult Free Skating, Adult Free Dance, and Adult Pair events.  Note that these are identified as only maximum requirements, but there are no minimum requirements. 

Elements that may be assigned a level of difficulty (i.e. spins, step sequences, lifts, etc.), they may be called up to a Level 4 for all categories.

2.5. Category Requirements

Skaters are expected to enter the appropriate category(ies) based on the technical program requirements. It is expected that skaters will skate to their ability.

2.6. Age Categories

The following age categories apply to Singles Free Skating and Interpretive events:

Young Adult

18 – 24 years

Class I

25 – 35 years

Class II

36 – 45 years

Class III

46 – 55 years

Class IV

56 years & over

3. Part B:  Singles Free Skating

3.1. Adult Intro Open Free Skating

A maximum program time of 1:40 minutes. Program time may be shorter.

7 Elements

1)      Four jump elements:

a)       Must include a Waltz jump

b)      Must include single Salchow + single toe-loop combination

c)       Two other jumps, no higher than single loop

2)      Two spin elements:

a)       Two spins of any nature, one position, and no flying entry.
NOTE for this category only: A skater will be permitted to do two upright spins if they prefer as long as one spin is a forward entry and the other spin is a back entry (i.e. a back spin). An exception will be made to the regulation requiring spins to be different codes.

3)      Forward Spiral Sequence: A sequence of two forward spirals; one spiral on each foot, unassisted position; on either inside or outside edge.

 

3.2. Adult Bronze Free Skating

A maximum program time of 2:40 minutes. Program time may be shorter.

7 Elements

1)      Maximum four jump elements composed of single jumps

a)       Single Axel, double jumps and triple jumps are not permitted

b)      No jump can be included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence

c)       Maximum of two jump combinations and/or sequences included. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps

2)      Maximum of two spins

a)       One spin must be a one-position spin (i.e. upright spin, sit spin, camel spin)

b)      One spin of any nature

c)       Flying spins are not permitted

3)      Maximum one choreographic sequence, covering at least half of the ice surface

 

  

3.3. Adult Masters Free Skating

A maximum program time of 4:10 minutes. Program time may be shorter.

11 Elements

1)      Maximum seven jump elements

a)       All single and double jumps are permitted (triple jumps are not permitted)

b)      One must be an Axel-type take-off

c)       No jump can be included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence.

d)      Maximum of three jump combinations and/or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.

2)      Maximum three spins

a)       One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of foot and two basic positions

b)      One spin must be a flying spin

c)       One spin may be of any nature

3)      Maximum one step sequence fully utilizing the ice

 

3.4. Adult Masters Elite Free Skating

A maximum program time of 4:10 minutes. Program time may be shorter.

11 Elements

1)      Maximum seven jump elements

a)       All jumps are permitted

b)      One must be an Axel-type take-off

c)       No jump can be included more than twice and if a jump is repeated it must be in combination or sequence

d)      Maximum of three jump combinations and/or sequences. Jump combinations may contain no more than two jumps.

2)      Maximum three spins

a)       One spin must be a combination spin with at least one change of foot and two basic positions

b)      One spin must be a flying spin

c)       One spin may be of any nature

3)      Maximum one step sequence fully utilizing the ice

4. Part C:  Interpretive Events

Background: Interpretive programs are designed by the skaters and/or coach and focus on the skater's ability to interpret music to create a clear mood/theme or create a story through skating movement. A variety of skating moves should be selected for their value in enhancing the skater's interpretation of the music rather than for their technical difficulty. Movements should not be merely a collection of pleasing or spectacular moves assembled to popular music for the purpose of entertaining an audience (exhibition/show programs). Costumes should be simple and modest to enhance the interpretation and should not be theatrical in nature. Props of any kind are not permitted.

An interpretive solo is intended through its process to increase body and choreographic vocabulary and awareness, by meeting specific content criteria. The criteria include:

  • Compositional form/development of theme (e.g. a completed idea)
  • Dynamics (e.g. sustained, collapse, sharp, smooth)
  • Use of space (e.g. planes, directions, indirect, asymmetric shapes)
  • Use of full body (e.g. torso, head, hands, legs, feet)
  • Use of music (e.g. phrasing, style, awareness and sensitivity to musical elements while performing)

NOTE: In the Open Adult Interpretive Couples category, overhead lifts are not permitted. Small lifts which may be either ascending and descending or rotational in character, in which one partner does not raise their hands higher than the shoulder level, are permitted. Inclusion of any overhead lifts will be considered as an illegal element.

Event

Recommended Skating Level

Program Time

4.1. Adult Introductory Interpretive

For skaters approximately at the Intro Open Free Skating category level

One Interpretive program maximum of 2:00 minutes in length

4.2. Adult Bronze Interpretive

For skaters approximately at the Bronze Free Skating level

One Interpretive program maximum of 3:00 minutes in length; time may be shorter

4.3. Adult Silver Interpretive

For skaters approximately at the Silver Free Skating level

4.4. Adult Gold Interpretive

For skaters approximately at the Gold and/or Masters Free Skating level

4.5. Adult Elite Interpretive

For skaters approximately at the level of former competitive skaters

4.6. Adult Open Couples Interpretive

For skaters approximately at the Bronze to Silver Free Skating level (both skaters)

4.7. Adult Open Masters Couples Interpretive

For skaters approximately at the Gold to Elite Masters Free Skating level (both skaters)

Skaters must submit, prior to the competition, the title of the chosen theme.

Note: Those skaters/couples wishing a more theatrical performance are encouraged to enter the "Showcase" categories.

5. Part D:  Dance Events  

5.1. Couples Pattern Dance

Dance teams may be composed of one woman and one man, two women or two men. 

Event

Dance #1

Dance #2

5.2. Adult STAR 4/5 Dance

Fiesta Tango

(2 sequences)

Willow Waltz

(2 sequences)

5.3. Adult STAR 6/7 Dance

European Waltz

(2 sequences)

Keats’ Foxtrot

(2 sequences)

5.4. Adult STAR 7/8 Dance

Harris Tango

(2 sequences)

Starlight Waltz

(2 sequences)

5.5. Adult STAR 9/10 Dance

Paso Doble

(2 sequences)

American Waltz

(2 sequences)

5.6. Adult Gold Dance

Westminster Waltz

(2 sequences)

Blues

(3 sequences)

5.7. Adult Elite Dance

(for former competitive skaters or skaters approximately at this level)

Westminster Waltz

(2 sequences)

Rhumba

(3 sequences)

5.8. Solo Pattern Dance

Event

Dance #1

Dance #2

5.9. Adult Bronze Solo Dance

European Waltz

(2 sequences)

Keats Foxtrot

(2 sequences)

5.10. Adult Silver Solo Dance

Harris Tango

(3 sequences)

Starlight Waltz

(2 sequences)

5.11. Adult Gold Solo Dance

Westminster

(2 sequences)

Cha Cha Congelado

(2 sequences)

5.12. Adult Elite Solo Dance

Quickstep

(3 sequences)

Rhumba

(2 sequences) 

5.13. Adult Open Solo Short Dance

Cha Cha Congelado

(Follow criteria as outlined in STAR Technical Program Requirements)

Note: The number of dance sequences (patterns) to be completed at the Adult competitions is consistent with the evaluated test requirements.

5.14. Free Dance

Dance teams may be composed of one woman and one man, two women or two men. 

5.15. Adult Bronze Free Dance

A maximum program time of 2:00 minutes.  Program time may be shorter. Vocal music is permitted.

 

1)      Maximum of one short dance lift with a maximum duration of seven seconds

2)      Maximum of one dance spin with optional positions.  A simple spin with no change of foot consisting of at least three revolutions for each partner or a combination spin with change of foot consisting of at least three rotations on each foot is permitted.

3)      Maximum of one diagonal step sequence – Style B

 

5.16. Adult Silver Free Dance

A maximum program time of 2:40 minutes.  Program time may be shorter. Vocal music is permitted.

 

1)      Maximum of one short dance lift with a maximum duration of seven seconds

2)      Maximum of one dance spin with optional positions.  A simple spin with no change of foot consisting of at least three revolutions for each partner or a combination spin with change of foot consisting of at least three rotations on each foot is permitted.

3)      Maximum of one set of synchronized twizzles with up to three steps between

4)      Maximum of one diagonal step sequence – Style A

 

5.17. Adult Gold Free Dance

A maximum program time of 3:10 minutes.  Program time may be shorter. Vocal music is permitted.

 

1)      Maximum of two (2) different dance lifts, one short lift with a maximum duration of seven seconds and one long lift with a maximum duration of 12 seconds OR three (3) different types of short lifts (7 seconds each)

2)      Maximum of one dance spin with optional positions.  A simple spin with no change of foot consisting of at least three revolutions for each partner or a combination spin with change of foot consisting of at least three rotations on each foot is permitted.

3)      Maximum of one set of synchronized twizzles with up to three steps between

4)      Maximum of one circular step sequence – Style A

 

6. Part E:  Pairs Events

Pairs teams must be comprised of one woman and one man.

6.1. Adult Pairs

A maximum program time of 3:10 minutes. Program time may be shorter. For skaters approximately at the Bronze to Silver Free Skating level

 

1)      Maximum of two different lifts from Group 1 or Group 2 with a minimum half revolution for the man and one revolution for the woman. Variations of the woman’s position, no-handed and one-handed lifts, and combination lifts are not permitted.  Overhead lifts and twist lifts are not permitted.  A different take-off counts as a different lift.  All lifts will be called at Base Level regardless of content.

2)      Maximum of one throw jump (single only)

3)      Maximum of one solo jump combination or sequence

4)      Maximum of one pair spin (may be in combination)

5)      Maximum of one spiral figure or death spiral

6)      Maximum of one spiral sequence

 

6.2. Adult Masters Pair

A maximum program time of 3:10 minutes. Program time may be shorter.  For skaters approximately at the Gold to Elite Masters Free Skating level

 

1)      Maximum of three different lifts, one of which may be a twist lift.  All lifts will be called at Base Level regardless of content.

2)      Maximum of two throw jumps (single or double)

3)      Maximum of one solo jump. Single, double or triple jumps are permitted.  Any solo jump can be repeated only once and this repetition must be done either in a jump combination or in a jump sequence.

4)      Maximum of one solo jump combination or sequence

5)      Maximum of one pair spin (may be in combination)

6)      Maximum of one solo spin (may be in combination).

7)      Maximum of one spiral figure or death spiral.

8)      Maximum of one choreographic step sequence (any pattern)

 

7. Part F:  Supplementary Events

SHOW CASE (USFS Dramatic and Light Skate Entertainment)

Background: Showcase programs are designed by the skaters and/or coach and focus on the skater's ability to entertain an audience through use of theatrics or artistic abilities. Programs may tell a story, create a mood or have an obvious theme. Costumes and props are permitted within the restrictions (feather boas are not permitted). 

Event

Recommended Skating Level

Program Time

7.1. Adult Introductory Showcase

For skaters approximately at the Intro Open Free Skating category level

Maximum 1:40 minutes

7.2. Adult Bronze Showcase

For skaters approximately at the Bronze Free Skating level

Maximum 1:40 minutes

7.3. Adult Silver Showcase

For skaters approximately at the Silver Free Skating level

Maximum 1:40 minutes

7.4. Adult Gold Showcase

For skaters approximately at the Gold and/or Masters Free Skating level

Maximum 1:40 minutes

7.5. Adult Elite Showcase

For skaters approximately at the level of former competitive skaters

Maximum 1:40 minutes

7.6. Adult Open Couples Showcase

For skaters approximately at the Bronze to Silver Free Skating level (both skaters)

Maximum 1:40 minutes

7.7. Adult Open Masters Couples Showcase

For skaters approximately at the Gold to Elite Masters Free Skating level (both skaters)

Maximum 1:40 minutes

Program content requirements and event procedures for all levels are as follows:

  • Theatrical costumes and hand props are permitted. Feathers and boas of any type are not permitted.
  • Vocal music is permitted.
  • A maximum of 1 minute will be permitted prior to each performance for the skater(s) to warm-up and set-up any props as necessary.
  • All single jumps are permitted. Jumps of any higher rotation will be subject to an illegal element violation if included.

7.8. Team Elements (USFS Team Maneuvers) 

Each team will consist of three to five members with one element performed by each member. Both men and women may compete on the same team. Each skater may perform no more than two elements. Skaters do not have to represent the same club. A skater may only compete on one team. Skaters may skate up one level form their Free Skate level. 

Event

Recommended Skating Level

Elements

7.9. Bronze Team

For skaters approximately at the Bronze Free Skating level

1.       Waltz + Single Toe Loop

2.       Any single + single combination jump

3.       Spiral (forward and backward)

4.       One foot spin (either forward or backward)

5.       Sit Spin (min 3 revs)

7.10. Silver Team

For skaters approximately at the Silver Free Skating level

1.       Axel

2.       Any single + single combination jump

3.       Layback or cross foot spin

4.       Camel/sit spin combination

5.       Spiral OR step sequence

7.11. Gold Team

For skaters approximately at the Gold and/or Masters Free Skating level

1.       Axel

2.       Any combination jump/sequence

3.       Layback or cross foot spin

4.       Any spin combination – may be flying entry

5.       Spiral OR step sequence

8. Part G:  Illegal Elements/Movements

The following will be identified as an illegal element/movement in any Adult program:

  • Somersault type elements including cartwheels, back flips and rolling on the ice.
  • Lying and/or prolonged stationary kneeling on both knees on the ice at any moment including the splits on the ice.
  • Kneeling or sliding (two knees, legs or combination of body parts) or supporting oneself on the ice with a hand(s).

9. Part H:  Deductions

Refer to the Skate Canada Rule Book- Scoring of Skate Canada Competitions for a full list of deductions.

9.1. Timing

  • The time of a free skating, interpretive or free dance program must begin from the moment the skater begins to move or to skate until arriving at a complete stop at the end of the program.
  • Each skater must take the starting position of each segment of the competition no later than thirty seconds after he/she is called to start. If the time has expired and the skater has not yet taken the starting position, the referee shall apply a deduction of 1.0 point (deducted from the final score). If more than sixty seconds from the call to the start have expired and the skater has not yet taken the starting position, he/she will be considered as withdrawn. The first competitor in a warm-up group will be granted an extra time of 30 seconds after he/she is called to the start. The timing procedure as described above will start after that 30-second extra time period.

9.2. Interruptions

  • In case of an interruption in the program, the allowed three-minute period before the continuation commences immediately after the referee has stopped the performance with a loud signal.

9.3. Costumes

  • Clothing worn in competitions must be modest, dignified and appropriate for athletic competition and must not give the effect of excessive nudity for athletic sport. No tights for men are permitted; women may wear skirts, trousers or tights. Women must wear a skirt for Pattern dance events. Sleeveless costumes are permitted for women only. Clothing may reflect the character of the music. The safety of the skater must be a major consideration in the selection of clothing. Tails, boot covers, and trailing fabric that could trip the skater should be avoided.

9.4. Props (not including Showcase categories)

  • Props may not be used. Any item that is held in the hand or removed during the performance is considered to be a prop.  Thus, for example, a hat worn throughout the program is not considered to be a prop, but becomes one if it is intentionally removed or manipulated at any point during the performance.  If an item falls off on its own, it is not a prop; however, a deduction will be taken for part of the costume falling onto the ice.