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Preparing for competitions is a fun and exciting way to master your skills, and skaters can compete at any level. It's a great way to add purpose to your skating and put what you've learned into a meaningful context.
Aimée is always happy to work with the skaters that she coaches to put together a skating program (routine) and prepare the skater for competition!
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Eligibility Restructure: Decoupling Tests From Competition
You can skate down from your singles free skate test level. But a key term within this restructure is the competitive floor. That's the lowest level that you can compete.
Before December 1st, 2022, you must have passed the equivalent singles free skate test to enter that level in competition. So, if you wanted to skate in intermediate, you would've had to pass the intermediate free skate test. That will continue to be the case.
There's still a test prerequisite!
What has changed is that now, that same skater could skate down to novice if they have not entered an official series with an EMS registration at the intermediate level. That same skater could also skate up one level to junior, just like they've always been able to.
However, let's suppose that same skater were to enter an official series through EMS at the junior level - that level will become their competitive floor - the lowest level they can compete at for all future competitions as they move forward.
The big news is the same skater may also accelerate their test level by passing junior, for example, and continue to compete at intermediate. That same skater could even take their senior, or what will be called their gold singles test, and still continue to compete at intermediate.
Think of it this way: you can take your senior moves in the field or what is now gold skating skills and still compete at pre-preliminary because the moves or skating skills test has no bearing on your competitive level. So, what US Figure Skating has done is similar with singles free skate tests. They're using the same method in how singles free skate tests relate to the competition level.
Until you reach the Juvenile level, most competitions, including Compete USA competitions, still use 6.0 scoring.
6.0 is the longstanding judging system for figure skating. Scoring for figure skating is different from how any other sport is scored!
In this video, I explain everything you need to know about 6.0 scoring for Compete USA!
The truth is that 6.0 scoring is hard for figure skaters to understand, difficult for coaches to interpret and explain to our skaters and their parents, and, according to judges, it's also challenging for them. Learn about the issues with 6.0 and why all U.S. Figure Skating competitions don't use IJS.
Changes are coming to Compete USA. These are critical for you to know if you plan on competing in Excel Beginner, Excel High Beginner, or the Learn to Skate USA Free Skate levels, including Pre-Free Skate. I'll review all the changes and when you can expect them.
I'm going over some REAL examples of 6.0 placements that I found interesting so that you can better understand scoring works.
If you've ever been involved in a figure skating competition where there were some confusing placements or even a tie, this video can help you understand how they sorted that out.
There are some big changes coming to the Excel Series in 2024!
I want you to know about the changes to levels FIRST so that YOU have plenty of time to prepare.
The Excel Program bridges the transition from Learn to Skate USA to U.S. Figure Skating.
Excel is for skaters that are more focused on testing than competing.
Find out more about the USFSA Excel Program & Excel Series in this video!
What is the U.S. Figure Skating Excel Program, and what has changed for 2023?
I explain all about USFSA Excel in this video!
IJS scoring provides a measurable number associated with each required element and the program components. A competition recently used IJS for the lower levels. This is a great opportunity to see how these levels are scored with IJS and improve your results in a competition!
Solo dance offers figure skaters without partners, the opportunity to participate in ice dance at a competitive level. It also teaches developing skaters critical skills early on that can help them improve their skating skills for free skating or to prepare them for the possibility of skating with a partner. It also provides a gender-neutral environment for a competitive ice dance with an even playing field for all genders.
Have you ever watched figure skating on TV and been completely confused by the scoring? Maybe you wondered why someone who fell got the gold. Or, maybe you thought one skater was better, but someone else outscored them, and you didn't understand why.
I'm (hopefully) going to simplify it so that you can better understand what you are watching!
Understanding IJS can feel overwhelming. It is a complicated system.
I will review all the basics of IJS from the technical side. I'll help you understand the technical panel. If you are already familiar with IJS, this video can also help refresh your memory and maybe even discover something new.
Every season, there are changes to program requirements. Even the slightest change to your program requirements can significantly impact your score and final placements.
In this video, I review the big changes impacting well-balanced singles events for the 2023 to 2024 season!
What are these new codes appearing on your IJS Protocol? It's Protocol Feedback!
It offers you specific information for step sequences and spins. I will show you how this new initiative launched by U.S. Figure Skating this spring can help Juvenile through Senior Singles competitors in Well Balanced and Excel when scored with IJS.
I'm taking a look at domestic clarifications from U.S. Figure Skating for Well Balanced Singles programs by level for the 2023-2024 - including jumps, jump bonuses, spins, steps, and even falls!
The ISU has changed some IJS rules for spins for the 2023 to 2024 figure skating season.
Find out what they are so you can understand them!
Figure skating used to have five components. Now, we only have three components!
Component marks are a critical part of a figure skater's score! Find out the new components and how you can improve your PCS score this season!
In this video, I focus on difficult variations of spins in IJS. A feature in a spin would increase its level. And, ultimately, the spin's value. There are various features and ways that you can increase your level.
This video can also help you if you're competing at 6.0. Because many of the judges are now so fluent in IJS that they're using similar criteria, even if you compete at 6.0.
I've done a lot of videos about IJS. It's a complicated topic that requires constant education. In this video, I discuss Base Values and how you can get positive Grades of Execution (GOEs) – when it comes to jumps. Whether you are competing for the first time under IJS scoring or have been competing or even coaching for IJS for a while, you can always learn something new!
Recreational Ice Skating Magazine - Competitors' Corner
Knowledge is power! Here's some information from Recreational Ice Skating magazine to make you a more powerful ISI skater.
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