At a skating competition, skaters at the same skill level compete by performing a skating program for a panel of judges. A skating program combines the different skating elements of a particular level set to music. Competitions are not a requirement of skating. Each skater must set his or her own personal goals. However, competitions can be fun and very motivating. They are an excellent opportunity for skaters to be creative, practice their skills and presentation techniques, and learn good sportsmanship. To compete in any competition, the skater must first be a member of US Figure Skating (USFS). All members of BFSC are members of USFS.
Competition Program Music
Competition program music is typically selected by the Pro. The length of the program music is set by competition rules.
Competitions at the Basic Skills Level
Skaters in Learn to Skate classes may compete if they are taking private lessons and are members of United States Figure Skating (USFS). Your Pro should help you complete the application form to ensure you enter competitions at the appropriate skill level. A Pro’s signature and a club officer’s signature are required on all competition forms. Skaters are restricted to compete at their current basic skills level or equivalent, or no higher than one level above their current level. A skater may not enter at more than one level. You can find the current required elements in the USFS Basic Skills Rulebook.
Competition announcements are available on the club bulletin board. Your Pro should help you complete the application form to enter competitions at the appropriate skill level. Skaters are restricted to compete at their current skill level or equivalent, or no higher than one level above current level. A skater may not enter at more than one level. Any test level skater can compete at Regionals. Skaters at Juvenile and Intermediate who place in the top 4 will advance to US Junior Nationals. Skaters Novice and above who place in the top 4 advance to Pacific Coast Sectionals. Skaters in the top 4 at Sectionals advance to US Nationals.
A Competition includes one or more of the following events.
Skaters/Pro’s select their own music and theme, and choreograph the different required jumps, spins and program elements for the skating level that best displays their technical and artistic skills. Music duration is dependent upon test level. The Competition entry form usually provides information on the music duration and required elements for the different levels of entry. Freestyle is the more technical of the events. The judges are judging the entire program choreography, musicality, transitional skating between elements, edge quality the program is skated with and the elements themselves. It is a well rounded or complete performance as far as skating goes.
Skating is based on a rhythmic interpretation of music selected by the skater/Pro. Judges consider composition, interpretation, and style in determining the mark given, with the difficulty of jumps given no weight. Artistic music may include vocal arrangements. No props of any kind are allowed. The artistic programis usually music with or without words that are romantic, dramatic, or serious in nature and the emphasis should be placed on the creative and innovative design of the program. Strong edges, body position, flow, musical interpretation, rhythm, choreography, and artistry should be the main focus of an artistic program. There is no mark for technical merit in an artistic program and no props are allowed unless stated in the competition announcement. The object of interpretive ice skating events is to interpret skating to music and have fun competing.
The object of interpretive ice skating events is to interpret skating to music and have fun competing.
A skating performance focused on entertainment. Entries in this category can be dramatic, theatrical, light-hearted or comedic in nature. Costumes and props must fit the category and performance. Music can include vocal arrangements?
Skating based on different aspects of dance, with the emphasis on rhythm and steps. The beauty of ice dancing lies in its precise footwork, coordination, and flair.
Spin and Jump events are events hosted by some clubs in which skaters perform selected spins and jumps for each level. They are judged only on how well each of the elements is performed. For example: how strong and secure the entrance of the spin, how difficult the spin was due to a varied position, number and speed of the revolutions completed, the centering of the spin, the security and strength of the exiting of the spin.
Free skating performed in unison by partners (male and female), with the addition of lifts, throw jumps, connecting steps, solo spins, and pair spins. Unison is reflected as shadow skating or mirror skating. Jumps and spins are synchronized; stroking is simultaneous and in rhythm.
Synchronized Team Skating
Synchronized Skating is a form of team skating; characterized by speed, accuracy, intricate formations and breathtaking transitions performed by teams of typically 8 – 20 skaters. This specialized discipline requires skaters to have excellent skating skills so they can perform intricate step sequences, difficult hand holds and quick changes of direction with the highest level of precision. Synchronized skating is currently available at Cottonwood Heights.
BFSC tries to hold at least one Competition or Exhibition each year.
General & During Freestyle Sessions
These rules are expected to be followed…regardless of age or level!
Talking and socializing should be done before or after ice time…not while on the ice. Skaters are allowed to work in groups only if they are productive and not disruptive to other skaters.
Do not “hang out” in the “Lutz Corners”. Keep in mind that skaters are jumping in both directions…all 4 corners are “lutz corners”.
Be polite to and considerate of your fellow skaters. Everyone pays for their ice time. “Right-Of-Way” goes in the following order: (1) Skaters in lessons, (2) Skaters performing their program with music, (3) Higher level skaters, (4) Adults, (5) All others.
No tantrums on the ice.
No foul language, vulgar gestures, or negativity toward Pros, skaters, or others. Pros and/or Board members reserve the right to expel a skater from the ice.
Spins should be done in the center of the ice unless being performed during a program or lesson.
Programs -- Each skater may play their tape one time by placing it in line with other skaters’ tapes. If there is not a line, the skater may play their music again. Higher level skaters preparing for Regionals will be required to do back-to-back run-throughs. Guest skaters must check with the BFSC Pros on the ice prior to double runthroughs of their music. If a skater has more than one program (i.e. short program, showcase, etc.), the skater must place the tape at the end of the tape line. No more than two (2) program tapes can be in line at a time.
Be aware of the others skaters’ patterns. Remember the “Golden Rule”…treat others how you would like to be treated.
Gossiping is not tolerated. Should conflicts arise with other skaters, it is expected that the skaters involved will discuss and resolve their conflicts with each other. If a facilitator is necessary, contact a Board member or Pro.
A good work ethic and positive training environment is strongly encouraged.