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attempt to evaluate the positive and negative performance
of each element in an objective process to determine the mark they
between coaches and judges should be an on going process, especially
when there are many changes in the MITF elements that will occur on
Sept. 2, 2010.
frequently talk about the following topics:
- The MITF have
specific patterns that can be evaluated
using the concept of long and short axis, used in skating figures, when
skaters transition from one lobe to another. The consistent placement
of the skate blade on the correct edge and on an angle that results in
forward and backwards lobes that are equal in size and shape on outside
and inside edges.
- Skaters are not learning how to correctly
perform turns using a rise and bending of the skating knee in
the necessary coordination to initiate and check rotation to achieve
an effortless and controlled turn. Judges observe the core body
throughout the performance of a
curve or in the transition between two different curves
connected by turns.
- Skaters lack an understanding of the geometry
of skating edges and the previous tracings or relationship to future
tracings. Skaters also do not seem to be able to perform the
curves/lobes in a rhythmic manner necessary to satisfy the Quickness
- There is no appreciation of how elegant the
body carriage should be when performing MITF. There is no attempt to
attain some level of presentation skills in the performance of MITF
- Failure of skaters to effective use the
rulebook patterns as a guide to correctly perform the MITF elements.
surface can be divided into four distinctive quadrants of the ice
surface that coincide with the lines and circles that are universal in
rinks that host a hockey club. This is the most frequent cause of the
skater running out of room at the ends of the rink.
- Skaters seem to be unaware of the need
to adjust the size of their lobes and flow to
accommodate the edges and turns to correctly fit into each quadrant,
especially on clean ice that generally exists for testing. When this is
not achieved, the skater realizes they are running out of room and then
slows down in an attempt to avoid running
into the barrier.
- A failure to communicate by coaches that the
skaters must correct existing problems noted on judging sheets. Judges
when the elements are performed to a minimum level, not a n error free
standard. Two judges passing a test indicates there are problems that
need correction. At some test
sessions, it is obvious that some coaches place a different emphasis
- What is an
acceptable minimum skill level to pass and common
mistakes that are observed by judges.
- That coaches are judges are using different
definitions of acceptable skill levels - represented by the notations
used by judges to support their marks.
- Skaters reach a "Brick Wall" when they have
failed to correct basic errors on previously
This ultimately results in skaters reaching a test level where their
fundamental skating skills are major obstacles that must be corrected
if they expect to pass the next MITF test level.
Information is an important tool that provides a
basis for the articles
being developed. The goal is to help facilitate
communications between judges and coaches that provides the technical descriptions
coaches use in their teaching
and for judges the basis they use to arrive at the minimum standard for
passing each level of tests.
suggestions are welcomed so a balance of
different perspectives can be achieved. Input from coaches and
judges will help to achieve a consensus. We hope our efforts will
result in skaters who are well prepared to test and receive a uniform
evaluation by judges from rink to rink.
Diego Figure Skating Communications (SDFSC) is a not for profit
of SDFSC is to provide information that
participation and achievement in the sport of figure skating.
The articles below are
currently under development to serve as
materials for seminars for
skaters, parents, coaches, and judges.
skills range from 6th grade to post graduate studies.
comments and suggestions would be
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