Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Breaking Down the Elements: Novice Men's Free Skate

For the 2012-2013 season, Novice Men must complete elements in three categories during the three and a half minutes allotted for their free skate.  The only change from last season is that the pattern of the step sequence is not fixed.

  • A maximum of 7 jumping passes can be completed
  • 1 must be an Axel-type jump
  • Maximum 3 combinations or sequences
  • Combinations are limited to 2 jumps, but one 3-jump combo is permitted
  • Number of jumps in sequence is not limited
  • One double axel and two different triple jumps may be repeated.  If double axel or triple jumps repeated, must be in combo or sequence.
  • No more than two of the same type of double or triple may be attempted.
  • Maximum of three spins
  • Spins must be of a different nature
  • 1 spin must have a flying entry with no change of foot or position
  • 1 spin must be a combination with or without change of foot
  • 3rd spin is option of skater
  • Minimum 6 revolutions, 10 for the combination spin, minimum of 2 revolutions in each position
  • All spins may change feet and start with a flying entry (except for the proscribed flying entry with no change of foot)
Step Sequences
  • One leveled step sequence
  • Fully utilizing the ice surface

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