There’s clearly a lot to digest in ISU Communication 1798, and I hope these overviews will help you sort through all of it. We know that at least three more Appendices are to come, in addition to the Summary of Calls and any clarification documents prompted by questions people will have after reading through this first major communication of the season. So if you aren’t quite grasping something just yet, don’t sweat it. There’s plenty in 1798 I’m still wrapping my brain around!
All of the links to Parts I through III are above, in one convenient place. I’ve also included a PDF cheat sheet that briefly lists the new Variations. You might want to print this and use it as a kind of map as you work your way through the new criteria for each Element and Feature.
In case you missed them:
We’re in the homestretch, friends. Just a few more elements to cover…and then obsess over for several months.
- Basic requirements and Base – For Base to be awarded, it appears all skaters simply have to attempt a Spread Eagle and/or Ina Bauer. To achieve Levels 1-3, basic requirements that need to be fulfilled are as follows: all skaters must execute a Spread Eagle and/or Ina Bauer; changes of edge (if included) must occur at the same time (no change); an fm must be held in the correct position, on the correct edge for three seconds (no change); and fm’s with a change of edge must be in the correct position for two seconds on each edge (no change).
- Feature — None (no change).
- Difficulty Groups — Levels 1-3 are essentially the same as last year. One notable difference is that 1798 does not specify whether or not steps are permitted between the two fm’s when a Spread Eagle or Ina Bauer is executed in both rotational directions. I expect this will be clarified in future documents.
- Variation(s) — None (no change). Read more…
If you missed it, here’s Part I: Block, Circle, Line, Wheel, Intersection.
NO HOLD ELEMENT
- Basic requirements — No change. For Level Base, the team must cover at least half the length of the ice (or comparable) in four lines of four (or as equal as possible if skating with fewer than 16).
- Feature — Step Sequence (no change). A Step Sequence is required in the Short, meaning there will be a penalty for omitting or executing it incorrectly, which is not usually the case in the Free.
- Variation(s) — Some changes, but not as major as some other Elements. The one-foot series that covers 20m or 30m is no longer, but the (1) change of axis, (2) body movements, (3) skaters/lines changing places, and (4) extra features remain. Note that the full length of the ice must be covered for Levels 2-4, while only half the length of the ice must be covered for Level Base and Level 1. All variations apply to all levels (except Base), so pay attention to the “or” and “and” requirements to ensure you include the correct number of variations for the level you are attempting. Variations may still be executed at the same time, but as was the case last season, if a body movement and extra feature are executed simultaneously, the Technical Panel will count only one, in the team’s favor for the higher level. Read more…
Remember that time I said this?…
I suspect we’ll see more clarifications, rather than changes, given [ISU Communication 1786] is described as replacing Appendix A in Communication 1759. Logic leads me to believe the intention is for 1759 to remain the core reference document, but perhaps simply with minor updates to come.
ISU Communication 1798 outlines several rather major changes to the Difficulty Groups for 2013-14, which is why I’m going to break my overview up into a few separate entries. I’m still working my way through many of the details, and already have a list of questions I expect will be clarified in additional Communications, Q and As, and/or the Summary of Calls in the coming months. For instance, 1798 does not confirm in which cases turns must be correctly executed, versus when they only need to be attempted, for a variation to count. Read more…
2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships on Universal Sports Network
- Friday, April 12 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. EDT
- Friday, April 12 – 9:30-11:00 p.m. EDT (re-air)
- Saturday, April 13 – 2:30-4:00 a.m. EDT (re-air)
- Saturday, April 13 – 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT (re-air)
- Saturday, April 13 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. EDT
- Tuesday, April 16 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. EDT (re-air)
- Tuesday, April 16 – 11:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EDT (re-air)
- Thursday, April 18 – 2:30-4:00 a.m. EDT (re-air)
Visit this link for scheduling changes, and if you can, take the time to thank your local broadcasters for supporting synchronized skating!
2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships on CBC TV
CBC will be showing a selection of Short and Free Programs, according to this tweet from PJ. I’ve also prepared a Viewer’s Guide to provide some insight into how the performances are evaluated by the Technical Panel and Judges. Trying to condense hundreds of pages of ISU-speak into a quickly digestible four-page document proved to be quite the challenge, and while there’s plenty of information I didn’t include, I hope what I did will be beneficial.
Enjoy the broadcast, and thanks to CBC for your continued support of synchronized skating!
If you were in Boston last week at the 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships, you were fortunate to witness some of the best skating this sport has ever seen. If you couldn’t make it to the event, you can thank the magic of the Internet for providing access to the performances on video, below.
I make a point to attend the World Championships whenever they’re in North America, and while each time I leave feeling that our sport is headed in a great direction, this time I was truly blown away by the improvement I saw across the entire event since being in Colorado in 2010. Every single team has upped their game. The quality of skating from the top teams was particularly incredible, but there wasn’t a team in Boston that didn’t contribute something positive to the intense competitive atmosphere of the event, and didn’t impress me with some aspect of their skating. Thank you to every athlete, coach, manager, choreographer, trainer, and supporting cast member for working your butts off so the rest of us could watch such fabulous skating! Read more…