Strategy

2019-20 GOE Guidelines Explained

When the new rules for the upcoming synchronized skating season are published each year, many of us gravitate towards the technical documents. But trying out a “GOE first” mindset could be what really sets your team apart this season.

There are always many new technical details to understand, and determining which difficulty levels will be appropriate for your team is of course a crucial part of program construction. But year after year, I see many teams focus only on technical aspects, and treat GOE as an afterthought.

Teams prioritize getting their levels called, without realizing that attention to GOE can actually help improve their technical scores. Having good shape, unison, speed and flow goes a long way towards the successful execution of all Elements — and especially those like Intersections, weaving Circles, and Moves Elements where there’s little room for error when skaters are in close proximity.

With that in mind, here are the important things to note about GOE in ISU Communication 2246.

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Updated 2018-19 Scale of Values

The ISU has updated the Scale of Values (Communication 2170) with new values for the Move Element. Changes are highlighted in yellow in the communication.

The Scale of Values should be an important tool in your choreographic strategy. Learn more about how to use this document here.

Demystifying the Judging System: Roles, Rules & Report Cards (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final instalment in a three-part series about Demystifying the Judging System. Read Part 1: Roles and Part 2: Rules.

Part 3: Report Cards

Overview

You’re in the Kiss and Cry after you skated. You’re jubilant after a season’s best performance, devastated after your worst performance ever, or somewhere in between. You’re huddled as a team, filled with anxiety, and at that moment, there are only two numbers in the world that matter: your total score, and your ranking.

At some point after the celebration or consolation, you’ll look at your team’s report card. Many coaches, skaters, parents, and fans have become well-versed at interpreting the wall of codes and numbers it displays. Many people just want to see the difficulty levels (“calls”), and give up on the rest because it looks confusing. If you’ve ever looked at a report card and thought, “What does this all mean?” keep reading. (more…)

2018-19 Scale of Values for Synchronized Skating

The ISU has published the 2018-19 Scale of Values in Communication 2170. This replaces Communication 2116 from last season. Most interestingly, it gives us our first look at the -5 to +5 GOE points scale. More specific details about the new GOE criteria will be released this summer, but in the meantime, this scale can be used to help decide which difficulty levels to attempt by comparing base values.

For instance, take a look at Intersection Level 5 on page 3. All of these combinations will have the exact same base value (5.50 points): (more…)