Earlier today, the ISU live-streamed their Synchronized Skating Technical Committee Annual Meeting with Coaches from the World Championships in Stockholm. The one key takeaway? There could be some big changes coming, pending approval of these proposals at Congress. If you didn’t catch the live stream, you can still watch the approximately one-hour broadcast here (note that the audio doesn’t begin until 8:56):
Presentation topics included:
The number of skaters required for Championships
New penalties, including for falls and violating call to start rules
A renewed focus on encouraging skating as a team unit (not as 16 individuals)
Rules to discourage excessive posing and theatrics
New maximum program lengths
Overview of new and revised elements, with a focus on encouraging creativity
Overview of the new GOE range
This was an amazing opportunity for a worldwide audience to get early insight into upcoming changes. Thanks to the ISU for making this broadcast available!
This is the second instalment in a three-part series about Demystifying the Judging System. Read Part 1: Roleshere.
Part 2: Rules
Like the other figure skating disciplines, synchronized skating is governed by rules and regulations created by the International Skating Union. The bad news is, there is no one single rule book that contains everything a coach or official needs to know. The good news is, all the documents that make up the rules are available online, for free. It just requires a little effort to find and organize them.
With so many different documents being published at different times during the year, it can be hard to know where to start when you need to look something up. I’m here to help point you in the right direction. (more…)