international

Demystifying the Judging System: Roles, Rules & Report Cards (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second instalment in a three-part series about Demystifying the Judging System. Read Part 1: Roles here.

Part 2: Rules

Overview

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…)

Updated Competitions Pages

I’ve updated the Competitions and Competitions Archive pages to a more user-friendly format. I’ve also included as many results links as possible, though I’m still missing several. Feel free to contact me if you have links to any of the results I’m missing. The archive only dates back to the 2010-11 season, but I’d love to find time to go farther back someday, so don’t hesitate to send me links to older results. International only though, please (for now).

Enjoy!

ISU to explore smaller team sizes for synchro

ISU Communication 2085 speaks to decisions made during a recent Council meeting held in Helsinki, Finland, including the following comments on synchro:

“…the Council agreed that the ISU Synchronized Skating Technical Committee shall be mandated to conduct during the season 2017/18 tests at 4 International Competitions with teams composed of a lower number of Skaters than currently in place (less than 16).

Furthermore, in line with Rule 800.2.d) of the Synchronized Skating Special Regulations, the Council agreed that the Synchronized Skating competitions at the Winter Universiade 2019, the Synchronized Skating teams may be composed of 16 competing Skaters as per the current Rule in place, but also may be composed of 12 competing Skaters only.” (Section 9, pp. 3-4)

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2017 World Championships Quick Links

ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
April 7-8, 2017
Colorado Springs, USA