The ISU has published Communication 2152, Well Balanced Program Content 2018-19 for Synchronized Skating. This year’s programs will include several new elements, many of which were described at the Technical Committee Annual Meeting with Coaches, which you can watch below (audio begins at 8:56).
The new elements and shorter program times are pending approval at Congress in June, so this document could still see revisions. If all of these changes pass, programs will likely look quite different next year.
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…)
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)
The ISU has released Communication 2084, detailing Well Balanced Program Content for the 2017-18 season. This communication replaces Communication 2008 and related clarifications in Communication 2012.
Here is a summary of the Junior and Senior requirements: (more…)