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…)
The ISU has released Communication 2159, which outlines Difficulty Groups for Elements and Additional Features (i.e., Technical Requirements) for the 2018-19 season. This Communication replaces 2121. Remember, this is the document that tells you what you have to do to get credit for a certain level. More documents will be released later that go into detail about the penalties for not executing something correctly. See Demystifying the Judging System: Roles, Rules & Reports Cards (Part 2 of 3) for more information on the order in which documents are usually released.
Presumably, there could be revisions to 2159 after Congress is held in June. If you’re up for some light reading, the 135-page Congress agenda and proposals can be found in Communication 2156.
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…)