Always consult the ISU website for the most up to date rules and regulations.
Contains definitions of Elements, Features, and Additional Features, as well as rules related to the Call to Start, Interruptions, Costume Deductions, and more. Can be downloaded and printed, or purchased from the ISU website. This document is the foundation for all other Communications.
Specifies what’s required to achieve the different difficulty levels of each Element.
Specifies criteria Judges use to assess the quality of Elements and programs.
Specifies the point value of each Element.
Specifies the calls and penalties for Elements, Features, and Additional Features, based on how they are executed.
For more information about how to apply each of these documents, refer to the article, “Demystifying the Judging System: Part 2, Rules.” (Note that it refers to 2018 rules.) Consult your governing body’s website for any additional rules specific to your country or region.
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.
With the 2019 World Synchronized Skating Championships barely a week behind us, it’s already time to start planning for next season. The Well Balanced Program Content for 2019-20 has been released, and programs will look quite different from what we saw this year. Here are the changes. (more…)
2019 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships
April 12-13, 2019
Short Programs: Friday, April 12 – 10:00 AM, EDT (5:00 PM Helsinki)
Free Programs: Saturday, April 13 – 6:45 AM, EDT (1:45 PM Helsinki)