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New and Updated Synchronized Skating Rules

The ISU has released several Communications pertinent to synchronized skating in the past few weeks. At this time of year, revisions are published as quickly as new documents come out, so visit the ISU website often. You can avoid costly mistakes by ensuring you are following the most current set of rules as you design and refine your choreography.

Technical Requirements

Communication 2182 replaces 2159. This document explains all the things you need to do to get credit for the various difficulty levels. Think of it like a checklist of the requirements you need to meet to get a level called. (more…)

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…)

Demystifying the Judging System: Roles, Rules & Report Cards (Part 1 of 3)

The “new” judging system for synchronized skating isn’t so new anymore. The first time it was used at the World Championships was in 2005, meaning 2018 ushers the judging system as we know it into its teen years. Despite its age, it’s still often met with misconception and confusion, and can be downright confounding for parents, skaters, and coaches who are new to the sport.

In giving feedback to teams throughout the season, I’ve found there are still a lot of misunderstandings about who does what, where to find the right rules, and how to interpret report cards. Consequently, I’ve written a three-part series that will hopefully bring some clarity to these aspects of the judging system. This is the first instalment; watch for the others in the coming weeks.    (more…)

Viewer’s Guide for Worlds on CBC, April 13

2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships on CBC TV

CBC will be showing a selection of Short and Free Programs, according to this tweet from PJ. I’ve also prepared a Viewer’s Guide to provide some insight into how the performances are evaluated by the Technical Panel and Judges. Trying to condense hundreds of pages of ISU-speak into a quickly digestible four-page document proved to be quite the challenge, and while there’s plenty of information I didn’t include, I hope what I did will be beneficial.

Enjoy the broadcast, and thanks to CBC for your continued support of synchronized skating!