Thursday, June 24

Rule Changes Published -- Here's Some Easier Wording

Oh goodie, time to analyze all of the ISU rule changes from the recent Congress. Read it for yourself here, or check out my cliff notes slash easier to comprehend writing below.

1.a) The half loop is now considered as a part of a three-jump combination and will receive the starting value of a single loop. Only one three-jump combination is allowed per program.
b) The final "wind-up" at the end of a one position spin or flying spin does not count as another position, as long as it has no additional feature such as a change of edge or varied position. This means that when a skater does a flying camel, for example, the final two or three rotations that are done in an upright position of sorts have no effect on the rest of the spin and won't be counted for anything. If there is an additional feature during this upright position, the spin would no longer be called a spin in one position or a flying spin. The flying spin is a required element of the singles short programs.

2.a) All short programs in senior and junior singles events now consist of 7 elements, as 1 element has been dropped from each program.
b) In senior and junior mens short programs, one step sequence has been dropped leaving one total. It can still be done in a straight line, circular, or serpentine sequence.
c) In senior and junior ladies short programs, there is no longer a spiral sequence requirement. Spirals in short programs now count towards the transitions component mark.
d) Senior ladies may now attempt a triple Axel as their Axel requirement in the short program. Previously, a triple Axel was only allowed to be attempted as part of the jump combination requirement (ex. triple Axel/double toe loop).
e) Senior men may now attempt two quadruple jumps in the short program: one as part of the jump combination requirement and one as the solo jump. Previously, only one quadruple jump was allowed to be attempted. Skaters must have two different types of quadruples (ex. toe loop and Salchow) if they wish to try this.
f) For senior men, the landing of the flying spin and the change-foot one-position spin in the short program must be different. Therefore, if a skater is doing a flying camel spin, they must do a sit/change/sit spin. If they are doing a flying sit spin, they must do a camel/change/camel spin. This rule is extremely interesting, as most male skaters last year opted to do both a flying sit spin and a sit/change/sit spin. Back to work on the spins!

3.a) The double Axel can only be included 2 times in a senior or junior singles skaters' free skate. The previous rule allowed for 3.
b) For senior men, the second step sequence (in the order it is performed in the free skate) will have a fixed base value (2.0) and the judges will only score it on GOE. It, again, can be in any of the straight line, circular, or serpentine patterns. 
c) For senior ladies, each spiral sequence will have a fixed base value (2.0) and the judges will only score it on GOE. There must be at least 2 positions held for at least 3 seconds each, or one long spiral held for a minimum of 6 seconds. If this requirement is not met, the value of the spiral will be 0. 

4.a) The short program for pairs in both senior and junior levels now consists of 7 elements, as 1 element has been dropped from the program.
b) The solo spin combination (side-by-side spins) and pairs spin will alternate as the required element each season. The solo spin combination will be the requirement for 2010/2011.
c) The step sequence is now a required element in the short program each season. This used to rotate with the spiral sequence each season.

5.a) The jump combination requirement in senior and junior pairs free skates now may consist of 2 or 3 jumps. Prior, pairs were only able to do 2-jump combinations.
b) For senior pairs, the death spiral performed in the free skate must be different than the one performed in the short program. This is an interesting change much like the senior men having to complete different positions in their spins. I like it.
c) Same as with the senior ladies, both junior and senior pairs will now have a spiral sequence requirement in the free skate each season. Each sequence will have the same fixed base value (2.0), and the judges will only score it on GOE. Both partners must complete either 2 spiral positions held at least 3 seconds each, or both must complete 1 spiral held at least 6 seconds. If this requirement is not met, the value of the spiral will be 0.

6) If there is an illegal movement during the execution of any element, the deduction for an illegal movement will apply and the element will receive Level 1 if the requirements for at least Level 1 are fulfilled. Otherwise the element will have no level and receive no points.

Changes in Special Regulations
2. There is no longer a 2.0 deduction for skaters having to use a "fresh start", due to equipment failure or any other temporary pause. The judges are instructed to keep in mind that a "fresh start" may negatively influence components scores, though. The may definitely needs to be stressed here, as a break in the skaters program isn't always necessarily at the fault of the skater. If they can get right back into the character after the break, then there shouldn't have to be a negative influence in the scores.

3. All about deductions
a) For costume, prop, or music violations, the referee and judges panel will decide as a group whether to take the 1.0 deduction for each. A majority is required, and in the case of a 50/50 split, no deduction will be taken.
b) For falls and illegal elements, the technical panel (controller, specialist, assistant specialist) will decide whether to take the deductions. A deduction will be applied when at least 2 of the 3 agree.

5. Entries to ISU Championships
For senior competitors in mens, ladies, and pairs skating to be able to compete at any of the ISU majors (Worlds, Europeans, Four Continents), a minimum total elements score must be met in both the short program and free skate at a recognized ISU international competition:
Men: Short Program: 20.0; Free Skate: 35.0
Ladies: Short Program: 15.0; Free Skate: 25.0
Pairs: Short Program: 17.0; Free Skate: 30.0
The World Junior Championships will not have restrictions on minimum scores.


Anonymous said...

You know how many canadian men do quads in their short program now ONE!!! You know how many American do one and plan to compete next season? ONE!! You know how many Europeans? Like five-ish?? No Japanese skaters do at all. What a stupid pointless rule change?? I mean who on earth would take the time to do two quads in a short program? You know what there transitions score would be? Zero probably LOL LOL. I believe that rule is going to be used to abolish quads altogether. The ISU will be like "no one added a second quad to their short program-guess quads aren't popular to do so why not just ban them altogether?""

highaims said...

Disagree, to anon 3:57 completely, since the point of it all isn't for the NOW but for the FUTURE of mens' figure skating, to act as an incentive for skaters to challenge while providing them with the appropriate settings.
But then, to each their own...

Anyway, I'd like to point out that the base pts for the Mens' 2nd step sequence and Ladies' spiral sequence in their Free Programs have already been set, as per ISU Comm. No. 1611.
*Choreo Step Seq. is 2.00
*Choreo Spirals is 2.00 also.

Tony said...

Thanks. I should have known to look there! I will edit it in :)

Roxie said...

To the 3:57 anon, not sure if you knew this or not, but the reason no one does quads is because they're not worth the risk. The ISU (Comm No. 1611) recently raised the base value of the 4T to 10.3... although they also raised the BV of the 3A to 8.5, so we'll see if that affects anyone's decision to try a quad or not (and to me, the point change seems so *small* so I don't know if it'll change anything).

(Also, just as a side note, Japanese skaters DO try the quad - they just often fall on it. Oda falls on his quad and I think Daisuke is working on a 4F?)

The problem I have with this rule is that it stipulates that the quads must be of two different jumps. I know of ONE top skater who can do a 4T and a 4S, and that's Brian Joubert. And he doesn't like doing quads under CoP because as I said, they haven't been worth the risk. ...Aaaand we've come full circle. XD

Anonymous said...

ISU have nothing against quads, it´s just a fail of the system. But young skaters are coming and a lot of them are already working on quads. Japanese skaters try quads, you can also find on Youtube a very interesting japanese documentary called "Miracle body" where they explain what a quad means, the technique,etc.

Anonymous said...

The value of the quads is increased now! In short program the skaters will perform only one step sequence (as I understand). May be these changes will make the skaters do difficult jumps.

Anonymous said...

2 different quads in mens sp is nice, but the rule reg - 3 GOE in case the required steps preceding jump aren't done, stays.

What jumping pass are skaters going to do out of steps: 4T+2T, 3A or 4S, your bet?