Breaking Down the Elements: Junior Pairs Free Skate

The junior pairs free skate consists of 9 categories of elements that must be completed in 4:00 +/- 10 seconds.


  • Maximum of 2
  • One must be from Group 3 or 4
  • Full extension of lifting arms
  • Minimum 2 revolutions by lady and minimum 1 revolution and maximum 3 1/2 revolutions by man
  • Only 1 lift may include a carry feature.  Carry type lifts (1/2 rotation exit/entry) are permitted but not included in the allowed number of lifts (counted as transitions)

Twist Lifts

  • Maximum of 1
  • No limit to number of revolutions
  • Takeoff may be Toe Loop, Flip/Lutz, or Axel

Throw Jumps

  • Maximum of 2
  • Must be different

Solo jumps

  • Maximum of 1
  • No limit on the number of revolutions

Jump Sequence/Combination

  • Maximum of 1
  • Jump combination may consist of 2 or 3 jumps.  No limit to number of jumps in Jump sequence.  Both may include jumps with the same name.

Pair Spin/Combination Spin

  • Maximum of 1
  • Pair Spin: Minimum 6 revolutions, optional change of position
  • Pair Combination Spin: At least 1 change of position and 1 change of foot by each partner (3 revolutions before and after change of foot) and Minimum of 8 revolutions

Solo Spin/Combination Spin

  • Maximum of 1
  • Solo Spin: minimum 6 revolutions
  • Solo Combination Spin: minimum 10 revolutions, optional change of position and foot (3 revolutions before and after change of foot)

Death Spiral

  • Maximum of 1
  • When death spiral position is attained, both partners must execute 1 revolution with man in full pivot position
  • Lady must skate on a clean edge with her body and head close to the ice surface.
  • Lady’s head must reach the level of her skating knee
  • Variations of arm holds and pivot positions possible

Spiral Sequence

  • Maximum of 1
  • Sequence consists primarily of spirals.  Spiral is 1 blade on the ice and free leg (knee/foot) higher than hip level.
  • Minimum 2 spirals by both partners for 3 seconds each OR 1 spiral for 6 seconds each for a fixed Base Value.