Breaking Down the Elements: Novice Ladies Free Skate

For the 2012-2013 season, Novice Ladies have 3 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds) to complete elements in three categories in their free skate.  The only change from last season is that the pattern of the step sequence is no longer fixed.

Jumps

  • Maximum 6 jumping passes in the program
  • 1 must be an Axel-type jump
  • Maximum of 3 combinations or sequences
  • Combinations are limited to 2 jumps, but one 3-jump combination is permitted.
  • Number of jumps in a sequence is not limited
  • No more than 2 jumps that are 2 1/2 or 3 rotations may be repeated.  If double axel or triple jump repeated, must be in combination or sequence
  • No more than 2 of the same time of double or triple may be attempted

Spins

  • There are a maximum of 3 spins
  • 1 must have a flying entry with no change of position or foot
  • 1 must be a spin combination with or without a change of foot
  • 3rd spin is option of skater
  • Minimum 6 revolutions, 10 for the combination spin, minimum 2 revolutions in each position
  • All spins may change feet and start with a fly (except the fixed flying entry with no change of foot)
  • Spins must be of a different nature

Step Sequences

  • One leveled step sequence
  • Fully utilizing the ice surface