Breaking Down the Elements: Novice Pairs Free Skate

The novice pairs free skate consists of 9 categories of elements that must be completed in 3:30 +/- 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
  • Carry-type lifts and carry-type features are not permitted.

Twist Lifts

  • Maximum of 1
  • Single or double

Throw Jumps

  • Maximum of 2
  • Must be different
  • Single, double or triple

Solo jumps

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

Jump Sequence/Combination

  • Maximum of 1
  • Jump combination may consist of 2.  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:
  • Pair Combination Spin: At least 1 change of position and 1 change of foot by each partner, Minimum of 5 revolutions

Solo Spin/Combination Spin

  • Maximum of 1
  • Change of foot and position, and flying entry are optional
  • Both partners must achieve basic position for 2 revolutions
  • Minimum 5 revolutions

Death Spiral

  • Maximum of 1
  • Regular 1-hand to 1-hand hold required
  • When death spiral position is attained, both partners must execute 1 revolution with man in full pivot positions
  • Lady must skate on a clean edge with her body and head close to the ice surface.

Step Sequence

  • Maximum of 1
  • Fully utilizing ice surface.  Partners should share workload, skate close together and to the character of the music.
  • Changes of place and holds, short stops, and small jump-like movements permitted.

The main differences between novice and junior is that the novice program is 30 seconds shorter, carry-type lifts and features are not permitted, the twist lift can only be a single or double, the throw jumps can only be up to triples, the jump combination may only include 2 jumps, the minimum rotations in the spins is lower, the hand hold in the death spiral is required and they do a step sequence instead of a spiral sequence.