IMO, the low pass rates at novice (and junior) are also partly due to judges' expectations for those loops. We (coaches) were told in the new moves seminars that the standards were different than from the old figures patterns, that the standard was lower. When people started to test them that wasn't how it panned out. It took a long time for us to figure out what the judges wanted, for both novice and for junior. We're finally getting to the place where we're confident teaching those newer elements/patterns, and how to get them where the judges want them to be. That said, novice is simply a very hard level, and always has been, long before the 2010 changes. I think most of the proposed moves changes are BAD, and hope very much they don't pass. I've spoken to several delegates about this, & all of the people I spoke to also don't like the proposed changes & will be voting no.