'Play it safe' just encourages skaters to stay in their comfort zone. A whole lot of skaters have fallen over the years while learning a new jump (though of course plenty fall on jumps they already know as well). Think of all the skaters who have attempted to introduce the quad to their program and failed - remember Buttle who fell all the time on his fully rotated quad to get points? He got very good at that, so good that it looked like the fall was choreographed. Remember Mike Weiss, who was trying to land the quad lutz forever and never did? Then there were other skaters who lost all their choreography trying to incorporate the quad, like Takeshi. Men generally need a quad as well as 3A to compete for the podium. And they need the levels and PCS marks as well. There are more falls under CoP than there used to be because programs are now more demanding. Falling is actually the norm - clean skates the exception.