ISU Communication 1611
Single & Pair Skating - Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty and Guidelines for marking Grade of Execution
When ISU released their revised rules one of which was that GOEs would be factored down to 70% of original grade which I still think ridiculous much, I assumed that points scored in general would be hardly higher than previous seasons except when skaters deliver something really extraordinary on ice.
But as it's turned out obviously, my assumption was wrong and every time I opened the protocol sheets after competitions I was perplexed at what I was looking at. It was like judges seemed very determined that they would give as much GOEs as that it feels nothing's changed in factoring for them.
Like, "Well, they got goe of 1 last season, so if we were to make it 2 from now on they would still get the same mark! Or better yet, let's just give them 2s and 3s. It's already too complicated to check every time."
We were seeing more 2s or 3s than ever before, some of them raising the question mark if the skaters really did deserve those marks. When there are clear, detailed guideline as for what kind of execution should receive how much. Take it from ladies field last season, there were no apparent/aggressive per se technical change or advance especially in top ladies and their technical scores were not lowered, even in more occasions, they were higher.
Is it really reasonable to assume that those ladies have a significant "improvement" in their technique, skating skills in just six months? Or is it that there are clear irregularities in judges calls? Or am I just being a paranoid nuts here?
I have other concerns, more of as complaints to why judges would give 0s or even positive GOE when "some" skaters have falls, down-grade calls, under-rotation calls and wrong-edge calls on jumping elements from technical panels or obvious visible error in their execution of elements like step sequences, spins etc. Are they botching them so beautifully that judges somehow don't get willing to give negative goes which they're supposed to do-I had wrong information on this- to them? But it's already a big enough discussion I made so I'll take that aside for now.
So, to sum the question, what are your opinions about current judging patterns for GOE? Do you think they're just fine or they have some concerns? Then what kind of concerns and what kind of suggestions would you make?
I recently read a post (can't remember which thread) that a skater suggested that ISU should introduce an robotic/automatic system in scoring program which generates automatic -3 goes for falls. And I think it can be applied to other errors in elements. Kinda neat, wouldn't it be?
oh no. This was meant to be thrown in the trash can. Could admin please move this to Trash can? Sorry for the inconvenience