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We got into an off topic discussion in another thread regarding possible changes to the COP/IJS and I think the question deserves its own thread. After the season ends, the system will be reevaluated and tweaked as it is every year. What changes would you like to see?
I feel that the ISU needs to rework how the SP and LP are scored and figure out a way to differentiate the two, as the LP has become - literally - a longer version of the short program, whereas under 6.0, the SP had a specific purpose: required elements and specific deductions with the goal of assessing one's standard of skating based on a predefined criteria. The LP, OTOH, allowed skaters the freedom to focus on their strengths without fear of penalty. They just built their technical merit as high as they could using their strengths.
Below are my recommendations for how the SP and LP should be structured. I will follow up with levels/GOE, but realize this is a lot to digest.
I think the SP should go back to simply testing proficiency within the RE. Reintroduce the spiral sequence, and grade everything at Level 1, focusing on skating technique, quality and execution. Jump values and GOEs would be adjusted to be consistent with the scoring of the other components, depending on where they fit in terms of importance. Use this program to build skaters' strength across all skills by requiring that both an edge and toe jump be performed, as well as different spin positions.
Allowing more skaters the chance at being in contention after the SP would be a major plus for the sport. The fact that someone with such beautiful skating skills as Nikodinov would be buried under COP under COP isn't right. Skaters with great technique should be allowed their chance to gain points, just as those with added flexibility and skill are. This system would also keep SP scores much more contracted, preventing the Yuna's and VT's of the world from winning when the game is supposed to only be halfway over.
1) Jump combination (minimum 3-2)
2) Solo jump* preceded by steps (steps given separate GOE)
3) Double axel
4) Flying spin (alternating between camel and sit)
5) 1-position solo spin (must be different than flying spin); I think the layback requirement is outdated and favors certain body type
6) Combination spin
7) Spiral Sequence (minimum 3 positions)
8) Step Sequence
*Solo jump must come from different family of jumps than that used for the first jump within the combo (in the case of a 3-3, solo jump is up to the skater's discretion)
Meanwhile, the LP can retain a level system for jumps, spins and steps to allow skaters to build points around their strength, allowing 1-2 "free" items of equal value to be included: a spiral sequence, ChSt, 1-position spin, jump of any rotation, etc..
1) 7 jumping passes*, 1 being an axel (for ladies)
2) Minmum 3 spins, 1 of which must be a combination
3) Step Sequence
4) Choice between spiral sequence, ChSt (with 3-second spiral required within), 1-position spin, or series of unlisted jumps (minimum 2); given same point value and judged solely on GOE
*combos multiplied by 1.1, sequences 1, and falls receive -3 mandatory along with a deduction worth 25% of the jump
**maximum 3 jumps per program eligible for 10% bonus
The goal of condensing the PCS is to allow the judges to make more accurate assessments, by combining areas that might seem duplicative on the surface. Including "overall impression" is aimed at providing an area within IJS to account for the performance as a whole. Ideally, each component would show up, and the judge would enter a score for each skill within the category. The would be averaged, but all numbers would be shown on the protocols. This is to ensure judges fully understand how each component is defined.
[ 7 ] Blade Work: minimal scratching, use of deep and correct edging
[ 8 ] Speed: ability to generate and control speed with little pushing or pumping
[ 7 ] Form: correct posture, competent stretch and flexibility, tight legs during jump elements
[ 8 ] Overall Strength: ability to complete jumps and spins of the highest level from all traditional entries and positions
TOTAL AVERAGE: 7.5
[ 6 ] Ice Coverage: use of entire ice surface, setting jumps with adequate space before the boards
[ 5 ] Range of Motion & Balance: use of entire body and utilizing skills that make use of all levels and planes, placing elements consistently throughout the program, minimal clustering of similar elements
[ 5 ] Transitions: little use of stroking or 2-foot skating between elements, using MITF and connecting steps to transition between elements, placing spins or unlisted jumps directly before/after jump, unexpected or difficult entry into elements, minimal break in choreography to prepare for elements
[ 5 ] Timing & Movement: use of choreography that fits the selected music, accuracy of choreography within a defined theme (ex: tango), appropriate use of arms, placing elements and choreography in time with the music, use of tempos to create highs an lows within program
TOTAL AVERAGE: 5.25
Performance & Overall Impression
[ 5 ] Interpretation: ability to perform choreography in time with the music and evoke an an appropriate interpretation, connection with audience commitment to choreography and/or selected theme (ex: waltz) or character
[ 4 ] Continuity: completion of program from start to finish without interruption due to error or rest stops, stamina from beginning to end of program
[ 4 ] Cleanliness: ability to complete planned content at the highest quality
[ 5 ] Timing: placing and completing elements and choreography in time with the music, use of tempo to create highs an lows within program
TOTAL AVERAGE: 4.5