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The annual Compete USA Competition, SkateQuest Dogwood Blossom, sponsored by the Reston
Skating Academy located at 1800 Michael Faraday Ct, Reston, VA 20190 will be held at SkateQuest
on Saturday, April 29th, 2017.
The purpose of the competition is to promote a FUN, introductory competitive experience for the
beginning skater.
The competition is open to ALL skaters who are current eligible (ER 1.00) members of either the
Learn to Skate USA program and/or are full members of U.S. Figure Skating. To be eligible, skaters
must have submitted a membership application or be a member in good standing.
Eligibility will be based on skill level as of closing date of entries. All SNOWPLOW SAM AND
LEARN TO SKATE USA SKATERS THROUGH BASIC 6 must skate at highest level passed or one higher
and NO official U.S. Figure Skating tests may have been passed including Moves in the Field or
individual dances. Skaters in other events may skate at highest level passed OR one level higher BUT
not both levels in the same event during the same competition.
All entries musts be submitted no later than March 29th, 2017 and are limited to the first 150
applications received (if limitations on number of entries are needed). Late entries will be accepted only
if the limit has not been reached and at the discretion of the organizers. Entry fees are per person, U.S.
dollars. The First Event is $55 and each Additional Event is $15. NO refunds unless event is cancelled
by the SkateQuest Reston Skating Academy. A valid membership number is required upon entry.
ENTRY FORMS MUST BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY with full payment. Cash, credit card, and
check (payable to SkateQuest) is accepted.
Everyone will receive an award. All events will be final rounds. Medals will be awarded to
first, second, and third places. ALL other places will receive ribbons. Awards will be presented on the
hour, each hour.
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The schedule of events will be posted on www.skatequest.com by April 17th, 2017. Information
regarding groups and skating times will be emailed to parents and coaches prior to the beginning of
competition.
The check-in table will open one hour before the competition begins. Skaters will not be
allowed to compete until they have checked-in. Please check-in at least one hour before your
competition time.
The music for all free skating programs must be provided on a CD by the skater. CDs should be
clearly marked with the name of the skater, event entered, and length of music. Competition music is to
be turned in at the check-in table. Please make sure to bring a back-up copy.
Please read carefully prior to signing up for your event. Skaters will be assigned a flight based
on their level and age.
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EVENT: Basic Elements: SNOWPLOW SAM – BASIC 6
Format choice of the host: Each skater will perform each element when directed by a judge or referee or have the option to
perform one element at a time in the order listed below (no excessive connecting steps). Referee driven format examples: all
skaters perform first element before moving on to the next and so on, or each skater performs all of the required elements
before moving on to the next skater.
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To be skated on 1/3 to 1/2 ice.
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No music.
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All elements must be skated in the order listed.
Level
Time
Snowplow
Sam
1:00 max.
Basic 1
1:00 max.
Basic 2
1:00 max.
Basic 3
1:00 max.
Basic 4
1:00 max.
Basic 5
1:00 max.
Basic 6
1:00 max.
Skating rules/standards
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March followed by a two-foot glide and dip
Forward two-foot swizzles, 2-3 in a row
Forward snowplow stop
Backward wiggles, 2-6 in a row
Forward two-foot glide and dip
Forward two-foot swizzles, 6-8 in a row
Beginning snowplow stop on two-feet or one-foot
Backward wiggles, 6-8 in a row
Forward one-foot glide, either foot
Scooter pushes, right and left foot, 2-3 each foot
Moving snowplow stop
Two-foot turn in place, forward to backward
Backward two-foot swizzles, 6-8 in a row
Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
Forward ½ swizzle pumps on a circle, either clockwise or counter clockwise, 4-6
consecutive
Forward slalom
Beginning backward one-foot glide, either foot
Moving forward to backward two-foot turn on a circle
Backward one-foot glides, right and left
Forward outside edge on a circle, clockwise or counter clockwise
Forward crossovers, 4-6 consecutive, both directions
Beginning two-foot spin, 2-4 revolutions
Backward ½ swizzle pumps on a circle, one direction only
Backward outside edge on a circle, clockwise or counterclockwise
Backward crossovers, 4-6 consecutive, both directions
Advanced two-foot spin, 4-6 revolutions
Forward outside three-turn, right and left
Hockey stop
Forward inside three-turn, right and left
Bunny Hop
Forward spiral on a straight line, right or left
Beginning one-foot spin, 2-4 revolutions, optional free leg held position and entry
T-stop, right or left
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EVENT: Basic Program: SNOWPLOW SAM – BASIC 6
Format: The skating order of the required elements is optional. The elements are not restricted as to the number of times the
element is executed or length of glides, number of revolutions, etc., unless otherwise specified.
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To be skated on full ice.
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The skater may use elements from a previous level.
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A 0.2 deduction will be taken for each element performed from a higher level.
Level
Time
Snowplow
Sam
1:10 max.
Basic 1
1:10 max.
Basic 2
1:10 max.
Basic 3
1:10 max.
Basic 4
1:10 max.
1:10 max.
Basic 5
Basic 6
1:10 max.
Skating rules/standards
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March followed by a two-foot glide and dip
Forward two-foot swizzles, 2-3 in a row
Forward snowplow stop
Backward wiggles, 2-6 in a row
Forward two-foot glide and dip
Forward two-foot swizzles, 6-8 in a row
Beginning snowplow stop on two-feet or one-foot
Backward wiggles, 6-8 in a row
Forward one-foot glide, either foot
Scooter pushes, right and left foot, 2-3 each foot
Moving snowplow stop
Two-foot turn in place, forward to backward
Backward two-foot swizzles, 6-8 in a row
Beginning forward stroking showing correct use of blade
Forward ½ swizzle pumps on a circle, either clockwise or counter clockwise, 4-6
consecutive
Forward slalom
Beginning backward one-foot glide, either foot
Moving forward to backward two-foot turn on a circle
Backward one-foot glides, right and left
Forward outside edge on a circle, clockwise or counter clockwise
Forward crossovers, 4-6 consecutive, both directions
Beginning two-foot spin, 2-4 revolutions
Backward ½ swizzle pumps on a circle, one direction only
Backward outside edge on a circle, clockwise or counterclockwise
Backward crossovers, 4-6 consecutive, both directions
Advanced two-foot spin, 4-6 revolutions
Forward outside three-turn, right and left
Hockey stop
Forward inside three-turn, right and left
Bunny Hop
Forward spiral on a straight line, right or left
Beginning one-foot spin, 2-4 revolutions, optional free leg held position and entry
T-stop, right or left
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EVENT: Pre-Free Skate – Free Skate 6 Compulsory
Format: In simple program form, using a limited number of connecting steps, the skating order of the required
elements is optional.
 To be skated on ½ ice.
 No music is allowed.
 The skater must demonstrate the required elements and may use any additional elements from previous
levels.
 A 0.2 deduction will be taken for each element performed from a higher level.
 Time: 1:15 max
Level
Time
Skating rules/standards
 Forward inside open Mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
 Two forward crossovers into a forward inside Mohawk, step down and
Pre-Free Skate 1:15 max
cross behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward
inside edge, clockwise and counterclockwise
 One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum
three revolutions
 Mazurka
 Waltz jump
 Forward power stroking, 4-6 consecutive strokes
Free Skate 1
1:15 max.
 Backward outside three-turns, right and left
 Upright spin, entry from backward crossovers - minimum 4-6 revolutions
 Toe loop
 Half flip jump
 Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (2 sets)
Free Skate 2
1:15 max.
 Backward inside three-turns, right and left
 Beginning back spin, up to two revolutions
 Half Lutz
 Salchow jump
 Alternating Mohawk/crossover sequence, right to left and left to right
Free Skate 3
1:15 max.
 Waltz three-turns, clockwise and counterclockwise
 Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position, min 3 revs
 Loop jump
 Waltz jump/toe loop or Salchow/toe loop jump combination
 Forward power 3's, 2-3 consecutive sets, right or left
Free Skate 4
1:15 max.
 Sit spin - minimum three revolutions
 Half loop jump
 Flip jump
 Backward outside three-turn, Mohawk (backward power three-turn), both
Free Skate 5
1:15 max.
directions
 Camel spin - minimum three revolutions
 Waltz jump-loop jump combination
 Lutz jump
 Forward power pulls, right and left
Free Skate 6
1:15 max.
 Split jump or stag jump
 Camel, sit spin combination - minimum of four revolutions total
 Waltz jump, ½ loop, Salchow jump sequence
 Axel jump
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EVENT: Pre-Free Skate – Free Skate 6 Program
Format: The skating order of the required elements is optional. The elements are not restricted as to the number
of times an element is executed, length of glides, number of revolutions, etc., unless otherwise stated. Connecting
steps and transitions should be demonstrated throughout the program.
 To be skated on full ice.
 The skater must demonstrate the required elements and may use but is not required to use any additional
elements from previous levels.
 A 0.2 deduction will be taken for each element performed from a higher level.
 Time 1:40 max.
Level
Time
Skating rules/standards
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Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1
Free Skate 2
1:40 max
1:40 max
1:40 max.
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Two forward crossovers into a forward inside Mohawk, step down and cross
behind, step into one backward crossover and step to a forward inside edge,
clockwise and counterclockwise
One-foot upright spin, optional entry and free-foot position (minimum three
revolutions
Mazurka
Waltz jump
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Forward power stroking, 4-6 consecutive strokes
Upright spin, entry from backward crossovers - minimum 4-6 revolutions
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Toe loop jump
Half flip jump
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Alternating forward outside and inside spirals on a continuous axis (2 sets)
Beginning back spin, up to two revolutions
Half Lutz
Salchow jump
Alternating Mohawk/crossover sequence, right to left and left to right
Advanced back spin with free foot in crossed leg position, min 3 revs
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Loop jump
Waltz jump-toe loop or Salchow-toe loop jump combination
Forward power 3's, 2-3 consecutive sets, right or left
Sit spin - minimum three revolutions
Half Loop jump
Flip jump
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Backward outside three-turn, Mohawk (backward power three-turn), both
directions
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Camel spin - minimum three revolutions
Waltz-loop jump combination
Lutz jump
Split jump or stag jump
Camel, sit spin combination - minimum of four revolutions total
Waltz jump, ½ loop, Salchow jump sequence
Axel jump
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Free Skate 3
1:40 max
Free Skate 4
1:40 max.
Free Skate 5
1:40 max.
Free Skate 6
1:40 max.
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EVENT: Introductory Levels Compulsory
Format: In simple program form, using a limited number of connecting steps, the skating order of the required
elements is optional.
 To be skated on ½ ice.
 No music is allowed.
 The skater must demonstrate the required elements and may use any additional elements from previous
levels.
 A 0.2 deduction will be taken for each element performed from a higher level.
 Skaters may have the option to skate one level higher in compulsories than their free skate program.
Level
Time
Beginner
1:15 max.
High Beginner
1:15 max.
Skating rules/standards
 Waltz jump
 ½ jump of choice
 Forward two-foot or one-foot spin - minimum three revolutions (free
leg position optional)
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Forward or backward spiral
 Toe loop jump
 Salchow jump
 Forward scratch spin - minimum three revolutions
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Forward or backward spiral
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EVENT: Introductory Levels Free Skate Program
General event parameters:
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Skaters will skate to the music of their choice.
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Level will be determined by the highest free skate test passed. Skaters may compete at the highest level they
have passed, or skate up to one level higher.
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Minimum number of spin revolutions are in parentheses following the spin description. Revolutions must be in
position.
Level
Jumps
Spins
Beginner
Max. 5 jump elements:
 Jumps with no more
than one-half rotation
(front to back or back to
front).
 Max. 2 jump sequences
 Max. 2 of any same
jump
Max. 2 spins:
 Two upright spins,
no change of foot,
no flying entry
(Min. 3 revolutions)
Max. 5 jump elements:
 Jumps with no more
than one-half rotation
(front to back or back to
front including half-loop)
 Single rotation jumps:
Salchow and toe loop
only.
 Max. 2 jump
combinations or
sequences
 Max. 2 of any same type
jump.
Max. 2 spins:
 Two upright spins,
change of foot
optional, no flying
entry (Min. 3
revolutions)
1:40 Maximum
High Beginner
1:40 Maximum
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Step Sequences
Qualifications
Connecting moves
and steps should
be demonstrated
throughout the
program
Skaters may not
have passed tests
higher than U.S.
Figure Skating
Learn to Skate
USA free skating
badge tests
Connecting moves
and steps should
be demonstrated
throughout the
program
Skaters may not
have passed tests
higher than U.S.
Figure Skating
Learn to Skate
USA free skating
badge tests
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EVENT: COMPULSORY MOVES
General event parameters:
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Elements skated on ½ ice
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Elements may be performed only once
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Music is not allowed
Level
Time
No-Test
1:15 max.
Pre-Preliminary
1:15 max.
Preliminary
1:15 max.
Skating rules/standards
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Loop jump
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Jump combination to include a toe loop (may not use a loop or Axel)
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Solo spin - sit or camel spin - minimum three revolutions
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Spiral sequence, must include a forward and backward spiral. Additional
spirals and balance moves may be included.
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Toe Loop jump
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Jump combination: single/single (no Axel)
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Sit spin or camel spin - minimum three revolutions
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Spiral sequence with one forward spiral and one backward spiral (any edge)
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Lutz jump
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Jump combination: single/single (may include Axel)
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Back upright spin - minimum three revolutions
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Forward inside spiral
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EVENT: WELL BALANCED PROGRAM FREE SKATE
General event parameters:
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Skaters may not enter both a Well Balanced Free Skate event and a Test Track Free Skate event at the same
nonqualifying competition.
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Skaters will skate to the music of their choice.
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Level will be determined by the highest free skate test passed. Skaters may compete at the highest level they have
passed, or skate up to one level higher.
Level
No-Test
Time
1:40
Maximum
Jumps
Spins
Step Sequences
Max. 5 jump elements:
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Single jumps, with the exception of the single Axel, are allowed
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No single Axels, double jumps or triple jumps
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Maximum of 2 jump combinations or sequences
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Jump combinations limited to 2 jumps except that one 3-jump
combination with a maximum of 3 single jumps is permitted
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Jump sequences limited to a maximum of 3 single jumps
Half-loop is considered a listed jump with the value of a single loop when used
in a sequence or combination
Max. 2 spins:
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Spins may
change feet
and/or position
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Spins may start
with a fly
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Minimum 3 revs.
Spins must be of a different
character (For definition see
rule 4103E)
Step sequence*
Must use one-half
the ice
surface
Moves in the field
and spiral
sequences are
permitted but will
not be counted as
elements.
Jumps may be
included in the
step sequence
PrePreliminary
1:40
Maximum
Vocal music
permitted
Preliminary
1:40
Maximum
Vocal music
permitted
Maximum of 5 jump elements:
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All single jumps, including single Axel, allowed
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No double, triple or quadruple jumps allowed
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Axel may be repeated once as a solo jump, as part of a jump
combination or jump sequence. (maximum of 2 single Axels)
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Number of single jumps is not limited provided the maximum
number of jump elements allowed is not exceeded
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Max. 2 jump combinations or sequences
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Jump combinations are limited to 2 jumps except that one 3-jump
combination with a maximum of 3 jumps is permitted.
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Jump sequences limited to a maximum of 3 single jumps
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½ loop is considered a listed jump with the value of a single loop
when used in a sequence or combination
Maximum of 2 spins:
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Spins may
change feet
and/or position.
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Spins may start
with a fly.
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Minimum of 3
revolutions
These spins must be of a
different character (For
definition see Rule 4103 (E)
Maximum of 5 jump elements:
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One must be an Axel or Waltz-jump type jump
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All single jumps, including single Axel, allowed. Only 2 different
jumps may be attempted (limited to double Salchow, double toe
loop and double loop)
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Double flip, double Lutz, double Axel, triple or quadruple jumps are
not allowed
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An Axel plus up to two different, allowable double jumps may be
repeated once (but not more) as solo jumps or part of jump
combinations or jump sequences
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Number of single jumps is not limited provided the maximum
number of jump elements allowed is not exceeded
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Maximum 2 jump combinations or sequences
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Jump combinations are limited to 2 jumps except that one 3-jump
combination with a maximum of 2 double jumps and 1 single jump
is permitted.
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Jump sequences limited to a maximum of 3 single or double jumps
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½ loop is considered a listed jump with the value of a single loop
when used in a sequence or combination
Maximum of 2 spins:
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Spins may
change feet
and/or position.
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Spins may start
with a fly.
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Minimum of 3
revolutions
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One step
sequenced that
must use ½ of the
ice surface.
Moves in the field
and spiral
sequences are
permitted, but will
not count as
elements
Jumps may be
included in the
step sequence
These spins must be of a
different character (For
definition see Rule 4103 (E)
One step
sequenced that
must use ½ of the
ice surface.
Moves in the field
and spiral
sequences are
permitted, but will
not count as
elements
Jumps may be
included in the
step sequence
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EVENT: Test Track Free Skate
General event parameters:
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Skaters may not enter both a Well Balanced Free Skate event and a Test Track Free Skate event at the
same nonqualifying competition.
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Skaters will skate to the music of their choice. Vocal music is permitted at all levels.
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Level will be determined by the highest free skate test passed. Skaters may compete at the highest level
they have passed, or “skate up” to one level higher.
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Minimum number of spin revolutions are in ( ) following the spin description. Revolutions must be in
position.
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The following deductions will be taken:
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0.1 from each mark for each technical element included that is not permitted in the event description.
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0.2 from the technical mark for each extra element included.
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0.1 from the technical mark for any spin that is less than the required minimum revolutions.
Level
Pre-Preliminary
1:40 max.
Preliminary
1:40 max..
Jumps
Spins
Maximum of 5 jump elements:
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Jumps with not more than
one-half rotation (front to
back or back to front
including half-loop)
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Single rotation jumps:
Salchow, toe loop and loop
only
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Maximum 2 jump
combinations or sequences
 Maximum 2 of any same type
jump
Maximum of 5 jump elements:
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Jumps with not more than
one rotation (no Axels)
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Maximum 2 jump
combinations or sequences
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Maximum 2 of any same type
jump
Maximum of 2 spins:
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Two spins of a
different nature, one
position only. No
change of foot, no
flying entry
(Minimum 3
revolutions)
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Maximum of 2 spins:
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One spin in one
position; no change of
foot, no flying entry.
(Minimum 3
revolutions)
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One spin consisting of
a front scratch to back
scratch; exit on
spinning foot not
mandatory. (Min. 3
revolutions per foot)
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Qualifications
Connecting moves
and steps should be
demonstrated
throughout the
program.
Skaters may not
have passed tests
higher than U.S.
Figure Skating prepreliminary free
skate test.
Connecting moves
and steps should be
demonstrated
throughout the
program.
Skaters must have
passed at least the
U.S. Figure Skating
pre-preliminary
free skate test, but
may not have
passed tests higher
than the
preliminary free
skate test.
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EVENT: Spins Challenge
General event parameters:
 Spins may be skated in any order. Connecting steps are allowed, but will not be taken into
consideration in scoring. Spins may not be repeated. Only required elements may be included.
 All events are skated on ½ ice.
 Minimum number of revolutions are noted in parentheses.
Level
Time
Skating rules / standards
Beginner
1:30 max.
High Beginner
1:30 max.
No Test
1:30 max.
Pre –
Preliminary
1:30 max.
Preliminary
1:30 max.
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Upright one-foot spin (3)
Upright two-foot spin (3)
Sit spin (3)
Upright one-foot spin (3)
Upright two-foot spin (3)
Sit spin (3)
Upright one-foot spin (3)
Upright two-foot spin (3)
Sit spin (3)
Upright one-foot spin (3)
Upright back-scratch spin (3)
Sit spin (3)
Forward scratch to back scratch spin (3)
Combination spin with no change of foot (4)
Sit spin (3)
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EVENT: Jumps Challenge
General event parameters:
 Each jump may be attempted twice; the best attempt will be counted.
 To be skated on ½ ice
Level
Time
Skating rules / standards
Beginner
1:15 max.
High Beginner
1:15 max.
No Test
1:15 max.
Pre –
Preliminary
1:15 max.
Preliminary
1:15 max.
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½ flip or ½ Lutz
Single Salchow
Waltz jump (from backward crossovers)
Single Salchow
Jump combination – Waltz jump-toe loop
Single toe loop
Single loop
Jump combination – Any two ½ or single revolution jumps (no Axel)
Single toe loop
Single flip
Jump combination - Any two ½ or single revolution jumps (no Axel)
Single flip
Single Lutz
Jump combination – Any single jump + single loop (may be Axel)
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Name________________________________________Age______Sex____
Last
First
Street Address________________________City________
State___Zip______Email Addr_______________________
Phone Number____________________Birth Date_______________
U.S. Figure Skating Number or Learn to Skate USA Number (Required)___________
Highest Level Passed_______ Program/Club Affiliation_________________
Coach’s Name_______________________Coach Email Address_________
Snowplow Sam
Basic 1
Basic 2
Basic 3
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1
Free Skate 2
Free Skate 3
Basic 4
Basic 5
Basic 6
Snowplow Sam
Basic 1
Basic 2
Basic 3
Basic 4
Basic 5
Basic 6
Free Skate 4
Free Skate 5
Free Skate 6
Pre-Free Skate
Free Skate 1
Free Skate 2
Free Skate 3
Free Skate 4
Free Skate 5
Free Skate 6
Beginner
High Beginner
Beginner
High Beginner
No-Test
Pre-Preliminary
Preliminary
Pre-Preliminary
Preliminary
Beginner
High Beginner
No Test
Pre-Preliminary
Preliminary
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No Test
First Event
Additional
Event
Additional Event
$
Total Fee Enclosed
$
14
$
$
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The completed entry form, with fees, must be submitted no later than April 14th,
2016. Make check or money order payable to SkateQuest and mail attention to
Shelley Patterson at 1800 Michael Faraday Ct, Reston, VA 20190.
For additional information, contact: Shelley Patterson at 703-709-1010 x 1105
or spatterson@skatequest.com.
ENTRY FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE UNLESS AN EVENT IS CANCELLED.
Certification of Competitor: The Competitor is eligible to enter events checked. It is
agreed that the competitor and family holds SkateQuest harmless from any and all
liability either during practice or the competition, and from any and all liability for
damages to or loss of property.
Parent/Guardian Signature____________________________ Date_____
Competitor Signature________________________________ Date________
Instructor/Coach Signature____________________________ Date________
Program Director___________________________________ Date__________
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