While we do our best to provide accurate information, everything here is for informational purposes only. Our intent is to give you an understanding of what is expacted at each level. Skaters should ckeck with the official USFS rulebook and with their coach when developing competition programs.
Novice Singles Short Program Requirements
Program time - 2:30 max. (Axel or Double Axel)
by connecting steps
May not repeat double Axel jump
May not repeat double Axel
or solo jump
Ladies: Layback or
Sideways Leaning Spin
Men: Camel or Sit Spin
No change of foot
May not have flying entry
Min. 6 rev.
With only 1 change of
foot and min. 1 change
2 rev. req.
for position to count
No Flying Entry
Min. 5 rev. each foot
Min. 2 spiral positions of
at least 3 seconds each
Min. 1 change of foot
First 3 spirals count for
circular, or serpentine*
Must use entire ice surface
Novice Single Ladies/Mens Freeskate Requirements
Items with * are required elements. At this level the only difference between ladies and Mens its the program time and the max number of jumps.
Ladies 3:00 | Mens 3:30
(Ladies Max 6)
(Men Max 7)
1 must be an Axel-type jump*
Number of jumps in jump sequence is not limited.
No more than 2 jumps that are 2 ½ or 3 revolutions may be repeated. If 2
½ or triple jump repeated, must be in combo or sequence.
Max 3 combos or sequences
Combos limited to 2 jumps, but one 3 jump combo is permitted.
Spins must be of a different nature Max 3
1 flying entry w/ no change of foot or position*
1 spin combination; w/without change of foot*
3rd spin is option of skater
Min 6 rev; 10 for combo; min 2 revs in position
Spins may change feet and start with a fly. Exception: the
flying spin with no change of foot or position
Step or spiral sequence*
Minimum of two (2) spiral positions,
shape may vary.