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) print
Double Jump
Immediately preceded by connecting steps
May not repeat double Axel jump
Jump Combination Double/Double or Double/Triple
May not repeat double Axel or solo jump
Spin Ladies: Layback or Sideways Leaning Spin
Men: Camel or Sit Spin
No change of foot
May not have flying entry
Min. 6 rev.

Spin Combination

With only 1 change of foot and min. 1 change of position
2 rev. req. for position to count
No Flying Entry
Min. 5 rev. each foot
Spiral Sequence
Min. 2 spiral positions of at least 3 seconds each
Min. 1 change of foot
First 3 spirals count for level
Step Sequence
Straight line, 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.
Combos Max 3 combos or sequences
Combos limited to 2 jumps, but one 3 jump combo is permitted.
(Max 3)
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 Sequences
(Max 1)

Step or spiral sequence*

Minimum of two (2) spiral positions, shape may vary.
3 second minimum for spiral position to count.
Only first 3 spirals count for levels
Must use entire ice surface

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