Moves in the Field - New tests to take effect Sept. 2, 2010
The members of the Moves in the Field Task Force has presented their revisions to the current testing structure.
1. To find methods to shorten the length of tests while still allowing the skater to demonstrate important skills bilaterally
2. To re-introduce skills that have been part of figure skating for decades but were not included in the original introduction of the moves tests
Many of the current moves ask the skater to perform a skill in one direction, stop and perform the skill in the opposite direction. Sometimes it's clockwise to counter-clockwise, and sometimes it's forward to backward, but we have taken several of these moves and revised them to flow continuously - saving time without sacrificing what the skater is meant to learn from the skill. These improvements will not only save valuable ice time during tests but also lesson and practice time.
Moves were originally created to help preserve the form and accuracy of the turns that are an essential part of figure skating, but loops and twizzles have been overlooked until now. New patterns including these turns complement the threes, brackets, counters and rockers that have been part of the moves structure since its inception. While new moves are being introduced, some current moves are also being deleted from the test structure. Overall, we believe we have retained the best of the old moves tests and added new moves to present a logical and progressive test structure.
The link buttons to the left lead to the components of the new moves in the field tests. Diagrams and descriptions are available for all the moves. This web site will be updated frequently, so keep checking for new information as we approach the Sept. 2, 2010, implementation date.