Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -
What is the difference between badges awarded based upon completing a specific number of classes and a skill centered evaluation system used to award badges?

Both the ISI and USFS Basic Skating Skills emphasize the positive reinforcement of the beginner’s success in participating in group classes.  A member of the coaching staff who has been certified will evaluate the skills of the skater and award badges to skaters who demonstrate their ability to perform all of the elements.

Parents and skaters need to understand that the performance expectations are increased with each badge level so that the basic elements are repeated on tests with the high expectations constantly raising the “bar”.

The goal is for each skater to progress to a point where they are ready to begin testing and competing in the USFA skill based system evaluated by three specially trained judges. Judges for tests and competitions are drawn from a pool of people who have years of experience and reside in Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona.

The transition from “fun” recreational skating and participation in USFS activities requires parents and skaters to develop a 12 month schedule with dates to pass tests to qualify to enter specific competitions.

Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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