Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -

How does an event that is skated on half ice work?

Cones divide the ice surface into two sections so two half ice events can be held at the same time.

The referee of for each event contacts the rink side monitor to see if all of the skaters have checked in for the event.

Depending on how the chief referee runs the event, there may be a public announcement of the skaters’ names even when two half- ice events are held concurrently.

There may be one or more warm-up periods for groups of skaters in an event depending on the number of skaters who have entered.

Following a 3-5 minute warm-up for each group of skaters, the skaters clear the ice to start the competition.

Sometimes skaters fail to showup or withdraw because of illness or injury.

The registration desk, referee, and the event monitor are in communication to insure that each skater that takes the ice is the correct skater. This insures the judges properly credit a skater for their performance.

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

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