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Will judges penalize a skater if they exceed the allotted time for their program?

There are official rules that require judges to take a specified deduction when the skater exceeds the allowed program length. There are three types of events:
  • An event with a “Maximum” time length that can not be exceeded without a deduction of 0.1 in both the technical and presentation marks for every 10 second increment in 6.0 events, the referee notes the deduction  and informs the panel of judges.
  • An event with an established ”time length” that allows the skater a ten second margin on either side of the established time. Any program that exceeds the 10 second margin receives a deduction of 0.1 in both the technical and presentation marks for every 10 second increment in 6.0 events, the referee notes the deduction  and informs the panel of judges.
  • If an event states a “Minimum” and “Maximum” time length for the event. A violation can occur if the minimum is not meet or the maximum is exceeded. A deduction of 0.1 is taken in both the technical and presentation marks for every 10 second increment in 6.0 events, the referee notes the deduction and informs the panel of judges.
Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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