Levels

The competition will follow the ISU rules for Technical Requirements for the ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition 2017 in Oberstdorf.

Each participant can choose his/her own level. We request that skaters please make a fair appraisal of his/her level. It is expected that Competitors will enter at a level that is appropriate to their current skating ability.

Each pair team must consist of one man and one lady. It is MANDATORY that pair couples enter at the skill level of the more skilled skater.

An entry in an artistic category may be at a higher level than the entry in a category of any other discipline. For example, a skater may enter the Silver Free Skating event, and the Gold Artistic Skating event. Skaters may compete at only one (1) level within each discipline.

Classification of levels:

Ladies & Men Free SkatingPairs free skating
Elite Free SkatingElite Free Skating
Masters Free SkatingMasters Free Skating
Gold Free Skating Intermediate Free Skating
SilverFree SkatingAdult Free Skating
Bronze Free Skating  
Artistic Skating
Artistic Skating - General Requirements & Technical Requirements
Ladies & Men Artistic Free SkatingPairs Artistic Free Skating
Artistic Skating Artistic Skating - General
  Artistic Masters Elite
 Artistic Masters
 Artistic Intermediate
 Artistic Adult

Elite Free Skating

The maximum time is 3 min. 10 sec., but may be less. Vocal music is permitted.

The technical requirements are the same as those for the category "Masters Free Skating".

Skaters entering this category will compete against other Elite Masters Free Skaters. The Masters Elite category is intended for those skaters who competed previously at the junior or senior level in national or international competition, but is not mandatory for such skaters.



Masters Free Skating

The maximum time is 3 min. 10 sec., but may be less. Vocal music is permitted.

A competitor in the Masters Free Skating event must perform a well-balanced program that may contain:

  • A maximum of seven (7) jump elements, one of which must be an Axel type jump. Single, double and triple jumps are permitted. There may be up to three (3) jump combinations or jump sequences in the free program.
  • One (1) jump combination may consist of up to three (3) listed jumps. Two (2) jump combinations may consist of two (2) listed jumps.
  • A jump combination may consist of the same or another single, double or triple jump.
  • A jump sequence may consist of any number of jumps of any number of revolutions that may be linked by non-listed jumps like mazurkas etc. and/or hops immediately following each other while maintaining the jump rhythm (knee); there can be no steps, turns, crossovers or stroking during the sequence. Only the two (2) listed jumps with the highest value will count towards the technical score.
  • Each listed jump may be performed a maximum of two (2) times.
  • Please note that a half-loop in combination or in a sequence with any other listed jump will be called as a listed jump (1Lo).
  • Non-listed jumps may be included in the program as part of connecting footwork.

  • A maximum of three (3) spins of a different abbreviation, one (1) of which must be a spin combination with a change of foot and one (1) of which must be a flying spin.
  • The spins must have a required minimum number of revolutions: five (5) for the flying spin with no change of foot after landing, five (5) for the spin with only one position and no change of foot, five (5) for the spin combination with no change of foot, and eight (4 + 4) for the spin combination with change of foot or spin in one position with a change of foot.
  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.
  • Spin combinations must include a minimum of two (2) different basic positions with two (2) revolutions in each of these positions anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three (3) basic positions.

  • A maximum of one (1) step sequence, fully utilizing the ice surface.
  • Only the first executed attempt of a step sequence will contribute to the technical score.

The Program Components are multiplied by a factor of 1.6.




Gold Free Skating

The maximum time is 2 min 50 sec., but may be less. Vocal music is permitted.

A competitor in the Adult Gold Free Skating event must perform a well-balanced program that may contain:

  • A maximum of six (6) jump elements, consisting of single jumps (including the single Axel) or double jumps. Double Flip, double Lutz, double Axel and Triple jumps are not permitted. There may be up to three (3) jump combinations or jump sequences in the free program.
  • One (1) jump combination may consist of up to three (3) listed jumps. Two (2) jump combinations may consist of two (2) listed jumps.
  • A jump combination may consist of the same or another single or double jump, with the exception of the jumps in bold above.
  • A jump sequence may consist of any number of single and double jumps, with the exception of the jumps in bold above, that may be linked by non-listed jumps like mazurkas etc. and/or hops immediately following each other while maintaining the jump rhythm (knee); there can be no steps, turns, crossovers or stroking during the sequence. Only the two (2) listed jumps with the highest value will count towards the technical score.
  • Each listed jump may be performed a maximum of two (2) times.
  • Please note that a half-loop in combination or in a sequence with any other listed jump will be called as a listed jump (1Lo).
  • Non-listed jumps may be included in the program as part of connecting footwork.

  • A maximum of three (3) spins of a different abbreviation, one (1) of which must be a spin combination with a change of foot and one (1) of which must be a flying spin.
  • The spins must have a required minimum number of revolutions: four (4) for the flying spin with no change of foot after landing, four (4) for the spin with only one position and no change of foot and four (4) for the spin combination with no change of foot and eight (4 + 4) for the spin combination with change of foot or spin in one position with a change of foot.
  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.
  • Spin combinations must include a minimum of two (2) different basic positions with two (2) revolutions in each of these positions anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three (3) basic positions.

  • A maximum of one (1) step sequence, fully utilizing the ice surface.
  • Only the first executed attempt of a step sequence will contribute to the technical score.

The Program Components are multiplied by a factor of 1.6. Only features up to and including Level 3 will be counted for the spins and step sequence. Any additional features will not count for level requirements and will be ignored by the Technical Panel.



Silver Free Skating

The maximum time is 2 min. 10 sec., but may be less. Vocal music is permitted.

A competitor in the Adult Silver Free Skating event must perform a well-balanced program that may contain:

  • A maximum of five (5) jump elements, consisting of any single jumps (including the single Axel). Double jumps and triple jumps are not permitted. There may be up to two (2) jump combinations or jump sequences in the free program.
  • One (1) jump combination may consist of up to three (3) listed jumps. The other jump combination may consist of two (2) listed jumps.
  • A jump combination may consist of the same or another single jump.
  • A jump sequence may consist of any number of single jumps that may be linked by non-listed jumps like mazurkas etc. and/or hops immediately following each other while maintaining the jump rhythm (knee); there can be no steps, turns, crossovers or stroking during the sequence. Only the two (2) listed jumps with the highest value will count towards the technical score.
  • Each listed jump may be performed a maximum of two (2) times.
  • Please note that a half-loop in combination or in a sequence with any other listed jump will be called as a listed jump (1Lo).
  • Non-listed jumps may be included in the program as part of connecting footwork.

  • A maximum of three (3) spins of a different abbreviation, one (1) of which must be a spin combination.
  • The spins must have a required minimum number of revolutions: three (3) for the flying spin with no change of foot after landing, three (3) for the spin with only one position and no change of foot and four (4) for the spin combination with no change of foot and eight (4 + 4) for the spin combination with change of foot or spin in one position with a change of foot.
  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.
  • Spin combinations must include a minimum of two (2) different basic positions with two (2) revolutions in each of these positions anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three (3) basic positions.

  • A maximum of one (1) step sequence, utilizing at least half (1/2) of the ice surface.
  • Only the first executed attempt of a step sequence will contribute to the technical score.

The Program Components are multiplied by a factor of 1.6. Only features up to and including Level 2 will be counted for the spins and step sequence. Any additional features will not count for level requirements and will be ignored by the Technical Panel.



Bronze Free Skating

The maximum time is 1 min. 50 sec., but may be less. Vocal music is permitted.

A competitor in the Adult Bronze Free Skating event must perform a well-balanced program that may contain:

  • A maximum of four (4) jump elements, consisting only of single jumps. Axel type jumps, double jumps and triple jumps are not permitted. There may be up to two (2) jump combinations or jump sequences in the free program.
  • One (1) jump combination may consist of up to three (3) listed jumps. The other jump combination may consist of two (2) listed jumps.
  • A jump combination may consist of the same or another single jump.
  • A jump sequence may consist of any number of single jumps that may be linked by non-listed jumps like mazurkas etc. and/or hops immediately following each other while maintaining the jump rhythm (knee); there can be no steps, turns, crossovers or stroking during the sequence. Only the two (2) listed jumps with the highest value will count towards the technical score.
  • Each listed jump may be performed a maximum of two (2) times.
  • Please note that a half-loop in combination or in a sequence with any other listed jump will be called as a listed jump (1Lo).

  • A maximum of two (2) spins of a different abbreviation one of which must be a spin in one position with no change of foot. Flying spins are not permitted.
  • The spins must have a required minimum number of revolutions: three (3) for the spin in one position with no change of foot, four (4) for the spin combination with no change of foot and six (3 + 3) for the spin combination with change of foot or the spin in one position with change of foot.
  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.
  • Spin combinations must include a minimum of two (2) different basic positions with two (2) revolutions in each of these positions anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three (3) basic positions.

  • A maximum of one (1) choreographic sequence utilizing at least half (1/2) of the ice surface.
  • A choreographic sequence consists of any kind of movements like steps, turns, spirals, arabesques, spread eagles, Ina Bauers, hydroblading, transitional (unlisted) jumps, spinning movements etc.
  • The pattern is not restricted.
  • A choreographic sequence has a base value and will be evaluated by the judges in GOE only.

The Program Components are multiplied by a factor of 1.6. Only features up to and including Level 1 will be counted. Any additional features will not count for level requirements and will be ignored by the Technical Panel.




Pair Free Skating Masters Elite

Pairs entering this category will compete against other Elite Masters Pair Skaters. The technical requirements are the same as those for the category “Masters Pair Skating”.
The Masters Elite category is intended for those skaters who competed previously at the junior or senior level in national or international competition, but is not mandatory for such skaters.



Pair Free Skating Masters

The maximum time is 3 minutes and 10 seconds, but may be less. Volcal music may be used.

Masters pairs must perform a well-balanced program that may contain:

  • A maximum of three (3) different lifts, one of which may be a twist lift.

  • A maximum of two (2) throw jumps (single or double).
  • A maximum of one (1) solo jump. Single, double and triple jumps are permitted.
  • A maximum of one (1) jump combination with a maximum of three (3) listed jumps or one (1) jump sequence with any number of jumps. Only the two (2) listed jumps with the highest value will count towards the technical score.

  • A maximum of one (1) pair spin (pair spin or pair spin combination).
  • The spin must have a required minimum number of revolutions: four (4) revolutions for a pair spin and six (6) for a pair spin combination. A pair spin combination must have at least three (3) revolutions on each foot and at least one (1) change of position.
  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.
  • A maximum of one (1) solo spin.
  • The solo spin must have a required minimum number of revolutions: five (5) for the flying spin with no change of foot after landing, five (5) for the spin with only one position and no change of foot and five (5) for the spin combination with no change of foot and eight (4 + 4) for the spin combination with change of foot or spin in one position with a change of foot.
  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.
  • Spin combinations must include a minimum of two (2) different basic positions with two (2) revolutions in each of these positions anywhere within the spin. To receive full value, a spin combination must include all three (3) basic positions.

  • A maximum of one (1) death spiral or pivot figure (position optional).
  • At least 3 D4 revolution in pivot position by the man is required.

  • A maximum of one (1) step sequence, utilizing at least half (1/2) of the ice surface.
  • Only the first executed attempt of a step sequence will contribute to the technical score

The points for each Program Component are multiplied by a factor of 1.6.



Pair Free Skating Intermediate

The maximum time is 2 minutes and 50 seconds, but may be less. Vocal music may be used.

Pairs must perform a well-balanced program that may contain:

  • A maximum of two (2) different lifts of Group 1 or Group 2 with a minimum 1⁄2 revolution for the man and 1 revolution for the lady.
  • Variations of the lady’s position, no-handed and one-handed lifts, and combination lifts are not permitted.  
  • Overhead lifts and twist lifts are not permitted.
  • A different take-off counts as a different lift.

  • A maximum of one (1) single throw jump (including the throw Axel).
  • Double and triple jumps are not permitted.
  • A maximum of one (1) solo single jump (including the single Axel).
  • Double and triple jumps are not permitted.
  • A maximum of one (1) jump combination with a maximum of three (3) listed jumps or one (1) jump sequence with any number of jumps (only the two jumps with the highest value will count for points).
  • Only single jumps are allowed (including the single Axel).
  • Double and triple jumps are not permitted.

  • A maximum of one (1) pair spin (pair spin or pair combination spin).
  • The spin must have a required minimum number of revolutions: four (4) revolutions for a pair spin and six (6) for a pair spin combination. A pair spin combination must have at least three (3) revolutions on each foot and at least one (1) change of position.
  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.

  • A maximum of one (1) death spiral or pivot figure (position optional).
  • At least 3⁄4 revolution in pivot position by the man is required.

  • A maximum of one (1) step sequence, fully utilizing the ice surface.
  • Only the first executed attempt of a step sequence will contribute to the technical score.

The points for each Program Component are multiplied by a factor of 1.6. Only features up to and including Level 2 will be counted for the spins and step sequence. Any additional features will not count for level requirements and will be ignored by the Technical Panel.



Pair Free Skating Adult

The maximum time is 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but may be less. Vocal music may be used.

Pairs must perform a well-balanced program that may contain:

  • A maximum of one (1) lift of Group 1 or Group 2 with a minimum 1⁄2 revolution for the man.
  • Variations of the lady’s position, no-handed and one-handed lifts, and combination lifts are not permitted.
  • Overhead lifts and twist lifts are not permitted.

  • A maximum of one (1) single throw jump.
  • Throw double and triple jumps are not permitted.
  • Throw Axel is not permitted.

  • A maximum of one (1) solo single jump.
  • Double and triple jumps are not permitted.
  • Axel type jumps are not permitted.
  • A maximum of one (1) jump combination with a maximum of two (2) listed jumps or one (1) jump sequence with any number of jumps (only the two jumps with the highest value will count for points).
  • Only single jumps are allowed.
  • Double and triple jumps are not permitted.
  •  Axel type jumps are not permitted.

  • A maximum of one (1) pair spin.
  • The pair spin must have a minimum of four (4) revolutions. Pair combination spins are not permitted.

  • There must be a minimum of two (2) revolutions in each position or the position will not be counted.

  • Only features up to and including Level 1 will be counted. Any additional features will not count for level requirements and will be ignored by the Technical Panel.

  • A maximum of one (1) pivot figure (position optional).
  • At least 1⁄2 revolution in pivot position by the man is required.

  • A maximum of one (1) choreographic sequence that fully utilizes the ice surface.
  • A choreographic sequence consists of any kind of movements like steps, turns, spirals, arabesques, spread eagles, Ina Bauers, hydroblading, transitional (unlisted) jumps, spinning movements etc.
  • The pattern is not restricted.
  • A choreographic sequence has a base value and will be evaluated by the judges in GOE only.

The points for each Program Component are multiplied by a factor of 1.6.




General Requirements and Technical Requirements for Artistic Skating

The artistic events will be judged only on the basis of the Program Components:

• Skating skills

• Transitions

• Performance/Execution

• Choreography/Composition

• Interpretation/Timing

See ISU Special Regulations and Technical Rules 2016, Singles & Pair Skating, Rule 504, paragraph 3 for a detailed description of Program Components. The respective Rules can be found on the ISU website. There will be no technical panel and no technical mark given. The points for each Program Component are multiplied by a factor of 1.0

The artistic program consists of a variety of skating moves selected for their value in enhancing the skater’s interpretation of the music rather than for their technical difficulty. Skaters will be judged on their ability to interpret the music and develop a theme by using their skating skills. Credit for technical elements is based solely on the ability of such movements to enhance the chosen theme and support the music. Credit will not be given for their technical difficulty.

The program must be developed through skating skill and quality rather than through non-skating actions such as sliding on one knee or excessive use of toe steps, which should be used only to reflect the character of the program and to underline the rhythm and nuances of the chosen music. The skater/pair must not remain in one place for more than five (5) seconds.

Any element exceeding the maximum number as set forth below will be judged as an illegal element (1.0 deduction); if there is no jump or no spin element included or only a jump and no spin or vice versa a deduction for a “missing element” of 1.0 will be made. The Referee is responsible for such deductions.
Costumes should be simple, tasteful and appropriate for sporting competition. Costumes should be selected to enhance the performance by appropriately reflecting the character of the music and theme.
Props may not be used in any part of the artistic programs. Any item that is held in the hand or removed during the performance is considered a prop. Thus, for example, a hat worn throughout the program is not considered to be a prop, but if it is intentionally removed during the performance it is considered a prop. Objects on the ice, thrown in the audience, placed on the boards or on the judges table are not permitted. Costumes that contain particles that may mar or leave anything on the ice surface (feathers, boas, excessive beading) are considered unsafe and are not permitted. The Referee is responsible for prop deductions.

Illegal elements:

• Somersault type jumps

• Lying on the ice and prolonged and/or stationary kneeling on both knees on the ice

An entry in an artistic category may be at a higher level than the entry in a category of any other discipline. For example, a skater may enter the Silver Free Skating event, and the Gold Artistic Skating event. Skaters may compete at only one (1) level within each discipline.



Ladies and Men Artistic Free Skating

Competitions will be held at the Masters Elite, Masters, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.

The maximum time for Masters Elite and Masters Artistic Free Skating is 2 minutes and 10 seconds, but may be less. The maximum time for Gold, Silver and Bronze Artistic Free Skating is 1 minute and 40 seconds but may be less. VOCAL MUSIC MAY BE USED.

The Artistic Free Skate is a competitive program that must include elements of the sport of figure skating.

• At least one (1) and a maximum of two (2) single jumps MUST be included. No Axel type jumps, double or triple jumps are allowed. No combination jumps are allowed.

• At least one (1) and a maximum of two (2) spins MUST be included.




Pair Artistic Free Skating

General
Each pair artistic team must consist of one man and one lady. It is MANDATORY that pair couples enter at the skill level of the more skilled skater.



Pair Artistic Free Skating Masters Elite

Pairs entering this category will compete against other Elite Masters Pair Skaters. The technical requirements are the same as those for the category “Masters Pair Artistic Skating”.
The Masters Elite category is intended for those skaters who competed previously at the junior or senior level in national or international competition, but is not mandatory for such skaters.




Pair Artistic Free Skating Masters

The maximum time is 2 minutes and 20 seconds, but may be less. VOCAL MUSIC MAY BE USED
The Masters Pair Artistic Free Skate is a competitive program that must include elements of the sport of pair figure skating. Each pair must include at least three (3) and no more than four (4) elements selected from:

• A maximum of one (1) solo jump OR one (1) throw jump. Axel type jumps, double and triple jumps are not permitted. Combination jumps are not permitted.

• A maximum of one (1) pair spin (pair spin or pair spin combination) OR one (1) solo spin.

• A maximum of one (1) death spiral or pivot figure (position optional).

• A maximum of one (1) lift of Group 1 or Group 2.
• Variations of the lady’s position, no-handed and one-handed lifts, and combination lifts are not permitted.

• Overhead lifts and twist lifts are not permitted.

The points for each Program Component are multiplied by a factor of 1.0




Pair Artistic Free Skating Intermediate

The Pair Artistic Free Skate is a competitive program that must include elements of the sport of pair figure skating. Each pair must include at least three (3) and no more than four (4) elements selected from:
• A maximum of one (1) solo jump OR one (1) throw jump. Axel type jumps, double and triple jumps are not permitted. Combination jumps are not permitted.

• A maximum of one (1) pair spin (pair spin or pair spin combination) OR one (1) solo spin.

• A maximum of one (1) death spiral or pivot figure (position optional).

• A maximum of one (1) lift of Group 1 or Group 2.
• Variations of the lady’s position, no-handed and one-handed lifts, and combination lifts are not permitted.
• Overhead lifts and twist lifts are not permitted.

VOCAL MUSIC MAY BE USED
The maximum time is 1 minute and 50 seconds, but may be less.
The points for each Program Component are multiplied by a factor of 1.0




Pair Artistic Free Skating Adult

The Pair Artistic Free Skate is a competitive program that must include elements of the sport of pair figure skating. Each pair must include at least three (3) and no more than four (4) elements selected from:

• A maximum of one (1) solo jump OR one (1) throw jump. Axel type jumps, double and triple jumps are not permitted. Combination jumps are not permitted.

• A maximum of one (1) pair spin OR one (1) solo spin. Pair spin combinations and flying spins are not permitted.

• A maximum of one (1) pivot figure (position optional).

• A maximum of one (1) lift of Group 1 or Group 2.

• Variations of the lady’s position, no-handed and one-handed lifts, and combination lifts are not permitted.

• Overhead lifts and twist lifts are not permitted.

VOCAL MUSIC MAY BE USED

The maximum time is 1 minute and 50 seconds, but may be less.
The points for each Program Component are multiplied by a factor of 1.0