Saturday, April 12, 2014

Changes To USFSA Adult Testing Rules--Reprise but For Real

SRSLY?! You think I have a clue?

Here's an example of one of the new rules.
TR 25.09 Adult Pre-Bronze Moves in the Field Test
Expectations for this adult standard test reflect a passing average that aligns with the pre-preliminary moves in the field test. The purpose of this test is to encourage beginning adult skaters to learn the fundamentals of ice skating. No great deal of technical ability, carriage or flow is expected. Candidates must show knowledge of the steps, fairly good edges and some evidence of good form.
What does 'passing average' mean? No clue.

Also, the new rules go into effect 9/1/2014. If you were thinking of testing later this year, you now have a deadline.

 Now go to USFSA and track down the proposed rule changes and read them.

And after you read the changes, plot out what your next test will be like.
Just remember, we were here a few days ago. The USFSA attitude is thus:

See, there's a reason I don't test. I'll spend a year working on the test, then they'll change the rules. Not going to worry about it. The rest of you have my sympathies.


  1. They are making changes to the age groups as well, and not for the better. The 5 age group are being slimmed down to 4 so group 1 is now 21-35, then group 2 is 36-45, group 3 is 46-55 and group 4 is 56+. It is so unfair, especially for those at the ends of both of these ranges.

  2. Don't know how this affects me. I've just been plodding along under the ISI system for the past couple of years. First of July I plan to join our rink's USFSA skating club with the notion of testing. September seems a long way away. Guess I'll shuffle over to the web site to see what's the difference for "pre-stone" level skaters now vs after the revision--not that I'll be able to change anything...

  3. There is a minimum number of points you must earn to pass a test and as long as you meet that, even if you receive a non-passing score on some of your elements, you pass the test. If you have three judges on your panel, two out of the three must pass you for you to pass the test. So, your strongest element may save your ass on a test...

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong here--I don't think the restructuring of age groups is relevant to testing and applies only to competition. As far as I know, once you are 50 years or older you can opt to test on the Masters test track instead of staying on Adult, in which case the minimum passing scores are lowered.

    For those at Pre-Bronze test level, you don't need to make a minimum score--you either "Pass" or "Re-try".

  4. I never had any desire to I have even less desire. My coach says things to me like, "if you were to test, that would pass." Good enough for me. Next element!