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UNITED STATES FIGURE SKATING ASSOCIATION (USFSA)
The USFSA's Basic Skills program for general skaters is called Basic Eights. The USFSA Basic Freestyle program is for those skaters who wish to progress into Free Skating skills while remaining in the group lesson environment. It is not a prerequisite to any USFSA Standard Test.

Snowplow Sam 1 Snowplow Sam 2
SnowPlow Sam 3
  • Sit and stand up with skates on: off ice
  • Sit and stand up: on ice
  • March in place
  • March forward (8-10 steps)
  • March, then glide on 2 feet
  • Dip in place
  • March followed by a long glide
  • Dip while moving
  • Backward wiggles (6 in a row)
  • Forward 2-foot swizzles (2-3 in a row)
  • Rocking horse: one forward, one backward swizzle action
  • 2-foot hop in place
  • Fwd skating (8-10 steps)
  • Forward one-foot glide (R&L)
  • Forward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Backward swizzles (4-6 in a row)
  • Forward snowplow stop with skid
  • Curves

Basic 1
  • Sit on ice and stand up
  • March forward across the ice
  • Forward 2-foot glide
  • Dip
  • Forward swizzles (6-8 in a row)
  • Backward wiggles (6-8 in a row)
  • Snowplow stop
  • Rocking horse (2-3)
  • 2-foot hop in place (optional)
Basic 2
  • Forward 1-foot glides (R&L)
  • Backward 2-foot glide
  • Backward swizzles (6-8 in a row)
  • 2-foot turn from fwd to backward in place
  • Moving snowplow stop
  • Fwd alternating 1/2 swizzle pumps, in a straight line (slalom-like pattern)
Basic 3
  • Fwd stroking, showing correct use of blade
  • Fwd 1/2 swizzle pumps on a circle (6-8 consecutive, Clockwise & Counter CW)
  • Moving fwd to backward 2-foot turn (CCW & CW)
  • Backward 1-foot glides (R&L)
  • Forward slalom
  • 2-foot spin (up to 2 revolutions)
Basic 4
  • Forward Outside edge on a circle (R&L)
  • Forward Inside edge on a circle (R&L)
  • Forward crossovers (CW & CCW)
  • Forward Outside 3-turn from a stand-still position (R&L)
  • Back 1/2 swizzle pumps on a cirlce (CW & CCW)
  • Backward stroking
  • Backward snowplow stop (R&L)
Basic 5
  • Back Outside edge on a circle (R&L)
  • Back Inside edge on a circle (R&L)
  • Backward crossovers (CW & CCW)
  • Beginning 1-foot spin (up to 3 rev, optional entry & freefoot positions)
  • Hockey stop
  • Side toe hop (both directions)
Basic 6
  • Forward Inside 3-turn from a standstill position (R&L)
  • Moving backward to forward 2-foot turn on a circle (CW & CCW)
  • T-stop (R or L)
  • Bunny hop
  • Forward arabesque / spiral straight line (R or L)
  • Forward lunge (R or L)
Basic 7
  • Forward Inside open mohawk from a standstill position (R to L and L to R)
  • Back Outside edge to Forward Outside edge transition on a circle (R&L)
  • Ballet jump (R or L)
  • Back crossovers to a Back Outside edge glide (landing position) (CW & CCW)
  • Forward Inside pivots (R or L)
Basic 8
  • Moving FO 3-turn on a circle (R&L)
  • Moving FI 3-turn on a circle (R&L)
  • Combination move: 2 forward crossovers, FI mohawk, cross-behind, step into back cross over, step to FI edge (repeat 3 times CW & CCW)
  • One foot upright spin (optional entry & freefoot position)
  • Waltz jump
  • Mazurka (R or L)
Freestyle 1
  • Advanced forward stroking.
  • Basic FO & FI consecutive edges (4-6 edges)
  • Advanced BO 3-turn (CW & CCW, R&L)
  • Scratch spin from back cross overs (min 3 rev)
  • Waltz jump; from 2-3 back XOs
  • Half flip
Freestyle 2
  • Basic BO & BI consecutive edges (4-6 edges)
  • FO & FI spirals (CCW & CW, R&L)
  • Continuous forward progressive chasse sequence (CW & CCW)
  • Waltz 3s
  • Beginning back spin (2 turns)
  • Jump sequence: Waltz jump, side toe hop, waltz jump
  • Toe loop
Freestyle 3
  • Forward & Backward cross overs in figure-8 pattern
  • Waltz Eight (MIF)
  • Advanced forward consecutive swing rolls (4-6 edges)
  • Back Inside 3-turn (CW & CCW)
  • Backspin with freefoot in crossed leg position (min 3 revs)
  • Salchow
  • Half Lutz
  • Jump combination: waltz-toe loop, or salchow-toe loop
Freestyle 4
  • Spiral sequence: Forward Inside spiral, FI mohawk, Backward Ooutside spiral (CW & CCW)
  • Forward power 3-turns (R&L)
  • Continuous back progressive, chasse sequence on a circle (CW & CCW)
  • Sit spin (3 revs)
  • Loop jump
  • Jump combination: waltz-loop
Freestyle 5
  • Back Outside 3-turn, mohawk into 3 back cross-overs (repeat 3 times)
  • Spiral sequence: Forward Outside spiral, FO 3-turn, one back cross-over, BI spiral (CW & CCW)
  • FO slide chasse swing roll sequence (3-6 times, alternating feet)
  • Camel spin (min 3 revs)
  • Forward upright spin to back scratch spin (3 revs per foot)
  • Jump combination: loop-loop
  • Flip jump
  • Jump sequence: waltz, falling leaf, toe loop
Freestyle 6
  • Alternating back cross-overs to Back Outside edges
  • 5-step mohawk sequence (CW & CCW)
  • Spin combination: camel/sit (5 revs)
  • Split jump / stag jump
  • Jump sequence: waltz, half loop, Salchow
  • Lutz jump
  • Axel walkthrough; preparation, jump (Axel does not need to be landed to pass this test; skater should have an understanding of the mechanics)

USFSA Freestyle Test


Pre-Preliminary Free
The purpose of this test is to encourage beginning skaters to learn the fundamentals of free skating. No great deal of technical ability, carriage or flow is expected. The candidate must show knowledge of the elements, fairly good edges and some evidence of good form. The skater shall successfully complete the following required elements:
  • Waltz Jump
  • Salchow
  • Toe Loop
  • 1/2 Flip
  • 1/2 Lutz
  • One-foot upright spin minimum 3 revolutions.
Preliminary Free
The purpose of this test is to continue the encouragement of beginning skaters to learn the fundamentals of free skating. The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of the elements and a good sense of power (speed/flow). A relationship with the music should be attempted in the program. The following elements are required:


JUMPS:
Maximum of 5
SPINS: Maximum of 2 STEPS

Waltz jump
Salchow

Loop
Flip

One jump combination consisting of a single toe loop and one of the jumps listed above (no turn or change of foot between jumps).
One-foot backspin (3 revolutions).

Sit spin (3 revolutions)
Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program.


Pre-Juvenile Free

The fundamentals of free skating must be demonstrated, although not necessarily mastered. Good edges, flow, power, extension and posture are required for all elements of free skating (jumps, spins as well as connecting moves). The program should utilize the ice surface and demonstrate some relationship with the music.

JUMPS SPINS
STEPS
Loop
Flip
Lutz
One Jump Combination
One Camel Spin

Camel to Sit Spin

Front to Backscratch Spin
Demonstration of connecting moves and steps throughout the program.


Juvenile Free

The candidate must skate the selected elements (jumps, spins, as well as connecting steps) on good edges, with good form, flow, power and preciseness. The candidate must also skate to the music and utilize the ice surface.

JUMPS
SPINS
STEPS
Three different single jumps, one of which must be an Axel

One jump from the following: split, stag, falling leaf or half loop

One jump combination consisting of two single jumps (no turns or change of foot between jumps)
Forward sit spin (minimum 4 revolutions in position)

Ladies: Layback or attitude spin (minimum 4 revolutions in position)

Men: Forward camel spin (minimum 4 revolutions in position)

One spin with change of foot, change of position optional (minimum 4 revolutions each foot). Must include one of the following positions: camel, sit or attitude.

Connecting moves consisting of spirals and strong edges, etc. should be demonstrated throughout the program.


Intermediate Free
Strong, smooth edges and turns, combined with correct posture and effortless flow, utilizing the music and the ice surface are expected of the candidate in all types of free skating elements (jumps, spins, as well as connecting steps).

JUMPS
SPINS STEPS
Single loop, flip and Lutz - one each

Axel

One double jump: salchow, toe loop, or toe walley


One jump combination - two single jumps - no turn or change of foot between jumps


One jump combination - single/double, double/single or two doubles - no turn or change of foot between jumps

Sit to change foot sit spin - 4 revolutions each foot in position

Flying camel - 5 revolutions in position

Combination - one change of foot and one change of position - 4 revolutions each foot
Connecting moves consisting of spirals, spread eagles, etc. should be demonstrated throughout the program.


Novice Free
The candidate must give a performance that is generally good. The preciseness of the footwork should be nearly faultless; body motions well timed with the music, and the flow and power very good in all free skating elements (jumps, spins, as well as connecting steps). The program should fully utilize the ice surface and no major or consistent errors should be in evidence. The following elements are required:

JUMPS:
Max. of 7 jumps for men & 6 for ladies, including the following requirements:
SPINS:
Maximum of 3 spins including the following requirements:
STEPS


Double Salchow
Double toe loop
Double loop


One 1 jump combination consisting of 2 double jumps (no turn or change of foot between jumps).
Choice of camel spin, sit spin or layback spin (minimum 6 revolutions in position)

Flying spin (minimum 5 revolutions in position).

Spin combination consisting of at least one change of foot and at least one change of position (minimum of 5 revolutions on each foot).
One step sequence or spiral sequence.


Junior Free
The candidate must give a performance that is generally very good in all respects. Focus should be on power, flow, edge quality, line and footwork control. The program should demonstrate a good, harmonious composition that is skated to the music with rhythm and expression while utilizing the full ice surface.

JUMPS
SPINS STEPS
At least three different double jumps, one of which must be a double flip

One jump combination consisting of two double jumps (no turn or change of foot between jumps)

One jump sequence consisting of small jumps, followed by any double jump
Flying sit spin or flying change (reverse) sit spin (min. 6 revolutions in position)

Layback or crossfoot spin (minimum 6 revolutions in position)

Spin combination consisting of three positions and one change foot (minimum 5 revolutions on each foot)
One circular step sequence of advanced difficulty, covering the ice surface, consisting of steps and turns in the field such as spread eagles, spiral combinations, three turns, brackets, etc.

Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program.


Senior Free
The candidate must give an excellent performance displaying power, strong edge control and depth, extension and precise footwork control in all aspects of the selected elements. The program should fully utilize the ice surface, have a change of pace and superbly express the mood and rhythm of the music. Harmonious steps and connecting movements in time to the music should be maintained throughout the program.

JUMPS
SPINS STEPS
At least 4 different double or triple jumps, one of which must be a double Lutz. If the skater elects to do triple jumps, only one may be repeated in combinations or jump sequences.

Double Lutz.

Two different jump combinations consisting of two double jumps or a double and a triple jump (no turn or change of foot between jumps).
At least four different spins (solo spins must be minimum 6 revolutions in position).

At least four different spins (solo spins must be minimum 6 revolutions in position).

One must be a spin combination consisting of at least two positions and at least one change of foot (minimum 10 total revolutions).

Two additional spins.
One serpentine step sequence of very advanced difficulty with complex sequences of turns in the field which cover the entire ice surface and include counters and rockers.

Connecting moves and steps should be demonstrated throughout the program.



ICE SKATING INSTITUTE (ISI)
The ISI Toddler program is for very young skaters who wish to learn basic "comfort" skills on the ice. It is similar to the USFSA Snowplow Sam program. The ISI Toddler program develops basic skating skills which are fundamental to all disciplines in skating. The list below includes the current required maneuvers for all Tot, Pre-Alpha–Delta & Freestyle.

Tot 1 Tot 2 Tot 3
Tot 4

  • Proper Way to fall
  • Proper Way to Get Up
  • Marching in standing position
  • Marching while moving

  • Two-Foot jump in place
  • Forward swizzle standing still
  • Single swizzle
  • Beginning two-Foot glide

  • Push and glide stroking
  • Preparation for Snowplow Stop
  • Dip
  • Forward swizzle

  • T-Position and Push (Right And Left)
  • Backward Swizzle
  • Two-Foot or One-Foot snowplow stop
  • Backward Wiggle
















Pre-Alpha Alpha Beta Gamma Delta
Two-Foot Glide

One-Foot Glide (Right & Left)

Forward Swizzle

Backward Wiggle

Backward Swizzle
Forward Stroking (6)

Forward Crossovers–Right Foot over Left (5)

Forward Crossovers–Left Foot over Right (5)


One-Foot Snowplow Stop
Forward Stroking (6)

Forward Crossovers–Right Foot over Left (5)

Forward Crossovers – Left Foot over Right (5)

One-Foot Snowplow Stop
Right Forward Outside 3-Turn

Left Forward Outside 3-Turn

Right Forward Inside Open Mohawk

Combination
Left Forward Inside Open Mohawk

Combination
Hockey Stop
Right Forward Inside 3-Turn

Left Forward Inside 3-Turn

Forward Outside Edges and Forward Inside Edges

Shoot-the- Duck or Lunge


Bunny Hop




















FREESTYLE 1-10 – TEST REQUIREMENTS


Freestyle 1
  • Forward Inside Pivot
  • Two-Foot Spin
  • Forward Arabesque
  • Backward Edges – Backward Outside Edges and Backward Inside Edges
  • One-Half Flip
  • Waltz Jump
Freestyle 2
  • Ballet Jump
  • One-Half Toe Walley
  • One-Half Lutz
  • One-Foot Spin
  • Two Forward Arabesques (On either foot – and on either outside or inside edge)
  • Dance Step Sequence
Freestyle 3
  • Backward Outside or Backward Inside Pivot
  • Salchow Jump
  • Change Foot Spin
  • Backward Arabesque
  • Toe Loop Jump or Toe Walley Jump (Choice of One)
  • Dance Step Sequence
Freestyle 4
  • Flip Jump
  • Loop Jump
  • Sit Spin
  • One-Half Loop Jump
  • Two Backward Arabesques (One each on the Right and Left foot)
  • Backward Outside and Backward Inside Three Turns / Dance Step Sequence
Freestyle 5
  • Lutz Jump
  • Axel Jump
  • Camel Spin
  • Camel-Sit-Upright Spin
  • Fast Back Scratch Spin
  • Left Forward Outside Open Swing Choctaw, Left Forward Inside Open Choctaw, Left Forward Outside Bracket, Right Forward Inside Bracket / Dance Step Sequence
Freestyle 6
  • Split Jump
  • Split Falling Leaf Jump
  • Jump Sequence – Axel / One-Half Loop / Flip Jump
  • Double Salchow Jump
  • Cross Foot, Layback, or Sit Change Sit Spin (choice of one)
  • Spin Combination with change of foot and position
  • Right Forward Outside Rocker, Left Backward Inside Counter / Dance Step Sequence
Freestyle 7
  • Double Toe Loop or Double Toe Walley Jump
  • Two Walley jumps in a Row
  • Combination Spin with Change of Foot and Position
  • Flying Camel Spin
  • Jump Sequence – One-Foot Axel/ One-Quarter Flip/ Axel
  • Jump in Opposite Direction (Choice of one – Flip / Loop / Lutz)
  • Right Forward Inside Counter; Left Forward Inside Counter; Left Back Inside Rocker / Dance Step Sequence
Freestyle 8
  • Double Loop Jump
  • Double Flip Jump
  • Split Lutz Jump
  • Flying Sit Spin or Axel Sit Spin (Choice of one)
  • Jump Sequence – One and One-Quarter Flip / One and One-Quarter Flip / Double Salchow
  • Illusion or Camel-Jump-Camel Spin (Choice of one)
  • Left Backward Inside Bracket / Dance Step Sequence
Freestyle 9
  • Arabesque/Bauer/Spread Eagle Combination
  • Double Lutz Jump
  • Axel / Double Loop Jump Combination
  • Axel in Opposite Direction or Double Axel Jump
  • Jump Combination – Rocker or Counter Jump / Double Toe Assisted Jump / Double Loop
  • Flying Camel into a Jump Sit Spin
  • Dance Step Sequence – Straight Line Pattern
Freestyle 10
  • Double Axel / Double Toe Loop Jump Combination
  • Triple Edge Jump (skater’s choice)
  • Death Drop
  • Four Alternating Axels in a Row or Triple Toe Assist Jump
  • Double Jump to the Right and Double Jump to the Left (not in sequence) or Triple Toe Assisted Jump/ Double Loop Jump Combination
  • Three Arabian Cartwheels or Butterfly Jumps in a Row (Choice of one)
  • Creative Dance Step Sequence