Have you ever wondered how figure skaters are tested? What types of tests skaters have to take? How judges evaluate skating tests? What is involved in running a skating test session? Well, you’re in luck because my Garden State Skating Club is hosting its first official test session of the new year and you can come by and observe and learn.
Figure skaters are evaluated by US Figure Skating’s standardized testing program in which skaters are required to test in order to advance to the next higher level (pls see my post dated May 6, 2018 for more detailed info). My club is scheduled to offer moves in the field, freestyle, and dance tests of all levels from beginners to gold and senior. You get to experience an official skating test session and see how skaters and their coaches prepare for tests on-and off- the ice on test day , what skaters wear for their tests, see where judges sit and how they assess the skaters, and observe the joys (and hopefully little to no disappointments) when skaters complete their tests. The most important thing to remember when observing a test session is that you must remain very quiet at all times such that the skaters and judges are not distracted. So if you are at all curious in learning what a skating test session is all about, then you should definitely come out and see the many difficult tests skaters have to take to advance. You will be sure to learn a lot.