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Moves in the Field

    
What is a Move in the Field?
     
As a skater trains, they learn individual skills such as edge patterns, turns, and steps. A "Move" is a combination of these individual skills in a pre defined pattern or sequence. Moves are important because they combine individual skills into sequences that enable a skater to perform a well balanced free skating program, dance or show choreography. Moves are about edges and patterns on ice, inline or roller skates, posture, carriage, flow, power, and quickness. Each move emphasizes different part of these elements. The moves tests are intended teach the skater the skills they need to excel in the sport and can work as a replacement for compulsory school figures that teaches a skater how to actually use the correct turns and edges in dances and programs..

      
Edge Quality
Edge Quality is characterized by a stable arc and controlled body rotation; an edge ideally without sub curves or wobbles, initiated by placing the body and blade/frame on an angle to the surface of the skating surface and stepping on the required edge. This edge and arc will ideally commence immediately at the point where the skate takes the floor or a turn is completed, and travel uninterrupted until a required transition takes place. Depth of edge refers to the acuteness of the arc and the angle of the skate.
      
Extension
Extension is controlled stretching of the free leg complimented by an upright body posture. The extended leg is held in an unbroken line. The height of the extension is determined by the type of movement being executed. However, the final extended position should always be attained in a controlled fashion.
      
Flow
The word “flow” is used to describe the ability to maintain a constant speed across the surface while executing various skating elements and also to refer to the length of time it takes for the speed generated from a single stroke to diminish.
      
Power
Power is intended to mean obvious and rapid acceleration often form a standstill position, achieved by a forceful, gripping pressure exerted by the employed, or skating leg and skate against the skating surface. Power includes maintaining or increasing speed while executing various skating elements. “Power” is relative to the size of the skater, but can always be attained with proper stroking technique.
      
Quickness
Quickness refers to foot-speed. It is the precise, rapid and crisp execution of turns, changes of edge and transitions, usually in a brisk and continuous cadence. Refinements to acknowledge include quick movement that is quiet, fluid and continuous without disturbing the proper and erect carriage of the upper body and without interrupting the established rhythm.
      
Posture
Free Skating Posture: the skaters’ back is straight and the head up. The spine and head are perpendicular to the skating surface. The arms are extended out from the shoulders and are level and relaxed. The free leg is extended in a straight line and lightly turned out from the free hip to the free toe.

USFS has 8 moves in the field tests, one for each level of ice skating. Moves in the field are edges and turns in patterns that build good posture, form and carriage, flow from one element to another, power and speed. These skills are all important for the development of high quality ice, inline or quad figure skating.


PRE-PRELIMINARY MOVES IN THE FIELD

Forward Perimeter Stroking   Diagram  |  Video

Basic Consecutive Edges   Diagram  |  Video

Forward Right and Left Foot Spirals   Diagram  |  Video

Waltz 8   Diagram  |  Video

Video examples shown are for reference only.


PRELIMINARY MOVES IN THE FIELD

Forward and Backward Crossovers   Diagram  |  Video

Consecutive Outside and Inside Spirals   Diagram  |  Video

Forward Power 3-Turns   Diagram  |  Video

Alternating Forward 3-Turns   Diagram  |  Video

Forward Circle 8s   Diagram  |  Video

Alternating Backward Crossovers to Backward Outside Edges   Diagram  |  Video
Video examples shown are for reference only.


PRE-JUVENILE MOVES IN THE FIELD

Forward and Backward Perimeter Crossover Stroking   Diagram  |  Video

Forward Outside/Back Inside 3-Turns in the Field   Diagram  |  Video

Forward Inside/Back Outside 3-Turns in the Field   Diagram  |  Video

Forward and Backward PWR Change of Edge Pulls   Diagram  |  Video

Backward Circle 8s (new)   Diagram  |  Video

Five Step Mohawk Sequence  Diagram  |  Video
Video examples shown are for reference only.


JUVENILE MOVES IN THE FIELD

Stroking: Forward PWR Circle   Diagram  |  Video

Stroking: Backward PWR Circle   Diagram  |  Video

8-Step Mohawk Sequence (revised)   Diagram  |  Video

Forward and Backward Cross Strokes   Diagram  |  Video

Backward PWR 3-Turns   Diagram  |  Video

Forward DBL 3-Turns   Diagram  |  Video
Video examples shown are for reference only.


INTERMEDIATE MOVES IN THE FIELD

Backward DBL 3-Turns   Diagram  |  Video

Brackets in the Field Sequence   Diagram  |  Video

Forward Twizzles   Diagram  |  Video - Inside | Outside

Inside Slide Chasse Pattern   Diagram  |  Video

Spiral Sequence   Diagram  |  Video
Video examples shown are for reference only.


NOVICE MOVES IN THE FIELD

Back Inside/Forward Inside 3-Turns/Rocker Choctaw Sequence   Diagram  |  Video

Forward and Backward Outside Counters   Diagram  |  Video

Forward and Backward Inside Counters   Diagram  |  Video

Backward Rocker Choctaw Sequence   Diagram  |  Video

Backward Twizzles   Diagram  |  Video

Forward Loops   Diagram  |  Video
Video examples shown are for reference only.


JUNIOR MOVES IN THE FIELD

Forward and Backward Outside Rockers   Diagram  |  Video

Forward and Backward Inside Rockers   Diagram  |  Video

PWR Pulls   Diagram  |  Video

Choctaw Sequence   Diagram  |  Video

Backward Loop Pattern   Diagram  |  Video

Straight Line Step   Diagram  |  Video
Video examples shown are for reference only.


SENIOR MOVES IN THE FIELD

Sustained Edge Step   Diagram  |  Video

Extension Spiral Step   Diagram  |  Video

Backward Outside PWR DBL 3-Turns to PWR DBL Inside Rockers   Diagram  |  Video

Backward Inside PWR DBL 3-Turns to PWR DBL Outside Rockers   Diagram  |  Video

Serpentine Step Sequence   Diagram  |  Video
Video examples shown are for reference only.

COMPLETE MOVES IN THE FIELD VIDEO PLAYLIST

This information is for reference only and may not include current test information. Check with the official USFS rulebooks for up-to-date test requirements.