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Moves in the Field Focus Elements (2003 Rulebook)

Each element in a Moves-in-the-Field test has a noted Focus item. Some have both a primary (most important), and a secondary (still important, but not quite as critical as the primary one) focus.

These are the things that the judges will be most likely to want to see in your performance of that element. If a element says that its primary focus is "power", you should be sure to skate that element powerfully. If you can do that element with beautiful edges or great extension, that’s great too (and may help to improve your marking), but make sure to demonstrate some power for sure...

What do the words mean?

Accuracy: the correct start, steps and adherence to the general pattern.

Edge Quality: A strong edge, without wobbles or subcurves. A clean edge is initated through proper body alignment over the skating foot, creating a stable arc that travels uninterrupted until a required transition takes place. A good edge is usually "quiet" and smooth.

Extension: The controlled stretching of the freeleg, combined with an upright body posture. Spirals are an obvious element to demonstrate good extension (by the way, the benchmark for spirals is that the freeleg must be at least at hip height). Extension can also refer to nicely straightened legs (pointed toe, etc) during stroking.

Quickness: Quickness refers to "foot" speed. Good quickness has precise, rapid, and crisp execution of turns, edge changes and transitions. Quickness does not refer to the overall "pace" at which the Move is skated. Quick motion that is quiet (not scratchy), fluid, and continuous is especially rewarded.

Power: Power is rapid and obvious acceleration, achieved by forceful stroking. It almost always means "fast" (in relation to the skater’s flow across the ice). Power is characterized by good acceleration, maintaining or increasing speed during difficult maneuvers, and a good flow across the ice.

Posture/Carriage: Usually the skater's back is straight, with the spine and head perpendicular to the ice surface. All body parts are in alignment. While not specifically mentioned as a focus item for any test element, this is expected on all elements.

Bilateral Movement: is the ability to execute movements on both sides of the body; clockwise and counterclockwise, forward and backward. While not specifically mentioned as a focus item for any test element, this is expected on all elements.

The Rulebook defines these terms in section SSR 2.21
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