Last week I found out that the next TEST DATE is March 30, 2012. I didn't think I should try to do 2 tests on one day. I could probably pass the Bronze Moves in the Field, but I would have to apply to test on the Bronze Moves on a contingency basis. If I did not pass the Pre Bronze for some reason, I would lose the opportunity to test Bronze and lose the $40 test fee. Better to go out there confident and pass my first two tests at the same level.
After all.... I did totally chicken out (see paragraph 7) the last time I tried to free skate a test 41 years ago! I hope to rectify that next time.
Today my coach wanted to see if I could do the elements required in the free skate.
TR 32.09 Adult Pre-Bronze Free Skate Test
Jumps:Two different jumps, either one-half or one full revolution Spins:
A one-foot upright spin (minimum three revolutions in position)
A two-foot upright spin (minimum three revolutions in position)
Forward and backward crossovers (either direction)
Lunge or spiral
Judging panel required: One or three bronze or higher rank singles/pairs judges.
My lesson is only 15 minutes, so she wasted no time. As soon as my skates were laced up with Lilac gloves under the laces, we took to the ice and she said, "let's work on jumps".
This surprised the heck out of me because my blades are only temporarily mounted and I have only skated on them twice. I think she figured that the level of my jumping was not going to knock the blades off. She was probably right!
We worked on 3 jumps today:
- Waltz Jump WALTZ JUMP - The easiest jump, which takes off from the forward outside edge and is landed on the back outside edge of the opposite foot. A Waltz jump consists of .5 revolution. If you add a revolution, for 1.5 it becomes a single Axel jump. It is easily recognizable as it is the only jump that takes off from a forward position.
- Salchow SALCHOW - Another edge jump taken off from the back inside edge of one foot and landed on the back outside edge of the opposite foot. Created by Ulrich Salchow.
- Toe Loop TOE LOOP - A toe-pick-assisted jump that takes off and lands on the same back outside edge.
Next we tackled 2 spins:
- Two Foot Spin TWO FOOT SPIN - The basic first spin you learn. Entering from a stand still or from a controlled forward outside edge, the spin begins and remains on two feet. Gradual acceleration begins by drawing the arms close to the body. The spin exits into a backward outside edge.
- One Foot Scratch Spin SCRATCH SPIN - Also known as an upright spin. After entering from a controlled forward outside edge, the spin begins on a back inside edge. Gradual acceleration begins by moving and placing the free foot toward the top of the skating knee and drawing the arms close to the body. The spin exits into a backward outside edge.
Normally when I practice I put my "notes to self" in red next to the description of what I am attempting, but today I was just happy to get through it all without falling on my head!
So today it's official. I filled out my test application and paid my fees.
- Adult Pre Bronze Moves in the Field
- Adult Pre Bronze Free Skate