Is the Spiral Overrated?
While there are spirals on the edges, there are also spirals on the flat of the blade. The flat is the easiest way to hold your balance, yet it can be used for choreographic measues. correct?
The scoring of a spiral will show, among other things, the balance of a skater. At the Senior Level, that should not be a problem for a skater. Yes?
The skating foot: will show the edge(s) and how far the lean a skater will venture.
The Free foot: will show how high it will be placed above the head of a skater. The knee and the toe of the free foot should be pointed outward, unless the skater is using it as a characteristic of the music.
The various changes of eges to show a combo of two spirals without bobbles.
The various catch foots to the free foot. Are they attractive or just difficult?
Any other nitpicks of the spiral, please let me know.
My questions are: Are Spirals difficult at the Senior Level? How much penalties for faults within the prescribed methods of doing a spiral? Are they just for female skaters? Should they be relegated to Moves-in-the-Field?
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Spirals on the flat do not count towards the spiral sequence but only the first 3 positions count in the spiral sequence. The rules for COE have been further clarified for 2008-09 that the actual flat ride of the COE can only encompass 1 meter or less (!!!) or else the feature is negated. The higher the free leg, the harder it is to balance. The shorter the change of edge, the harder it is to hold both spirals without skating foot wobble. The faster the skater is, the harder it is to keep the COE 1 meter or less if a skater chooses to use that feature. By having to have at least one position unassisted in a spiral, if the skater chooses to catch first then release after their COE, the harder it is because the leg can't drop below the hip once it's released. There is A LOT more to a spiral than you think as a non skater.
Personally, I hate doing spiral and would prefer to have a MIF sequence allowed in it's place with the choices being spread eagles, spirals, bauers, and hydroblades that is judged based on specific criteria, but that's because I can't do a L4 spiral and currently have had my footwork called L2 at best in its place.
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Spirals are not at all difficult to do for any good competitive skater at juvenile and above. You would never know that by watching them though.
Spirals are not difficult to perform as jumps are, but to be able to achieve strong and aesthetically pleasing positions 99% of skater have to work hard for many years to get very good flexibility in the entire body. Doing the splits just wont do it. Getting that leg up over the head is MUCH harder when you are wearing 5 pound boots and balancing on a 1/4 inch blade versus in sneakers at the ballet bare.
Flexibility not only takes a long to to achieve, but also stretching must be constantly kept up or years of work will vanish. The skater must also achieve a balance to where they to not overly disrupt and stretch out the leg, butt and back muscles that are required for thier jumps... interrupting muscle memory etc.
In terms of actually getting the leg high, I found that the strength to get the leg high is much more difficult than the actual flexibility. (As you said, "doing the splits just wont do it").
Originally Posted by Tinymavy15
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