Ok, folks. Let's break this down and see if we can all get a clear picture before Oct.
The new system is based on cumulative points instead of the 6.0 standard of marks and placement.
Under the new system, points are awarded for a technical score combined with points awarded for five additional components – skating skills, transitions, performance/execution, choreography and interpretation.
In the technical score, each element of a skater’s program is assigned a base value. During the program, judges will evaluate each element within a range of +3 to –3. This evaluation will either add or deduct from the base value of the element. When a skater executes an element, the “Technical Specialist,” monitored by the “Technical Controller,” will identify the element, and its respective point value will be listed on the judge’s screen. The judge then grades the quality of the element. The sum of all performed elements together with the grade of execution will form the technical score.
In addition to the technical score, the judges will award points on a scale from 0 to 10 with increments of .25 for the five components to express the overall presentation. (See Parts 2-6)