I applaud the posters who provided detailed suggestions to improve the process and quality of judging at figure skating competitions. Well done!
In my opinion, there have been times that a competitive skater’s scores have defied reason. I’m not referring to the dreaded “national bias”, which unfortunately will probably always be part of the equation, and hopefully a very miniscule part of the equation.
My angst focuses on a basic knowledge of figure skating technique – how axels, lutzes, flips, loops, camel spins, sit spins, scratch spins, etc – are supposed to be performed. Let’s stick to the basics, please. Judges have to be extremely knowledgeable on the elements if there is to be any level of expectation that they will award appropriate scores.
If I’m correct about this, national and international skating judges are required to pass competency tests and remain current on the process of judging. No doubt, some of them opted to jump ship when the tried and true 6.0 system was abolished. Those who chose to stay, and all new judges, absolutely MUST be up to speed on this process. Granted, it can be difficult to watch every single element in a four-minute routine, especially when they are delivered in rapid succession; however, that’s the way it is, and you have to keep your eyes focused like a laser beam on the programs if you’re a judge.
Personally, I would like to keep this as simple as possible. Most of us are not Einsteins, and the CoP is, most likely, very confusing for many folks and drives them away from following the sport.
I prefer a “KISS” (keep it simple, skating) approach to scoring. Have a basic point assignment for the jumps – perhaps a 6 for a quad, a 5 for a triple/triple combination, a 4 for any other triple, a 3 for a double, a 4 for combination spins, a 3 for “single” spins, 4 for serpentine footwork, etc. Right next to the base element, have a point score of 1 to 5 for presentation. A completed quad would receive a 6, and if it was executed perfectly, it would receive a 5, for a total of 11. If a completed quad was executed poorly, it would receive a 1, for a total of 7.
I would award scores only on what was performed. If a skater falls on a lutz, that jump would not receive a score, plain and simple.
The panel of judges would consist of a dozen people representing the world on a global basis. Six would serve as “technical” judges and six would serve as “presentation” judges. They would be paired in six teams, with two judges on each team.
The overall point totals would be calculated, as quickly as possible.
Overall total scores:
90 and above = 6.0
85-89 = 5.9
80-84 = 5.8
75-79 = 5.7
70-74 = 5.6
65-69 = 5.5
60-64 = 5.4
And so on…..
Let the computer calculate the scores, and let the scores be “easy” for us to see. This could be a great partnership between the marvels of the computer and the 6.0 system.
Just my two cents, of course.