# Thread: Level of Difficulty in the CoP: Footwork

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## Level of Difficulty in the CoP: Footwork

Under the CoP footwork, spirals and spins have a "level of difficulty" which determines the base mark for the element, before the GOE is taken. The ISU seems to want to make sure that the criteria for Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 are spelled out as precisely as possible, for skaters and coaches as well as for judges.

Here is the official distinction for singles and pairs (start with page 3 of this PDF document):

http://www.isu.org/vsite/vfile/page/...-0-file,00.pdf

For instance, the difference between level 2 and level 3 footwork goes like this:

Level 2: Mainly uses turns and steps of three different types (e.g., 3-turns, twizzles and brackets, and progressives, toe-steps and chasses).

Level 3: Must include more than three different turns (e.g., brackets, counters, rockers, twizzles, choctaws) and must include three different steps running in multiple directions.

Level 2: Three changes of direction.

Level 3: Four or more changes of direction.

Level 2: Change of speed during step sequence.

Level 3: Quick changes of speed during step sequence.

Level 2: Modest upper body movement during steps.

Level 3: Full use of upper body movement during steps.

Level 3: Quick changes from steps to turns.

Which skaters would you say have footwork sequences that qualify as level three? I would say Michelle excels at "full use of upper body," and "quick changes from steps to turns," but what about "four or more changes of direction" and "quick changes of speed?"

Mathman

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I will have to rewatch the tape, but I'm certain Evgeni's MJ SP would have level 3 footwork, and possibly his Tango SP, but not sure about the change of direction, but it definitely has the other criteria.

Laura

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I don't think anyone got level 3 in footwork the past season. Am I wrong? What level was given to Sandhu, Buttle and Lambiel, who were doing some difficult steps? Fumie Suguri usually has very good footwork in the ladies, I don't think even her got a high level of difficulty for her programs.

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Plushenko's turns are usually to the same side, so I don't think he'd garner to many points there. How did he score under COP? BTW, I believe he'd benifit if he did serpentine footwork as well, but alas, that's a fight I gave a few years ago already LOL

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I think Sandhu got level 2 for both his straightline and circular steps in the SP. However, had he added different direction of turns (he only had one in both sequences), both could definitely score level 3 easily.

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I was checking... no level3 for men's footwork, at least that I could see. Plushenko got mostly level2 for his SP footwork, for the LP he had mostly level1. Sandhu had mixed classifications, many level2, but quite a few level1 as well. It varied a lot from event to event.

As for the ladies, Sasha's footwork was level2 almost in all events. At Lalique she got a level3 for one of her footwork sequences in the SP, the other one was level1, though. Shizuka got mostly level1 for her footwork throughout the GP, but at GPF she got a level3 in the LP.

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I think many skaters footwork turns are in the same direction and the better skaters carefully do one turn in the other direction but hurry on back to their natural way of turning.

Joe

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