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QUESTION: do you have to join usfsa to participate in isi competition? because I saw a line to fill out your usfsa level.
what is the program duration for freestyle 3 technical?
can your group instructor sign your coach signature?

ANSWER: Hello,
The USFS level is just a question asked in case you have tested USFS.  There are rules to keep you at the correct level, or make you eligible for others.  So just put "N.A." or line it out or leave it blank.
FS 3 maximum time is 3:40, but never cut music past 3:38 in case you are late!
Any coach registered with ISI can sign your form.  They are signing that you are in the correct level, so have it all filled out please.
Good luck,
PS...have at least one private lesson to have a coach check your program before you compete!

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QUESTION: For ISI competitions, in technical category, let's say for example I am in freestyle 3, then can I put elements like Counter and Choctaw, which are in freestyle 6 in my program? (if I can do them perfectly)

Feel free to put in "uncaptured maneuvers" with limitations. They are outlined in the handbook. But all turns and footwork things are fine.  Gliding moves like spread eagles etc. are ok. Careful with extra jumps or spins. The program is only a minute and a half so don't clutter it too much!  Highlight the requirements, you can also repeat them since the best try is counted. Example: a salchow/toe-loop combo, Ballet jump into toe loop, land a jump into a back pivot, etc.
Hope this helps...good luck and please have a coach check your program just in case!

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Dianne DeLeeuw


I can answer questions about figure skating, choreography, ISI or USFS. Also questions about competing (my Olympic experience or your own competition). I`m a National referre for ISI. Recently I also have been appointed a National Technical Specialist for US Figure Skating. But remember I am not your substitute for a coach! They can see what you are doing! To correct or instruct you on manuevers is really not what I want to do.


Experience: World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, coaching all levels of skaters at in California. I coach all levels and ages of skating from tiny tots to adults, first timers to International competitors. I also do choreography, music editing, teach specialty classes and give seminars.

Organizations: US Figure Skating, ISI, PSA, All Year Figure Skating Club

Publications: Recreational Ice Skater, The Edge

Awards: 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist, 1975 World Champion, 1976 European Champion, 6 time National Champion, US and Canadian Double Gold Medalist, 1999 ISI Great Skate Award, 2002 Woman of the Year

US Figure Skating category A certification

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