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Ice Skating Institute Open Freestyle Skating Competitions Levels and Tests

About ISI's New Open Figure Skating Tests and Events

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ISI, Ice Skating Institute, is an ice skating organization geared for recreational skaters. The ISI test levels and competitions are designed to promote skating and are rewarding for all participants. Many figure skaters begin skating lessons in ISI programs, and some skaters participate in both ISI and US Figure Skating.

About ISI Open Tests and Competition Levels:

ISI Open Freestyle tests and competitions were implemented in 2009. In the past, ISI's freestyle skaters competed and and tested at the ISI Freestyle 1 through 10 levels. The organization's skaters now have an option of also competing and testing in Open Freestyle in addition to Freestyle 1 through 10. The Open Freestyle levels may be somewhat similar to US Figure Skating's Test Track program in some ways, but skaters can put anything they want in their programs as long as elements are not from higher test levels.

Four Different Open Tests:

The ISI Open tests and levels are Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Figure skaters are not required to first pass the ISI Alpha through Delta tests before taking the Open tests, so US Figure Skating's skaters who wish to take part in ISI can now do so with ease. Also, skaters only need to pass the ISI Open test that corresponds to their US Figure Skating freestyle test level. For example, a US Figure Skating skater who has passed the Preliminary or Pre-Juvenile free skating test would take the ISI Open Silver Freestyle test.

The tests have two parts. First, skaters must pass compulsory moves and then perform a freestyle program to music. When a skater competes, he or she can choose to include his or her strongest skating elements in a competition program.

Ice Skating Institute Bronze Freestyle Test

Ice Skating Institute ISI Open Bronze Freestyle Test Patch
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The following elements should be included in the ISI Bronze Freestyle two minute program set to music. The program must include all the required moves and also additional moves of the skater's choice from the ISI Freestyle 3 level and below.

  • Any two different jumps from Freestyle 1-3 levels
  • One additional jump combination with any two jumps from Freestyle 1-3 levels
  • Two different spins or spin combinations from Freestyle 1-3 levels
  • Two different arabesques – can be forward and/or backward on different feet and/or different edges. (Cannot be two backward arabesques on different feet.)
  • Dance step sequence – either the Freestyle 2 or Freestyle 3 dance step sequence or at least 10 steps of the skater’s own design.

Ice Skating Institute Silver Freestyle Test

Ice Skating Institute ISI Open Silver Freestyle Test Patch
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The following elements should be included in the ISI Silver Freestyle three minute program set to music. The program must include all the required moves and also additional moves of the skater's choice from the ISI Freestyle 5 level and below.

  • Any two different jumps from Freestyle 4-5 levels
  • One additional jump combination with any two jumps from Freestyle 4-5 levels
  • Two different spins from Freestyle 4-5 levels
  • Two backward arabesques – must be on different feet
  • Dance step sequence – either the Freestyle 4 or Freestyle 5 dance step sequence or at least 16 steps of the skater’s own design and pattern

Ice Skating Institute Gold Freestyle Test

Ice Skating Institute ISI Open Gold Freestyle Test Patch
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The following elements should be included in the ISI Gold Freestyle three minute program set to music. The program must include all the required moves and also additional moves of the skater's choice from the ISI Freestyle 6 level and below.
  • Any two different jumps from Freestyle 5-6 levels
  • One additional jump combination with the first jump from Freestyle 5-6 levels
  • Two different spins from Freestyle 5-6 levels
  • Dance step sequence - either the Freestyle 5 or Freestyle 6 dance step sequence or a straight line or serpentine pattern footwork sequence covering the length of the ice of the skater's own design

Ice Skating Institute Platinum Freestyle Test

Ice Skating Institute ISI Open Platinum   Freestyle Test Patch
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The following elements should be included in the ISI Platinum Freestyle four minute program set to music. The program must include all the required moves and also additional moves of the skater's choice.

  • Any two different jumps from Freestyle 7-10 levels
  • Two different additional jump combinations with at least one double jump in each combination
  • Two different spins from the Freestyle 7-10 levels – one must be a flying camel or flying sit spin
  • One spin combination with at least three different positions and one change of foot
  • Dance step sequence – either the Freestyle 7, 8 or 9 dance step sequence or a footwork sequence covering the length of the ice of the skater’s own design and pattern

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