is a timing violation determined?
The referee begins to time the length of the program from the first movement of the skater’s head, arm or foot, not when the music starts. Some programs have a musical note the sounds 2-3 seconds prior to the actual start of the music to insure the skater is not caught unprepared to start their program.
The referee stops timing the program when the skater ceases movement, not when the music ends. The length of the program is recorded on the referee’s official sheet.
If the program exceeds the allowable time, the referee announces this fact to the panel of judges so they may take the appropriate deduction of 0.1 in both the technical and presentation marks for every 10 second increment in 6.0 events, or in IJS events, the referee notes the deduction him/herself.
Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.
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