CPC Overview
This CPC information is provided to help clarify the system in the 2009-10 season. Wherever possible, official  documents have been used to illustrate points, however, this module is not itself an official document. It is the reader's responsibilty to frequently check the ISU and applicable National websites for updates and clarifications. Information and rules are constantly changing.

How Skaters Are Evaluated Under CPC
Under the CPC system the evaluation of each skater passes through two phases. In the first phase the Technical panel (Technical Specialist, Assistant Technical Specialist and Controller) decide what jump or combo etc. it was, if it was under-rotated, what spins, step and spiral sequences were performed and their level. They do a few other things too like identify falls and flutzes but they are not concerned with assessing quality except that the element must meet minimum requirements to count or to achieve a higher level where applicable. If the element in question meets the minimum standard it will receive the applicable level regardless of how well it was performed.  As each element is performed it is ‘called’ and entered into the computer by the Data Input Operator (DIO). The element needs to be entered into the computer system quickly so that it can appear on the judges' screens quickly. Video replay may or may not be available to check elements. If so, a Video Replay Operator (VRO) is assigned to replay individual elements for the panel. The DIO and VRO do not have a voice in Technical Panel decisions.

The judging panel is Phase 2. Their job is to evaluate the quality of the element seen. As each element appears on their screens the judges input a Grade of Execution (GoE) for it. The judges do not have the authority to change the identification of an element. For example, if a judge thought a jump combo was a 2F+2T+C but it was identified as a 2F+2Lo+C, the Technical panel's identification stands (for the time being anyway) and the judge simply enters a score for the quality of the element seen. If a mistake is made it will be corrected by the Technical panel after the skate during the review process. Grades of Execution (GoE) range from -3 to +3. A ‘0’ GOE means means the element was performed to standard. Judges also determine the score for the 5 Programme Components- the sum of 5 scores out of 10 points each. 

The Levels that have been determined by the Technical panel have nothing to do with the judges’ GoE score. Judges evaluate what they see, regardless of what is called. For example, if an element was inputted incorrectly during the event (called a CSp2 when it was a SSp2) and the judge gave the spin she saw a GoE of +1, that +1 should still stand once the correction to the naming of the element has been made after the skate.

If an element is not according to requirements or in excess of the Well Balanced Programme it may receive a Level 0. In this case, no GoE mark will apply. The element will be recorded on the ‘Details’ sheet but with no marks assigned to it.

‘Feature’ is the term used to identify individual steps, moves, positions etc. that can increase the Level of a spin, step or spiral sequence. Information on Levels for the 2009-10 season can be found in
ISU Communication 1557.

‘Bullet’ is a positive aspect that increases the quality and/or difficulty of an element.  The final GoE of a performed element is based on a combination of both positive and negative aspects. Information on GoE bullets can be found in
ISU Communication 1557.

The challenge is to include the unique elements for each skater that are most likely to be awarded the highest final mark possible. Of course elements with a higher level are worth more but only if they are done well or fairly well. A CCoSp4 done to standard is worth 3.5 but if it is poorly done and receives a -3 GOE from the judges the spin would only receives 2.5. If the skater also fell during the element there would be an additional mandatory fall deduction of .5 to 1.0 depending on the category (Juvenile- Senior) so now the spin might only be worth 1.5 not to mention the reflection in the Programme Component scores for poor skating skills etc. In this case that skater would have been better off doing a very good CCoSp1. That spin could be worth 3.5 if it is very well done, the same as the Level 4 spin. Consider the quality of the element (GoE), not just the Level.

Where to find CPC Information
There are many documents outlining the various rules and regulations for the CPC Judging System that can be found on the
ISU website. Sometimes knowing which one to look for and  finding it can be challenging. Below are links to the main documents.

Summary of the ISU Judging System-
ISU website
Summary of most CPC rules-
ISU website under Special Regulations and Technical Rules
Senior & Junior Well Balanced Programme Guidelines
- ISU website under Special Regulations and Technical Rules
Novice and under Well Balanced Programme Guidelines- see your National Organization's website.
Clarifications and rule changes- List of ISU Communications on the  ISU website
Levels: ISU Communication 1557
Detail and Clarification of individual elements- Technical Panel Handbook on the ISU website.
Scale of Values-   point values for elements and GoE point values- ISU Communication 1494
Guidelines for marking the Grades of Execution- ISU Communication 1557
What are the Programme Components? Programme Component Explanations on the ISU Website
Marking Guidelines for Programme Components- Programme Components Overview on the  ISU website


The opinions expressed on these pages are those of Cheryl Richardson, author of,
Skating Ahead of the Curve. Every effort has been made to properly credit sources for other materials. You may link to my pages but please do not reprint or otherwise distribute without my permission.  

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