My coach explained the importance of spins once hitting Silver, since some competitions start judging with IJS rather than 6.0. And given that I’m unable to land double jumps but could, theoretically, hit a Level 1 or 2 spin, the spins end up being bigger point-getters than jumps, although there are only 2 spins allowed versus 5 jumping passes. But then on the downside, if you don’t quite get a leg high enough or low enough, or hold a position long enough, the dreaded dash of doom could zero out the whole attempt.
So all in all, I’m putting a lot of attention on my spins these days. It’s been a while since I’ve videoed my jumping, but I guess I’m not that excited about my jumps (other than dreaming of an axel someday) — I generally have all my singles now, and they’re dinky adult jumps so there’s definite room for improvement, but somehow it feels like there’s less to work on. Whereas, there’s an endless number of spin variations.
- I have trouble with the traditional layback position, and it’s something in the right hip and leg that I haven’t figured out yet. I can see the problem in the video, but it’s still a struggle to get it corrected. I tend to lean to the right and I don’t think my hips are pushed far enough forward, and when I try to correct my hips my right leg sort of dangles.
- We tried tweaking the layback position to lean intentionally to the right, and that seems to work better. Right now it’s just an upright/attitude spin because I’m not really leaning back, but it’s a goal.
- For the back camel, we’re playing around with position changes. Possibilities: back sit, crossing my free leg on my spinning knee, or going into a cross-under backspin. The goal is to be able to get 4 revs on the back camel (to leave margin for error so I get credit for the position).
- Sit spin to broken leg may be an option. I feel stuck in the broken leg position, and I can see there’s a lot of space between my chest and my knee, and it looks like the best broken leg spins are when the chest is all the way down and nearly touching the knee. I’ve tried it a couple times and it’s freaky! Also incredibly dizzying.
- Back sit to back tuck. This is unlikely to be a candidate because it’s an awkward transition. As soon as I tuck the free leg, I hit my toe and grind to a halt. I’ll keep working on it, but I’m not getting the hang of this.
- That cross-under spin (? is there a real name for that?) is so pretty when I see other skaters do it, but it’s a ways off — most often it dies after a revolution or two. I doubt I’ll end up using it in a program anytime soon.
- And, last but not least, the good ol’ camel-sit-back sit. The struggle, as always, is hitting the camel. It’s a fickle beast!
I think you have a lovely layback, for what it’s worth. And traditional sit spins, I have never cared for the look of them. But that one you did, where your knees are sort of together but the free shin bends out a bit, I think that position is very pretty. As for the standing, cross-back spin, I have never known its name, either. I think it’s just a variation on a scratch.
Watching all your lovely spins makes me miss skating.
I agree about the sit spin — I prefer the side variation too. I think it looks better the lower you go, so it’s my goal to work on that position!
Eva @ Eva Bakes said:
Hi Sarah – you’ve got a great start to these spins! The motto of IJS in adult competitions, unfortunately, is “spin to win.” Usually those skaters that have amazing spins tend to place well since the point values of 1 really nicely executed spin is worth several single jumps and/or jump combinations. One thing you should keep in mind though, is to NEVER sacrifice a good spin just to gain a level. I’ve seen too many skaters who want a Level 1/2/3/4 spin but have a horrible time with it. They are better off doing a base level spin with high GOE rather than a Level 1/2/3/4 spin with negative GOE. It doesn’t pay off to do a bad leveled spin – your best bet is to do a spin you are good at and gain GOE for it.
Ah, that’s a really good point. I’ve seen score sheets for some lower IJS levels and it’s amazing how negative GOE can wipe out so much of the value of the element. (Right now I’d be excited just to get full credit for the basic spins and getting all the required revs in!)
Whoa, Sarah, you’re making me dizzy! Looks like you’ve gotten a really good set of spins to work on (saw a nice camel position on the end one). Great building blocks for those combinations! And it looks like you are fairly flexible so that should help too. I agree with Eva about GOEs–plus it’s always nice to see even a simple spin done beautifully. So classic!
Your spins are so graceful! Keep going 🙂