Following up on the first and second “judge this” videos, Z Weyand chose a different flavor of freestyle for the next discussion: speedflow. Since speedflow (throw and catch) is not seen as much in competition routines, it will be interesting to trade ideas about how to judge the difficulty of this skill.
As always, the video (1.2mb, mov and 3.2mb, mp4) shows 30 seconds of freestyle. Think about the two scores you would give if you were using the current FPA judging system. Award your score when the video shows MARK.
Z’s introductory comments are in the extended (Read More) section of this article.
“After enjoying the 2007 FPA Worlds in Berlin I reflected on the state of freestyle. One of the elements that jumped out at me was the lack of speed flow in most routines and in jamming. One of the elements that eliminates the interest in speedflow is the current system (including education of judges) which does not reward speedflow with the appropriate difficulty scores. Speedflow is the first skill in freestyle that was judged in the ol’days and today it has evolved with greater difficulty of catches and throws. Completing 5 catches in a row total with flow and spins, etc. is hard to do. But why even try it if one is so penalized for catches that turn to drops or bobbles, thus depressing the overall score. Tommy L had a great suggestion
that maybe “speedflow” should receive a separate score, that is outside the 15 second format. I don’t think that the system needs to be changed as much as the judges have to be educated how hard it is and give scores reflecting that. This fits better with Skippy’s system of “natural segments”, instead of 15 second intervals. Please view this one 15 second segment and give it a difficulty score. Then we can discuss. Thanks to Dave L and Matt G.”