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Posted: Monday, March 19, 2012 | 01:45 PM

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Canada's Patrick Chan earned a world-record score in winning last year's men's title. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Canada's Patrick Chan earned a world-record score in winning last year's men's title. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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When a fan sent me a note recently asking for clarification on the scoring system in figure skating, I figured: What better way to learn about it than to do it yourself in a fun and interactive game I'm calling "Judge for Yourself."

Here's your chance to be the judging and technical panel from the comfort of your own home!
When a fan sent me a note recently asking for clarification on the scoring system in figure skating, I figured: What better way to learn about it than to do it yourself in a fun and interactive game I'm calling "Judge For Yourself."

Here's your chance to be the judging and technical panel from the comfort of your own home!

With the help of some of my CBCSports.ca chat regulars and fellow skating coaches David Long and Mazin Thomas, we devised a simple system for you to follow.

We decided to stick to just the singles events (men's and ladies') and to give you just the base-level scores for the elements as a starting point. There are obviously many more subtleties than I have included here, but hopefully you'll get the idea.

Print out the instructions and scoresheet here (Printable-Judge-for-Yourself-2012-Worlds-2.pdf). and familiarize yourself with the scoring.

Here's a sample from one of the scoresheets, listing the grades for a few kinds of jumps:

Jumps Single Double Triple Quad
Toe loop 0.4 1.3 4.1 10.3
Salchow 0.4 1.3 4.2 10.5
Axel 1.1 3.3 8.5 15.0


Ready to practice your judging skills? Watch these programs and score them for yourself: Akiko Suzuki's free skate at this season's NHK Trophy event, and Yuzuru Hanyu's short skate at the Grand Prix final.

Now for the main event. During the men's and ladies' events at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France from March 27 - April 1, fill in your scores for each skater and send them to me via Twitter @skatingpj while we're waiting for the marks and let's see just how close you get.

Can't tell a toe loop from a Salchow? No problem. I'll be identifying the jumps during the broadcast, so just listen up before you mark your score.

That's it. Now have fun judging for yourself!


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