The Strategic Method

Knowledge Is Power

We help coaches, skaters and parents gain a greater understanding of the International Judging System

Get Your Program Scored!

We can help you get base TES (total element score) for programs completed in practice. We can help you design programs, structure your training and improve your score in competition. 

Know Before You Go

By scoring your practice programs you will get a realistic idea of where you stand before going to competition. It gives you an opportunity to fix spins, move jumps around and strategize to achieve your personal best. 

Celebrate Growth

Scoring practice programs allows you to see growth during practice. It allows you to see what you are capable of and be able to believe in yourself as you walk into competition. It gives you a realistic idea of where you stand.

Maximize Your Potential

For any competition using IJS, this will help you understand how many points you are capable of achieving. We can help understand how to improve your grade of execution and work your program so that you are achieving your best.

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We Are The Strategic Method

Tiffany McNeil and Stephanie Chace Bass

Founders and Co-Primary Coaches

Based 6,700 feet above sea level in Park City, Utah

Never have you met two people more different than Stephanie and Tiffany. But their passion for figure skating, coaching and the International Judging System has bonded the two of them for more than a decade. Together with their incredible team they have built a figure skating community that not only fosters the love of the sport but also gets results.

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Strategic Planning

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Hey Coach!

What happens if...? How many points is...? What should I do when...? Quiz your skaters or brush up on your IJS knowledge here!

You will lose 20% off of the base value in addition to a GOE deduction of -3 to -4

Start with working on the first three bullet points: acceleration, clear and controlled positions, and making it effortless.
No, after a weight transfer any jumps after will receive no value.  In addition to that it now becomes a jump sequence and only receives 80% of the base value.
Yes! 8 revolutions is a feature if done in difficult variations, camel spins or laybacks.
A +3 means that you just got 30% added to the base value of your score.  Your single axel is worth 1.10, but with the +3 it is now worth 1.43!
Go into a back scratch spin.  You won't get the level for the Y spin, but that way you will still have an upright position and can still get some points.
Very important!  A level 4 change foot combination spin is worth 3.50 points, your double lutz is only worth 2.10 points.
No, the fall on the entrance still counts as an attempted jump and will occupy a jump box.
Single lutz + single loop is worth 1.10.  Single flip+single toeloop is worth 0.90.  If you can do the lutz loop nice - go for it!
Almost always grade of execution!  Focus on quality!
Yes! The last three jump elements are multiplied by a factor of 1.1.
luca senior moves
Hey Coach!

What happens if I do a flutz in competition?

Yikes!

You will lose 20% off of the base value in addition to a GOE deduction of -3 to -4

skatefest madison katelyn kenzie
Hey Coach!

What do the judges look for in my spins?

You've Got This!

Start with working on the first three bullet points: acceleration, clear and controlled positions, and making it effortless.
Denver harlow awstyn alyssa coach katie
Hey Coach!

If I hold my camel spin 8 times around will that count as a level? 

Sure Will!

8 revolutions is a feature if done in difficult variations, camel spins or laybacks.

dash_kate_sam
Hey Coach!

If I step out of my jump and then do a double toe, will it count?

Nope!

Nope - after a weight transfer of putting the foot down, any jumps following that will receive an * and get no value

hannah regionals
Hey Coach!

What does a +3 on my single axel mean?

Woohoo!

A +3 means that you just got 30% added to the base value of your score.  Your single axel is worth 1.10, but with the +3 it is now worth 1.43!
autumn can can
Hey Coach!

If my combo spin slows down and I can't hold my "Y" position, what should I do?

Think Quick!

Go into a back scratch spin.  You won't get the level for the Y spin, but that way you will still have an upright position and can still get some points.

vegas_coach_tiff_sophia_sosie
Hey Coach!

What happens if I fall on the entrance into my double loop?  Can I try the jump again later in the program?

No!

No, the fall on the entrance still counts as an attempted jump and will occupy a jump box.
on ice ryder oktoberfest
Hey Coach!

Should I do a single lutz single loop or single flip single toeloop for my combination?

Loop!

Single lutz + single loop is worth 1.10.  Single flip+single toeloop is worth 0.90.  If you can do the lutz loop nice - go for it!

2018-11-15 Morgan Heavrin Sectionals SLC Intermediate Ladies (16 of 22)
Hey Coach!

Which is worth more - grade of execution or levels?

Go After GOE!

Almost always grade of execution!  Focus on quality!

aria tiff
Hey Coach!

Is there a bonus for having jumps at the end of my program? 

Yes!

The last three jump elements are multiplied by a factor of 1.1

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