What are PC scores?

PC stands for Program Components. There are 5 program components that get assessed. The program components for most categories are: Skating Skills, Transitions and Linking Footwork, Performance and Execution, Choreography and Composition, and Interpretation and timing. The only category that is different is pattern dance. The program components are Skating Skills, Performance, Interpretation/Timing, and Timing.

Program components are awarded on a scale from 0.25 to 10.00, divided by increments of 0.25. It is a universal scale, meaning that every skater at every level is judged by the same criteria. Olympic Champion skaters like Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir receive many 10.00s in their program components where as a Senior Bronze StarSkater may receive scores in the range of 1.00 to 3.00. An important point to remember about PCs is that there is no definite range for any category. A Senior lady may have average interpretation, earning her a 5.25, while the other senior ladies may be receiving 8s and 9s. A Juvenile level Lady may have very good interpretation, earning her a 6.00, while the other Juvenile ladies may be receiving 3s and 4s. All skaters are judged on the same scale, by the same criteria, regardless of category.

Here is a brief explanation of what each of the 5 program components assesses.

Skating Skills:

Speed, flow, balance, sureness, direction

Transitions and Linking Footwork:

Variety, creativity, quality, intricacy, footwork, skating movements, body movements, non-listed elements

Performance and Execution:

Emotional, intellectual, and/or physical involvement, carriage, style, clarity of movement, variety and contrast of movement, projection, unison (pairs only)

Choreography and Composition:

Purpose, structure, pattern, body design and dimension, music and movement phrasing

Interpretation and Timing:

Musical movement, expressive & nuance movement, effortless movement.