Hey Guys! I’ve been in the fandom for a couple of months and have seen a lot about Bitty’s time as a figure skater. As somebody who skated for more than 2/3 of their life, I have a lot of information about this topic and would love to share it for fic purposes!
What people do on the ice are generally referred to as “jumps” and “spins” rather than “tricks” or “twirls”
Men wear black skates and women wear white (but fuck gender norms amirite)
You generally can’t sharpen your own skates and have to bring them to other people
Speaking of which, if you’re skating a lot, you should be getting your skates sharpened every 2 or 3 weeks
Bitty can’t do a lot of jumps on hockey skates as most require a toe pic (however, he could do an axel, loop, or salchow (pronounced sow-cow) because these are edge-based jumps)
You can’t skate when the zamboni is on the ice - unless you want to get yelled at :(
Bitty probably can’t do quadruple jumps and I would be surprised if he could do most triples - if he had a quad axel, he’d be going to the Olympics and he probably wouldn’t casually do a triple axel while warming up or figure skating for the first time in a while
In skating, a flip jump refers to this rather than a front flip or back flip like you might imagine. Those are actually illegal to do in competition
A skater has a long, short, artistic light, and dramatic program, serious skaters focus on the short and long
Artistic light and dramatic are when the skater has the ability to show off their artistry and have fun
Longs and shorts are technical and are comprised of jumps, spins, footwork, and other choreography
These are generally around four minutes long
There are different levels in figure skating and they are not determined by age, you have to test up
I’d say Bitty was probably a junior or senior (second highest and highest level, respectively, for a non professional skater)
Bitty went to Regionals in 2010 and back then you weren’t allowed to skate to lyrical songs for long/short so he couldn’t have skated to Halo :(
Scoring is no longer on the 6.0 system, the new system is called IJS and it is very confusing
While breaking in skates definitely isn’t fun, it’s pretty manageable (think a few weeks of sore feet and maybe a few blisters–not Ice Princess)
Skate moms are THE WORST™. Seriously, my club was approachedby the producers of Dance Moms to see if we wanted a show. That’s how much drama there is.
We did not want a show.
If your fic has Bitty working with Jack on his skating and speed, have him start with posture (IT IS SO IMPORTANT)
You can not seriously skate in jeans. Please don’t skate in jeans.
Please message me if you have any questions or just want to talk about figure skating because I love talking about it!