This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.
Moves in the Field (MITF) are the new first half of the freestyle
tests of the USFSA. In the regular test track, the skaters must pass
the moves portion before they can take the freestyle portion. Moves
can also be tested without taking the freestyle portion. In the adult
test track, MITF are compulsory since September 2002.
The development of MITF was spurred by the elimination of figures as a
requirement for international competition, in the realization that it
would be impossible for USFSA to continue to demand figures of its
freeskaters. They were also an answer to complaints being voiced that
skaters were paying all their attention to jumps and spins and the
footwork and connecting moves in programs were getting poorer and
poorer in quality.
The moves consist of various stroking and turns done on the entire ice
surface with emphasis on power, edge quality, quickness, and
extension. Each move has a primary focus and a secondary focus. If
these are not met, the test will fail. The USFSA rule book is the best
reference for standards for these moves. Tapes of moves in the field
can also be purchased from the USFSA.