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The International Skating Union (ISU) and the International Judging System (IJS)
       The International Judging System (IJS) is the approved judging system of the International Skating Union (ISU) for all international, world, and Olympic figure skating events. It is based on providing credit for all of the things a skater does that are positive and weight that score against the negative things a skater may do while performing their program.

       This system uses an independent panel to determine the technical content which has a predetermined base value for each element.  The panel of judges evaluates how well the skater performs each individual element and marks five performance areas.

       The new system provides a much better system to provide information to the skater so they can see how the specific list of elements and how the judges rated them individually numerical values are published.

       The IJS is very rule and regulation oriented. The technical and judging panels do not rank the skaters in an numerical order of first to last place. The high and low marks are dropped when calculating a trimmed mean score for the required elements and Program Components.

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The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

  
   
USFS Test Judging Topics
PDF  IJS Handbook
PDF  Judges Singles & Pairs Training Manual New  Evaluation of Jumps
PDF  Chart of Changes to MITF  9/2/2010 PDF  2011 USFS Tests Book 8/27/10
PDF  A need for Test Program Element Sheet
PDF  USFS Compulsory Figures Rules
PDF  Focus Points: Evaluate Tests
Roles of Skating Judges and Coaches
Discussion of MITF Topics
New & Revised MITF Elements
Critiquing Skating Performances
MITF Critique Sheets
Requirements to Pass MITF
MITF Judging Criteria
Basic Skating Judging Protocols
Basic Skating Competitive Judging
Basic Skating Worksheets
Test and Elite Standards
Focus of Free Skating Test Judging
Interpreting 6.0 Score Sheets
School Figures

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