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Judging Basic Skills Competions
   This information is presented for individuals who have a background in skating that provides them with the technical expertise to establish their personal test standards needed to make decisions to pass badges and tests, plus provides the criteria to establish a skater's base mark to compare and rank skaters in a competitive environment.

    Basic skills judges will use their USFS or Basic Skills membership number as identification on official documents such as test and competition judging sheets. A signature is also required on all official documents.

    A referee is assigned to each Basic Skills event. An assistant referee may also be assigned.

    An official USFS judge is usually assigned to mentor the Basic Skills judges and be available to assist in solving any unforeseen problems that might occur during the competition events.

    As a judge, be sure to be at the rink a minimum of a half an hour prior to the event. Visit the judges hospitality room to get warm and to obtain for food and beverages. Your judging assignment is listed the judges' schedule the referee sends out a week before the compeition. A schedule will also be posted in the judge's room. Check it as last minute changes may have occured.

    If the judging boards are not in the judges room, the event referee may have placed the judge's clipboard, event sheet(s), worksheets, and pencils at the seats in the judging area.  Events may run early or late. Keep track of the progress of the event before you are schedulede to judge. Arrive a few minutes early to the judging area so you don't delay the start of an event.

    The accountant, will prepare a “worksheet” for you to take notes and record your marks. Most accountants usually preparea sheet of reference notes for the elements in each event. You should also refer to the Basic Skills Note sheet that corresponds to your events prior to the competition. You may bring these references with you when you judge. During the actual judging there usually will not be enough time to refer to your notes; however, you may refer to your references during warm-up periods.

    Become familiar with the common abbreviations or computer codes to lessen the chance you will miss the skater performing an element while you are writing notes about the skater.

    You will need to retain the event worksheets. Quickly transfer your marks to the “official” judging sheet that is collected and sent to the accounting room at the end of each event. In IJS the sheets are turned in after every skater has completed their performance.

    Usually a meeting is scheduled with an official USFS judge, who has been assigned to monitor the Basic Skill events. Be prepared  to briefly discuss the events using your worksheets as references. The worksheets will not be collected – this is an opportunity to ask questions and not an inquisition.

    Some events may only have a single entry so you don't have a decision to make between skaters, but you need to add each skater's performance into a performance database.  Using your skating experience, in your opinion, how does each skater’s performance rank against your technical and presentation standards.

    Use the following evaluation standards:
  • Very Good – exceeds your expectations, but not necessarily error free.
  • Good - all elements performed are above standard for an average skater at this level.
  • Acceptable - the overall performance is average
  • Minor problem - the overall performance is below average
  • Major proplems - the overall performance is well below average
    Each official judging sheet will list the elements to be performed for the event. It also will contain instructions if:
  • extra elements are added,
  • required elements are not performed,
  • elements can be repeated,
  • elements must be performed in order, etc.
    Each official judging sheet will list the elements to be performed for the event. Extra elements can be added to free skating program; however, if required elements are not performed correctly or not attempted, a deduction must be taken.


ISU Figure Skating Judging

The International Judging System (IJS)

IJS Judging Criteria


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:

Test Judging Topics
How to Become a USFS Judge
Becoming a USFS Judge
Understanding Judging System
Articles on IJS and ISU
PDF IJS Handbook
Test and Elite Skating Standards
Judges Singles & Pairs Training Manual
Judging USFS Tests
New  Evaluation of Jumps
Roles of Judges and Coaches
Chart of Changes to MITF  9/2/2010
USFS & PSA MITF Comments
PDF 2011 USFS Tests Book 8/27/10
Planned Program Sheets
A need for Test Program Element Sheet
MITF Discussion Topics
MITF Element Coaching & Judging Criteria
Requirements to Pass MITF
MITF Judging Criteria
Basic Skating Judging Protocols
Basic Skating Competitive Judging
Basic Skating Worksheets
Evaluation of Jumps
MITF Critique Sheets
School Figures
PDF USFS Compulsory Figures Rules
A Positive Environment for Adult Skaters
Focus Points: Evaluating a Test Performance
Interpreting 6.0 Score Sheets

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