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    ISU Judging System (IJS) Technical Panel

      USFS and ISU judges, technical panel members, referees, and accountants are volunteers who spend many hours traveling at their own expense to acquire the skills and expertise to serve without pay to conduct the testing and competitive program established to select skaters who will represent the United States in international, World, and Olympic Championships.
How the technical panel operates:
  • The panel consists of 3 people all wearing headsets listening to calls.
  • The Chief Referee is also on a headset.
  • The Technical Specialist makes the call.
  • The Assistant Specialist (AS) and Controller (TC) write down the elements the skater performs as identified by the technical specialist (TS).
  • Should the AS or TC disagree with the call they say “review”
  • The majority decision of the Technical Controller, Technical Specialist, and Assistant Technical Specialist governs the final decision. At no time does one person make a sole decision on the elements identified.
  • In regional, sectional, and national competitions there will be a Data Entry operator and a Video Specialist.
  • The data operator notes any call for a review on the data entry screen.
  • Upon completion of the program, the TC is in charge of the entire review process with the video replay if available.
How to protest an error in accounting or element identification:
  • If the coach receives a protocol sheet they believe there is an error, they must immediately go to the official’s room and ask to speak to the Technical Controller.
  • Specialists and assistant specialists are not allowed to discuss anything regarding the event.
  • An appropriate form to initiate this review process must be obtained from the event referee, completed by the initiating party and returned to the event referee.
  • This process may be initiated by the referee, TC, TS, ATS, data operator, affected athlete or coach of affected athlete.
What calls may and may not be protested:
  • The coach may ask for review of misidentified elements, error in data input, lack of second half bonus, missing elements and mathematical or calculation errors.
  • All other items, including spin levels, jump downgrades, and falls, may not be protested.
Recommended Reading:



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:

ISU Figure Skating Judging
PDF The International Judging System (IJS) PDF   IJS Judging Criteria
ISU Technical Updates
Index of ISU Articles
Free Skating Program Requirements
Basic Jumps
Technical Jump Requirements
Cheated Jumps
Short & Long Programs
Free Skating Test Elements
ISU Judging
IJS Technical Panel
Competition Jumps
Competition Spins
Competition Spirals
Competition Step Sequences
IJS Grades of Execution
PDF  IJS Judging Criteria
PDF  IJS Presentation Guidelines
Program Component Guidelines
PDF  IJS Handbook
PDF  ISU Communication 1593
PDF  ISU Communication 1557
PDF  ISU Communication 1548
PDF  ISU Communication 1547
PDF  ISU Communication 1540
PDF  ISU Communication 1505
PDF  ISU Communication 1504
PDF  ISU Communication 1494
PDF  ISU Communication 1476
PDF  ISU Communication 1459
PDF  ISU Communication 1445
PDF  Search for ISU communications

Interested parties may consult IJS information and clarifications which is
             posted at U. S. Figure Skating, ISU, and PSA websites.

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