Judging System (IJS)
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
- 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.
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
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
completion of the program, the TC is in charge of the
entire review process with the video replay if available.
to protest an error in accounting or
- 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
- Specialists and assistant specialists are not allowed to
discuss anything regarding the event.
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.
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
- All other items, including spin levels, jump downgrades,
and falls, may not be protested.
The following internet
links have been
gleaned from personal communications
public institutions and athletic
have a web presence with information concerning team
Interested parties may consult IJS
information and clarifications which is
posted at U. S. Figure
Skating, ISU, and PSA websites.
materials are copy protected.
The limited use of the
materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given
for the source of the materials.