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USFS Judging Topics
United States Figure Skating Judges and Officials are Volunteers
Judging figure skating is very subjective and requires as much effort on the part of judges to improve and maintained their skills through practice and education as the effort skaters expend to develop the necessary skills necessary to earn a gold medals.
It is very helpful if the judge has a background as a:
Judges Assess Technical and Performance Skills
The 6.0 system requires judges to compare the performances and rank how they skated. Two marks are awarded - Technical and Artistic.
The IJS requires judges to compare each individual's performance against a standard and award Grades of Execution (GOE) marks that are factored by accounting software for technical difficulty. The skater's performance is awarded marks for five different components:
Discussion Topics -
Abolish the use of "features" in spins and sequences, and use the Grade of Execution to reward added value in these elements.
It is proposed to abolish the use of "features" in spins and sequences, and assign only basic values for each element.
The elimination of "features" would have the following effects:
It will be the duty and the responsibility of the judges to establish with their GoE marks the extra value added by the skaters through their ability and creativity, such as: number of revolutions above the minimum required, new and original positions, speed, quality of a spin in general; use of complex turns, changes of skating or rotational direction in steps, speed, depth of the edges, extension of the free leg, etc.
Definitions of Spin positions
Source - Ice Skating International Coaches Propose Changes to IJS
ISU Rules -
Under the ISU Judging System the Judges focus entirely on evaluating the quality of each element performed (technical aspect) and the quality of the performance. Their scores will be based on specific quality criteria for each element and will provide a comprehensive assessment of each skaters skills and performance, without comparing each skater in relation to all others. The Judge enters the scores through a touch screen unit. At ISU Events Judges may review in real time certain sequences of the skaters performances by means of an instantaneous Video Replay System.
At international competitions, there will be a panel of 9 Judges per segment. The scores of these 9 Judges will form the result. Out of these 9 scores, the highest and lowest score of each element or program component are ignored and the average will be taken from the remainder, generating the trimmed mean (average score).
The score for the element is composed of a “Base Value” of each element (Technical Panel) and the so-called “Grade of Execution - GOE” (Judges).
Some elements such as spins and footwork sequences are further broken down depending on their “Level of Difficulty”.
These element Base Values and Levels of Difficulty ensure that skaters receive the appropriate and consistent credit for every element performed. The Base Value of all recognized elements are reviewed and published annually by the ISU in a Communication.
Presentation ScoreIn addition to the Technical Score, the Judges will award points on a scale from 0.25 to 10,00 with increments of 0.25 for the Presentation Score to grade the overall presentation of the performance.
The Presentation Score for Single and Pair Skating (Short Program and Free Skating):
The sport of figure skating has evolved over the last eight decades. Refer to the following links:
New Evaluation of Jumps
Test and Elite Skating Standards
PDF Focus Points: Evaluating a Test Performance
As judges, we must observe everything that occurs and record notes that support the marks we give when testing:
MITF Discussion Topics
This is a place to communicate your comments and opinions on how we can improve the testing environment, especially how to develop a diverse complement of skating skills, including basic forward and backward figure eights, loops, and twizzles, etc.
The following articles and links discuss activities related to a wide variety of subjects relating to judging figure skating tests and competitions:
New PDF IJS Handbook
Singles and Pairs Training Manual for Judges
This manual is used in training sessions for judges. It discusses the Moves In The Field (MITF), free skate, and pair tests that are governed by U.S. Figure Skating Association. It is important for test and competition judges to stay informed about rule changes.
MITF Lesson Plans
The purpose of providing detailed Lesson Plans for each MITF element is to encourage a systematic method of teaching the Moves in The Field lessons.
Every effort is being made to communicate information to the skater and coach about how judges evaluate different skills and weight the positive and negative qualities to arrive at their marks.
Critique Sheets for MITF
The goal of the sheets is to provide a pattern of each individual MITF element to assist in the analysis of the elements by applying the focus points described in the lesson plans.
It is our hope that these sheets, based on the PSA MITF booklet, will make it easier for coaches to communicate to their skater on how judges evaluate and judge the MITFs. Teaching to the test standards is especially valuable when coaches and judges are in agreement.
Chart of Changes to MITF on Sept. 2, 2010
ISU Figure Skating Judging
The International Judging System (IJS)
IJS Judging Criteria
Training for Judges
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:
All 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.