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Training for Judges

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 their skills through practice and education. As much effort is required to become a gold judge as skaters expend to develop the necessary skills to earn a gold medals. Judges pay the expenses associated with becoming a judge and to be promoted to a new level. After becoming a judge, they receive reimbursement for travel associated with official tasks and meals/lodging if required to stay over night.

       Prospective judges benefit from previously being a test or competitive skater. The USFS develops the annual Continuing Education Test and hosts training workshops and seminars. There is a collaborative effort between the PSA and USFS to invite judges to the annual coaches seminars. The purpose is to facilitate agreement of expectations (standards) for test and competition performances tests and competitive events.

Recommended Reading:

PDF  Focus Points: Evaluating a Test Performance  We must observe everything that occurs and record notes that support the marks we give when testing:
  • MITF Elements
  • Compulsory dances
  • Free Skating Programs
  • Pair Programs
  • Free Dance Programs
   The ISU competition system of Grades of Execution (GOE) and Performance Components (PC)  rewards positive and negative performances. Many judges extend these concepts to judging tests.

MITF Discussion Topics  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.

ISU Figure Skating Judging

The International Judging System (IJS)

IJS Judging Criteria


       The following articles and links discuss activities related to a wide variety of subjects regarding training to judge 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. 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 

Test Judging Topics

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:

Training for Judges

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