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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 the effort skaters expend to develop the necessary skills necessary to earn a gold medals.

       The sport of figure skating has evolved over the last eight decades. Refer to the following links:

Recommended Reading:

New  Evaluation of Jumps

School Figures

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 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   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 activites 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:

USFS Test Judging Topics
PDF  IJS Handbook
PDF  Judges Singles & Pairs Training Manual New  Evaluation of Jumps
PDF  Chart of Changes to MITF  9/2/2010 PDF  2011 USFS Tests Book 8/27/10
PDF  A need for Test Program Element Sheet
PDF  USFS Compulsory Figures Rules
PDF  Focus Points: Evaluate Tests
Roles of Skating Judges and Coaches
Discussion of MITF Topics
New & Revised MITF Elements
Critiquing Skating Performances
MITF Critique Sheets
Requirements to Pass MITF
MITF Judging Criteria
Basic Skating Judging Protocols
Basic Skating Competitive Judging
Basic Skating Worksheets
Test and Elite Standards
Focus of Free Skating Test Judging
Interpreting 6.0 Score Sheets
School Figures

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