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Understanding the IJS
Judging System

       SKATING magazine, the official publication of U.S. Figure Skating, published a five-article series explaining the International Judging System (IJS) used for figure skating events.

    In case you missed it, links to PDF files are provided.

Making Sense of It All: International Judging System, A Numbers Game” Oct 2009,
Part 1 Part 2

Understanding IJS: Element Identification Primary Role of Technical Panel“ Nov 2009, Part 1 Part 2

Understanding IJS: Measuring Success Comes Down To Execution“ Dec 2009,
Part 1 Part 2

Understanding IJS: Artistic Ability Plays Major Role in Overall Scoring” Jan 2010,
Part 1 Part 2

Understanding IJS: Pairs, Ice Dancing Offer Additional Elements for Judges to Call“ Feb 2010, Part 1 Part 2


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
Becoming a USFS Judge
Understanding IJS Judging System
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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