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Understanding The ISU
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.  These are provided so everyone has an opportunity to refer to this articles.

Recommended Reading:

Test Judging Topics


    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


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