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Worksheets & References
This information is presented for official USFS Test Judges and individuals
whose background in skating that provides them with the technical expertise
to establish personal standards to make decisions to establish a skater's base
mark to allow for comparison and ranking skaters in a 6.0 judging environment.

Event Restrictions
Club and Open Competitions can vary as to the specific rules, restrictions concerning permitted and prohibited elements in programs, costumes, use of different types of music, length of programs, etc. which are defined in the competition announcement. The Chief Referee of the competition will make all clarifications and interpretations.

       In many areas there may not be enough skaters to hold a competition. The announcement may allow combining events. For example, to include male and female skaters in one event. Another example is to allow a skater an option to skate up a level.

       Some announcements may have original and innovative events such as footwork, MITF, Family dance, draw for compulsory dance partner, etc.

       Competition announcement will discuss time requirements for each type of event:
  • Free Skating Singles and Pair Short program only,
  • Free Skating Singles and Pair Long program only,
  • Short Dance only,
  • Free Dance only,
  • Similar Pairs,
  • Fours (two pairs),
  • Formation dance (3 dance teams or 3 solo dancers)
  • MITF, performed to music
  • Artistic - skater provides music
  • Interpretive - club provides music
  • Showcase - skaters provides music
  • Theater on Ice - skaters provides music
        The competition announcement will discuss acceptable types of music for each type of event and level of events.

Music - Instrumental only Popular Music Broadway, TV, & Movie Themes
  • Classical
  • Vocal
  • HipHop
  • Blues
  • Country Western
  • Opera
  • Dramatic
  • Musicals

Recommended Reading:

PDF   2012-13 Intercollegiate Technical Rulebook The 6.0 judging system will be used for all events and levels at intercollegiate ... ISU judging system will not be used.

PDF   International Judging System

DOC  Competition Guidelines Review prior to the competition and on their clipboard as a reference.

PDF   International Judging System (IJS) made by the ISU for junior and senior events ..... Reference...

XLS   Recommended List of Deductions with your judging panel BEFORE the competition.

XLS   Guidelines for Basic Skill Competition  - Judges Sheets.

PDF   Judging System Technical Panel Handbook Single Skating 2012/2013  breakdown of programs from the perspective of the judging panel.

PDF    ISU Judging System (IJS) at Non Qualifying Competitions ... The main difference between the IJS and the 6.0 judging system is that the skater accumulates ...

U.S. Figure Skating has integrated the ISU judging system into competitive ... The references listed below each term is where you should go to obtain further assistance.
Work/Reference Sheets for Judges
       The accountant, will usually prepare various “work or reference sheets ” in the judges room for you to take notes. Many judges also use a 3 hole binder where they store the many competition updates.  Judges carry small color coded  cards with the requirements for each competitive event. Prior to the competition, make sure the cards have been updated for the current competitive season. You may bring these references with you when you judge. During the actual judging there usually will not be enough time to refer to your notes; however, you may refer to your references during warm-up periods.

       Become familiar with the common abbreviations or computer codes to lessen the chance you will miss the skater performing an element while you are writing notes about the skater. Your notes should help remind you as to why you marked a skater in case of a coach requesting a clarification from the referee. 

IJS Judging
       Most Open Competitions will not involve Computer Monitors on the judging stand. In the paper system, each judge fills out their work sheet for the skater. They quickly transfer their marks to the “official” judging sheet that is collected and sent to the accounting room after each skater has completed their performance. They retain their event worksheets.

       Use the following evaluation standards:
  • Very Good – exceeds your expectations, but not necessarily error free.
  • Good - all elements performed above your standard for an average skater at this level.
  • Acceptable - the overall performance averages out to a passing performance.
  • Minor improvements - the overall performance is below average
  • Major improvements - the overall performance is well below average
See the Program Component - Level Expectations Guidelines    PDF Program Components Range
Marking Guide

      Each official IJS judging sheet will list the Planned Program Elements the skater has turned in that he/she will perform for the event. The skater may completely revise the order and content. In 6.0 system the judges identifies the element and evaluates the quality the performance. In IJS, you should be prepared to make a call and write down what you see in case of a problem with the computer or you are unable to hear the technical specialist' calls.

      The referee will indicate the length of the program in the event of a timing violation. You need to know the rules to determine what, if any, deduction should be taken.

      Each event has specific required elements that must be performed. Most judges have 4x5 cards that list the elements to be performed for the event. Skaters may add change elements in a free skating program; however, if required elements are not performed correctly or not attempted - the GOE or 6.0 marks must reflect this.

Recommended Reading:

          Accounting Central  For USFS Members only (Forms, Charts & Procedures -> IJS Charts and Factor Tables).

International Judging System (IJS)  The USFS has five different sections: Technical Information, ISU Communications, Technical Panel Information - Singles, Technical Panel Information - Pairs, and Judge and Referee Information. The documents are published by the ISU or U.S. Figure Skating. It is suggested to check often on all posted documents for your event and to check the Technical Notifications/Alerts tab on the sidebar for any changes made by U.S. Figure Skating.

Figure Skating ISU Judging System   The ISU International Judging System (IJS) is used in all qualifying figure skating ... The second score is the Program Components Score (PCS) ... (GOE); In determining the grade of execution the judge can mark the GOE score from -3 to +3.


ISU Figure Skating Judging

The International Judging System (IJS)

IJS Judging Criteria

Test Judging Topics

Training for Judges

Skate Canada > Development > Programs > STARSkate Unique to Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group ... Each area is divided into the following levels: ... The basic components of all disciplines of figure skating are incorporated into ... The club determines the categories which generally follow Skate Canada STARSkate guidelines (e.g. length of program,


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
Requirements to Pass MITF
MITF Judging Criteria
Critique Sheets
Basic Skating Judging Protocols
Basic Skills Judging Competitions
Worksheets & References for Judges
Test and Elite Standards
A Positive Environment for Adult Skaters
Focus of Free Skating Test Judging
Interpreting 6.0 Score Sheets
School Figures

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