Technical Information

Welcome to the Technical Information portion of the U.S. Figure Skating website. Here you will find important information on the many technical aspects of figure skating. For easier navigation, tabs on the left side of the page will guide you to each discipline (Singles/Pairs, Ice Dancing, Synchronized Skating and Adult Skating). Within the tabs are discipline-specific technical information, ISU communications, technical panel information and judges and referees information.

U.S. Figure Skating Alerts and Technical Notifications are on a separate page.

A link to the U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook can be found in the left-side navigation of this page.

Recent Updates
  • (7/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/13) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Competition Requirements for Pairs have been updated here.
  • (7/12) - 2018-19 U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook has been posted here.
  • (7/12) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Ice Dance Deductions have been posted here.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Ice Dance Marking Guides for GOE and Program Components have been posted here.
  • (7/11) - ISU Communication #2179 - Ice Dance - Changes from the 2018 ISU Congress - has been posted here.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Singles Calling Clarifications have been updated here.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Pairs Short Program Chart has been updated here.
  • (7/5) - Technical Notification #212 - Ice Dance - Changes to Junior and Senior Free Dance Test Requirements - has been posted here.
  • (7/5) - 2018-19 pairs free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (7/5) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Competition Requirements for Singles have been updated here.
  • (6/28) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (6/26) - ISU Communication #2176 - Singles and Pairs - Some Changes Accepted by 2018 ISU Congress has been posted here.
  • (6/26) - ISU Communication #2168 - Singles and Pairs - Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty, Guidelines for Marking GOE and Additional Remarks 2018-19 has been updated here.
  • (6/21) - Technical Notification #211 - Singles and Pairs - Changes to Junior and Senior Test Requirements - has been posted here.
  • (6/21) - Technical Notification #210 - Ice Dance - Scale of Values for U.S. Pattern Dances with Key Points - has been posted here.
  • (6/21) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #2 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (6/21) - 2018-19 Juvenile-Novice Skaters' Choice Pattern Dance Timing Chart has been updated here.
  • (6/21) - The 2018-19 Short Program and Free Skate Element Charts for Synchronized Skating have been updated here.
  • (6/20) - 2018-19 pairs short program and free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 singles calling clarifications have been posted, and the short program and free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 pairs calling clarifications have been posted, and the short program and free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 ice dance calling clarifications have been posted, and the rhythm dance and free dance charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 Juvenile-Novice Skaters' Choice Pattern Dance Timing Chart has been posted here.
  • (6/14) - Technical Notification #209 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been posted here.
  • (6/7) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/31) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #1 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (5/31) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/30) - ISU Communication #2170 - Synchronized Skating - Scale of Values for 2018-19 has been updated here.
  • (5/29) - ISU Communication #2170 - Synchronized Skating - Scale of Values for 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/24) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/24) - The 2018-19 Singles and Pairs Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty and GOE Guidelines, and the 2018-19 Singles and Pairs Element Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/24) - ISU Communication #2168 - Singles and Pairs - Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty, Guidelines for Marking GOE and Additional Remarks 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/23) - The 2018-19 Singles and Pairs Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty and GOE Guidelines have been posted here.
  • (5/22) - ISU Communication #2167 - Ice Dance - Scale of Values 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/22) - The Novice Pattern Dance Key Point Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/21) - ISU Communication #2164 - Ice Dance - Calling Specifications and Marking Guides 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/17) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Competition Requirements for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance are available here.
  • (5/17) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/15) - The Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice Pattern Dance Key Point Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/11) - The 2018-19 Short Program and Free Skate Element Charts for Synchronized Skating have been posted here.
  • (5/11) - ISU Communication #2159 - Synchronized Skating - Difficulty Groups for 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/10) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/3) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/26) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/26) - The Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice Pattern Dance Key Point Charts have been posted here.
  • (4/24) - The provisional 2018-19 Pattern Dance, Rhythm (Short) Dance and Free Dance Charts have been posted here.
  • (4/24) - ISU Communication #2148 (Revised) - Ice Dance Technical Requirements for 2018-19 - has been posted here.
  • (4/20) - ISU Communication #2152 - Synchronized Skating - Program Requirements Season 2018-19 - has been posted here.
  • (4/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/12) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/6) - The Timing Chart for Skater's Choice Pattern Dance Music for Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice has been updated here.
  • (4/5) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/5) - The Timing Chart for Skater's Choice Pattern Dance Music for Adult Partnered and Solo Dance Events has been updated here.
  • (3/29) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (3/22) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (3/15) - Technical Notification #199 - Singles Free Skate Tests - Minimum Scores - has been updated here.
  • (3/8) - The Timing Chart for Skater's Choice Pattern Dance Music for Adult Partnered and Solo Dance Events has been updated here.
  • (3/8) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (3/5) - An ISU Q&A for synchronized skating is available here.
  • (3/1) - Technical Notification #208 - IJS Scoring Guidance and Clarifications for Adult Dance Events - has been posted here.
  • (3/1) - Technical Notification #205 - Free Dance Tests - Minimum Scores - has been updated here.
  • (2/22) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (2/15) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (2/8) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (2/1) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (1/25) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (1/18) - Technical Notification #201 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been updated here. The updates are on page 5.
  • (1/11) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (1/4) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (12/28) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (12/21) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (12/14) - Technical Notification #201 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been updated here. The updates are on page 11.
  • (12/7) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (12/1) - The Program Component Charts for Adult Events have been posted here.
  • (11/30) - Technical Notification #207 - Synchronized Skating - Calling Clarification for Whip or Angled Intersection (Applicable for Juvenile Teams) for the 2017-18 Season - has been posted here.
  • (11/30) - Technical Notification #204 - Synchronized Skating - Calling Specifications for IJS Teams with Numbers other than 16 - has been updated here.
  • (11/20) - The 2018 National Technical Panel Seminar for singles, pairs and ice dance will be held March 15-18, 2018, in Baltimore, Md. This seminar will offer opportunities for new and current technical panel officials to test for appointments/promotions. For more information and to register, please click here.
  • (11/20) - No technical notifications will be posted this week.
  • (11/16) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (11/9) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (11/9) - The 2017-18 Short Dance Chart has been updated here.
  • (11/3) - The 2017-18 Pairs Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below have been updated here.
  • (11/2) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (10/26) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (10/25) - 2017-18 ISU Q&A #2 for singles skating has been posted here.
  • (10/19) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (10/12) - The 2017-18 Rulebook has been updated here.
  • (10/12) - Technical Notification #206 - Correction to Novice Pairs Short Program Spin Rules - has been posted here.
  • (10/12) - Technical Notification #200 - Pairs Tests - Minimum Scores - has been updated here.
  • (10/10) - ISU Communication #2121 - Synchronized Skating - Technical Requirements, Difficulty Groups and Calling Specifications for 2017-18 - has been posted here. This communication replaces and combines ISU Communications #2091 and #2114.
  • (10/10) - 2017-18 ISU Q&A #1 for singles skating has been posted here.
  • (10/5) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (10/4) - 2017-18 ISU Q&A #4 for ice dance has been posted here.
  • (10/3) - The 2017-18 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Synchronized Skating has been posted here.
  • (9/29) - The Technical Panel Procedures for Applying the Bonus Points and Falls in juvenile through novice singles and pairs events have been updated here.
  • (9/28) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (9/21) - Technical Notification #205 - Free Dance Tests - Minimum Scores - has been posted here.
  • (9/19) - The 2017-18 ISU Handbook for Referees for Synchronized Skating has been posted here.
  • (9/14) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (9/14) - The 2017-18 Adult Skating Calling Clarifications are available here.
  • (9/13) - The Program Component Charts for Singles and Pairs for Novice and Below Events have been posted here.
  • (9/7) - Technical Notification #204 - Synchronized Skating - Calling Specifications for IJS Teams with Numbers other than 16 - has been posted here.
  • (9/7) - Technical Notification #203 - Continued Active Status - has been posted here.
  • (9/7) - ISU Communication #2116 - Synchronized Skating - Elements and Scale of Values for 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (9/1) - An Alert for Test Chairs Regarding Qualifications to Judge Pairs Tests has been posted here.
  • (8/31) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (8/24) - The 2017-18 Deduction Guidelines for Ice Dance and Singles/Pairs have been posted here.
  • (8/24) - ISU Communication #2114 - Synchronized Skating - Clarifications, Calling Details and Calling Specifications for 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (8/24) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (8/18) - The Data Operator Protocol for Synchronized Skating has been updated here.
  • (8/18) - The 2017-18 Rule Vetting Guide for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (8/18) - The 2017-18 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Singles has been updated here.
  • (8/17) - The 2017-18 Rulebook has been updated here.
  • (8/17) - Technical Notification #202 - Program Components, Factors and Deductions for Adult Singles and Pairs - has been posted here.
  • (8/17) - Technical Notification #201 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been posted here.
  • (8/15) - The 2017-18 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Ice Dance has been updated here.
  • (8/10) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (8/3) - Technical Notification #200 - Pairs Tests - Minimum Scores - has been posted here.
  • (8/3) - The 2017-18 Singles Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below has been updated here.
  • (7/29) - The 2017-18 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Pairs has been posted here.
  • (7/29) - The 2017-18 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Singles has been posted here.
  • (7/27) - Technical Notification #199 - Singles Free Skate Tests - Minimum Scores - has been posted here.
  • (7/25) - ISU Communication #2108 - Ice Dance - Corrections to ISU Communications #2076 and #2086 has been posted here.
  • (7/25) - The 2017-18 Marking Guide for GOE and Program Components for Pattern Dances has been posted here.
  • (7/25) - The 2017-18 ISU Handbook for Referees and Judges for Ice Dance has been updated here.
  • (7/25) - The 2017-18 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (7/25) - 2017-18 ISU Q&A #3 for ice dance has been posted here.
  • (7/25) - The 2017-18 Rulebook has been updated here.
  • (7/24) - The 2017-18 Singles Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below has been updated here.
  • (7/20) - The 2017-18 Ice Dance Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below has been posted here.
  • (7/20) - Technical Notification #198 - Singles and Pairs Skating and Ice Dance - IJS Component Factor Changes - has been updated here.
  • (7/17) - The 2017-18 Rulebook has been updated here.
  • (7/14) - The Singles/Pairs Procedures for Applying Bonus Points and Falls have been updated here.
  • (7/13) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (7/6) - An Alert for Technical Panel Officials - Procedures for Assigning Step Sequence Features - has been posted here.
  • (7/6) - Technical Notification #198 - Singles and Pairs Skating and Ice Dance - IJS Component Factor Changes - has been posted here.
  • (6/30) - The 2017-18 Rulebook has been posted here.
  • (6/30) - The 2017-18 Juvenile-Novice Skaters's Choice Pattern Dance Timing Chart has been posted here.
  • (6/29) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (6/23) - ISU Communication #2095 - Synchronized Skating - Marking Guidelines for 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (6/22) - The 2017-18 ISU Handbook for Ice Dance Referees and Judges has been posted here.
  • (6/22) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (6/19) - The 2017-18 Singles and Pairs Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below have been posted here.
  • (6/19) - 2017-18 ISU Q&A #2 for ice dance has been posted here.
  • (6/15) - The 2017-18 Pattern Dance Key Points have been updated for the Tango (Intermediate) here.
  • (6/15) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (6/9) - The 2017-18 Synchronized Skating Synchro Skills Requirements have been posted here.
  • (6/8) - Technical Notification #197 - Changes to Junior Free Dance Test - has been posted here.
  • (6/6) - The 2017-18 Pattern Dance Key Points have been updated for the Cha Cha (Juvenile) here.
  • (6/3) - ISU Communication #2094 - Ice Dancing - Scale of Values 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (6/2) - The 2017-18 Singles Free Skate Chart has been updated (intermediate free skate time) here.
  • (6/2) - The 2017-18 Pairs Short Program and Free Skate Charts have been posted here.
  • (6/1) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (5/30) - 2017-18 ISU Q&A #1 for ice dance has been posted here.
  • (5/30) - The 2017-18 Singles Short Program and Free Skate Charts have been posted here.
  • (5/25) - Technical Notification #196 - Implementation Date of ISU Communications 2086 and 2089 - has been posted here.
  • (5/25) - The 2017-18 Pattern Dance Key Points have been updated for the Quickstep (Novice) and Tango (Intermediate) here.
  • (5/25) - The 2017-18 Adult Skating Charts for singles, pairs and dance have been posted here.
  • (5/22) - The 2017-18 Short Dance and Free Dance Charts have been posted here.
  • (5/19) - The 2017-18 Pattern Dances have been posted here.
  • (5/19) - The 2017-18 Pattern Dance Key Points for Novice, Intermediate and Juvenile Dance have been posted here.
  • (5/18) - ISU Communication #2091 - Synchronized Skating - Difficulty Groups of Elements 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (5/18) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (5/11) - Technical Notification #195 - Singles Skating - Juvenile Program Length Change - has been posted here.
  • (5/11) - ISU Communication #2089 - Single and Pair Skating - Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty, Guidelines for Marking GOE and Additional Remarks - has been posted here.
  • (5/11) - The 2017-18 Synchronized Skating Short Program and Free Skate Elements have been posted here.
  • (5/4) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (4/27) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (4/20) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (4/20) - ISU Communication #2086 - Ice Dancing - Calling Specifications and Marking Guides 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (4/13) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (4/12) - ISU Communication #2084 - Synchronized Skating - Technical Requirements Season 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (4/6) - ISU Communication #2076 (Revised) - Ice Dance Technical Requirements for 2017-18 - has been posted here.
  • (3/30) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (3/23) - Technical Notification #194 has been posted here.
  • (3/16) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (3/14) - ISU Communication #2076 – Ice Dance Technical Requirements for 2017-18 – has been posted here.