Judges

Welcome to the section set aside just for judges. This will provide a centralized location for all the news and notes for U.S. Figure Skating judges, as well as notices regarding new forms to be downloaded, etc.

New Compliance Requirements

NEW! Starting July 1, 2018, all U.S. Figure Skating officials are required to complete a SafeSport Training Course and submit to and pass a background check, in addition to accepting applicable policies and codes of ethics/conduct (Social Media Policy, Travel Policy, U.S. Figure Skating Code of Ethics, etc.). For additional information and support, please utilize the links below.

Letter to Officials Regarding Compliance Requirements

Detailed Instructions for SafeSport Training

Detailed Instructions for Background Check

SafeSport Program Web Page

Test Refresh Project

NEW! U.S. Figure Skating passed the Test Refresh project at the 2017 Governing Council meeting. The project phases in the following:

* As of Nov. 1, 2017: Updating of Free Skate tests to align with well-balanced program competition rules
* As of Nov. 1, 2017: IJS protocol from nonqualifying competition for test credit in juvenile-senior free skate, adult gold free skate, juvenile-senior pairs and juvenile-senior free dance
Click here for details on the procedure for athletes, coaches, test chairs and competition chairs.
* Updating the evaluation system of 6.0 to a scale of -3 to +3 by September 2, 2018
* Allowing athletes to earn "pass with honors" and "pass with distinction" in tests beginning September 2, 2018

The Professional Skaters Association hosted a webinar on Monday, November 14. Below, please find questions and answers from that conference call.

  • Q&A - Questions about Free Skate Tests
  • Q&A - Questions about Credit for an IJS Protocol
  • Q&A - Additional Questions about Tests and Competitions
  • Click here to for additional information including sample test forms.

    Judges Schools

    In-Person Schools

    The Skating Club of Northern Virginia and Washington FSC are hosting an IJS singles/pairs competition judging seminar in Dulles, Virginia, on Friday, August 17. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Online Courses

    Moves in the Field Course: please click here (PDF) for more information.

    Hosting a Judges School

    U.S. Figure Skating member clubs are welcome to host judges' schools. This is a great way to keep your local judges up-to-date with the rules. Judges schools can also be open to coaches, skaters and/or parents, allowing all groups to get the same information at the same time. There are no specific requirements as to length or content; however, per rule JR 18.01, a club must obtain written permission of the national vice chair of the Judges Education and Training Subcommittee before hosting a school. If your club would like to host a sanctioned judges' school, please complete the Judges School Host Application and submit it to the vice chair for schools on the Judges Education and Training Subcommittee. Questions, please contact judgescommittee@usfigureskating.org.

    Becoming a Judge

    If you're interested in becoming a judge, please click here for information on the steps you need to take and answers to frequently asked questions.

    Guidelines and Tools for Appointment/Promotion as a Judge
    Trial Judge Events

    For a list of nonqualifying competitions approved for trial judging for singles, pairs and/or ice dance, please click here (PDF).

    For a list of nonqualifying competitions approved for trial judging for synchronized skating, please click here (PDF).

    Holding a Competition with Trial Judges

    If you are running a competition (qualifying or nonqualifying) that is going to have trial judges, it's very important that you have the proper volunteers, materials, equipment, meeting space and forms. For a detailed description of what is needed to have trial judges at a competition, please see the Competition Trial Judge Management Kit.

    Competition Forms for Trial Judges (to be provided by club organizers)

    Information for Monitors
    Judges Committee Monitor Guidelines (PDF)
    Test Summary and Accuracy Tracking Sheets (Excel)
    Blank Trial Judge Competition Tracking Spreadsheet (Excel)
    Example Trial Competition Tracking Spreadsheet (Excel)
    Qualifying Competition Selections

    For the latest officials selections for qualifying and international competitions, please click here.

    Recent Appointments and Resignations
    The current U.S. Figure Skating Directory, which lists all officials' names, appointment types, appointment levels and contact information, can be found on the Members Only site in the "Directory" menu on the right side of the page. To visit the site, click here.