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

IMPORTANT! Effective Nov. 1, 2017, and Sept. 2, 2018, significant changes have been made to the U.S. Figure Skating test rules as part of the Test Refresh Project. It is critical that all judges are aware of these changes. Detailed information, including a handbook and educational videos, can be found here.

Judges Schools

In-Person Schools

The Crossroads Figure Skating Club is hosting a Dance Test Judges School in Havertown, Pennsylvania, on Friday, November 9. For more information and to register, please click here.

The Essex Skating Club of New Jersey is hosting a Synchronized Judges School in West Orange, New Jersey, on Friday, November 9. For more information and to register, please click here.

The Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association and the Tri-States Skating Council are hosting a Synchronized Judges School and a Synchronized Referee School in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17. For more information and to register, please click here for the judges school or here for the referee school.

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, 5/22/18).

For a list of nonqualifying competitions approved for trial judging for synchronized skating, please click here (PDF, 9/5/18).

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.