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
  • (12/5/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (11/28/19) - Technical Notification #244 - Judges for Synchronized Events - has been posted here.
  • (11/27/19) - The 2019-20 Adult Calling Clarifications and Adult Singles Elements Chart have been updated here.
  • (11/22/19) - 2019-20 Synchronized Skating Clarifications from the ISU for Judges, Technical Officials, Coaches and Skaters have been posted here.
  • (11/21/19) - Technical Notification #243 - Spins Allowed in the Adult Pre-Bronze Free Skate - has been posted here.
  • (11/21/19) - Technical Notification #242 - Judges Referees and Accountants at Adult Qualifying Competitions - has been posted here.
  • (11/21/19) - Technical Notification #241 - Adult Pair and Dance Competition Eligibility - has been posted here.
  • (11/14/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (11/7/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/31/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/29/19) - The 2019-20 Pairs Calling Clarifications for Junior and Below and 2019-20 Pairs Free Skate Chart have been updated with information for pre-juvenile pairs here.
  • (10/25/19) - Five pages have been corrected in the 2019-20 U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook. The updated PDF and a summary of the corrections are available here.
  • (10/24/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/17/19) - 2019-20 ISU Q&A #2 for Pairs - Group 4 Lifts - has been posted here.
  • (10/17/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/10/19) - Technical Notification #240 - Synchronized Skating - Rosters, Substitutes, Alternates and Crossover Skaters - has been posted here.
  • (10/10/19) - 2019-20 ISU Q&A #4 for Ice Dance - PSt, TTF, Twizzles, ChSt - has been posted here.
  • (10/3/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (9/26/19) - Technical Notification #239 - Synchronized Skating Calling Specifications - has been posted here.
  • (9/26/19) - Technical Notification #238 - Animals on the Officials' Stand - has been posted here.
  • (9/26/19) - Technical Notification #237 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been updated here.
  • (9/26/19) - The Calling Specifications and Marking Guides for Ice Dance (ISU Communication #2257) have been updated here.
  • (9/19/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (9/13/19) - 2019-20 ISU Q&A #3 for Ice Dance - Lifts - has been posted here.
  • (9/12/19) - Technical Notification #237 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been posted here.
  • (9/12/19) - Technical Notification #236 - Continued Active Status of Technical Notifications - has been posted here.
  • (9/11/19) - The 2019-20 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Synchronized Skating has been posted here.
  • (9/5/19) - The 2019-20 Rule Vetting Guide for technical panel officials for singles, pairs and ice dance has been posted here.
  • (9/5/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (8/29/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (8/22/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (8/16/19) - The ISU Technical Panel Handbook and Handbook for Referees and Judges for Ice Dance have been updated here.
  • (8/15/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (8/8/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (8/2/19) - The 2019-20 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (8/2/19) - The 2019-20 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Pairs has been updated here.
  • (8/1/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/25/19) - The 2019-20 Difficulty Groups for Synchronized Skating (ISU Communication #2270) have been updated here.
  • (7/25/19) - The 2019-20 Singles/Pairs Deduction Chart and Program Component Charts have been posted here.
  • (7/25/19) - The Ice Dance Marking Guides for GOE, Deduction Charts and Program Component Chart have been updated, and a new Q&A and "How to Check" document have been posted here.
  • (7/25/19) - The 2019-20 Adult Singles Well-Balanced Free Skate Chart has been updated here.
  • (7/25/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/24/19) - The 2019-20 ISU Technical Panel Handbooks for Singles and Pairs have been posted here.
  • (7/24/19) - The 2019-20 Pairs Calling Clarifications for Junior and Below have been posted here.
  • (7/22/19) - The Guidelines for Critiques at Synchronized Skating Competitions and the Synchronized Skating Costume Guidelines have been updated here.
  • (7/20/19) - The PDF edition of the 2019-20 Rulebook has been posted here. The digital edition and printed edition will be available in August.
  • (7/18/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/11/19) - Technical Notification #235 - Free Dance Tests - Minimum Scores - has been posted here.
  • (7/11/19) - Technical Notification #234 - Pairs Tests - Minimum Scores - has been posted here.
  • (7/8/19) - The 2019-20 Singles Calling Clarifications for Junior and Below have been updated here.
  • (7/8/19) - 2019-20 ISU Q&A #1 for Ice Dance - Music Requirements, PSt and Pattern Dance Elements - has been posted here.
  • (7/4/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/1/19) - Select moves in the field, free skate, pair and free dance test forms have been updated, and forms for the Tea-Time Foxtrot have been added. For judging forms, click here. For trial judging forms, click here.
  • (6/27/19) - Technical Notification #233 - Singles Free Skate Tests - Minimum Scores - has been posted here.
  • (6/27/19) - Technical Notification #232 - Ice Dance - Scale of Values for 2019-20 Pattern Dances for Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice - has been posted here.
  • (6/27/19) - Technical Notification #231 - Ice Dance - Tea-Time Foxtrot, Number of Patterns - has been posted here.
  • (6/20/19) - Technical Notification #230 - Synchronized Skating - Program Component Factors - has been posted here.
  • (6/19/19) - Guidelines for Critiques for Synchronized Skating Competitions have been posted here.
  • (6/19/19) - The 2019-20 Pattern Dance Key Points for Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice have been updated here.
  • (6/13/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (6/12/19) - The synchronized skating scale of values for 2019-20 has been posted here.
  • (6/12/19) - The ice dance deduction charts for 2019-20 IJS partnered events have been posted here.
  • (6/7/19) - The costume guidelines for synchronized skating have been updated here.
  • (6/6/19) - The 2019-20 requirements for adult skating - singles, pairs, partnered free dance and solo free dance - have been posted here.
  • (6/6/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/30/19) - The 2019-20 Singles Calling Clarifications for Junior and Below have been posted, and the 2019-20 Short Program and Free Skate Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/30/19) - The 2019-20 Scale of Values, Calling Specifications and Marking Guides for Ice Dance have been posted here.
  • (5/30/19) - Technical Notification #228 - Singles - Warm-Up Times for Juvenile Free Skate and Intermediate Short Program - has been updated here.
  • (5/24/19) - The 2019-20 Ice Dance Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below have been posted here.
  • (5/24/19) - The 2019-20 Pairs Short Program and Free Skate Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/23/19) - Technical Notification #229 - Qualifying for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Minimum Total Element Score (TES) - has been posted here.
  • (5/23/19) - The 2019-20 Singles and Pairs Scale of Values (ISU Communication 2253), Levels of Difficulty and Marking Guidelines (ISU Communication 2254) have been posted here.
  • (5/23/19) - ISU Communication #2241 - Ice Dance - Instructional Material on the New Pattern Dance Tea-Time Foxtrot - has been updated here.
  • (5/16/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/15/19) - The 2019-20 Pattern Dance (including Key Points), Rhythm Dance and Free Dance Requirements have been posted here.
  • (5/14/19) - The details of all rule and bylaw changes that will go into effect between May and December 2019 are now available in the 2018-19 Combined Report of Action here.
  • (5/13/19) - The 2019-20 Marking Guides and Deductions (ISU Communication #2246) and Difficulty Groups (ISU Communication #2247) for Synchronized Skating have been posted here.
  • (5/10/19) - The 2019-20 Short Program and Free Skate Requirements for Synchronized Skating have been posted here.
  • (5/9/19) - Technical Notification #228 - Singles - Warm-Up Times for Juvenile Free Skate and Intermediate Short Program - has been posted here.
  • (5/2/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/25/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/18/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/18/19) - ISU Communication #2241 - Ice Dance - Instructional Material on the New Pattern Dance Tea-Time Foxtrot - is available here. This ISU Communication replaces ISU Communication #2210.
  • (4/15/19) - The Technical Panel Official Activity Requirements to Maintain Active Status have been updated here.
  • (4/11/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/8/19) - The provisional 2019-20 Pattern Dance Chart has been posted here.
  • (4/4/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (3/28) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (3/21) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (3/19) - The 2018-19 Adult Competitions Technical Panel Study Guide has been posted here.
  • (3/19) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Calling Clarifications have been updated here.
  • (3/14) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (3/7) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (2/28) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (2/25) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Competition Requirements for Singles have been updated here.
  • (2/25) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Calling Clarifications have been updated here.
  • (2/21) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (2/14) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (2/13) - The 2018-19 and 2019-20 singles free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (2/7) - A new Technical Panel Error Correction Protocol is available here.