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
  • (4/3) - Technical Notification #143 - Singles Skating - Spin Clarification for Novice Short Program and Free Skate and Technical Notification #144 - Synchronized Skating - Adoption of ISU Age Changes for the Season 2014-15 for Senior and Junior have been added here.

    (4/3) - ISU Communication #1857 - Ice Dancing - Requirements for Technical Rules for Season 2014-15, Additions to the ISU Ice Dancing Music Rhythms Booklet - Spanish Dance Rhythms and have been added here.

  • (3/27) - Technical Notification #141 - Synchronized Skating - Senior, Junior and Collegiate Well-Balanced Program Requirements 2014-15 and Technical Notification #142 - Judges for Nonqualifying Theatre on Ice Events have been added here.

    ISU Communication #1856 - Synchronized Skating - Technical Requirements Season 2013-14 has been added here.

  • (10/31) - Technical Notification #138 - Synchronized Skating - Program Component Factors and Technical Notification #132 - Synchronized Skating - Costume Guidelines for 2013-14 have been posted and updated here.

    2013-14 Synchronized Skating Judges and Referees Guidelines and 2013-14 Synchronized Skating Deduction Table for Events Judged Using the 6.0 System have been posted here.

    2013-14 ISU Q&As for Ice Dancing Technical Panel and Judges have been posted here.

  • (10/10) - Timing guidelines for Ice Dancing, Skaters' Choice Pattern Dances have been clarified, click here.

    Technical Notification #137 - Synchronized Skating - Difficulty Levels for Teams with other than 16 Skaters has been corrected, click here

  • (10/3) - Technical Notification #137 - Synchronized Skating - Difficulty Levels for Teams With Other Than 16 Skaters has been posted here.

  • (9/26) - Technical Notification #136 - Singles - Spins - Clarification of Difficult Variations for Upright and Layback Spins has been posted here.

  • (9/26) - ISU Technical Handbooks for Synchronized Skating have been posted here.

  • (9/20) - Technical Notification #135 - Implementation of ISU Communication 1817 and Program Interruption has been posted here.

  • (9/20) - ISU Communication #1819 - Synchronized Skating - Clarifications and Calling Specifications for 2013-14 has been posted here.

  • (9/20) - ISU Q&A - Singles/Pairs - Step and Choreographic Sequences has been posted here.

  • (9/12) - Technical Notification #134 - Use of Electronic Devices on the Officials' Stands during Competitions and Tests has been posted here.

  • (9/5) - Technical Notification #131 - Ice Dancing, Singles and Pairs - Implementation of ISU Communication 1817, Technical Notification #132 - Synchronized Skating - Costume Guidelines for 2013-14 and Technical Notification #133 - Continued Active Status have been posted here.

  • (9/5) - ISU Communication #1817 - Singles, Pairs and Ice Dancing - Clarification of deduction for interruption of program vs. stops has been posted here.

  • (8/23) - Technical Notification #130 Pair Skating - Novice Pairs Program Factors has been posted here.

  • (8/15) - There are no technical notifications this week.

Use of the International Judging System

The international judging system will be used at:
  • Regional and sectional championships - All qualifying levels and all disciplines
  • Synchronized sectional championships - Intermediate and above events including adult, collegiate and open junior
  • U.S. Junior Championships - All events
  • U.S. Championships - All events
  • U.S. Collegiate Championships - All events
  • U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships - Intermediate and above events including adult and collegiate
  • U.S. Adult Championships - Adult gold events and higher in the free skate (singles and pairs) and dance events, including masters open dance