Technical Panel Officials
All technical information for skaters, coaches, technical panel, and judges and referees is located on the specific discipline page.
U.S. Figure Skating offers three types of schools/seminars:
1. Continuing Education Schools that do not offer certification or advancement
2. Continuing Education Schools that offer advancement for those already holding nonqualifying and regional appointments
3. National Seminars that offer initial certification, recertification and advancement for all levels
Those seeking initial appointments can only be certified at a National Technical Panel Seminar, held once per season in each discipline (singles, pairs, dance and synchronized skating).
Those who hold a sectional appointment who are seeking promotion to national technical panel officials can only test for promotion at a National Technical Panel Seminar, held once per season in each discipline (singles, pairs, dance and synchronized skating).
Those who hold a nonqualifying or regional appointment who are seeking promotion can test for promotion at any National Technical Panel Seminar or Continuing Education School offering testing in their discipline (singles, pairs, dance and/or synchronized skating) and position (specialist, controller and/or data operator).
Continuing Education Schools
Technical Panel Continuing Education Schools are offered at designated competitions throughout the year. These schools provide continuing education and activity credits. Some will also offer opportunities for those holding nonqualifying and regional appointments as specialists, controllers and data operators to test for advancement. Those seeking their first appointment and those seeking national appointments can only test at the annual National Technical Panel Seminar but are still welcome to attend for education and activity credits.
National Technical Panel Seminars
National Technical Panel Seminars offer initial certification, advancement, recertification, continuing education and activity for current and potential technical panel officials. These seminars can also be observed by coaches, athletes and others interested in learning more about the international judging system. U.S. Figure Skating holds one National Technical Panel Seminar per year in each discipline (singles, pairs, dance and synchronized skating).
Schools and Seminars Currently Scheduled
The Technical Panel Committee has scheduled the following schools and seminars for the 2015-16 season:
-Continuing Education School for singles/pairs/dance, Jan. 16-18, 2016, Bloomington, Minn. For more information, click here.
-National Technical Panel Seminar for singles/pairs/dance, March 17-20, 2016, Rosemont, Ill. For more information, click here.
-There are no plans to hold any schools for synchronized skating during the 2015-16 season.
-The National Technical Panel Seminar for singles/pairs/dance and synchronized skating will be held March 23-26, 2017, in Denver, Colo. More information will be available in Fall 2016.
- 2015-16 Rule Vetting Guide (8/15, PDF)
- Data Operator Protocol (2/15, PDF)
- Data Operator Protocol - Synchronized (3/15, PDF)
- Data Quick Reference Guide for Synchronized (5/11, PDF)
- Data Entry Slides for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dancing (10/14, PPT)
- Data Entry Slides for Synchronized (11/14, PPT)
- Video Operator Protocol (4/13, PDF)
- Technical Panel Official Activity Requirements to Maintain Active Status (9/30, PDF)
- Technical Panel Official Certification and Advancement Procedures (9/30, PDF)
- Video Appointment Application (10/10, DOC)
The 2011-12 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 green Member box on the left side of the page. Any appointments and resignations that have been processed since the directory was printed are also included in the same section of the Members Only site and will be updated at the end of each month. To visit the site, click here.
For the latest officials selections for qualifying and international competitions, please click here.