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
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
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.
Questions about Free Skate Tests
- Questions about Credit for an IJS Protocol
- Additional Questions about Tests and Competitions
Click here to for additional information
including sample test forms.
The U.S. Figure Skating Judges Committee will be hosting appointment seminars for singles/pairs and ice dance, June 7-10, 2018, in El Segundo, California. The deadline to apply was Saturday, March 31. For more information, please click here.
The Essex Skating Club and Skating Club of New York are hosting a judges school for singles free skate and moves in the field, with a focus on tests. The school will take place on Saturday, July 7, in West Orange, New Jersey. For more information and to register, please click here.
The Lone Star FSC is hosting an Ice Dance Judges School on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. For more information and to register, please click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
Test Summary and Accuracy Tracking Sheets
Blank Trial Judge Competition Tracking Spreadsheet
Example Trial Competition Tracking Spreadsheet
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