Want to become a judge?

Have you ever thought about becoming a judge? The following information from the “Judges Committee” of US Figure Skating may help you decide if this could be in your future!
Information per 3/15/2012
Greetings from the Judges Committee:

The Judges Committee is pleased to announce revisions to the judging program, adding a new level as well as being more inclusive of test and competitive skaters. Following are the new requirements for each level of the program.

  •     Standard: No minimum test or competition qualifications needed
  •     Accelerated:  Must meet at least one of the following test or competition qualifications in the appropriate discipline.
    Test qualifications: Intermediate, novice or junior free skate or pairs; standard pre-silver, silver or pre-gold pattern dance;
    adult gold free skate or pairs; adult silver, pre-gold or gold pattern dance;
    Competition qualifications: Sectional synchronized competitors in the intermediate, novice, junior, senior or collegiate divisions;
    U.S. Synchronized Championships competitors in the adult division;
  •     Advanced: Must meet at least one of the following test or competition qualifications in the appropriate discipline.
    Test qualifications: senior free skate or pairs; standard gold pattern dance;
    Competition qualifications: Novice, junior or senior singles, pairs or dance competitors at sectional championships;
    competitors in the championship masters events at the U.S. Adult Championships; U.S. Synchronized Championships competitors
    in the collegiate or junior divisions;
  •     Select: Must meet at least one of the following competition qualifications in the appropriate discipline.
    Competition qualifications: Novice, junior or senior singles, pairs or dance competitors at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships;
    U.S. Synchronized Championships competitors in the senior division; international synchronized competitors in the junior or senior
    divisions.

A candidate can qualify for a track (accelerated, advanced or select) by having any one of the test or competition qualifications in the appropriate discipline.

These changes should allow more people to be “fast tracked” through the trial judging process, making them eligible for initial appointments and subsequent promotions more quickly. Hopefully this will ultimately help clubs by increasing the number of qualified and available officials.

U.S. Figure Skating has e-mailed all of our judges and trial judges directly to let them know of these changes, but we also wanted to make sure our clubs are aware and ask for your assistance. If you have any judges or trial judges at your rink, or any skaters who have expressed an interest in judging, and you believe they now fit into one of these tracks, please make sure they are aware and have them contact judgescommittee@usfigureskating.org for information on how to update their status officially and/or begin trial judging.

Thank you in advance for your help!
Kathleen Harmon
Chair, Judges Committee

U.S. Figure Skating Association
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