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
  • (9/22) - Technical Notification #189 - Adult Skating Calling Specifications for Singles, Pairs and Dance for 2016-17 has been posted here.
  • (9/22) – ISU Q&A #5 for Ice Dancing has been posted, and The ISU Handbook for Referees and Judges, as well as the ISU Handbook for Technical Panels, have been updated here.
  • (9/15) - The 2016-17 ISU Referee’s Handbook for Synchronized Skating has been posted here.
  • (9/15) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (9/13) - The 2016-17 Synchronized Skating Deduction Table for Events Judged Using the 6.0 System has been posted here.
  • (9/9) - The 2016-17 Rule vetting Guide for Data Operators and Technical Controllers has been updated here.
  • (9/8) - Technical Notification #188 - Singles Skating Calling Clarifications has been posted here.
  • (9/8) - The Adult Partnered and Solo Dance Skater's Choice Timing Charts have been posted here.
  • (9/6) – ISU Communications #2040 and #2041 and deduction guidelines for synchronized skating have been posted here.
  • (9/6) – The 2016-17 Synchronized Skating Short Program Elements have been updated here.
  • (9/6) - The 2016-17 Rulebook has been updated. For the updated rulebook and a summary of changes, click here.
  • (9/6) – ISU Q&A #1 for singles skating has been posted here
  • (9/1) – Technical Notification #187 – Continued Active Status – has been posted here.
  • (8/31) - ISU Q&A #4 for ice dance referees has been posted here.
  • (8/31) - The Program Components Charts for Singles/Pairs, Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating have been updated.
  • (8/30) - The 2016-17 Rule Vetting Guide for Data Operators and Technical Controllers has been posted here.
  • (8/25) – Technical Notification #186 – Synchronized Skating – has been posted here.
  • (8/24) - The Program Components Chart for Synchronized Skating has been updated here.
  • (8/23) - The procedures for applying bonus points and falls for singles and pairs events using IJS and the deduction chat for singles and pairs events using the IJS have been updated here.  
  • (8/23) - ISU Q&A #3 for ice dance judges has been posted here.
  • (8/18) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (8/17) - The procedures for applying bonus points and falls for singls and pairs events using the IJS have been updated here.
  • (8/16) - The deduction chart for singles and pairs events using the IJS has been updated here.
  • (8/12) - A new Program Components Chart for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance has been posted here and here.
  • (8/12) - A new Program Components Chart for Synchronized Skating has been posted here.
  • (8/11) - An updated version of the rulebook has been posted here.
  • (8/11) - Technical Notification #185 has been posted here. The singles short program elements chart has been updated here.
  • (7/28) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (7/26) - The 2016-17 Technical Panel Handbooks for singles and pairs have been posted here.
  • (7/26) - The deduction charts for singles and pairs events judged using the 6.0 system have been updated here.
  • (7/26) - The 2016-17 Technical Panel Handbook for ice dance has been posted here.
  • (7/26) - The ISU Handbook for Referees and Judges - Ice Dance, and the corresponding Marking Guides for GOE and Program Components for Short Dance and Free Dance have been updated here.
  • (7/21) - Technical Notification #181 has been updated here. Ice dancing calling clarifications for novice and lower events have been updated here.
  • (7/14) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (7/7) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (7/7) – The adult skating well-balanced program charts for 2016-17 have been posted here.
  • (7/6) – The deduction charts for ice dance for 2016-17 have been posted here.
  • (6/24) – The program requirements for the short dance and free dance have been updated here.
  • (6/24) – The required throw jump for the novice pairs short program has been updated here.
  • (6/23) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (6/21) – For ice dance, new ISU Communication #2019, a new handbook for referees and judges, new marking guidelines and a new Q&A have been posted here.
  • (6/21) - The updated singles and pairs program requirements for 2016-17 have been posted here
  • (6/16) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (6/16) - ISU Communication #2016 - Synchronized Skating – Scale of Values 2016-17 has been posted here.
  • (6/16) – ISU Communication #2015 – Ice Dancing – Scale of Values 2016-17 has been posted here.
  • (6/9) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (6/2) - The synchronized skating well-balanced program charts for 2016-17 have been updated here.
  • (6/2) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (5/26) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (5/26) - The synchronized skating well-balanced program charts for 2016-17 have been posted here.
  • (5/24) - A new ISU Q&A for ice dance regarding touching the ice during the short dance has been posted here.
  • (5/20) - The singles and pairs interim program requirements for 2016-17 have been posted here.
  • (5/19) - Technical Notification #181 has been posted here. Ice dancing program requirements for 2016-17 and ice dancing calling clarifications for novice and lower events have been posted here.
  • (5/12) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (5/5) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (4/28) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (4/21) - There are no technical notifications today.
  • (4/14) - Technical Notification #180 has been posted here. ISU Communication #1998 has been posted here and ISU Communication #2000 has been posted here.
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