Have you ever thought what it takes to be a figure skating judge? Well, now here’s your chance! OSC will be hosting the 2017 USFS Judges’ School in Portland!
Judges are probably the most well-known type of figure skating official. U.S. Figure Skating appoints judges in three different disciplines: (1) singles/pairs, (2) ice dancing and (3) synchronized skating. There are also two different classifications of judges: (1) test judges (who can judge test sessions and non-qualifying competitions) and (2) competition judges (who can judge non-qualifying and qualifying competitions).
Oregon Skating Council is hosting a USFS Judges’ SchoolApril 28-29, 2017. It will include both classroom and rink-side learning sessions. CE credit will be available. That same weekend OSC is hosting a test session at another local rink, so there will be opportunities for trial judging as well. Maximum registration is 50 students.
The learning sessions will be at Sherwood Ice Arena from 6:45A – 10:45A. Forms and more information can be found at OSC's Events pages.
Preparation ahead of time
The application form contains lists of judging material you should bring with you. Most of it is available at links. Some is available for sale from Professional Skating Association. By using the links you save money and always have access to the most current rules.
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U.S. Figure Skating has approximately 1,600 volunteer officials in a variety of positions. Some are current or former skaters, some are parents of current or former skaters and some are people who simply love the sport of skating and want to contribute.
Becoming and serving as an official can take a lot of time, but it also has a lot of perks – getting to watch skating, usually from the best seat in the house, knowing you’re making it possible for skaters to pursue their dreams by providing the support necessary for competitions and test sessions to be held, and getting to interact with wonderful and interesting people who also share a passion for figure skating.
How much time one commits and the level of appointment pursued are completely up to each individual official, so there’s a lot of flexibility to determine how to fit judging, accounting, announcing, etc., around other obligations.
U.S. Figure Skating can always use more officials, especially for local events run by our member clubs.