Activities Sports & Athletics The Current Figure Skating Judging System Share PINTEREST Email Print Harry How/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Skating Basics History Gear Lessons Famous Skaters Inline Skating Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Jo Ann Schneider Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris was a silver medalist in junior ice dancing at the 1975 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships and is the author of two books on skating our editorial process Jo Ann Schneider Farris Updated July 09, 2018 The ISU Judging System is a judging system for figure skating that was implemented shortly after the 2002 Olympics. There are several officials involved with this system. Two Panels of Officials There are two panels of officials: The Technical PanelThe Judging Panel The Technical Panel Five people make up the technical panel: Technical SpecialistAssistant Technical SpecialistTechnical ControllerData OperatorVideo Replay Operator Judging Panel In the new ISU Judging System, there are still judges and a referee just like in the 6.0 System. The judges score the quality of the elements. They also score five program components. The referee judges the competition and runs the event. Technical Specialist As a skater performs, the primary technical specialist will identify the elements. He or she will identify a spin or jump and the level of difficulty of each element. The level of difficulty is based on published pre-set criteria. US National Technical specialists are national and international skaters, judges, or coaches. Technical Controller and Assistant Technical Specialist The technical controller and assistant technical specialist support the primary technical specialist. They make sure that any mistakes are corrected right away. Reviewing an Element in Question The judges can ask for a review of an element. They can notify the technical panel that a review is needed. All calls by the technical panel are recorded on audio tape during a program and a video is made to verify the calls. The elements are available for review after a performance. Video Replay Operator The video replay operator replays the video of an element in question. He or she tapes all the elements. Data Operator The data operator enters all the elements onto a computer (or on paper). Levels of difficulty are assigned to each of the entered elements. Technical Score Each move in a skater's program is given a base value. A skater gets credit for every element. Jumps, spins, and footwork all have an assigned level of difficulty. Grade of Execution (GOE): Judges give a "grade of execution" (GOE) to each element. The judges give plus or minus grades on each element. The plus or minus values are then added or deducted from the base value of each element. That is how the skater's score for each element is determined. Program Component Score: The judges give points on a scale from 0 to 10 for program components. The five components are: Skating SkillsTransitionsPerformanceChoreographyInterpretation Technical Score and Program Component Score = Segment Score: The technical score is added together to the program component score and the result is the segment score. Total Competition Score: The sum of all the segment scores (short program and the free skate) becomes the total competition score.