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
  • (11/19) - ISU Communication #2210 - Ice Dance - Instructional Material on the New Pattern Dance Tea-Time Foxtrot - is available here.
  • (11/15) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (11/8) - Technical Notification #225 - Adult Skating - Determining Beginning of Second Half for the 10% Special Factor - has been posted here.
  • (11/5) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #7 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (11/1) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/25) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/24) - Pages 149 and 294 in the 2018-19 U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook have been updated. A PDF of the updated rulebook and a summary of the changes are available here.
  • (10/18) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/15) - An ISU clarification on lifts in pair skating has been posted here.
  • (10/12) - 2018-19 pairs calling clarifications have been updated here.
  • (10/11) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (10/4) - Technical Notification #224 - Synchronized Skating - Program Calling Specifications for Capped Elements in the Juvenile and Masters Free Skate - has been posted here.
  • (10/4) - Technical Notification #219 - Synchronized Skating - Calling Specifications for IJS Teams with Numbers other than 16 - has been updated here.
  • (10/3) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #6 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (10/2) - The deduction charts for 6.0 events have been updated for singles and pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating.
  • (10/2) - The Program Component Chart for junior and senior singles and pairs events and all ice dance events has been updated.
  • (9/27) - Technical Notification #223 - Synchronized Skating - Program Component Factors for Juvenile, Intermediate, Adult and Masters - has been posted here.
  • (9/24) - The 2018-19 U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook has been updated here.
  • (9/21) - The 2018-19 novice free dance step sequence requirements, 2018-19 Ice Dance Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below, and 2018-19 deduction charts for pattern dance, rhythm dance and free dance have been updated here.
  • (9/20) - The 2018-19 ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Synchronized Skating has been posted here.
  • (9/20) - The Program Component Chart for Synchronized Skating has been updated here.
  • (9/20) - ISU Communication #2170 - Synchronized Skating - Scale of Values for 2018-19 has been updated here.
  • (9/20) - The guidelines for applying deductions in synchronized skating have been updated here.
  • (9/20) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (9/13) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (9/6) - Technical Notification #222 - Continued Active Status - has been posted here.
  • (9/6) - Technical Notification #209 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been updated here.
  • (9/6) - 2018-19 pairs calling clarifications have been updated here.
  • (9/5) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #5 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (9/4) - 2018-19 Adult Calling Clarifications have been posted here.
  • (9/4) - 2018-19 singles short program chart (intermediate step sequence description) has been updated here.
  • (8/30) - Technical Notification #221 - Pairs and Ice Dance - Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens to Enter Qualifying Competitions has been posted here.
  • (8/30) - Technical Notification #220 - Synchronized Skating - Calling Specifications for Whip or Angled Intersection (Applicable for Juvenile and Masters Teams) for 2018-19 season has been posted here.
  • (8/30) - Technical Notification #219 - Synchronized Skating - Calling Specifications for IJS Teams with Numbers other than 16 has been posted here.
  • (8/29) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #4 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (8/24) - 2018-19 Ice Dance Calling Clarifications for Novice and Below have been updated with correct rule references here.
  • (8/23) - Technical Notification #209 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been updated here.
  • (8/23) - An ISU document with guidelines on How to Call Twizzles, One Foot Step Sequence and Pattern Dance Elements has been posted here.
  • (8/23) - The 2018-19 Rule Vetting Guide for Data Operators and Technical Controllers has been posted here.
  • (8/16) - The 2018-19 Synchronized Skating Free Skate Program Elements Chart has been updated here.
  • (8/16) - Technical Notification #218 - Synchronized Skating - Specifications for the Pre-Juvenile, Open Juvenile and Open Collegiate Creative Element has been posted here.
  • (8/16) - Technical Notification #217 - Pairs - Test Qualifications for Competitions (Pre-Juvenile through Senior) has been posted here.
  • (8/16) - Technical Notification #216 - Pairs - Pre-Juvenile Pairs Jump Requirements has been posted here.
  • (8/16) - Technical Notification #215 - Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance - Allowance of a Delayed Start or Restart has been posted here.
  • (8/16) - Technical Notification #214 - Adult Skating Test Rule Changes - Adult Silver Free Skate, Adult Silver Pairs and Adult Bronze Pairs Tests has been posted here.
  • (8/16) - Technical Notification #213 - Singles - IJS Second-Half Bonus and IJS Program Component Factors for the Juvenile Short Program has been posted here.
  • (8/16) - Sample Drafts of the test forms that will go into effect Sept. 2 may be viewed here (at the bottom of each section).
  • (8/15) - ISU Communication 2190 - Synchronized Skating - Marking Guides and Deductions for 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (8/15) - 2018-19 Guidelines for Applying Singles and Pairs Deductions have been posted here.
  • (8/10) - 2018-19 Ice Dance Deductions have been updated here.
  • (8/10) - 2018-19 Singles Free Skate Chart has been updated here.
  • (8/10) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #3 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (8/9) - The Technical Panel Handbook for Ice Dance has been updated here.
  • (8/9) - ISU Communication #2188 - Ice Dance - Calling Specifications and Marking Guides 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (8/9) - ISU Communication #2186 - Singles and Pairs - Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty, Guidelines for Marking GOE and Additional Remarks 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (8/9) - The last page of each of the Program Component Charts for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance have been updated.
  • (8/9) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (8/2) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/26) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/26) - ISU Communication #2182 - Synchronized Skating - Difficulty Groups of Elements and Additional Features for 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (7/25) - 2018-19 Singles Calling Clarifications have been updated here.
  • (7/24) - The Technical Panel Handbooks for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance have been posted.
  • (7/24) - The Program Component Charts for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance have been updated.
  • (7/24) - ISU Communication #2181 - Synchronized Skating - Changes from the 2018 ISU Congress has been posted here.
  • (7/24) - ISU Communication #2170 - Synchronized Skating - Scale of Values for 2018-19 has been updated here.
  • (7/19) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/15) - 2018-19 Singles Calling Clarifications have been updated here.
  • (7/13) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Competition Requirements for Pairs have been updated here.
  • (7/12) - 2018-19 U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook has been posted here.
  • (7/12) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Ice Dance Deductions have been posted here.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Ice Dance Marking Guides for GOE and Program Components have been posted here.
  • (7/11) - ISU Communication #2179 - Ice Dance - Changes from the 2018 ISU Congress - has been posted here.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Singles Calling Clarifications have been updated here.
  • (7/11) - 2018-19 Pairs Short Program Chart has been updated here.
  • (7/5) - Technical Notification #212 - Ice Dance - Changes to Junior and Senior Free Dance Test Requirements - has been posted here.
  • (7/5) - 2018-19 pairs free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (7/5) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Competition Requirements for Singles have been updated here.
  • (6/28) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (6/26) - ISU Communication #2176 - Singles and Pairs - Some Changes Accepted by 2018 ISU Congress has been posted here.
  • (6/26) - ISU Communication #2168 - Singles and Pairs - Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty, Guidelines for Marking GOE and Additional Remarks 2018-19 has been updated here.
  • (6/21) - Technical Notification #211 - Singles and Pairs - Changes to Junior and Senior Test Requirements - has been posted here.
  • (6/21) - Technical Notification #210 - Ice Dance - Scale of Values for U.S. Pattern Dances with Key Points - has been posted here.
  • (6/21) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #2 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (6/21) - 2018-19 Juvenile-Novice Skaters' Choice Pattern Dance Timing Chart has been updated here.
  • (6/21) - The 2018-19 Short Program and Free Skate Element Charts for Synchronized Skating have been updated here.
  • (6/20) - 2018-19 pairs short program and free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 singles calling clarifications have been posted, and the short program and free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 pairs calling clarifications have been posted, and the short program and free skate charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 ice dance calling clarifications have been posted, and the rhythm dance and free dance charts have been updated here.
  • (6/14) - 2018-19 Juvenile-Novice Skaters' Choice Pattern Dance Timing Chart has been posted here.
  • (6/14) - Technical Notification #209 - IJS Tables of Factors for Nonqualifying-Level Events and Scales of Values for Non-Standard Elements - has been posted here.
  • (6/7) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/31) - 2018-19 ISU Q&A #1 for Ice Dance has been posted here.
  • (5/31) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/30) - ISU Communication #2170 - Synchronized Skating - Scale of Values for 2018-19 has been updated here.
  • (5/29) - ISU Communication #2170 - Synchronized Skating - Scale of Values for 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/24) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/24) - The 2018-19 Singles and Pairs Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty and GOE Guidelines, and the 2018-19 Singles and Pairs Element Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/24) - ISU Communication #2168 - Singles and Pairs - Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty, Guidelines for Marking GOE and Additional Remarks 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/23) - The 2018-19 Singles and Pairs Scale of Values, Levels of Difficulty and GOE Guidelines have been posted here.
  • (5/22) - ISU Communication #2167 - Ice Dance - Scale of Values 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/22) - The Novice Pattern Dance Key Point Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/21) - ISU Communication #2164 - Ice Dance - Calling Specifications and Marking Guides 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/17) - The 2018-19 Adult Skating Competition Requirements for Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance are available here.
  • (5/17) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/15) - The Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice Pattern Dance Key Point Charts have been updated here.
  • (5/11) - The 2018-19 Short Program and Free Skate Element Charts for Synchronized Skating have been posted here.
  • (5/11) - ISU Communication #2159 - Synchronized Skating - Difficulty Groups for 2018-19 has been posted here.
  • (5/10) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (5/3) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/26) - There are no new technical notifications today.
  • (4/26) - The Juvenile, Intermediate and Novice Pattern Dance Key Point Charts have been posted here.
  • (4/24) - The provisional 2018-19 Pattern Dance, Rhythm (Short) Dance and Free Dance Charts have been posted here.
  • (4/24) - ISU Communication #2148 (Revised) - Ice Dance Technical Requirements for 2018-19 - has been posted here.
  • (4/20) - ISU Communication #2152 - Synchronized Skating - Program Requirements Season 2018-19 - has been posted here.