Who's Who?
A summary of the ISU Judging System can be found on the ISU website. The following descriptions outline the basic duties of the panel; consult your National body for fuller, official documentation..

THE TECHNICAL PANEL

Technical Controller (TC): The TC supervises the TS and DIO and proposes corrections (if necessary) for any element and level of difficulty called by the acting TS and ATS.  In cases where both the TS and ATS disagree with a correction proposed by the TC, the initial decision of the TS and ATS stands.1

Technical Specialist (TS): The TS is one of the key positions on this panel, responsible for identifying the executed elements and the Level of such elements if applicable. The work of the TS allows the Judges to concentrate on marking the quality of each element in the skaterís program. All TS are former competitive athletes or coaches.1

Technical Controller (TC) and Assistant Technical Specialist (ATS):  The TC and ATS support the TS to ensure that any potential mistakes are identified and corrected. The final call of the technical panel is the consensus decision of the three members of the panel. The TC can ask for a review of any call made by the TS if the TC believes the element or level was misidentified. Each of these individuals is monitored during the competition.1

Data Input Operator (DIO): The DIO resource person inputs the called elements and theirLevels of Difficulty into the computer.  If needed, they also correct elements or Levels as instructed by the TC. The DIO has the ability to operate the video replay function of the system when needed to review elements in multiple motions to ensure that the correct assessment of the element was made.1

Video Replay Operator (VRO): The VRO resource person is responsible for operating the video replay function of the system when needed to review elements in multiple motions to ensure that the correct assessment of the element was made.

THE JUDGING PANEL

Referee
Responsible for ensuring that all rules applicable to the test or competition are observed. When a situation arises which is not covered by a specific rule, he makes a ruling on the matter, based, if possible on the closest existing rule.

Judges
Each Judge identifies for each section/element one of the seven Grades of Execution. Each grade has its own + or - numerical value also indicated in the Scale of Values (SOV chart). Each Judge also marks the Programme Components on a scale from 0.25 to 10 with 0.25 points increments.

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1 Skate Canada Data Input Operator Guidelines


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