Officials are invaluable, donating their time to conduct tests, to officiate at competitions and to assist with athlete development.
Officials for figure skating fall into three broad categories:
The technical panel includes the roles of Technical Controller and Technical Specialist. They are responsible for identifying technical elements and for calling the level of difficulty of jumps, spins, and footwork sequences.
The judging panel includes the Chief Referee and the judges. They are responsible for giving a grade of execution to the elements called by the Technical Panel. Judges are also required to assess the SISA competitive tests.
The IJS Panel consists of a data entry operator, reply operator, accountant and someone who is responsible for setting up the whole computerized judging system.
Other types of volunteer officials needed include doctors, first aid personnel, lawyers etc.