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Section A - Official Regulations - 135 Names, Roles and Responsibilities of Officials and Scoring System Operators

  1. General for officials
    • Must be fully informed on all matters concerning the judging of skating within the current Skate Canada Rules and Regulations as well as ISU General Regulations and Special Regulations and Technical Rules, ISU communications, manuals, handbooks and booklets
    • Must have a satisfactory standard of eyesight, hearing and general physical condition in order to perform their duties
    • Must comport themselves with discretion as Skate Canada officials and as per the Officials’ Code of Ethics, signed by all Skate Canada officials
    • Must not show bias for or against any skater/couple/team on any grounds
    • Must be completely impartial and neutral at all times
    • Must disregard public applause or disapproval
    • Must mark only the performance and not be influenced by reputation or past performances.
  2. Referee
    Duties of the referee:
    • Keeps himself fully informed about all matters concerning the judging and refereeing of single and pair skating, ice dancing and synchronized skating in the current Skate Canada Rules and Regulations as well as ISU General Regulations and Special Regulations and Technical Rules, ISU communications, manuals, handbooks and booklets and all updates published on the Skate Canada and ISU websites
    • Conducts himself in a fair and unbiased manner at all times and adheres to the Skate Canada Officials’ Code of Ethics
    • Confirms that all eligibility rules have been met in coordination with Skate Canada event staff
    • Conducts all intermediate draws in cooperation with chief data specialist
    • Manages the panel of judges (ensuring that they do not, while on the judges stand, bring notes from previously awarded scores or any form of electronic communication, nor communicate with one another or indicate errors by action or sound, nor look at marks being inputted by judges sitting alongside them) and acts as the responsible spokesperson of the panel of judges should the need arise
    • Conducts a brief meeting with the judges prior to every segment of an event
    • Gives a signal to the person in charge of music to start the music of the skater/couple/team
    • Allows a competitor to restart as described in Skate Canada Regulation 5000-B-3.3
    • Allows a team to restart as described in Skate Canada Regulation 6000-D-2.0
    • Decides whether the condition of the ice permits the holding of the event
    • Decides upon all protests on the event concerned in accordance with Regulation A-145
    • Instructs the timekeeper (volunteer) to take the time of the program as skated and to time possible interruptions according to Section 110, paragraph 1 r)
    • Instructs the second timekeeper (volunteer) to take the time of all lifts in the short dance and free dance to verify possible extended lifts (ice dancing only)
    • Decides upon all deductions according to Section 110, paragraph 1 r) that come under the discretion of the referee. For example: costume and prop violations, time violations, interruptions of the program and lifts in excess of permitted time in ice dancing, and fresh start, music violations, hold deductions, etc., in synchronized skating
    • Judges the complete event for his own information
    • Suspends skating until the order is restored in case the public interrupts the competition or interferes with its orderly conduct
    • Excludes skaters/couples/teams from the event, if necessary
    • Removes judge(s) from the panel, if necessary, based on important and valid reasons
    • Forbids any coach at any time during the course of the skating championships or competitions to be on any part of the ice surface of the rink on which the championships or competitions are taking place
    • Decides any matter concerning breaches of the ISU and/or Skate Canada Rules and Regulations
    • May participate in the victory ceremony
    • Moderates the round table discussion (where applicable) together with the technical controller (with the purpose of feedback among the judges in regards to the application and validity of current regulations and discussions on the general quality of skating); the referee provides input mainly regarding the Grade of Execution of the elements and the program component score; for this he/she marks the program components; and with the help of the technical controller prepares the report on the event
    • Must complete a Skate Canada sanctioned seminar and successfully pass an examination.

      Assistant referee ice (synchronized skating)
      The organizing committee must assign a person (appropriately qualified official as per the level of event) as the Referee’s Assistant at ice level, near the entrance with the following functions/duties:
    • Assists the referee with all his duties and replaces him when necessary
    • Makes notes of all matters which call for comment
    • Permits (verifying the competing skaters) the first and each additional team to enter the ice for their warm-up
    • Monitors the ice conditions and reports problems to the referee
    • Directs a registered alternate to enter the ice for the expressed purpose of picking up objects on the ice considered to be hazardous to the skater
    • In consultation with the referee, stops the competition if, in their opinion the safety of the team is in question
    • Assistant referee ice shall not judge or take notes during the team performance. For safety reasons, the full attention of the assistant referee ice must be on the team
    • Does not May participate in the victory ceremony
  3. Technical controllers are recruited from Skate Canada referees, judges and experienced technical specialists who meet the following criteria:
    • Have the highest knowledge of single and/or pair skating and/or ice dancing and/or synchronized skating (as appropriate) with regard to technical aspect
    • Must have a good knowledge of spoken English and/or French
    • Must possess good communication skills
    • Must be able to take direction and work within a team environment
    • Must complete a Skate Canada sanctioned seminar and successfully pass an examination.

      Skate Canada will confirm and publish a list of qualified technical controllers.

      Duties of the technical controller:
    • Authorizes or corrects the deletion of elements
    • Supervises the technical specialists and data input operator and proposes corrections, if necessary, respecting any performed element and level of difficulty (in synchronized skating, the difficulty groups of elements and the difficulty groups of features) identified by the acting technical specialist and assistant technical specialist
    • However, if both technical specialists disagree with a correction asked for by the technical controller, the initial decision of the technical specialist and assistant technical specialist stands
    • In the case of a disagreement about an element and/or level of difficulty exists between the technical specialist and assistant technical specialist, the decision of the technical controller prevails
    • The technical controller is responsible for verifying that the performed elements and levels of difficulty identified in accordance with the above mentioned procedure are correctly introduced into the computerized scoring system (if being used) by the data operator and the performed elements and levels of difficulty may be validated only upon formal confirmation by the technical controller that such verification has been completed
    • Authorizes or corrects the identification of illegal elements (singles, pair and dance) and illegal elements/features/additional features/movements (synchronized skating)
    • Authorizes or corrects the identification of a fall which occurred in any part of the program, including introductory and concluding steps/movements in pattern dance
    • Confirms or corrects innovative element bonus for single and pair skating or synchronized skating
    • Confirms the deletion of additional elements
    • Attends the meeting of the technical controllers and specialists before each portion/segment of the event
    • Moderates the round table discussion (where applicable) together with the referee (with the purpose of feedback among the judges in regards to the application and validity of current regulations and discussions on the general quality of skating); the technical controller provides input mainly regarding technical content
    • Helps the referee to prepare the report
    • May participate in the victory ceremony
    • Adheres to the Skate Canada Officials’ Code of Ethics.
  4. Technical specialist/assistant technical specialist
    Technical specialists and assistant technical specialists are recruited from the group of former athletes, coaches, Skate Canada judges or Skate Canada referees, based on application and who meet the following criteria:
    • Have the highest knowledge of single and/or pair skating and/or ice dancing and/or synchronized skating (as appropriate) with regard to technical aspects
    • Must conduct ice skating activities on a regular basis and be able to demonstrate awareness of and participation in the current activities of competitive figure skating as well as a maturity level consistent with the public perception of this position
    • Must be a former high level skater (as a minimum at sectional level)
    • Must have a good knowledge of spoken English and/or French
    • Must possess good communication skills
    • Must be able to take direction and work within a team environment
    • Must have the ability to conduct themselves professionally at all times
    • Must have completed a Skate Canada sanctioned seminar and successfully passed an examination
    • Adheres to the Skate Canada Officials’ Code of Ethics.
      Skate Canada will confirm and publish a list of technical specialists.

      Duties of the technical specialist:
    • Identifies and calls the performed elements
    • Identifies and calls correct levels of difficulty of the performed elements (also in synchronized skating, the difficulty groups of elements and the difficulty groups of features)
    • Identifies and calls deductions in synchronized skating
    •  Identifies illegal elements (singles, pair and dance) and illegal features/additional features/movements in synchronized skating
    • Identifies a fall which occurred in any part of the program, including introductory and concluding steps/movements in pattern dance
    • Identifies the innovative element bonus for single, pair and/or synchronized skating.
    • Identifies and deletes additional elements
    • Attends the meeting of the technical controllers and specialists before each portion/segment of the event
    • Adheres to the Skate Canada Officials’ Code of Ethics.

      The assistant technical specialist is also part of the decision making process as outlined under the duties of the technical controller.
  5. Judges
    Duties and powers of judges:
    • Must be fully informed on all matters concerning the judging of skating in the current Skate Canada Rules and Regulations as well as ISU General Regulations and Special Regulations and Technical Rules, ISU Communications and Manuals, handbooks, and booklets and all updates published on the Skate Canada and ISU websites
    • Must have a satisfactory standard of eyesight, hearing and general physical condition in order to perform their duties
    • Comport themselves with discretion as Skate Canada officials
    • Not show bias for or against any skater/couple/team on any grounds
    • Must be completely impartial and neutral at all times
    • Must disregard public applause or disapproval
    • Must mark only the performance and not be influenced by reputation or past performance
    • Must use the whole range of grade of execution values and component marks
    • Must mark independently and while judging shall not converse with one another or indicate errors by action or sound
    • Must not discuss their own or others marks and scores, during the event, with any person other than the referee of the part of the event which they are judging
    • Adheres to the Skate Canada Officials’ Code of Ethics
    • May not serve as a professional television commentator at the event where they officiate nor engage in communications with the media, television, or others except through the referee of the part of the event which they are judging
    • Must not use previously prepared marks
    • Must not bring any form of electronic communication device to the judges stand.
  6. Data input operator and video replay operator

    The data input operators and video replay operators are scoring system operators recruited from skaters, coaches, judges, referees, technical controllers, technical specialists or other skating knowledgeable persons who:
    • Have the highest knowledge of figure skating (single & pair skating, ice dancing and/or synchronized skating) with regard to technical aspects
    • Must have a good knowledge of spoken English and/or French language
    • Must possess good communication skills
    • Must have good computer skills and be familiar with touch screen computers
    • Must be able to take directions and work within a team environment.

      Duties of the data input operator:
    • Inputs the called elements
    • Inputs the levels of difficulty of the elements as called
    • Inputs the deductions as called
    • Corrects elements or levels of difficulty as instructed by the technical controller
    • Indicates additional elements identified by the calculation software to the technical specialist and to the technical controller
    • Inputs the highlight bonus as instructed by the technical controller or indicates when the bonus is automatically added by the calculation software.

      Duties of the video replay operator:
    • Records each element separately using a digital playback system to enable the technical panel and referee (when equipped) to review the element when necessary.

      Duties of the data input operator and video replay operator:
    • Supports the technical specialists and the technical controller
    • Attends the meeting of the technical specialists before each portion/segment of the event.
  7. Data specialists and results system managers

    Data specialists and results system managers are responsible for ensuring the accurate calculation of scores and results, as well as, the proper function of scoring system equipment. Data specialists and result system managers are recruited from individuals with a skating background who:
    • Have the highest knowledge of the CPC Judging System with respect to the aspects of calculation and scoring
    • Have very good oral and written communication skills
    • Possess strong organizational skills and are able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Have the ability to handle sensitive information in a professional and confidential manner.

      Duties of the data specialist and results system manager:
    • Prepares the lists of officials and start orders for publication
    • Assists with the installation of scoring system equipment (when used) at rink side and in the data specialist’s room
    • Verifies the correct calculation of results
    • Commences preparation of the protocol of an event
    • Prints official results for publication
    • Conducts the draw(s) for an event in conjunction with the referee.

      Additional duties of the results system manager:
    • Tests the scoring system equipment to ensure proper function
    • Creates and manages the database for a competition within the approved Skate Canada competition scoring system software
    • Operates the scoring system equipment during an event and ensures proper data flow.
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