Serving as an official for U.S. Figure Skating can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Officials can learn a lot about the sport, have the privilege of seeing wonderful skating from the best seat in the house, have the benefit of witnessing skater milestones, and make lifelong friends.
Officials currently are not paid for their services; however, many travel expenses are covered, as are meals during competitions and long test sessions. Multi-day competitions where officials travel from out of state may also offer hospitality, and nominal thank you gifts are not uncommon.
With these privileges come responsibilities:
GR 1.01 Code of Ethics
It shall be the responsibility of all officials in sanctioned figure skating events, registered members of member clubs or collegiate clubs and individual members to be thoroughly familiar with the rules of U.S. Figure Skating, to comply with them in full and to exemplify the highest standards of fairness, ethical behavior and genuine good sportsmanship in any of their relations with others. Those who serve U.S. Figure Skating must do so without personal gain, must avoid any institutional loss or embarrassment and must behave in a way that enhances U.S. Figure Skating’s trust and public confidence.
In addition to following the code of ethics above:
- To be a prospective official for U.S. Figure Skating, one must be a current member of the association. The membership season runs from July 1 through June 30, and memberships are not prorated. More information is available at https://www.usfigureskating.org/story?id=83916.
- To be an official for U.S. Figure Skating, one must annually:
- Renew membership with U.S. Figure Skating;
- Submit to and pass a background check through U.S. Figure Skating;
- Take an online training course through the U.S. Center for SafeSport;
- Accept and follow the Social Media Policy for Officials;
- Accept and follow the Travel and Expense Policy;
- Accept and follow various codes of ethics and codes of conduct in addition to the one above. (See Ethical Conduct and Conflict of Interest Procedures for Judges here. See Technical Panel Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy here.)