Compulsory Checklist For Judges


  • Contact the contest director to find out what compulsory/movement technique levels you will be judging
  • Be sure to review those levels before you get to the contest
  • Make sure you bring your compulsory manual, movement technique descriptions, at-a-glance, and any other judging materials you may need for your evaluation.


  • Ensure you have an evaluation sheet for each athlete, as well as a master sheet to record your range summary
  • Evaluation:
  • Evaluations should only take 5 minutes from the time the athlete approaches the judges table
  • Review the athlete’s record book to ensure they have completed the levels in order
  • If the athlete is only doing Set A or Set B – this is considered comments only and is NOT documented in the athletes record book. Only record on the Master Sheet
  • If the athlete is being evaluated for comments only – this is NOT recorded in the athlete’s record book. Only record on the Master Sheet
  • If the athlete forgets or does not have a record book, they are evaluated for comments only.
  • Ensure that you check off the range summary and sign each evaluation sheet – Determination of the Specific Range Summary:
  • If there is an even distribution of check marks the range summary will be the lower range. (ex: 7 pass and 7 grad.)
  • In order to pass there may not be any checks in TI or TII.
  • Determine the repeat situations based on the following:
  • Drops: When the compulsory is dropped the Evaluator determines whether or not the repeat will be advantageous to the athlete.
  • Borderline: When a compulsory is in a “borderline” range and the Evaluator wishes it repeated.
  • Deviation: When the compulsory evaluation is in a lower range because of a deviation from the prescribed description rather than a lack of proficiency of the athlete. (e.g. adding/omitting loops)
  • When the athlete has 3 or less checks in the T1 Range.
  • When the athlete has 3 or less checks below Passing Range.
  • When the athlete has 3 or less checks in the Passing Range with the rest above Passing.
  • Facing wrong direction (Class C & B only) – When the athlete faces the wrong direction even though the judge has “announced” the direction of facing.
  • Ensure you complete your information on the Master sheet – Name, phone number, etc. And remember to keep a copy for your records.


  • Provide your master sheet to the contest director
  • Be available for any clarification that have been documented on your master sheet

Kathy Butera

Kathy Butera is USTA's National Judges Chair.

3 thoughts on “Compulsory Checklist For Judges

  • June 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Great article for all of the judging community as well as Coaches, parents and athletes. I am printing it out to have a packing list as well as an at a glance prior to judging! Thanks Kathy for the information. Its great having a source to go to for reference. I love this website!!!

  • October 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I printing out this check list to give our judges at our fall council meeting.

  • December 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I am NOW incorporating it in the LEVEL 1 Part 2 Workshop!!!


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