Reference: Rule 2206
Revised date: September 2000
(1.0 to 9.0 is Rule 2206)
A sanction is an approval by the Association of a skating competition, event or activity. There are four types of sanctions:
- to hold, or participate in, a competition;
- to participate in an exhibition or carnival;
- to hold an exhibition or carnival;
- for a media appearance or appearance for a commercial venture.
2.1 CLUBS AND SKATING SCHOOLS: Any club or skating school failing to abide by the rules and regulations pertaining to sanctions will be subject to the disciplinary action set for in the Complaints, Suspension and Expulsion Policy by-law, which may include loss of membership in the Association.
2.2 ELIGIBLE PERSONS: Any eligible person failing to abide by the rules and regulations on sanctions will be subject to the disciplinary action set for in the Complaints, Suspension and Expulsion Policy by-law, which may include loss of membership in the Association.
3.0 ISSUANCE OF SANCTIONS
The authority for issuing sanctions is as follows:
3.1 All sanctions involving National Team Member Skaters are approved by the Skate Canada National Office.
3.2 All sanctions for a media appearance or appearance for a commercial venture are approved by the Skate Canada National Office.
3.3 All sanctions to hold, or participate in, a competition, exhibition, or carnival, above Section level and outside the geographic boundaries of the Section, are approved by the Skate Canada National Office.
3.4 A sanction may be issued on behalf of Skate Canada by a Section Chair for skating competitions, events or activities below Section level and within the geographical boundaries of the Section.
4.0 SANCTIONS FOR HOLDING OR PARTICIPATING IN COMPETITIONS
See Rule 7303.
5.0 OTHER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES REQUIRING SANCTION
5.1 Any event, carnival or exhibition, whether open to the public or to club members only, requires a sanction if an admission fee is charged, participants include eligible and/or ineligible persons, or if some financial benefit accrues to the organizers and/or participants.
5.2 If there is no paid admission, no one is in receipt of any financial gain and only eligible persons are involved, then no sanction is necessary.
5.3 If both eligible and ineligible persons are to participate together in any event, carnival or exhibition, a sanction must be obtained.
5.4 The Association reserves the right to require a sanction for any event regardless of the above, when, in its opinion, such action is necessary to protect the eligibility of its members and the interests of skating.
5.5 The Association reserves the right to refuse any application for a sanction which it deems would not be in the best interests of the Association. This action shall be at the discretion of the Skate Canada Executive Committee.
5.6 The Association reserves the right to cancel any sanction at any time for what it considers to be just cause. The cancellation will not take place until the parties concerned have been granted a hearing. When a sanction is refused or cancelled, the fee paid shall be refunded to the person who made the application.
5.7 The Association may sanction participation of its members in events not sanctioned, controlled or sponsored by the Association.
6.0 APPLICATION FOR SANCTION
The application for a sanction shall be made on the Association’s sanction application form and accompanied with the applicable fee. Such application form and fee shall be as prescribed by the Skate Canada Board of Directors. (See Skate Canada Policies and Procedures.)
7.0 TIME LIMIT OF SANCTIONS
7.1 All sanctions are valid for a specified performance or appearance only.
7.2 Where a carnival or exhibition is being repeated on the same ice, the sanction may cover all performances given over a period of seven consecutive days (Sundays included). A new sanction will be required for any extension beyond the seven days.
8.0 MEDIA APPEARANCES AND COMMERCIAL VENTURES DEFINED
8.1 MEDIA APPEARANCES: Media appearances are defined as appearances on television, radio, film or other publicity channels.
8.2 COMMERCIAL VENTURES: Commercial ventures are defined as any activity or appearance made on behalf of a commercial organization whose motivation for such activity or appearance is financial gain.
9.0 UNITED STATES CLUBS PRODUCING A CARNIVAL IN CANADA
9.1 A sanction may be issued for a club of the USFSA to sponsor, conduct or produce a carnival in a city or town in Canada where no Skate Canada club is located close enough to sponsor the event.
9.2 Skate Canada clubs nearest to the rink where the carnival is to be held must be notified of the application by the Executive Director of the Association, and with their approval, the Skate Canada Executive Committee may approve the sanction.
10.0 APPLICATION FOR SANCTION
10.1 The application must indicate the exact status of any skater other than an eligible person, who is to appear in the event covered by the application.
10.2 In the case of carnivals or exhibitions conducted by non-member organizations, the application must give full details as to the distribution of net proceeds of the event. It must also include a copy of any agreement between the non-member organization and the Skate Canada club or Section involved.
10.3 All applications for sanctions, accompanied by the fee (when applicable), shall be sent to the Chair of the Section in which the event is to take place, fourteen days before holding the event.
10.4 The Section Chair shall pass applications for skating events or activities at Sectional level or above, with recommendations as to approval, to the Executive Director of the Association.
10.5 If an application for a sanction is not received within the specified time limit but the Section or the Association deems it is in the best interests of figure skating to grant the sanction, a penalty fee of $100.00 shall be charged in addition to the normal fee, if any.
11.0 AGREEMENT OF APPLICANTS APPLYING FOR A SANCTION
In applying for a sanction the applicants agree:
11.1 that they are aware of all Association rules covering the event
11.2 that they will abide by all such rules
11.3 that they will be liable for the payment of applicable fees
11.4 that they will carry out all instructions that they may receive from the Association regarding the sanctioned event
11.5 that no responsibility or claim for damages or losses, financial or otherwise, shall lie against the Association, its officers or members by reason of a sanction or sanctions being granted, partly granted, or not granted by the Association
11.6 that every program, folder, and advertisement shall state in a prominent place, preferably the front cover or title page, that the event is sanctioned by Skate Canada
11.7 that for events or activities conducted by non-member organizations, the Association reserves the right to require that a bond issued by a recognized bonding company, in any amount felt necessary, be posted to guarantee the fulfillment of all agreements
11.8 that the Association shall be entitled to have an official representative in attendance without charge at any sanctioned event or activity
12.0 REIMBURSEMENT OF FEES
It is recommended that clubs securing sanctions for other than their own carnivals or exhibitions collect any fees charged by the Association from the producer of the event for which the sanction is required.
13.0 ELIGIBLE PERSONS PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITIONS & CARNIVALS
13.1 All negotiations for skaters to appear in carnivals or exhibitions must be conducted with the skaters’ home club. (See Rule 2203)
13.2 A sanction is not required for a member of any club to skate in a sanctioned club carnival. The club holding the carnival must secure a letter of permission from the skater’s home club.
13.3 A sanction is required for all exhibitions in the United States by Canadian skaters. There shall be no fee.
13.4 All exhibitions by Canadian skaters in other foreign countries must be sanctioned by the Association. Such appearances will be governed by the ISU rules. The sanction fee shall be at the discretion of the Skate Canada Executive Committee.
13.5 All exhibitions by foreign skaters (except USFSA skaters) must be sanctioned by the Association.
13.6 Invitations by clubs to USFSA skaters are permitted, provided that the Skate Canada club states in the letter of invitation, that the event to which the invitation applies, has been sanctioned by Skate Canada. No further sanction from Skate Canada is required.
14.0 INELIGIBLE PERSONS PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITIONS & CARNIVALS
14.1 Participation together of both eligible and ineligible persons in club carnivals or exhibitions should, when possible, be avoided. If unavoidable, a sanction must be obtained.
14.2 When such participation together takes place, all skaters must be treated in the same way, that is as eligible persons without any remuneration.
14.3 Guest skaters may be entitled to remuneration as defined in Rule 2205 (2) and “Skate Canada Skater Trust Program Guidelines”.
15.0 HOLDING EXHIBITIONS AND CARNIVALS
EXHIBITIONS: Exhibitions are defined as brief performances by a skater or group of skaters in connection with some event or form of entertainment other than a club carnival.
CARNIVALS: Carnivals are defined as performances in which skating provides the principal part of the entertainment.
15.2 SANCTIONS: When a sanction is required in accordance with Rule 2206 (5), application shall be made on the official Association form in accordance with the policy clause Application for Sanctions.
15.3 FEES: No sanction fee is required for a member club exhibition or carnival. An administration fee may be charged to cover the expenses of processing the sanction.
16.0 MEDIA APPEARANCES AND COMMERCIAL VENTURES
16.1 SANCTIONS: Sanction applications for any media appearance or commercial venture shall be made on the official Association form in accordance with the Application for Sanction section of this policy.
16.2 FEES: Contractual arrangements and fees for media appearances and commercial ventures shall be determined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, where necessary in consultation with the Section Chair.
17.0 UNITED STATES CLUBS PRODUCING A CARNIVAL IN CANADA
The rules and sanction fees application shall be at the discretion of the Skate Canada Executive Committee.