Reference: Rule 7403 (4)
Effective date: November 1995
Revised date: December 5, 2011
1.0 PURPOSE OF A BYE
The granting of a bye (exemption) permits a skater to pass to the next level of competition as specified in this policy without competing at a prerequisite level. Byes may be granted through the relevant Sectionals Competition or Challenge Competition in accordance with the provisions hereof.
For the purposes of this policy:
- “Sectionals Competition” means the relevant Sectionals qualifying competition as defined in the Skate Canada bylaws, rules and regulations;
- “Challenge Competition” means the relevant Skate Canada Challenge Competition as defined in the Skate Canada bylaws, rules and regulations;
- “Canadian Championships” means the Canadian Figure Skating Championships; and
- “compete” means to compete in all parts of the relevant event. That is, the short and free programs for singles and pair and the short dance or pattern dance (as applicable) and free dance for ice dancing.
3.0 BYES (EXEMPTIONS) FROM COMPETING IN SECTIONALS OR CHALLENGE COMPETITIONS DUE TO INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS
3.1 COMPETITORS REGISTERED FOR SECTIONALS COMPETITION: Competitors who register for an event(s) at the relevant Sectionals Competition and who in the same competitive season have been assigned by Skate Canada or, in the case of a Senior Grand Prix, by the ISU Grand Prix selection group (or by Skate Canada in the case of home entries to Skate Canada International) to a Junior Grand Prix, Senior Grand Prix or international event, shall be granted an automatic entry into the Challenge Competition event for each event discipline in which such competitor was registered at such Sectionals Competition.
Competitors who register for Senior events at the relevant Sectionals Competition and: (i) who have been assigned by the ISU Grand Prix selection group (or by Skate Canada in the case of home entries to Skate Canada International) to a Senior Grand Prix; or (ii) who have qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final event shall be granted an automatic entry into the Senior Canadian Championship event of the same event discipline in the same competitive season.
3.2 LIST OF BYES FOR UPCOMING SKATING SEASON: The President, in consultation with the High Performance Committee Chair, the CEO and the Director of High Performance, shall determine a list of byes for the forthcoming competitive season.
3.3 THE EFFECT OF BYES ON THE COMPLEMENT OF SKATERS TO THE CHALLENGE COMPETITION: In all cases where a Sectional bye has been granted, the Section may send the full complement plus the byed skater(s) to the Challenge Competition.
3.4 THE EFFECT OF BYES ON THE CHALLENGE COMPETITION EVENTS COMPLEMENT OF SKATERS TO THE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
S: In all cases where a Challenge Competition bye has been granted to a competitor(s), such bye(s) shall reduce the number of competitors who may qualify for the Canadian Championships through the Challenge Competition such that the maximum number of skaters as designated in such event discipline as specified in the relevant Skate Canada rules, regulations and/or policies shall be maintained. Once all byes through the Challenge Competition have been granted, the balance of the entries shall be determined in accordance with the results of the Challenge Competition, as applicable. For example, where the maximum number of entries in an event discipline at the Canadian Championships has been set at 12 and there are 3 byes through the Challenge Competition, an additional 9 entries may qualify for the Canadian Championships through the Challenge Competition.
3.5 BYED SKATER(S) ELECTS TO COMPETE AT SECTIONALS COMPETITION OR THE CHALLENGE COMPETITION: In the event that a skater is byed through a Sectionals Competition or the Challenge Competition in accordance with this policy but elects to compete anyway, the bye will be retained by the skater regardless of the result achieved by such skater. In this case, the numbers of competitors advancing to the next level of competition shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of this policy and the relevant Skate Canada rules and regulations as if the skater activated his or her bye.
3.6 RULE REFERENCE: See Rule 7403 for 3.1 to 3.5 above.
4.0 AUTOMATIC BYES TO CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SENIOR COMPETITORS
Automatic "byes" are granted through their respective Sectionals and/or Challenge Competition to Senior competitors placing first, second or third in the previous year's Canadian Championships in the same event discipline and/or to Senior competitors who place first, second or third at any of the previous three ISU World Championships and/or the immediately prior Olympic Winter Games) in each case in the same event discipline. In the case of pairs and ice dance a bye is earned by the team not by the individual skaters, and as such the bye will be granted provided that the skaters are continuing to compete as a team.
5.0 EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES AND MEDICAL BYES
5.1 FOR SENIOR COMPETITORS: Medical byes to the Challenge Competition or Canadian Championships or any level (novice, junior and/or senior) may be granted by the President in consultation with the Skate Canada CEO, Director of High Performance and Chair of the High Performance Committee. Such byes will only be granted in extraordinary circumstances where the skater has demonstrated his or her worthiness for a bye but is not strictly within the wording of this policy. Such a bye is extraordinary and will generally be related to medical conditions. For example, but without limitation, a circumstance where such a bye would be considered would be a competitor who wins a Junior Grand Prix event, and then wins the Short Program in another Junior Grand Prix and then who suffers illness or injury and is unable to complete the event and remains ill or injured through the Challenge Competition but who is competition ready for the Canadian Championships. In this case, such byed competitor(s) shall be in addition to the designated maximum number of competitors in the relevant Canadian Championships event. Requests for consideration for a bye under this Section 5.1 shall be made in writing to the Skate Canada CEO and shall contain a description of the grounds upon which such bye is being requested.
5.2 MEDICAL BYES FROM SECTIONALS TO CHALLENGE COMPETITION: In the case that a Section has registered no more than their maximum Challenge Competition complement of entries (maximum 4 with exception of Quebec which is 8) in any Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior or Senior discipline, the Section may make a decision on site at the relevant Sectionals Competition to send an entry to the Challenge Competition event that is unable to compete or finish competing at the Sectionals Competition event due to injury or illness. The process to be followed is:
- The skater(s) must register for and attend the Sectionals Competition where they are to be examined by the medical staff at the event either before they practice (if injury/illness is acute and exists upon the skaters' arrival) or during the competition if the problem arises on site. The medical information as to their readiness to compete must then be presented to and retained by the Section.
- The entry must then formally withdraw from the Sectionals Competition and the final results sheets must list the entry as having withdrawn at the appropriate portion.
- The Section may then decide to forward the entry onto the appropriate Challenge Competition at the sole discretion of the Section.
6.0 ADDITIONAL ENTRIES FROM SECTIONAL COMPETITIONS TO CHALLENGE COMPETITIONS
The President, in consultation with the High Performance Committee Chair, the CEO, and the Director of High Performance shall determine extra entries to the Challenge Competition according to the following principle:
- At the conclusion of the Sectional Competitions the number of entries in the country in each category shall be totaled; and
- When the total number of competitors in a category in the country is less than the normal defined maximum event quota at the Canadian Championships (i.e. currently 18 for singles, 12 for pair and 15 for ice dance) skaters may be added to Challenge Competition at the discretion of the Skate Canada President to complete the maximum Canadian Championships event quota.
7.0 "GUEST" COMPETING AT SECTIONALS COMPETITION
In the case that a Sectionals Competition has registered no more than their maximum Challenge Competition complement of entries in any Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior or Senior discipline, they may allow one or more skaters/teams in the event to "guest compete" at another Sectionals Competition under the following conditions:
- the other Section must be in agreement
- the other Section is more logical because of geographical location and/or training site of the athlete
- the event results included in the final protocol from the accepting Section do not reflect the "guest" entry's placement, however, an unofficial result may be produced at the event which does incorporate the "guest" entry's placements
Skaters representing another ISU Member are ineligible to “guest compete” at any qualifying event.
NOTE: Does not apply to Synchronized Skating Regionals.
8.0 DETERMINATION OF ENTRIES/BYES TO THE CANADIAN SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
8.1 INTERNATIONAL BYES:
- Only teams assigned by Skate Canada to represent Canada at international synchronized skating competitions for during the current competitive season shall be eligible for consideration for a "bye".
- If a Senior and/or Junior team is assigned or invited by Skate Canada to represent Skate Canada at an international competition contained on the ISU calendar, the Skate Canada President, in consultation with the Chair of the High Performance Committee, the CEO, and the Director of High Performance, may grant a bye to the team(s) through a Regional event when there are 7 days or fewer between the scheduled team travel day to/from one event and the first official practice day for the next competition. Teams granted a bye through a Regional event must compete in the qualifying round (if applicable) at the national championships in order to advance to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.
- No byes shall be granted to any team wishing to participate in "invitational" competitions unless the team is assigned to compete by Skate Canada.
- In all cases where a bye through a Regional event has been granted, the Region may send the full complement plus the byed team(s) to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships qualifying round event or Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships as applicable. (See Rule 7705)
9.0 NOTIFICATION OF BYE(S) THROUGH REGIONALS
The Section Chair of the Section where a team(s) has been granted a bye through Regionals, shall be notified by the Skate Canada President, in writing, of the decision regarding the team(s) and the event.