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625 Synchronized National Competitions

  1. NOVICE EVENTS: These competitions shall consist of two parts:
    1. FREE PROGRAM #1: The team shall perform a free skating program of 3.5 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds) in duration. Music may contain vocals. The composition of the free skating program and the requirements for a well balanced program shall be as communicated each season. The total score of the free program will be multiplied by a factor of 0.5 for the first segment of the event.
    2. FREE PROGRAM #2: The team shall perform a free skating program as defined above. The total score will be multiplied by a factor of 1.0 for the second segment of the event.
  2. INTERMEDIATE EVENTS: These competitions shall consist of two parts:
    1. FREE PROGRAM #1: The team shall perform a free skating program of 4.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds) in duration. Music may contain vocals. The composition of the free skating program and the requirements for a well balanced program shall be as communicated each season. The total score of the free program will be multiplied by a factor of 0.5 for the first segment of the event.
    2. FREE PROGRAM #2: The team shall perform a free skating program as defined above. The total score will be multiplied by a factor of 1.0 for the second segment of the event.
  3. OPEN EVENTS: These competitions shall consist of two parts:
    1. FREE PROGRAM #1: The team shall perform a free skating program of 4.0 minutes (+ or – 10 seconds) in duration. Music may contain vocals. The composition of the free skating program and the requirements for a well balanced program shall be as communicated each season. The total score of the free program will be multiplied by a factor of 0.5 for the first segment of the event.
    2. FREE PROGRAM #2: The team shall perform a free skating program as defined above. The total score will be multiplied by a factor of 1.0 for the second segment of the event.
  4. JUNIOR EVENTS: These competitions shall consist of two parts as defined by the ISU:
    1. SHORT PROGRAM
    2. FREE PROGRAM
  5. SENIOR EVENTS: These competitions shall consist of two parts as defined by the ISU:
    1. SHORT PROGRAM
    2. FREE PROGRAM
  6. ORGANIZATION: For the purpose of qualifying teams for the Synchronized Nationals for Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior events, all teams advancing from the Regional Championships shall enter directly into the qualifying round for each event.
  7. SELECTION OF ENTRIES FROM QUALIFYING ROUNDS
    1. TEAMS ADVANCING FROM QUALIFYING ROUND TO CANADIANS: Teams as determined during the qualifying round shall skate in the Synchronized Nationals in each of the categories Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior.
    2. DETERMINATION OF THE NUMBER OF TEAMS TO ADVANCE: The Skate Canada Executive, in consultation with the Skating Programs Committee, will authorize the number of teams to advance from each qualifying round to the final. The number of teams to be included in the final will be indicated in the official Announcement for the Synchronized Nationals.
    3. TEAMS QUALIFYING FOR THE CANADIAN FINAL: If the number of teams entered is the number determined in (b) above or fewer in any category with a Canadian Qualifying Round the Qualifying Round will not be held and all teams in the category will skate in the Canadian Final event.
  8. REGISTRATION & PRACTICE ICE
    1. REGISTRATION: Competitors at Synchronized Nationals must register for the competition before their official practice session immediately prior to the first portion of their event.
    2. PRACTICE ICE: Upon registration or attendance at an officially scheduled practice session competitors are not permitted to skate on ice other than the official practice or competition ice as scheduled for the event. Violators of this rule shall be subject to suspension from the competition in question. This rule is applicable to all qualifying events including Regional/Sub-Sectional, Sectional, Skate Canada Eastern or Western Challenge Competitions, Junior National Championships & Canadian Championships.
    3. MINIMUM OF TEN MINUTES PRACTICE ICE ON COMPETITION ICE: A minimum of ten minutes practice ice per team must be made available for Synchronized Nationals on the same ice as where the event will be held.
  9. WARM-UPS
    1. SHORT PROGRAM: Each team shall be allowed one minute of warm-up on the competition ice surface immediately prior to its performance
    2. FREE SKATING PROGRAM: Each team shall be allowed a maximum of one minute warmup time on the competition ice surface immediately prior to its performance.
    3. TIMING OF THE WARM-UP: Timing of the one minute warm-up will begin when the team is announced.
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