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Section A - Official Regulations - 145 Protests

  1. DEFINITIONS
    1. Field of play
      The field of play is the area in which a figure skating competition takes place. This area is composed of, but not limited to, the ice skating surface on which the performance takes place, the judging platform and the area immediately surrounding the skater entrance and/or exit to the ice surface.
    2. Field of play decision
      A field of play decision is one taken in the field of play in which the official (referee, judge, technical controller, technical specialist) must make an interpretation of the rules in the live setting of the competition and subsequently record this decision. The following decisions of officials are examples of a field of a play decision:
      1. The assignment of the level to an element or the identification of an element
      2. The decision to assess a jump as “under-rotated”
      3. The assignment of a grade of execution for an element
      4. The assignment of a program component score
      5. The assessment of a program time violation
      6. The assessment of a lift time violation
      7. The assessment of a violation for a fall
      8. The assessment of a violation for interruptions to the program
      9. Error in input by a judge or the referee of a GOE score, program component score or any violation under their authority either on paper or through an electronic scoring system
      10. Any other decision of the referee
  2. Procedure: The following procedure will apply when a question arises during a competition using the Cumulative Point Calculation system:
    1. Informal clarification of field of play decisions
      All informal requests for clarification of decisions of the officials categorized as “field of play” shall be filed with the technical representative/chief referee of the competition. The technical representative/chief referee will coordinate the most appropriate mechanism for the technical controller or referee (as appropriate) to provide feedback to the questions. Such informal requests may be made by the skater/couple/team, the coach of the skater/couple/team, club of the skater/couple/team, the association, or the team leader for the skater/couple/team, or any official of the competition.
    2.  
      1. Time limits for the filing of an official protest:
        1. All protests regarding the determination of the result for a skater/couple/team in the competition must be filed immediately after, but within no more than one hour of the posting of the full and detailed results for the segment in question
        2. The chief data specialist for the competition shall attest to the time at which the full and detailed results have been posted
        3. No protest filed after the maximum allowed time in section 2), (b) (i) a. shall be accepted or considered.
      2. Process for resolving protests filed within the time limits stated in 2), (b) (i):
        1. Such protests must be addressed to the referee of the event. The protest shall be filed with the technical representative/chief referee of the competition. At Skate Canada qualifying events and national championships, the technical representative shall immediately provide the Skate Canada representative and the referee of the event a copy of the protest. If neither a technical representative/chief referee is appointed, protests must be lodged with the referee of the event. Protests must be in writing.
        2. The skater/couple/team in question (or in the case of an under-aged skater, his or her parent or legal guardian), the coach of the skater/couple/team or the team leader for the skater/couple/team (with the consent of the skater/couple/team and/ or coach of the skater/couple/team), club for the skater/couple/team (with the consent of the skater/couple/team and/ or coach of the skater/couple/team), association (with the consent of the skater/couple/team and/ or coach of the skater/couple/team), or any official of the competition may file the protest
        3. All protests concerning the determination of the results of a competition will be considered by a protest committee which will be composed of the following individuals: the referee of the event, the technical controller of the event and the chief data specialist. Other experts may provide assistance to the process where necessary. The originator of the protest may not be a member of the protest committee. In the case that the originator of the protest is the referee or technical controller for the event, the organizing committee head (e.g. club president, section chair, Skate Canada President) shall assign a replacement such that the protest committee will always be comprised of at least three officials. The technical representative/chief referee shall convene the protest committee at a time appropriate for all members. All members of the committee will be provided with a copy of the original protest
        4. In considering any protest, the following guidelines shall be applied:
          1. Where official video replay has been used at the competition, the committee may review this video footage. Unofficial video footage may not be used in the deliberation of the committee
          2. Where an official audio recording of the technical panel has been made the committee may review this recording
          3. Field of play decisions may not be over-turned by the protest committee. All protests concerning field of play decisions will be declined. In cases of protests concerning field of play decisions, the procedures for review of official’s performance shall apply
          4. Should the protest committee determine that there has been an error in the application of the well-balanced program regulations, the error must be corrected, with a recalculation of the result
          5. Should the protest committee determine that there has been an error in the value assigned to the identified element the error must be corrected, with a recalculation of the result
          6. Should the protest committee determine that there has been an error in the application of the principles of calculation the error must be corrected, with recalculation of the result
          7. Should the protest committee determine that after being correctly instructed by the technical controller, there was an error in the input of any element(s), fall(s), bonus(es), illegal element(s), additional element deduction(s) or any other deduction(s) by the data input operator, the error must be corrected, with recalculation of the result
          8. Protests of the calculation of the results on any other grounds must be considered in good faith by the protest committee.
        5. In the case where a recalculation of the result must take place, it shall be conducted under the supervision of the chief data specialist, and shall be approved, by signature, by the referee, the technical controller and the chief data specialist
        6. The referee shall report the decision of the protest committee to the Skate Canada representative and the originator of the protest prior to public communication of the decision. This decision shall be considered the “decision of the referee”
        7. In the event that the decision of the committee results in a recalculation of the result, the referee shall make all reasonable effort to inform the sections, coaches and skaters who are affected by the recalculation of the result. A communication regarding the protest and decision shall be posted with the revised result. Only the revised result will appear in the official protocol of the competition.
    3. Protests Related to the Participation of a Competitor: Written objections to the participation of a competitor must be made before the start of the competition. If an immediate decision cannot be reached, the competitor under discussion shall be permitted to compete but if he qualifies for a prize, the announcement of the result and the distribution of prizes shall be deferred until a decision has been reached.
    4. Protests That Must be Made Prior to the Start of An Event: Protests regarding the following must be made before the start of the event:
      1. the eligible status of a competitor;
      2. the composition of the committee organizing the competition or the panel of judges, in cases where the rules of the Association have been contravened.
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