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Technical Communication #11 - Synchronized Skating - Changes to age requirements for 2017/2018 season (October 17, 2016)

The following motion was all approved by the Board of Directors as presented: 

Changes to the domestic Synchronized Skating age requirements for the 2017-2018 season

Rationale:

Over the past two years, the Synchronized Skating community has had the opportunity to provide feedback on how to improve the sport of Synchronized Skating. This feedback has been collected via surveys, Coaches conferences at Synchro Nationals, as well as at the Synchro Summit at the 2015 Synchro World Championships in Hamilton.

One commonality consistently heard from all sources, was the need to revise the age structure for many of the current Synchro categories. As well, there was a desire to adjust the program time for one category to allow for better quality of performances.

RULE: 610 and 630

Synchronized Skating Qualifications (effective 1 July 2017)

 AGE PREREQUISITES:

The age requirements for Synchronized Skating team members participating in non-qualifying events are as follows:

 RULE 630:

 

  • Beginner I: At least 75% of skaters must not have reached the age of 12 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • BEGINNER II: Skaters must not have reached the age of 12 as of July 1st preceding the competition AND at least 75% of skaters must not have reached the age of 10 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • ELEMENTARY: Skaters must not have reached the age of 15 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • PRE-JUVENILE: Skaters must not have reached the age of 12 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • JUVENILE: Skaters must not have reached the age of 15 as of July 1st preceding the competition and at least 75% of skaters must not have reached the age of 13 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • PRE-NOVICE: Skaters must have reached the age of 12 as of July 1st preceding the competition but must not have reached the age of 18 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • ADULT SYS CLASS I: Skaters must have reached the age of 18 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • ADULT SYS CLASS II: Skaters must have reached the age of 18 as of July 1st preceding the competition AND at least 75% of skaters must have reached the age of 25 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • ADULT SYS CLASS III: Skaters must have reached the age of 19 as of July 1st preceding the competition and at least 75% of skaters must have reached the age of 35 as of July 1st preceding the competition.

The age requirements for Synchronized Skating team members participating in qualifying events are as follows:

RULE 610:

  •  NOVICE: Skaters must have reached the age of 10 as of July 1st preceding the competition but must not have reached the age of 15 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • INTERMEDIATE: Skaters must have reached the age of 13 as of July 1st preceding the competition but must not have reached the age of 19 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • JUNIOR: Skaters must have reached the age of 13 as of July 1st preceding the competition but must not have reached the age of 19 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • OPEN: Skaters must have reached the age of 15 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
  • SENIOR: Skaters must have reached the age of 15 as of July 1st preceding the competition.
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