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2016 - 2017 Technical Q&A #3 - Synchronized Skating (December 6, 2016)


The Domestic Tech Requirements say, “There must be eight pairs attempting at least one of the Pair Element choices” (p. 17). If an Adult team had 20 skaters, would they still only be required to have eight pairs, or would they have to have 10? Or, can only teams of 16 attempt this element?

For Intermediate, Open and Adult I, the Pair Element is an option for any teams who have an even number of skaters on the team.  The Pair Element will not be permitted with an odd number of skaters.

For example: If an Adult team has 20 skaters, they would require 10 pairs.



The  ISU Communication 2040, lists penalties for when 1 skater, 2 skaters, 3 skaters, or ¼ of the team do not attempt an fm or pi rotation. For a domestic team that may not have 16 skaters, how is this applied?

 Example: On a team of 12 skaters, if 3 skaters fail to attempt an fm (or pi rotation), is the fm/pi called one level lower +DED1 (this is listed as the call if 3 skaters fail to attempt the fm or pi rotation), or is the fm/pi called level base because 3 skaters is ¼ of the team?

When penalties apply to the point of intersection feature or field move, for a team with less than or more than 16 skaters, follow the ISU rules until 1/4 of the team is reached. On a team with more skaters, for example 20, the penalty for 3 or 4 skaters would be the same as the ISU penalty for 3 skaters and once 5 is reached it would be the penalty for a 1/4 of the team. On a smaller team, for example 12 skaters, the penalty would be the same for 1 or 2 skaters and once 3 is reached it would be the penalty for 1/4 of the team.

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