Terms used:

Event

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

National Summer Series

Events sanctioned as part of the National Summer Series are those that may qualify athletes towards Skate Canada Challenge.

category

The name for each level of competition within a discipline.  Examples of categories are STAR 1, STAR 2, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, etc.

Long-Listing of Skaters 

To ease the process of quickly entering delegations (skaters, coaches, chaperone, etc.) into a Jr. Grand Prix via the ISU on-line system, Skate Canada will change the internal process.  All members of the NextGen Team will be considered “long-listed” entries for Jr. Grand Prix, which is a process similar to the Olympic Games.  “Long-Listed” does not mean a skater/team will be automatically named to a Jr. Grand Prix but rather there is a strong probability that you could be named.  Therefore, all “long-listed” skaters will be asked to complete all entry forms for the Jr. Grand Prix.  Electronic forms will be available on the Skate Canada website.  Forms must be completed within 14 days after they become available. 

 

Process for Selection to a Junior Grand Prix

Grand Prix assignment are not exclusive to the NextGen Team.  All skaters competing at the Summer Series who are age eligible to compete Junior internationally will be assessed along with members of the NextGen Team.  Those skaters showing the strongest potential based on the selection guidelines will have greater chances to be named to a Jr Grand Prix. 

Stages of Selection

Stage 1 – Skaters who perform exceptionally well in the previous season will be named to a Jr. Grand Prix in late June.  These skaters will be subject to monitoring in a training environment and at least one Summer Series competition to ensure that the development during the summer months is on track to achieving an optimal performance at a Jr Grand Prix.

Stage 2 – Based on performances at the NextGen Team Camp, some skaters will be monitored during training in late June or early July.  Following these monitoring sessions, there is a probability that some additional skaters will be named to an early Jr. Grand Prix.  These skaters will be required to compete in at least one Summer Series competition to ensure that the development during the summer months is on track to achieving an optimal performance at a Jr Grand Prix.

Stage 3 – During the Summer Series, all skaters competing in the Junior category will be monitored.  Following these competitions, additional skaters may be added to the NextGen Team and either a Jr Grand Prix and/or Jr. International competition.

Stage 4 (New Pair and Ice Dance Team) – Skate Canada will work with various Sections to identify any new or existing teams who have shown admirable development during the previous months and are potentially on track to perform well at a Jr Grand Prix.  Identified teams may be subject to a monitoring session during a training environment in late June or early July.  Prior to be named to a Jr Grand Prix, new teams will be required to compete at a Summer Series competition. 

 

Officially named to a Jr Grand Prix

Skaters/teams are officially named to a Jr Grand Prix once they have received and accepted the official invitation from Skate Canada.  Once accepted, their name will appear on the Skate Canada website. 

 

Named to a Jr Grand Prix on ISU Website but not Skate Canada Website

In some rare instances, a skater’s name may appear on the ISU website as entered in a Jr Grand Prix and not the Skate Canada website.  In this case, the skater has yet to receive an official invitation from Skate Canada and is still being considered for a Jr Grand Prix along with other skaters.  This process will be used when Skate Canada needs to reserve the place for an entry.  Failure to provide an entry to the ISU by the deadline will result in Skate Canada losing the spot which could go to another country. 

 

Selection Guidelines

Skate Canada has developed Selection Guidelines which are based on current skating trends at the Jr. Grand Prix.  The guidelines are designed to ensure Canadian skaters have the success necessary at a Jr Grand Prix to ensure the smoothest transition to the Senior category which will assist them to succeed international on a long-term basis.  Success at a Jr Grand Prix is not necessarily measured by medals won, but by having Canadians skaters be competitive at Jr Grand Prix, performing at their personal best and self-identifying the factors which can contribute to personal best performances.  Please refer to Appendix A for the Selection Guidelines

 

Monitoring Sessions in a Training Environment

Some NextGen skaters may be monitored in a training environment.  The purpose of these monitoring sessions is to provide feedback to the skaters on the development and to ensure that the skater is on track to performing well at upcoming competitions.  Decision with regards to selection to a Jr Grand Prix may be made following these type of monitoring sessions.  These monitoring sessions will include some members of the Skate Canada High Performance Team.  In some cases, a Section representative may also assist in the monitoring sessions.  Skaters will be excepted to performance programs but may be adjusted depending on how well their programs have developed.  As to what the skater will perform will be discussed prior to the start of the monitoring session. 

 

Monitoring during National Summer Series Comeptitions

All NextGen Team members will be monitored at Summer Series competitions.  Some benefits Skate Canada hopes skaters achieve with this monitoring and debrief process are:

  • Improve performances
  • Increased motivation
  • Clearer focus and direction
  • Greater personal satisfaction which leads to greater confidence

Prior to the competitions, skaters and coaches will be informed of which Skate Canada officials will conduct their monitoring and debrief session.  Similar to last year, skaters will be asked to complete Part 1 - Performance Plan & Objectives of the “Competition Monitoring Form” and hand it over to the NextGen Director prior to the start of their event.   Following their events, skaters must compete Part 2 - Post Competition Debrief of the “Competition Monitoring Form” prior to meeting with the monitors.   Skaters are encouraged to work with their coach to complete this form.  As soon as their event is completed, skaters and/coaches should follow up with the monitor to schedule the time and location of the debrief.  In most cases, it should be done within an hour or two after the event.  Due to the busy schedules of coaches and monitors at summer competitions, the debrief sessions will often be no more than 10 to 15 minutes. 

 

Workshops for Parents

Skate Canada will conduct workshops for parent at the Summer Series competitions for all skaters who are named to represent Canada at Jr Grand Prix or Junior International competition.  The focus of the workshop will be on “Preparing an Athlete for International Competition”.  At least one parent of each skater is required to attend a workshop.  Should a parent of a skater not attend, Skate Canada will have the right to withdraw the skater from the Jr Grand Prix or International competition. 

The workshops will be held at least twice at every Summer Series competitions and will be conveniently scheduled around the Junior events to ensure a parent of the skater can attend.  The workshop will be about 45 to 60 minutes.  Topics which will be discussed are:

  • Skate Canada Objectives - Jr Grand Prix and Jr International
  • Role & Responsibilities of members of the team and chaperones
  • Who pays what?
  • Key finding in previous Jr Grand Prix seasons
  • General Rules
  • How should skaters prepare?
  • Post-Competition Grants and Prize Money

 

Appendix A - Selection to 2017 Jr Grand Prix and International Competitions

Skate Canada will take in the following factors into consideration when making decisions with regards to the selection of skaters/teams to represent Canada at Jr Grand Prix and Jr International competitions:

  • Selection will be based on those skaters who can best demonstrate the potential to achieve the scores and skills outlined in this document which are based on World trends at Jr Grand Prix’
  • The number of years a skater/team is eligible in Junior
  • The skater/team’s consistency of performances from one competition to the next
  • The improvement and progress the skater/team has made from the previous season
  • The number of available entries at the Jr Grand Prix
  • Skate Canada budget

 

Below are the proposed scores and skill level for selection which should be achieved at the Summer Series competitions

 

MEN

Jr Eligible Years

Total Score

Technical Skill Level (Jumps with a GOE -1.9 or higher)

2 or less #

195

Skaters should be striving to be competitive with the top 6 skaters at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements:

SHORT PROGRAM: triple solo jump, triple + triple combo, triple Axel, all spins with a positive GOE

FREE PROGRAM: 5 different triples, 7 triples in the free, at least one triple + triple or double Axel + triple combo, a triple Axel or quad, two spins with a positive GOE

3 or more#

162

Skaters should be striving to be competitive with the top 12 skaters at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements:

SHORT PROGRAM: triple solo jump, triple + triple combo or triple Axel, all spins with a positive GOE

FREE PROGRAM: 4 different triples, 6 triples in the free, an attempt at a triple + triple or double Axel + triple combo, two spins with a positive GOE

#  As of July 1, 2017

 

WOMEN

Jr Eligible Years

Total Score

Technical Skill Level (Jumps with a GOE -1.9 or higher)

2 or less #

153

Skaters should be striving to be competitive with the top 6 skaters at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements:

SHORT PROGRAM: triple solo jump, triple + triple combo, all spins with a positive GOE

FREE PROGRAM: 4 different triples, 5 triples in the free, at least one triple + triple or double Axel + triple combo, two spins with a positive GOE

3 or more#

123

Skaters should be striving to be competitive with the top 12 skaters at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements:

SHORT PROGRAM: triple solo jump, triple + triple combo or triple + double combo with triple loop or flip, all spins with a positive GOE

FREE PROGRAM: 3 different triples, 4 triples in the free, an attempt at a triple + triple or double Axel + triple combo, two spins with a positive GOE

#  As of July 1, 2017

 

 

PAIRS

Jr Eligible Years #

Total Score

Technical Skill Level (Jumps and Throws with a GOE -1.9 or higher)

2 or less #

145

Teams should be striving to be competitive with the top 4 teams at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements:

FREE PROGRAM: Double Axel, plus achieve 3 of the 4 following elements: 1 triple twist Level 1, 1 triple jump, 1 triple throw jumps, 1 additional throw jump

3 or more#

127

Teams should be striving to be competitive with the top 8 teams at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements:

FREE PROGRAM: Double Axel, plus achieve 2 of the 4 following elements: 1 triple twist Level 1, 1 triple jump, 1 triple throw jumps, 1 additional throw jump

#  As of July 1, 2017

(Eligible years will be used as a guide should there be a large age difference between partners)

 

 

ICE DANCE

Jr Eligible Years

Total Score

Technical Skill Level in the Short Dance and Free Dance

2 or less #

140

Teams should be striving to be competitive with the top 5 teams at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements: 1 step sequence at a minimum Level 3, another step at a minimum Level 2, at least 1 Twizzles Level 4 and an average GOE on all technical elements of +1.0 or higher

3 or more#

110

Teams should be striving to be competitive with the top 10 teams at the Jr Grand Prix and able to achieve the following technical elements: 2 step sequences at a minimum Level 2, at least 1 Twizzles Level 3 and an average GOE on all technical elements of +0.75 or higher

#  As of July 1, 2017

(Eligible years will be used as a guide should there be a large age difference between partners)