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.
International Skating Union
The International Skating Union (ISU) is the exclusive international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee administering the sports of Figure Skating and Speed Skating throughout the world. The ISU is composed of a number of national associations called ISU Members that administer ISU sports at the national level and recognize that all international matters are under the sole jurisdiction and control of the ISU.
WHEREAS Skate Canada from time to time receives requests from other member of the International Skating Union (“ISU”) to release Skate Canada skater(s) to such other member to allow such skater(s) to compete for such other member;
AND WHEREAS the Skate Canada Board of Directors notes that Skate Canada invests considerable time, effort and financial resources to skaters who compete internationally for Skate Canada;
AND WHEREAS the Skate Canada Board of Directors has determined that it is desirable to have a policy with respect to granting such releases;
NOW THEREFORE the Skate Canada Board of Directors resolves that any request from another ISU Member to release a Skate Canada member to compete for such other ISU Member will be considered as follows:
- in the case of a skater who has never represented Skate Canada at an international competition listed on the ISU calendar (an “International Competition”) or an ISU event and a synchronized skating skater (regardless of which competitions such synchronized skating skater has participated in), the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Skate Canada will be authorized to release such skater upon receipt of: (i) a written request by such skater; and (ii) a written request by the ISU member for whom such skater intends to compete;
- in the case of a skater who has represented Skate Canada at an International Competition but not an ISU Championship or the Olympic Winter Games during the preceding five (5) years, the CEO of Skate Canada will be authorized to release such skater one (1) year after receipt of (i) a written request by such skater; and (ii) a written request by the ISU member for whom such skater intends to compete; and
- in the case of a skater who has represented Skate Canada at an ISU Championship or the Olympic Winter Games, such skater shall be released only with the approval of the Skate Canada CEO. Skate Canada will require (i) a written request by such skater; and (ii) a written request by the ISU member for whom such skater intends to compete. The Skate Canada CEO will have the discretion to impose the waiting period and will consider such matters as (i) the number of International Competitions, ISU Championships, and Olympic Winter Games such skater has participated in on behalf of Skate Canada; and (ii) the direct and indirect funding assistance provided by Skate Canada to such skater.
- in extenuating circumstances, the Skate Canada CEO shall have the authority to modify the waiting periods referred to in sections 2 and 3 above.
- In requests which have implications in terms of international relations, the External Relations Committee will be asked for feedback before any final decision.
- The CEO shall provide an update on all release decisions as a standing item in reports to the Board of Directors