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.

Sectional Championships

A championship that qualifies athletes toward and including but not limited to Skate Canada Challenge and the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

Skate Canada Challenge

A championship that qualifies athletes toward and including, but not limited to, the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

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.

CHALLENGE ENTRY PROCEDURE

This procedure provides guidance for the Membership on the process for athletes qualifying for Challenge.  

Definition: Challenge Minimum Score (CMS)

The CMS is the benchmark Technical Element Score (TES) for the free program that must be met or exceeded in order to enter Challenge.  This CMS must be met in the time period from October 20, 2015 until the deadline date for entries for the 2018 Skate Canada Challenge (within 24 hours of the completion of Skate Canada Sectionals).  The CMS must be met at the same or lower level of competition as that to be competed at the 2018 Skate Canada Challenge.  The CMS must be met in the same discipline as that to be competed at the 2018 Skate Canada Challenge. Any STARSkate free program score may also be used to meet the established CMS. 

The CMS for the 2017-2018 season are as follows:* 

 

Men

Women

Pair

Ice Dance

Pre-Novice

18.50

21.50

10

10

Novice

27.00

25.50

13

12

Junior

28.50

28.50

23

20

Senior

37.50

34.50

28

30

*The above scores have been updated as of April 21, 2017.

Following Sectionals each Section will review the results to determine the number of entries allocated as follows:

  1. Normal Quota Entries:

The normal quota of entries is granted to each Section (as outlined in the Sectional Championships - Normal Quota of Entries portion of the Competitions rule) if the CMS has been met. It is the Sections responsibility to confirm that the minimum score has been achieved by each of their entries. 

Exception to CMS, as per the Sectional Championships - Normal Quota of Entries portion of the Competitions rule, if a section has no entries who have met the CMS the CMS requirement will be waived for one entry in that category.

  1. Reallocation of Unused Section Quota Entries ("Reallocation List"): In the event that one or more sections does not use one or more of its quota entries for any reason, some unused quota entries may be reallocated as follow:
  • In the case of pair events, if the total number of “normal quota” section entries (i.e., not including byes) does not exceed 16 then the entries will be reallocated directly to the next ranked teams according to the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series ranking who are not otherwise already qualified for Challenge (i.e., through normal quota or byes)
  • In the case of ice dance events, if the total number of “normal quota” section entries (i.e., not including byes) does not exceed 20 then the entries will be reallocated directly to the next ranked teams according to the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series ranking who are not otherwise already qualified for Challenge (i.e., through normal quota or byes)
  • In the case of men’s events, if the total number of “normal quota” section entries (i.e., not including byes) does not exceed 30 then the entries will be reallocated directly to the next ranked athlete according to the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series ranking who are not otherwise already qualified for Challenge (i.e., through normal quota or byes)
  • In the case of women’s events, if the total number of “normal quota” section entries (i.e., not including byes) does not exceed 50 for PreNovice/ Novice or 42 for Junior/ Senior then the entries will be reallocated directly to the next ranked athlete according to the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series ranking who are not otherwise already qualified for Challenge (i.e., through normal quota or byes
  • In all cases above, reallocation will only take place if the athletes/teams in question meet the minimum entry requirements for Challenge.
  1. FILLING OF WARMUP GROUPS: If after the entries are confirmed in the Normal Quota of Entries, Byed Skaters and Re-allocation of Unusued Section Quota Entries portions of the Competitions rule, there remain warmup groups that are not filled, wildcard entries will be invited according to the next eligible athlete/team on the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series ranking until all warmup groups are filled or there are no remaining eligible athletes/teams.
  2. ALTERNATES: In the case of withdrawal of an entry before the start of the first official practice, an alternate entry will be invited according to the following criteria:
      • If the withdrawal was originally entered as part of the section normal quota, the section may enter the next eligible athlete according to the results of the sectional championships as the replacement.
        • In the event that there are no remaining qualified athletes from the results of the sectional championships or the section elects to cede the entry, Skate Canada will replace with the next eligible entry on the Re-allocation List.
      • If the withdrawal was originally entered as part of the unused section quota reallocation (point (1) above) or as a wildcard (point (2) above), the next eligible entry according to the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series ranking will be invited by Skate Canada as the replacement, subject to the approval of the Section.

Qualifying to Challenge Summarized

 

Criteria

Sequence of Qualification Method

When does the athlete qualify?

Placement in 2017 National Summer Series

Top 10 – Pre-Novice and Novice Men and Women

Top 5 – Pre-Novice and Novice Pairs and Ice Dance

Top 5 – All Junior disciplines

Top 3 – All Senior disciplines

First Method

Athlete(s) qualify at the end of Summer prior to Sectionals events.

Placement at Sectionals

Top placements from each section’s Sectionals event.  Please see the Sectional Championships - Normal Quota of Entries portion of the Competitions rule for further details.  Entry numbers by section can be found below.

Second Method

Athlete(s) qualify as a result of their placement in their respective Sectionals event.

Reallocation of unused Section quotas

If a section does not fill its quota of entries to Challenge based on the Sectional Championships - Normal Quota of Entries portion of the Competitions rule  and the total number of entries has not exceeded those values outlined in point 2 of this procedure, then the top ranked athlete/team in the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series ranking who has not yet qualified for the Challenge for that category will earn an entry into Challenge.

Third Method

Athlete(s) qualify following confirmation of entries to Challenge from all Sectionals events.

Filling of Warmup groups

Once entries from the first three methods of qualification have been confirmed, should there remain unfilled warmup groups then the top ranked athlete/team in the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series rankingwho has not yet qualified for the Challenge for that category will earn an entry into Challenge.

Fourth Method

Athlete(s) qualify following confirmation of entries to Challenge from all Sectionals events, and the reallocation of any unused section quotas.

Alternate

Should an athlete/team withdraw from the Challenge, an alternate entry may fill their spot.  1) If the withdrawn athlete qualified as a result of their placement in Sectionals, then that section will send the next ranked skater from their Sectionals event who has not yet qualified to the Challenge.  2) If the withdrawn athlete earned their spot through method three or four, then the next highest ranked athlete in the 2017 Skate Canada National Summer Series rankingwho has not previously qualified to the Challenge will be invited to attend the Challenge.

Fifth Method

Athletes qualify following the withdrawal of an athlete who has qualified to the Challenge.