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Terms used:

Byes

An exemption that permits a skater to pass to the next level of competition without competing at a prerequisite level. 

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

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

Element

A component that is part of a synchronized skating short program and free skating program.  Elements are divided into groups of difficulty.

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. 

Membership

The state of being a Member.

National Summer Series

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

Section

As defined in Section 8.1 hereof [of the bylaws].

Sectional Championships

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

Sectionals

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.

Total Element Score

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

Definition: Challenge Minimum Score (CMS)

The CMS is the benchmark Technical Element Score (TES) + bonuses for the free program that must be met or exceeded in order to enter Challenge.  This CMS must be met between July 1st of each season and the deadline date for entries to the Skate Canada Challenge.  The CMS must be met at the same or lower level of competition, and in the same discipline as that to be competed in at the Skate Canada Challenge.  Any STARSkate free program score may also be used to meet the established CMS. 

  Men Women Pairs Ice Dance
Pre-Novice 18.5 21.5 10 10
Novice 27 25.5 13 12
Junior 28.5 28.5 23 20
Senior 37.5 34.5 28 30

CMS for 2018-19 season revised October 31st, 2018

Qualification to Challenge

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

  • 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 Section’s responsibility to confirm that the minimum score has been achieved by each of their entries.
    • Exception to CMS - if a section has no entries who have met the CMS, the CMS requirement will be waived for two entries in that category.
  • National Summer Series:
    • The top 10 finishers in Pre-Novice and Novice Men and Women earn automatic byes to Challenge.
    • The top 5 finishers in Pre-Novice and Novice Pairs and Ice Dance earn automatic byes to Challenge.
    • The top 5 finishers in all Junior categories earn automatic byes to Challenge.
    • The top 3 finishers in all Senior categories earn automatic byes to Challenge.
  • 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.
      • If the withdrawal was originally entered as a result of placement in the National Summer Series, no alternates will be invited.

Qualifying to Challenge Summarized

  • Placement in 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 categories
    • Top 3 – All Senior categories
  • 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.
  • Alternate
    • Should an athlete/team withdraw from the Challenge who has qualified as a result of their placement in Sectionals, that section will send the next ranked skater from their Sectionals event who has not yet qualified to the Challenge