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Terms used:

Chief Data Specialist

The data specialist who oversees the team of data specialists at a competition.

Data Specialist

An individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and appointed to calculate the results of sanctioned figure skating competitions.

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. 

Grade of Execution

The mark given by a judge to evaluate the quality of an element in a program.  There are 11 GOEs ranging from +5 to -5.

Judges

An individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and appointed to officiate at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Member

Each entity that meets the requirements of any of the three Member classes as defined in Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

 

Members

Each entity that meets the requirements of any of the three Member classes as defined in Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].

 

Referee

A referee of an event within a competition is an experienced judge who has received further training to conduct an event and monitor the performance of the panel of judges. Referees are qualified to referee or judge at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Segment

The name given to a portion of an event.  Some categories have two segments (e.g., short program and free program) and some categories have only one segment.

Spin

An element where the skater rapidly revolves, centred on a single point on the ice, while holding one or more body positions.  In singles and pairs, a spin must have at least three revolutions to be considered a spin. The minimum number of revolutions in a position is two without interruption.

Technical Controller

An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for accurate technical panel process and authorizes, corrects, deletes and adds elements to the list of elements performed during an event. Technical controllers are qualified to act on panels at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

Technical Specialist

An individual sixteen years of age or older who identifies elements and levels of difficulty of elements in competition. The technical specialist also identifies falls and illegal elements. Technical specialists are qualified to act on panels at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

The following Skate Canada procedure allows for any obvious misidentification of an element or “call” to be corrected. This procedure is meant to correct an “obvious” human error and will allow the skater to be awarded for what has been performed in the case of an obvious misidentification. Human error occurs at all levels of competition and having a process in place to correct an “obvious” human error is in the best interest of fair play and accurate results.   

Procedures

The review panel will consist of the referee, technical controller, technical specialist and assistant technical specialist. Any member of the review panel may initiate a review of an element due to an “obvious” human error. This review may take place: 

  • During an event segment break or flood
  • At the conclusion of the event segment
  • Prior to the start of the final segment
  • Prior to the awards ceremony

In any case, this review can be initiated no later than two hours after the publication of results for the segment in question.

If an error is identified after the completion of the intermediate draw, which results in a change in groupings only, the segment will be redrawn by the chief data specialist and referee prior to the next segment’s practice sessions or next event segment (if practices are not offered). All efforts will be made to notify the athletes of the new draw. The new warm-up groups will be posted with “revised” notification to the athletes. It is the responsibility of the athletes and coaches to remain informed of all changes.

Only official competition data or video will be permitted to assist the review panel in their analysis of possible “obvious” human error. Official competition data includes technical panel, referee and/or judges’ notes and video replay. The review panel has the sole discretion to decide which official competition data they will consider and are not required to review official video if they do not feel it necessary.

As this process is meant to correct an “obvious” human error, all members of the review panel must agree on the correction of the element. The referee and the technical controller must notify the chief data specialist and authorize the release of the revised results.

Examples

The chart below provides examples of “obvious” human errors which may be considered for revision by the review panel.

Scenario/Element Executed Misidentified "Call" Correction by Review Panel
3A 2A 3A
1Lz+1Lo+1S+C 1Lz+1S+SEQ 1Lz+1Lo+1S+C
2 bonuses 1 bonus 2 bonuses
2 falls 3 falls 2 falls
A skater executes a second 3Lz solo jump in FS 3Lz+SEQ 3Lz+REP
4STh 3STh 4STh
CuLi4 SlLi4 CuLi4
TC3 (traveling circle) C3 (rotating circle) TC3 (traveling circle)
Co1 (combined element) Cr1 (creative element) Co1 (combined element)

 

The field of play calls such as the level of a spin, the call of under-rotated or downgraded jumps, judges' GOE are not included in this guidance and would not change.