Terms used:

Canadian Figure Skating Championships

A championship that qualifies athletes toward and including, but not limited to, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the Olympic Winter Games.

Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

A championship that qualifies athletes toward the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships.

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.

Evaluator

An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for assessing tests in the STARSkate program.  Evaluators are qualified to assess tests at or below a specified level (effective September 1, 2017 the lowest test level assessed by evaluators is Senior Bronze) in one or more of the STARSkate program disciplines.

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. 

Fall

Loss of control by a skater with the result that the majority of the skater's own body weight is on the ice being supported by any other part of the body other than the blades. e.g., hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm.

Free Skating Program

A program of a specified length, skated to music of the skater’s choice. The skater is free to choose the number and the type of elements to be included, subject to the requirements outlined in the requirements for individual assessments/tests and competitions.

Interruption

The time elapsed between the moment a competitor stops performing the program until the moment the competitor resumes performing the program.

Interruptions

The time elapsed between the moment a competitor stops performing the program until the moment the competitor resumes performing the program.

Judge

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.

Level of Difficulty

Levels of Difficulty

National Summer Series

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

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.

Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

Qualifying competitions for the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

Sectional Championships

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

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 (e.g., Juvenile singles).

Skate Canada Challenge

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

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 will also identify 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.

bye

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.

competitive season

July 1 - June 30 of any given year

field of play

The area in which a figure skating competition takes place. This area is composed of, but not limited to, the ice skating surface on which the performance takes place, the judging platform and the area immediately surrounding the skater entrance and/or exit to the ice surface.

qualifying competitions

A qualifying event is any competition or any event that qualifies skaters to the sectional championships and higher. These include, without limitation, National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Skate Canada Challenge, Synchronized Regional Championships, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

qualifying events

A qualifying event is any competition or any event that qualifies skaters to the sectional championships and higher. These include, without limitation, National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Skate Canada Challenge, Synchronized Regional Championships, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

registration year

September 1 to August 31 of any given year.

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1. Control of Competitions

All sanctioned figure skating competitions held in Canada other than ISU competitions and championships, the Olympic Winter Games or other international events shall be governed by the rules of Skate Canada.

Skate Canada reserves the right to alter the overall procedures to be followed during any part of the competitions. The technical representative or referee present shall act as the agent of Skate Canada.

1.1. Sanctions

With the exception of club competitions, all competitions conducted under the jurisdiction of Skate Canada require a sanction issued by the Skate Canada section that is hosting the competition. Such sanctions grant permission for the holding of the competition or championships and to allow Skate Canada registrants to participate in them.

Any exhibition held by the host authorities within forty-eight hours after the close of the competition shall be considered as part of the competition, and the sanction for the competition shall specify that such an exhibition is approved. The host shall indicate on the sanction application that such an exhibition will take place.

If the competition is to include USFS skaters, a sanction shall also be obtained from U.S. Figure Skating. If other foreign skaters are to be included, additional sanctions may be necessary. In this latter case, details may be obtained from Skate Canada or the Skate Canada Section that is hosting the competition.

All programs and advertisements regarding a sanctioned competition must state that the competition is sanctioned by Skate Canada.

1.2. Competition Announcements

Each competition must publish an announcement which shall include the following information:

  • Name of host club(s)/section
  • Fact that the competition is sanctioned by Skate Canada (except in the case of club competitions)
  • Fact that the competition is held under the rules of Skate Canada
  • Location and dates of the competition
  • Dimensions of the ice surface
  • Date of closing of entries
  • Applicable entry fees
  • Specifications for each event and the qualifications for entry
  • Music requirements
  • Any supplementary regulations of the host club(s)/section if these do not conflict with the rules of Skate Canada

1.3. Entries

Entry fees, if any, shall be set by the organizing committee of the competition.

Entry fees shall be refunded only if the event is not held or if the entry is withdrawn before the date of closing of entries, or otherwise at the discretion of the organizing committee.

Entries filed after the date of closing of entries specified in the announcement may be accepted only at the discretion of the organizing committee.

1.4. Jurisdiction of the Referee

The referee’s interpretation of the rules and decision on all questions not covered by the rules will be final.

There will be no appeal from the decision of the referee except for those items outlined in the Protests procedure and the Reviewing and Revising a Misidentified Call procedure.

2. Eligibility to Participate

2.1. Competitors

Competitors must be Skate Canada registrants in good standing.  For synchronized skating teams, clubs are required to submit their synchronized team(s) registration to Skate Canada by November 1 in the current Competitive Season.

Qualifying Events

Entrants in all qualifying events leading to Skate Canada Challenge and/or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships must be Canadian citizens within the meaning of the Citizenship Act, RSC 1985. If the individual is not a Canadian citizen, such individual must have permanent resident status and have resided in Canada for at least one year prior to the date of the Championships they wish to enter. Also, if the entrant is of legal age, the entrant must file a declaration to indicate that he intends in good faith to become a Canadian citizen. If the entrant is an alien minor, he and the living parents (or guardians if both parents are deceased) must have also filed a sworn statement with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Skate Canada that said minor intends to become a citizen as soon as legally possible. In the case of a pair or an ice dance couple, at least one partner must be a Canadian citizen. The other partner may be a citizen or resident of a country of any other ISU Member and need not reside in Canada.

All non-Canadian citizens registering to compete in Skate Canada qualifying competitions are required to complete the Non-Canadian Citizen Application form.

For synchronized skating qualifying events leading to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships, up to 25% of the team (four skaters on a team with sixteen skaters and three skaters on a team with twelve skaters) may be members of different ISU Members than Canada, provided that they have a respective permit from the ISU Member to which they belong. For these skaters, the Canadian citizenship/residency requirements do not apply. Alternates are not included for the calculation of percentage purposes. 

2.2. Coaches

Resident coaches must be registered professional Skate Canada coaches in good standing and must meet the required National Coaching Certification Program qualifications in order to accompany competitors to competitions and provide coaching onsite.

Non-resident coaches must meet the requirements outlined in the Coach Accreditation Policy For Skate Canada Qualifying Events.

2.3. Officials

All judges, referees and data specialists must be qualified Active Officials who are registrants of Skate Canada.

All technical controllers and technical specialists must be qualified Active Officials who are registrants or members of Skate Canada.

For all events the panel shall consist of officials qualified at the appropriate level.

Officials on the current ISU list who are members in good standing with other ISU members may officiate at Skate Canada Invitational, Interclub, Qualifying Competitions and championship events without further qualification.

Officials who are members in good standing of other ISU member federations may officiate at Skate Canada Invitational, Interclub, Qualifying Competitions and championship events to the level equivalent with their qualifications upon confirmation of qualifications by the ISU member federation of which the official is a member.

2.4. Eligibility for Officials to Compete

An official may not compete in a competition if also officiating in that same competition, except in the following cases:

  • Competing in an Adult category at a sectional level competition or below
  • Officiating events that are assessed to standard

2.5. Behaviour of Participants

Participants are bound to obey the instructions of the officials in charge of the competition.

Competitors who, directly or indirectly, express themselves in improper manners regarding the officials or their decisions or regarding the marking of the officials, may be suspended and/or excluded from further competition.

2.6. Clothing

Singles, Pairs, Ice Dance

In all disciplines, clothing of the competitors must be modest, dignified and appropriate for athletic competition – not garish or theatrical in design.  Clothing may, however, reflect the character of the music chosen.  The clothing must not give the effect of excessive nudity inappropriate for the discipline.  Males must wear full length trousers and must not wear tights.  In addition, in ice dance, females must wear a skirt. For ice dance, exceptions to the restrictions may be announced annually by the ISU if appropriate to the rhythms selected for the short dance.

The judges and the referee will apply a deduction for clothing that does not adhere to these rules.

Accessories and props are not permitted. The judges and the referee will apply a deduction for use of either one.

The decorations on costumes must be non-detachable.  If part of the costume falls on the ice the referee will apply a deduction.

Synchronized Skating

Clothing rules for singles, pairs and ice dance apply in addition to the rules listed here that are specific to synchronized skating. 

Feathers are not permitted.

Rhinestones adhered to the face are not permitted.

Any ornamentation attached to clothing or head must be firmly fastened so as not to fall off while skating under normal competitive conditions.

For domestic synchronized skating competitions, clothing requirements are gender neutral. All members of a team may wear, for example, dresses, trousers or tights, or some combination thereof, without restriction. Figure skates or hockey skates may be used although figure skates are preferable.

2.7. Disciplines

Figure skating competitions must consist of one or more of the following disciplines:

Interpretive Skating

Events may consist of single skaters only or couples only.

Ice Dance

Only groups of similar constitution may compete against each other.

For qualifying competitions, all ice dance teams must consist of one female and one male.

Events may consist of pattern dances, short dance and free dance separately or together.

In a combined event, the pattern dances shall be skated first and free dance shall be skated last.

The different portions of an event may be held on the same day.

Pair Skating

Only groups of similar constitution may compete against each other.

For qualifying competitions, all pairs teams must consist of one female and one male.

Events may consist of a short program and free skating separately or together.

In a combined event, the short program shall precede the free skating.

The different portions of an event may be held on the same day.

Single Skating 

Events may consist of short program and free skating separately or together.

In a combined event, the short program must precede the free skating.

The different portions of an event may be held on the same day.

Synchronized Skating

The short program must be skated first in an event where both short and free skating programs are skated.

The different portions of an event may be held on the same day.

2.8. Music

Music for all disciplines may contain vocals. 

3. Conduct of an Event

3.1. Panel of Officials

With the exception of pattern dance without key points and events that are assessed to standard, the following officials are required for a competition:

  • A technical representative who in minor competitions may also act as an official on panel
  • One or more referees who in minor competitions may also act as a judge
  • Not fewer than three judges
  • Two or more data specialists
  • For competitions with categories marked using the level of difficulty scale:
    • One technical controller
    • One technical specialist; however, two technical specialists are preferred

If there are no qualified technical specialists available to assign as assistant technical specialist, a technical controller with qualifications in the same discipline may be assigned as assistant technical specialist.

While technical panels of three are preferred, if there are no additional qualified technical specialists or additional qualified technical controllers available to act as an assistant technical specialist, the panel for that event may consist of two members only: a technical controller and a technical specialist. On panels of two where there is disagreement during review of a call, the technical specialist will determine final identification of the element.

For singles categories where elements can be called no higher than base level, if there are no qualified technical specialists available, a technical controller with at least section level qualifications in that discipline may be assigned as a technical specialist.

For pattern dance segments without key points and associated levels of difficulty the following officials are required on the panel:

  • A referee
  • A minimum of three judges
  • A technical controller
  • When possible a technical specialist and an assistant technical specialist, however pattern dances without key points may be assessed with a technical controller only.

Requests for a judge, technical controller or technical specialist from another section must be made through the appropriate section officials chair.

At all Skate Canada qualifying competitions and championship events with the exception of the National Summer Series, the technical panel (technical controller, technical specialist, and assistant technical specialist) and referee will remain the same for all segments of an event. Judges may be different for each segment of an event.

For events scored using electronic scoring, a data input operator (DIO) is required to input the elements as called by the technical specialist.  The DIO takes direction from the technical controller.  If the competition has video replay, a video replay operator (VRO) is required to record the elements of the program.  The VRO plays back elements as requested by the technical controller during the review process.  The data input operator and video replay operator have a specific role on the technical panel and although they do not fall under the rules of Officials, must respect the confidentiality of all technical panel decisions.

3.2. Draws

Draw for Starting Order for the First Portion of the Event

The starting order of the competitors for each event will be randomly drawn by the data specialist in cooperation with the technical representative.

For the first or only portion of an event, the draw may be done up to 30 days in advance. The draw will be made once, then is posted/announced.

Draw for Starting Order for the Subsequent Parts of an Event

The starting order of competitors’ subsequent parts of an event is determined from the result of the preceding part of the competition concerned and should be drawn as soon as is practical following the completion of the first segment:

  • Singles and Pairs: From the results of the short program
  • Free Dance: From the results of the pattern dances/short dance
  • Synchronized Skating: From the results of the short program or the first skate of the free program, where applicable

For each succeeding part of an event, as soon as possible after the determination of the results of the preceding part, the competitors will be divided (in the order in which they finished in the first part) into the smallest possible number of equal groups, each group being no larger than the applicable warm-up group. If the number of competitors is not evenly divisible, the last group to skate (and as many preceding groups as necessary) must contain one more competitor than the first group. The lowest placed group must skate first, the next lowest second, and so on. This drawn skating order is posted as soon as possible after the results from the previous part are posted.

If the skaters form only one warm-up group, they will be divided for the purpose of the draw into two groups of which the lower placed group will skate first. If the number of competitors is not equally divisible, the second group to skate will contain one more competitor than the first group. There will, however, be only one warm-up period.

If two or more competitors are tied for the same place at the end of the preceding part, they will be drawn in the same group. If necessary, the immediately preceding group will be smaller than the number of competitors added to the following group.

The order of the draw between tied competitors will first be determined by a separate draw prior to the draw for starting order.

In the event that a competitor/team withdraws after the skating order has been posted, the groups so established will not be changed until the draws are made for the succeeding portion of the event.

The committee in charge of the competition may permit the competitors to draw their own starting order. In such case the draw will be made at the time listed for the posting of the draw.

Draw for Subsequent Start of an Event at Sectionals, Challenge and Canadian Figure Skating Championships

At Sectional Championships, Skate Canada Challenge and Canadian Figure Skating Championships, competitors will be assigned to skate the second segment in reverse order of the results from the first segment.

Draw for Dances to be Skated

The dances to be skated for qualifying events will be announced by Skate Canada annually.

For all competitions, pattern dances will be skated in Skate Canada numerical order (see chart below) unless otherwise specified in the announcement.

3.3. Starting Orders

Refer to this chart for size of starting order groups.

Number of Competitors/Teams Singles Short Program
Singles Free Skating
Synchronized Short Program
Synchronized Free Skating (if ties)
Pairs Short Program
Pairs Free Skating
Short Dance
Free Dance
Synchronized Free Skating
Maximum 6 Maximum 4  Maximum 5 
2 1+1 1+1 1+1
3 1+2 1+2 1+2
4 2+2 2+2 2+2
5 2+3 2+3 2+3
6 3+3 3+3 3+3
7 3+4 3+4 3+4
8 4+4 4+4 4+4
9 4+5 3+3+3 4+5
10 5+5 3+3+4 5+5 
11 5+6  3+4+4 3+4+4 
12 6+6  4+4+4 4+4+4 
13 4+4+5 3+3+3+4  4+4+5
14  4+5+5  3+3+4+4 4+5+5
15  5+5+5  3+4+4+4  5+5+5 
16  5+5+6  4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4 
17 5+6+6 3+3+3+4+4 4+4+4+5
18 6+6+6 3+3+4+4+4 4+4+5+5
19 4+5+5+5 3+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5
20 5+5+5+5 4+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5
21 5+5+5+6 3+3+3+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5
22 5+5+6+6 3+3+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+5+5
23 5+6+6+6 3+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+5+5+5
24 6+6+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5+5
25 5+5+5+5+5 3+3+3+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5+5
26 5+5+5+5+6 3+3+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5+5
27 5+5+5+6+6 3+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+5+5+5
28 5+5+6+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+5+5+5+5
29 5+6+6+6+6 3+3+3+4+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5+5+5
30 6+6+6+6+6 3+3+4+4+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5+5+5
31 5+5+5+5+5+6 3+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5+5+5
32 5+5+5+5+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+5+5+5+5
33 5+5+5+6+6+6 3+3+3+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+5+5+5+5+5
34 5+5+6+6+6+6 3+3+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5+5+5+5
35 5+6+6+6+6+6 3+4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5+5+5+5
36 6+6+6+6+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5+5+5+5

 

3.4. Rotation of Order of Skating for Pattern Dances

The competitors, in the drawn order, are divided into as many groups as there are pattern dances in the event. If the number of competitors is not evenly divisible, the last group (and as many preceding groups as are necessary) will contain one more competitor than the first.

The first dance will be skated in the drawn order.

The first skater of the second dance will be the first skater of the second group, with the first group of skaters moving to the end but retaining their order within the group.

Any one dance will be skated by all competitors before any may skate the next dance.  An exception may be made when there are only two competitors in an event, but only with the consent of both.

3.5. Pattern Dance Sequences

Each dance will be skated by one couple at a time.

All pattern dances will be started so that the steps of the first side of the pattern are skated in front of the judges unless otherwise communicated by the referee.

The number of sequences to be skated for each pattern dance is as follows:

Numerical Order Pattern Dance STAR (minimum)* Competitive
1
Dutch Waltz
2
3
2
Canasta Tango
2
3
3
Baby Blues
2
3
4
Swing Dance
2
2
5
Fiesta Tango
2
4
6
Willow Waltz
2
3
7
Ten-Fox
2
4
8
European Waltz
2
2
9
Fourteenstep
3
4
10
Keats Foxtrot
2
4
11
Harris Tango
2
2
12
American Waltz
2
2
13
Rocker Foxtrot
3
4
14
Kilian
4
6 (4 for Novice)
15
Starlight Waltz
2
2
16
Paso Doble
2
3
17
Blues
2
3
18
Silver Samba
2
2
19
Cha Cha Congelado
2
2
20
Westminster Waltz
2
2
21
Quickstep
3
4
22
Viennese Waltz
2
3
23
Argentine Tango
2
2
24
Ravensburger Waltz
2
2
25
Tango Romantica
2
2
26
Yankee Polka
2
2
27
Rhumba
3
4
28
Austrian Waltz
2
2
29
Golden Waltz
2
2

The number of sequences may be reduced with the approval of the referee.

3.6. Withdrawal of a Competitor

If a skater(s) withdraws from an event after the starting order is drawn and posted, the order will not be changed.  The withdrawn skater(s) will be announced as having withdrawn.  If there is an alternate skater, the alternate skater will take the first start position with a re-calculation of warm-up as necessary.

If a skater withdraws from an event after the start of that competition (i.e. competes in at least one segment), that skater must withdraw from all other event categories entered.  In the case of a pair or dance team withdrawing due to injury, only the uninjured skater will be permitted to skate in any other event(s) entered.

3.7. Start of an Event

A non-qualifying event starts when the technical representative notifies the officials and competitors present that the event is in progress.

A qualifying event starts at the commencement of the last official practice before the beginning of the first part of the competition.

A competition will be held if at least two entrants appear at the start, unless otherwi­­se prescribed under the rules for a specific event.

3.8. Call to Start

A competitor will commence skating within 30 seconds of the competitor's name being called for each portion of the event. For singles, pairs, ice dance and interpretive skating, a deduction will be applied by the referee if the competitor is not in starting position within 30 seconds. If 60 seconds have expired since being called to start, the competitor will be considered to have withdrawn.

For synchronized skating:

  • Prior to each performance, the names of those teams about to compete must be clearly called on the ice and in the dressing rooms.
  • Prior to the announcement, the next team to skate must enter the ice surface for its warm-up at the sign of the referee’s assistant at ice level. Following the warm-up period of at least one minute, the team is announced.
  • Each team must take the starting position and make a signal to the referee of each segment of the competition (short program and free skating) within 30 seconds after the team's name has been announced, at which time the music will be played but no deduction is applied.

3.9. Warm-Up

Warm-Up Periods

The warm-ups must immediately precede the competitive skating of those in that warm-up group.

If the number of entries exceeds the maximum warm-up group size, the competitors will be divided into the smallest possible number of equal groups, each group being no larger than the applicable warm-up group size. If the number of competitors is not evenly divisible, the last group to skate (and as many preceding groups as necessary) must contain one more competitor than the first group.

The duration of each warm-up and the maximum number of skaters for warm-up periods will be:

  • Interpretive Skating:  Four minutes duration – maximum eight skaters (four couples)
  • Pattern Dances:  Four minutes duration: One minute without music followed by three minutes of the sixth (last) tune of the ISU Dance music series. In the case of events in which the 7-introductory step rule is in place (e.g. Juvenile), there will be a one-minute warm-up without music, followed by one minute of each of the three tunes to be used in the event. Maximum five couples.
  • Short Dance/Free Dance:  Five minutes duration – maximum five couples
  • Single Skating:  Six minutes duration – maximum six skaters (this may be increased to eight skaters at the discretion of the referee)
  • Pair Skating:  Six minutes duration – maximum four pairs
  • Synchronized Skating:  One minute duration – maximum one team
  • STAR 1:  Three minutes duration - maximum 12 skaters (two groups of six)
  • STAR 2:  Three minutes duration - maximum eight skaters
  • STAR 3-4:  Four minutes duration - maximum eight skaters
  • STAR 5:  Four minutes duration - maximum six skaters (this may be increased to eight skaters at the discretion of the referee)
  • STAR 6-Gold:  Five minutes duration - maximum six skaters (this may be increased to eight skaters at the discretion of the referee)

Timing of the warm-up will begin when all competitors in the warm-up have entered the ice surface.  For synchronized skating warm-ups, the timing of the one-minute warm-up will begin when the team enters the ice at the sign of the referee's assistant at ice level.

In a singles event in which one or more tied competitors are included in the same group, the maximum number permitted to warm up at the same time may be exceeded by one competitor. However, if the maximum number permitted is exceeded by two or more competitors, then the group in question will be divided into two subgroups with a separate warm-up for each of them.  In a pairs or ice dance event in which one or more tied competitors are included in the same group, if the maximum number permitted is exceeded by one or more teams/couples, then the group in question will be divided into two subgroups with a separate warm-up for each of them.

The duration of the warm-up periods may be reduced to a minimum of three minutes at the discretion of the referee, with the exception of synchronized skating. All warm-up periods for one event must be equal.

In case of an interruption in the competition due to unforeseen circumstances of more than ten minutes, the competitors concerned will be permitted a second warm-up period of the duration according to the discipline.

Size of Warm-Up Groups

Refer to this chart for size of warm-up groups.

Number of Competitors Singles Short Program
Singles Free Skating
Pattern Dances
Maximum 6 (8 at STAR events)
Pairs Short Program
Pairs Free Skating
Maximum 4
Short Dance
Free Dance
Maximum 5
4 4 4 4
5 5 2+3 5
6 6 3+3 3+3
7 3+4 3+4 3+4
8 4+4 4+4 4+4
9 4+5 3+3+3 4+5
10 5+5 3+3+4 5+5
11 5+6 3+4+4 3+4+4
12 6+6 4+4+4 4+4+4
13 4+4+5 3+3+3+4 4+4+5
14 4+5+5 3+3+4+4 4+5+5
15 5+5+5 3+4+4+4 5+5+5
16 5+5+6 4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4
17 5+6+6 3+3+3+4+4 4+4+4+5
18 6+6+6 3+3+4+4+4 4+4+5+5
19 4+5+5+5 3+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5
20 5+5+5+5 4+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5
21 5+5+5+6 3+3+3+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5
22 5+5+6+6 3+3+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+5+5
23 5+6+6+6 3+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+5+5+5
24 6+6+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5+5
25 5+5+5+5+5 3+3+3+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5+5
26 5+5+5+5+6 3+3+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5+5
27 5+5+5+6+6 3+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+5+5+5
28 5+5+6+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+5+5+5+5
29 5+6+6+6+6 3+3+3+4+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5+5+5
30 6+6+6+6+6 3+3+4+4+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5+5+5
31 5+5+5+5+5+6 3+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5+5+5
32 5+5+5+5+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+5+5+5+5
33 5+5+5+6+6+6 3+3+3+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+5+5+5+5+5
34  5+5+6+6+6+6 3+3+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+5+5+5+5+5+5
35  5+6+6+6+6+6 3+4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 5+5+5+5+5+5+5 
36  6+6+6+6+6+6 4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4+4 4+4+4+4+5+5+5+5

3.10. Duration of Skating

The time of the program will run from the moment the competitor (any competitor for pairs, ice dance, synchronized skating) begins to move until arriving at a complete stop at the end of the program.

For synchronized skating, the team must begin skating within ten seconds of the start of the program.

For programs with a maximum time limit and no minimum, if the competitor(s) fail to finish the program within the time limit, there will be a deduction applied by the referee for up to every five seconds in excess.

For programs with a maximum and a minimum time limit, if the competitor(s) fail to finish the program within the time range, there will be a deduction applied by the referee for up to every five seconds in excess or lacking.

Any element started after the time limit (plus the ten seconds allowed, if applicable) must not be identified by the technical panel and will have no value.

If the duration of the program is thirty seconds or more under the required time range, no marks will be awarded.

3.11. Interruptions

Music

If the tempo or quality of the music is deficient, the competitor(s) may restart the program from the beginning, provided that the referee is informed of the issue within 30 seconds after the start of the program. If this occurs more than 30 seconds into the program, the competitor(s) will resume the program at the point of interruption in the music.

If there is an interruption or stop in the music, the competitor(s) must stop skating at the acoustic signal (such as a whistle) of the referee.  If the referee is not aware of the music problem, the competitor(s) may stop skating and report the problem to the referee.

In synchronized skating, in the event that the referee does not stop the skating with an acoustic signal, the team captain should inform the referee about any music deficiencies (even if happening after 30 seconds). The rest of the team must continue to skate until they are ordered to stop by an acoustic signal of the referee. No penalty will be applied to the captain leaving the team to consult the referee or the referee then stopping the program.

There is no deduction for interruptions due to music deficiencies.

Not the Fault of the Competitor

If there is an adverse condition unrelated to the competitor’s equipment, such as lighting, ice condition, item thrown onto the ice etc., the competitor(s) must stop skating at the acoustic signal of the referee.

In all disciplines, the competitor(s) will continue from the point of interruption immediately after the problem has been resolved. If, however, the interruption lasts longer than ten minutes, there will be a second warm-up period of the duration according to the applicable discipline.  In this case, after the second warm-up, the skater must still continue from the point of interruption.

There is no deduction for interruptions deemed not the fault of the skater.

Fault of the Competitor – Interruption Up to 40 Seconds 

If a competitor is injured during the performance or another adverse condition related to the competitor's equipment impedes skating, the competitor(s) must stop skating. Health problems, nose bleed, lace undone, or unexpected damage to clothing or equipment are examples of adverse conditions related to the competitor and are deemed the fault of the competitor.  If the competitor does not stop skating, the referee may order the stoppage of the program via an acoustic signal if necessary. In many cases, the competitor may be able to resolve the problem without reporting to the referee

In synchronized skating, the competitor (if possible) or the team captain must report to the referee. The rest of the team must continue to skate until ordered to stop via an acoustic signal from the referee.

If the adverse condition can be remedied without delay, and the competitor(s) resumes skating the program without reporting to the referee, the referee will apply a deduction for interruption depending on the duration of the interruption. See Scoring of Skate Canada Competitions > Deductions.

  • This time period commences immediately after the competitor(s) stops performing the program or is ordered to do so by the referee, whichever is earlier.  During this time period, the competitor’s music will continue playing.  If the competitor does not resume skating the program within 40 seconds, the competitor shall be considered withdrawn.
  • In synchronized skating, if the rest of the team has continued skating and the affected competitor(s) resumes skating the program without reporting to the referee, the same applies. 

Fault of the Competitor – Allowance Up to Three Minutes

If the adverse conditions cannot be remedied without delay and the competitor(s) reports to the referee within 40 seconds, the referee will allow an additional period of up to three minutes for the competitor(s) to resume skating. Then the referee signals for the music to be stopped. The additional time period commences at the moment the competitor(s) reports to the referee. The referee will apply a deduction for the whole interruption. See Scoring of Skate Canada Competitions > Deductions. If the competitor(s) does not report to the referee within 40 seconds or does not resume skating the program within the additional three-minute period, the competitor(s) will be considered withdrawn.

In synchronized skating, if the adverse conditions cannot be remedied without delay and the team captain (or affected competitor) reports to the referee within 40 seconds, the referee will order the rest of the team to stop skating via an acoustic signal and will allow an additional period of up to three minutes and/or will permit the team to solve the problem in order for the team to resume skating. The team will resume skating as close as possible to the time that the team captain reported to the referee. This additional time period commences at the moment the team captain reports to the referee. The referee will apply a deduction for the whole interruption.

If either the whole team stops skating without being ordered to do so by the referee or the referee ordered the team to stop skating and the team captain does not report to the referee within 40 seconds or if the team does not resume skating the program within the additional three-minute period, they will be considered withdrawn.

Point of Interruption for Purposes of Calling an Element

The referee will first decide and indicate to the technical controller at which point the interruption occurred. If the technical panel decides that the interruption occurred at the entrance to or during an element, the technical panel will call the element according to the usual principles of calling, and the technical controller will inform the referee of those decisions. The point from where the competitor(s) is to continue the program will be decided and communicated to the competitor(s), the judges and the technical panel by the referee: it is at either the point of interruption, or, if the technical panel has decided that the interruption occurred at the entrance to or during an element, the point immediately following this element.

In synchronized skating, if the interruption occurred before or during any part of an element, the team will begin on the transition following that element. If the interruption occurred during a transition then the team will begin after that point and continue into the next element.

Medical Consideration

At any time in Skate Canada competitions (qualifying and non-qualifying) if the referee feels there is a possible head injury or concern of concussion or if advised by medical, the whistle should be blown to signal to the competitor(s) to stop skating. The referee will allow a break of up to three minutes for the competitor(s) to be assessed. In all domestic competition, if the competitor is able to continue no deduction will be applied. 

Injury or Adverse Condition Prior to Call to Start

If a competitor with the first starting number in the group is injured or any other adverse condition related to equipment impeding skating occurs during the warm-up period, and time before the start of the program is not sufficient to remedy the adverse condition, the referee will allow the competitor up to three additional minutes before being called to the start. No deduction will be applied.

If any competitor between entering the ice and being called to the start is injured, or any other adverse condition related to the competitor or to the competitor's equipment impeding skating occurs and time before the start of the program is not sufficient to remedy the adverse condition, the referee will allow the competitor up to three additional minutes before being called to the start. The referee will apply a deduction. See Scoring of Skate Canada Competitions > Deductions.

If any competitor(s) between being called to the start and taking the starting position is injured or any other adverse condition related to the competitor or to the competitor's equipment impeding skating occurs, the Call to Start rule applies.  If 60 seconds are not enough to remedy the adverse condition, the referee will allow the competitor up to three additional minutes before applying a deduction for the whole interruption.

Only One Three-Minute Allowance Permitted

With respect to adverse conditions related to a competitor or to a competitor's equipment, only one allowance of up to three minutes to resume the program from the point of interruption is allowed. In the case of a second stop of the performance due to an adverse condition related to the competitor or equipment, the competitor concerned will be considered withdrawn.

No Marks Awarded

If the competitor does not complete the program, no marks are awarded and the competitor is withdrawn.

Interruption in a Pattern Dance

An interrupted pattern dance will be resumed from the nearest technically practical point in the step sequence after the point of interruption.  The competitor must not skate the steps missed due to the interruption.

3.12. Publication of Results

Summary of Results (Protocol): Copies of the “Detailed Classification” for each event will be made available by the host club within two weeks after the completion of the competition:

  • to each of the referees if requested
  • to the Section office of the host organizer

3.13. Awards

Awards will be presented to the top three places in each event. In the case of only two entries, each entry will receive an award. In the case of only one entry in an event, an exhibition skate may be performed but no award will be presented.  Presenting of awards at non-qualifying competitions is at the discretion of the organizing committee.

3.14. Protests

Decisions of the officials categorized as field of play may not be protested.

Protests regarding the following must be made in writing before the start of the event:

  • Composition of the committee organizing the competition or the panels of officials, in cases where the rules of Skate Canada have been contravened
  • Eligibility of a competitor
  • Objections to the participation of a competitor

If an immediate decision cannot be reached regarding the latter two points, the competitor(s) under discussion will be permitted to compete but if that competitor(s) qualifies for a prize, the announcement of the result and the distribution of prizes will be deferred until a decision has been reached.

Informal Clarification of Field of Play Decisions 

All informal requests for clarification of decisions of the officials categorized as “field of play” must be filed with the technical representative of the competition. The technical representative will coordinate the most appropriate mechanism for the technical controller or referee (as appropriate) to provide feedback to the questions. Such informal requests may be made by the competitor(s), the coach of the competitor(s), club of the competitor(s), Skate Canada, or the team leader for the competitor(s), or any official of the competition. 

Time Limits for Filing of an Official Protest

All protests regarding the determination of the result for a competitor(s) in the competition must be filed immediately after, but within no more than one hour of the posting of the full and detailed results for the segment in question.

The chief data specialist for the competition will attest to the time at which the full and detailed results have been posted.

No protest filed after the maximum allowed time will be accepted or considered.

4. Club, Interclub and Invitational Competitions

With the exception of events that are assessed to standard, placings will be determined by the method outlined in Scoring of Skate Canada Competitions.

The composition of competitions will be at the discretion of the organizing committee.

Competitions may be organized by any club, group of clubs (this may include USFS clubs) or Skate Canada Section, providing that the appropriate sanction is obtained.

4.1. Officials

For all events the panel will consist of no fewer than three qualified judges of the appropriate level except as noted below:

  • In those events consisting of skaters from CanSkate or CanPowerSkate programs, judges may be selected from program assistants and coaches of those programs
  • All events that are assessed to standard may be officiated by STAR 1-4 judges
  • Club "fun" events may use judges who are not qualified Skate Canada officials

For interclub and invitational competitions, the list of judges, referees, data specialists and technical panel officials selected and a list of events must be submitted to the appropriate section officials chair for approval.

An official from another section may be appointed for one or more events subject to the approval of the chair of the applicable section officials committee of the invited official.

4.2. Judge Qualifications for STARSkate Events

Free Skate

Category Judge Qualifications Singles
STAR 1-4 STAR 1-4
STAR 5 Juvenile
STAR 6 (Senior Bronze) Juvenile
STAR 7 (New) Juvenile (Pre-Novice recommended)
STAR 8 (Junior Silver) Juvenile
STAR 9 (New) Pre-Novice
STAR 10 (Senior Silver) Pre-Novice
Gold Pre-Novice

Creative Skills

Category Judge Qualifications
Bronze Juvenile
Silver Juvenile
Gold Pre-Novice

Interpretive

Category Judge Qualifications  
Pre-Introductory STAR 1-4 Recommended that the majority of judges on the panel have Interpretive Evaluator qualifications
Introductory STAR 1-4
Bronze Juvenile
Silver Juvenile
Gold Pre-Novice

Triathlon

Category Judge Qualifications Singles  
Bronze Juvenile Recommended that the majority of judges on the panel have Interpretive Evaluator qualifications
Silver Pre-Novice
Gold Pre-Novice

Pattern Dance

Category Judge Qualifications Ice Dance
STAR 2-3 STAR 1-4
STAR 4-5 (Junior Bronze) Juvenile
STAR 6-7 (Senior Bronze) Juvenile
STAR 8-9 (Junior Silver) Juvenile
STAR 10 (Senior Silver) Pre-Novice
Gold Pre-Novice
Diamond Pre-Novice

Pairs

Category Judge Qualifications Pairs
Open Primary (Juvenile recommended)

Showcase

Category Judge Qualifications
Showcase 1 STAR 1-4
Showcase 2 STAR 1-4
Showcase 3 Juvenile
Showcase 4 Juvenile

Creative Improv

Category Judge Qualifications
Creative Improv 1 STAR 1-4
Creative Improv 2 STAR 1-4
Creative Improv 3 Juvenile
Creative Improv 4 Juvenile

Element Events

Category Judge Qualifications
Individual STAR 1-4
Team STAR 1-4

4.3. Judge Qualifications for Synchronized Skating Events

Judges for Pre-Novice and below and all Adult synchronized skating categories must be qualified at the Novice level or higher.

4.4. Judge Qualifications for Adult Events

Free Skate

Category Judge Qualifications Singles
Intro Open Juvenile
Adult Bronze Juvenile
Adult Silver Juvenile
Adult Gold Juvenile
Adult Masters Pre-Novice
Adult Masters Elite Pre-Novice

Interpretive

Category Judge Qualifications  
Introductory Juvenile Recommended that the majority of judges on the panel have Interpretive Evaluator qualifications 
Bronze Juvenile
Silver Juvenile
Gold Pre-Novice
Elite Pre-Novice
Open Couples Pre-Novice
Open Masters Couples Pre-Novice

Couples Pattern Dance

Category Judge Qualifications Dance
Junior Bronze Juvenile
Senior Bronze Juvenile
Junior Silver Juvenile
Senior Silver Pre-Novice
Gold Pre-Novice
Elite Pre-Novice

Solo Pattern Dance

Category Judge Qualifications Dance
Bronze Juvenile
Silver Juvenile
Gold Pre-Novice
Elite Pre-Novice
Open Pre-Novice

Free Dance

Category Judge Qualifications Dance
Silver Juvenile
Gold Pre-Novice

Pairs

Category Judge Qualifications Pairs
Adult Pairs Juvenile
Adult Masters Pairs Juvenile (Pre-Novice recommended)

4.5. Judge Qualifications for Special Olympics Events

Free Skate

Category Judge Qualifications Singles
Level 1 STAR 1-4
Level 2 STAR 1-4
Level 3 (STAR 1) STAR 1-4
Level 4 (STAR 2) STAR 1-4
Level 5 (STAR 3) STAR 1-4
Level 6 Juvenile
Open Juvenile
Masters Level 1/2 (Pilot) STAR 1-4
Masters Level 3/4 (Pilot) STAR 1-4

Dance – Solo & Couples

Category Judge Qualification Singles
Introductory Dance STAR 1-4
Level 1 STAR 1-4
Level 2 Juvenile
Level 3 Juvenile
Level 4 Juvenile
Level 5 Juvenile
Level 6 Pre-Novice

Pairs

Category Judge Qualification Pairs
Level 1 Primary
Level 2 Primary
Level 3 Primary (Juvenile recommended)

5. Age Requirements for Qualifying Competition Categories

Competitors wishing to enter qualifying events leading to Skate Canada Challenge and/or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, or the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships must meet the age requirements to compete as specified in the rules for technical requirements for each discipline. These age requirements are also applicable to non-qualifying competitions.

6. Test Requirements for Qualifying Competition Categories

Competitors wishing to enter qualifying events leading to Skate Canada Challenge and/or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships must have passed the tests as specified in the rules for technical requirements for each discipline by October 1 preceding those competitions. In non-qualifying competitions, competitors may be permitted to ‘skate up’ a category without having completed the test requirements.

The High Performance Director may waive this requirement on an individual basis for skaters from other federations who have competed internationally in Junior and/or Senior categories.

7. Registration for Qualifying Competitions

Unless otherwise listed in the event announcement competitors must register for the competition before their official practice session immediately prior to the first portion of their event.

This rule is applicable to all qualifying events including Regional/Sub-Sectional, Sectional, Skate Canada ChallengeCanadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships. It does not apply to National Summer Series competitions. 

8. Practice Ice for Qualifying Competitions

Upon registration or attendance at an officially scheduled practice session competitors are not permitted to skate on ice other than the official practice or competition ice as scheduled for the event. Violators of this rule will be subject to suspension from the competition in question.

This rule is applicable to all qualifying events including Regional/Sub-Sectional, Sectional, Skate Canada ChallengeCanadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships. It does not apply to National Summer Series competitions.

9. Sectional Championships

Full authority over the planning, organization and conduct of the Sectional Championships is delegated to the section, except for those matters specifically given to the technical representative. The section may delegate all or any part of its authority and responsibility as necessary.

Sectional Championships will be held annually for at least the obligatory events and must conclude a minimum of seven days prior to Skate Canada Challenge in the current Competitive Season.  The closing date for entries for all events will be as prescribed by the relevant section.

The announcement of the Sectional Championships will be communicated to all clubs and skating schools in the section not later than six weeks before the date of the first event.

The use of any undersized rink for Sectional Championships may be approved by the section.

Registration and practice ice rules apply.

9.1. Entries

The following events are mandatory for all Skate Canada Sectionals: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance in each of the four categories – Senior, Junior, Novice, Pre-Novice.  All specifications at Sectional Championships will be identical to the corresponding events at Skate Canada Challenge and the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

If there are fewer entries than the normal quota of entries to Skate Canada Challenge in any sectional competition, the section may dispense with the competition and approve the entry of the competitors to the Skate Canada Challenge competition of the same category (if applicable).

The entry fees, if any, for the Skate Canada Sectionals and other section-sponsored competitions will be set by the section.

The host section/club must verify the eligibility of all competitors and submit the names and registration numbers of all competitors entering qualifying events to Skate Canada immediately after the closing date of entries and no later than October 3 or the next business day following that date.

For other than qualifying events, entries may be restricted with the approval of the Board of Directors of the relevant section. For competitions that qualify skaters or teams for Skate Canada national events, entries may be restricted but only on the following basis:

  • A section may, subject to the approval of Skate Canada as outlined below, institute minimum technical score requirements for entry into such events
  • Such minimum technical scores will be proposed by a section to the Skate Canada CEO on or before July 15 in each year for the following year together with a list of competitions where the skaters may obtain such scores
  • Such minimum technical scores and list of competitions will be reviewed by Skate Canada on or before July 31 of such year
  • The purpose of the review is to ensure that in the sole discretion of Skate Canada the scores are reasonable and that skaters have a reasonable opportunity to obtain such scores
  • The Skate Canada CEO will advise the relevant section on or before July 31 of the relevant year whether the proposal by the section to restrict entries is approved

Sub-sectional competitions may be held to reduce the number of competitors in a sectional event.  Where the number of competitors warrants, the sub-sectional qualifying events for the sectionals may be based on either combined events identical to the respective sectional events, or on free skating programs only.  Rules governing Sectional Championship events will also apply to any sub-sectional or other sectional elimination rounds unless otherwise stated in the sectional announcement.

In events that do not qualify competitors for Skate Canada Challenge and/or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, competitors may be eliminated at any stage of the competition as determined by the host section.

A competitor may compete in singles events only in the championships of the section in which that competitor's home organization is a member.

A pairs or dance team composed of competitors having clubs in different sections may enter the event of the Sectional Championships of any one, but only one, of the sections represented by its members. The chair of each section concerned must be advised as to which championships the team will enter.

Competitors may not enter more than one event in the same discipline in the same championship or its qualifying event.

If there is no competition in any Senior or Junior sectional event and the previous winner has entered, the previous winner will retain the title; otherwise the title will be declared vacant.

A previous winner of a qualifying event for a Canadian Figure Skating Championships is eligible to re-enter the same qualifying event if the competitor is still eligible to enter the corresponding Canadian Figure Skating Championships competition, or in the case of Pre-Novice, the corresponding Skate Canada Challenge event.

Skate Canada’s sectional medals will be awarded to winners of first, second and third places.

9.2. Selection of Entries from Skate Canada Sectionals

All entries must be approved and filed by the section chair or the section chair's nominee.

9.3. Normal Quota of Entries

Selection of entries from Skate Canada Sectionals to Skate Canada Challenge is as follows:

Section BC/YK AB/NT/NU SK MB ON QC NB NS PE NL/LAB
Pre-Novice/Novice 4 16  3
Junior/Senior  15  2

The normal quota of entries will be reviewed on a periodic basis.

Each entry that meets the requirements may be selected to represent the Section in the respective Skate Canada Challenge, but the selection of fewer than the normal quota of entries will be at the discretion of the Section Executive.

9.4. Additional Qualifications for Entries from Skate Canada Sectionals

Competitors must also meet a minimum qualifying score according to the guidelines announced annually by the High Performance Development Committee on or before July 1. In the case that a section has no competitors who have met the minimum score guidelines for a given category, the section has the right to enter one competitor in the category.

Competitors who register for an event(s) at the Sectionals Championships and who in the same Competitive Season have placed in the top of the Skate Canada National Summer Series, will be granted an automatic entry into Skate Canada Challenge for the event discipline in which such competitor competed in the Skate Canada National Summer Series

In the case of Pre-Novice and Novice Singles events, the top ten individuals in the Skate Canada National Summer Series will receive byes through to Skate Canada Challenge

In the case of Pre-Novice and Novice Pairs and Ice Dance events, the top five teams in the Skate Canada National Summer Series will receive byes through to Skate Canada Challenge

In the case of all Junior events, the top five individuals and teams in the Skate Canada National Summer Series will receive byes through to Skate Canada Challenge

In the case of all Senior events, the top three individuals and teams in the Skate Canada National Summer Series, who have not been assigned by Skate Canada to a Junior Grand Prix or International event for the current Competitive Season, will receive byes through to Skate Canada Challenge.

9.5. Byed Skaters

Those who have been granted byes through Sectional qualifying events (see Byes in this Rule) may enter their Skate Canada Challenge event as applicable without further qualification.

9.6. Re-allocation of Unused Section Quota Entries

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 according to the 2017-18 Process for Filling Challenge Entries.

9.7. Filling of Warm-up Groups

If after the entries are confirmed, there remain warm-up groups that are not filled, additional entries will be invited according to the 2017-18 Process for Filling Challenge Entries.

9.8. 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 2017-18 Process for Filling Challenge Entries.

10. Skate Canada Challenge

Skate Canada Challenge will be held annually for the obligatory events and will be completed on or before December 15 of the current Registration Year.

The locations and dates of the competitions will be announced at the Skate Canada Annual General Meeting.

The sections of Skate Canada will be grouped into one division for Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior.

The following events are mandatory for Skate Canada Challenge provided that the number of skaters entered in the event exceeds the maximum quota to progress to the applicable Canadian Figure Skating Championships: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Pairs and Ice Dance in each of four categories – Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior. The Pre-Novice champions are declared at Skate Canada Challenge and do not progress to the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

All events will be conducted in the same manner as the event in the Canadian Figure Skating Championships event to which they correspond.

Registration and practice ice rules apply.

10.1. Selection of Entries from Skate Canada Challenge

Final Result

The final result in each Skate Canada Challenge event will determine the competitors eligible to enter the equivalent Canadian Figure Skating Championship event as follows:

Novice Events

The Skate Canada Novice Challenge is entitled to enter the top 18 placed singles in each of the Men’s and Women’s events, top 12 placed Pairs competitors and top 15 placed Ice Dance competitors, which include any byes awarded in each respective event at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the same Competitive Season.

Junior Events 

The Skate Canada Junior Challenge is entitled to enter the top 18 placed singles in each of the Men’s and Women’s events, top 12 placed Pairs competitors and top 15 placed Ice Dance competitors, which include any byes awarded in each respective event, at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the same Competitive Season.

Senior Events

The maximum number of competitors in the Senior Singles events is 18.

The maximum number of competitors in the Senior Pairs event is 12.

The maximum number of competitors in the Senior Ice Dance events is 15.

Determining Senior Entries

The Senior events at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be filled in accordance with the following priority until such time as the maximum number of competitors for the relevant event has been reached:

  1. Firstly, those competitors who have received an automatic or individual bye
  2. Secondly, the balance of the entries will be determined in accordance with the results of the Skate Canada Senior Challenge event, as applicable 

Alternates

The entry with the next highest score from the applicable Skate Canada Challenge event may replace an entrant at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships who has withdrawn before the start of an event.  Alternates will be called to fill a withdrawal up to 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

Normal Quota at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships Not Exceeded

When the normal quota at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships is not exceeded, that event will be held, but may not be compulsory at Skate Canada Challenge.  

11. Canadian Figure Skating Championships

The Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be completed no later than the first Sunday following January 31 of the current Registration Year. The dates of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be announced to all clubs not later than July 1 preceding the championships.

No one may compete in the same discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance) in the same Novice event at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships more than three times. 

The winner or the winning pairs or ice dance team of a Novice event discipline at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships is not eligible for the same event discipline again. 

One of a pairs or ice dance team placing first, second or third in a Senior Canadian event discipline may not enter the same event discipline in the Junior category at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships with a different partner in a subsequent year. 

If there is no competition for a Senior Canadian Figure Skating Championship event, the most recently declared champion(s) shall retain the title if that skater(s) has entered the event, otherwise the title shall be declared vacant.

Registration and practice ice rules apply.

11.1. Alternates

Alternates will be called to fill a withdrawal up to 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

11.2. Starting Order for Senior Events

Short Program/Short Dance

The manner in which senior competitors will be assigned to skate the short program/short dance of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be as follows:

  1. Senior competitors receiving a bye to the short program/short dance at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be assigned in reverse order according to their final placement at the previous Senior Canadian Figure Skating Championships. The highest-placed competitor from the previous Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be last to skate, the second-highest placed competitor will be second last to skate, and so on.
  2. Next, byed competitors who do not have a final placement from the preceding Senior Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be assigned by a random draw. These competitors will skate prior to those listed in (a) and following those listed in (c).
  3. The remaining competitors will be assigned in reverse order according to their final placements at Skate Canada Challenge in the same Competitive Season.
  4. In the case that Skate Canada Challenge is optional and some competitors elect not to compete and are therefore not ranked coming into the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, a random draw will be conducted to determine the start order of all competitors with the exception of the byed competitors.
  5. If two or more competitors are tied in the assignment of (a) and (c) above, a random draw between the tied competitors will be conducted to determine the starting order.

Free Program/Free Dance

Competitors may be assigned to skate the free skating/free dance program at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in reverse order according to each competitor’s placement in the short program.

11.3. Markings on Clothing

Competitors, team officials and coaches may display the following markings on their persons and on their clothing (except for boots and blades) when in the “kiss-and-cry” area, the television interview area, during the official warm-up before the competitive performance and during practice sessions: 

  • Their own name and the name and/or logo of the Skate Canada organization being represented with letters at a maximum height of 15 cm
  • Up to four advertising markings, trademarks, logos or other distinguishing signs at a maximum of sixty square centimetres each
  • One additional marking of the clothing supplier at a maximum of thirty square centimetres
  • Boots and blades may carry only the boot manufacturer’s name on the heel at a maximum of ten square centimetres and one engraved identification of the manufacturer at a maximum of 20 square centimetres on each blade and blade guard.
  • Markings must not be offensive and must not refer to tobacco or alcohol.

In off-ice areas not mentioned above, additional markings with no limitation in size are allowed.

During the competitive performance, the exhibition at the end of an event and the medal award ceremony, no markings on skaters’ costumes are allowed except for the skater‘s name, the name and/or logo of the Skate Canada organization being represented and the above-referenced markings on boots and blades.

Markings may be measured by the officials for compliance while being worn.

12. Synchronized Skating Competitions

12.1. Ice Resurfacing

For both the Regional Synchronized Skating Championships and the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships, it is recommended that the ice be resurfaced after every six teams for the Short Program and after every five (or six in the case of a tie) for the Free Skating Program.

12.2. Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

A regional competition will be held for each of the following groups of sections:

  • Atlantic:  New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador
  • Quebec: Quebec
  • Ontario: Ontario
  • Prairie: Manitoba, Saskatchewan
  • Mountain: British Columbia/Yukon, Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut

The Regional Synchronized Skating Championships qualify teams to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships. Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior are the categories that must be included at regionals. All specifications at the Regional Synchronized Skating Championships must be identical to the corresponding events at the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships. Other events may be added at the discretion of the Regional Synchronized Championships committee.  Details for such events must be included in the announcement.

Regional Synchronized Skating Championships must be held annually for at least the obligatory events.

The dates and host section of the regional events will be the authority of Skate Canada.

Full authority over the planning, organization and conduct of the championships is delegated to the host section, except for those matters specifically given to the technical representative and Skate Canada. The host section may delegate all or any part of its authority and responsibility as necessary.

The announcement of the Regional Synchronized Skating Championships must be distributed to all clubs in the section belonging to the defined regional event not later than six weeks before the date of the first event.

There is no qualification process to enter this competition, however a qualifying round may be held if entry numbers warrant.

The Registration and Practice Ice rules apply.

Team Composition Requirements

The following composition requirements apply for teams competing at Regional Synchronized Skating Championships and at Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships:

  • Teams may consist of members from different clubs; clubs may join together to form a synchronized skating team if there is not a sufficient number of skaters from one club to make a team
  • A team must represent at least one Skate Canada club and members of the team must be registrants of Skate Canada
  • Skaters may skate with as many clubs as they wish but can only represent one club in the same event
  • A club may enter teams in more than one event category provided that for each additional category entered, 50% of the skaters are different (the calculation must include alternates), different music is used and a different routine is skated
  • Teams may be comprised of females and males
  • There shall be no substitution of registered team members or additional names added; only those skaters who competed at the Regional Synchronized Skating Championships will be allowed to skate in the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships
  • Each team may have up to four alternates listed on the event team roster

Selection of Entries from Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

The final result in each regional event will determine the competitors eligible to enter the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

  • Teams that place first in Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior categories at regional qualifying events qualify to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships
  • For every 15,000 registrants in the region, an additional team may be entered into each category at the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships. The number of registrants will be determined by the Registration Year of the year preceding the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.
  • Each team placing in the top five at the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships will earn its region an additional entry into the respective category at the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships the following year

Alternates: The next placed entry in each regional event may be nominated as an alternate entry and may replace an entrant who has withdrawn before the start of the event.

If the maximum quota in the Junior or Senior category at a Regional Synchronized Skating Championship is not filled due to insufficient entries, that event may be held, but is not mandatory.

12.3. Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

The rules for Regional Synchronized Skating Championships apply to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

The Registration and Practice Ice rules apply.

In addition, a minimum of ten minutes practice ice per team on the competition ice surface must be made available for teams entered in Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior events.

Alternates will be called to fill a withdrawal up to 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

13. Byes

The granting of a bye permits a skater to pass to the next level of competition without competing at a prerequisite level. Byes may be granted through the relevant sectionals competition or Skate Canada Challenge.  To be considered for a bye, skaters must register for their sectional competitions.

Those who have been granted byes through sectional qualifying events may enter Skate Canada Challenge or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships event as applicable without further qualification.

A list of byes will be determined by the High Performance Development Committee in consultation with the president of Skate Canada, CEO, the High Performance Director and Next Gen Director as appropriate.

13.1. Byes Due to International Assignments

Competitors who register for an event(s) at the relevant Sectionals competition and who in the same Competitive Season have been assigned by Skate Canada to an ISU Junior Grand Prix and/or a Junior or Senior International event will be granted an automatic entry into Skate Canada Challenge for each discipline for which they were assigned by Skate Canada to compete internationally.

Competitors who register for Junior and/or Senior events at the relevant Sectionals competition and who have been assigned or qualified as follows will be granted an automatic entry into the Canadian Figure Skating Championships:

  • Those who have been assigned by the ISU Grand Prix selection group (or by Skate Canada in the case of home entries to Skate Canada International) to a Senior Grand Prix
  • Those who have been assigned by Skate Canada to a Senior International within seven days of Skate Canada Challenge
  • Those who have qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final event

Byes are applicable in the discipline for which the competitor(s) was assigned by Skate Canada to compete internationally in the same Competitive Season.

13.2. Complement of Skaters to Skate Canada Challenge

In all cases where a Sectional bye has been granted, the Section may send the full complement plus the byed skater(s) to Skate Canada Challenge.

13.3. Complement of Skaters to the Canadian Figure Skating Championships

In all cases where a Skate Canada Challenge bye has been granted to a competitor(s), such bye(s) will reduce the number of competitors who may qualify for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships through Skate Canada Challenge such that the maximum number of skaters as designated in such event discipline as specified in Skate Canada rules will be maintained.  Once all byes through Skate Canada Challenge have been granted, the balance of the entries will be determined in accordance with the results of Skate Canada Challenge, as applicable. For example, where the maximum number of entries in an event discipline at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships has been set at 12 and there are three byes through Skate Canada Challenge, an additional nine entries may qualify for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships through Skate Canada Challenge.

13.4. Byed Skaters Electing to Compete

In the event that a skater is byed through a Sectionals competition or Skate Canada Challenge but elects to compete, the bye will be retained by the skater regardless of the result achieved by such skater.  In this case, the numbers of competitors advancing to the next level of competition will be determined as if the skater activated his or her bye.

13.5. Automatic Byes to the Canadian Figure Skating Championships for Senior Competitors

Automatic "byes" are granted through their respective Sectionals and/or Skate Canada Challenge to Senior competitors placing first, second or third in the previous year's Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the same event discipline and/or to Senior competitors who place first, second or third at any of the previous three ISU World Figure Skating Championships and/or the immediately prior Olympic Winter Games in each case in the same event discipline. In the case of pairs and ice dance a bye is earned by the team not by the individual skaters, and as such the bye will be granted provided that the skaters are continuing to compete as a team.

13.6. Extraordinary Circumstances and Medical Byes

Extraordinary circumstance byes to Skate Canada Challenge or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships at any level may be granted by the High Performance Development Committee in consultation with the Skate Canada President, Skate Canada CEO, Director(s) of High Performance and NextGen, as appropriate.  Such byes will only be granted in extraordinary circumstances where the skater has demonstrated worthiness for a bye.  Such a bye is extraordinary and will generally be related to medical conditions. In this case, such byed competitor(s) will be in addition to the designated maximum number of competitors in the relevant Canadian Figure Skating Championships event.  Requests for consideration for a bye must be made in writing to the Skate Canada CEO and must contain a description of the grounds upon which such bye is being requested.

13.7. Medical Byes from Sectional Competitions to Skate Canada Challenge

In the case that a section has registered no more than its maximum Skate Canada Challenge complement of entries in any Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior or Senior discipline, the section may make a decision onsite at the relevant Sectionals competition to send an entry to Skate Canada Challenge who is unable to compete or finish competing at the Sectionals Championship event due to injury or illness. The process to be followed is:

  1. The competitor(s) must register for the Sectionals Championship where they are to be examined by the medical staff at the event either before they practice (if injury/illness is acute and exists upon the skaters' arrival) or during the competition if the problem arises on site. The medical information as to the competitor's readiness to compete must then be presented to and retained by the section.  In the event that the competitor's injury/illness precludes that competitor from attending the Sectionals Championship, medical information as to that competitor's readiness to compete must also be presented to and retained by the section.
  2. The entry must then formally withdraw from the Sectionals Championship and the final results sheets must list the entry as having withdrawn at the appropriate portion.
  3. The section may then decide to forward the entry onto Skate Canada Challenge at the sole discretion of that section.

13.8. "Guest" Competing at Sectional Competitions

In the case that a Sectionals competition has registered no more than its maximum Skate Canada Challenge complement of entries in any Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior or Senior discipline, one or more competitors/teams in the event may be allowed to "guest compete" at another Sectionals competition under the following conditions:

  • The other section must be in agreement
  • The other section is more logical because of geographical location and/or training site of the athlete

The event results included in the final protocol from the accepting section do not reflect the "guest" entry's placement; however, an unofficial result may be produced at the event which does incorporate the "guest" entry's placements.

Competitors representing another ISU Member are ineligible to “guest compete” at any qualifying event.  This does not apply to Regional Synchronized Skating Championships.

13.9. Determination of Entries/Byes to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

The section chair of the section where a team(s) has been granted a bye through the Regional Synchronized Skating Championships will be notified by the Skate Canada President, in writing, of the decision regarding the team(s) and the event.

13.10. International Byes

Only teams assigned by Skate Canada to represent Canada at international synchronized skating competitions during the current Competitive Season will be eligible for consideration for a "bye".

If a Senior and/or Junior team is assigned or invited by Skate Canada to represent Skate Canada at an international competition contained on the ISU calendar, the Skate Canada President, in consultation with the chair of the High Performance Development Committee, the CEO, and the Director(s) of High Performance and Next Gen, as appropriate, may grant a bye to the team(s) through a Regional event when there are ten days or fewer between the scheduled team travel day to/from one event and the first official practice day for the next competition.

No byes will be granted to any team wishing to participate in "invitational" competitions unless the team is assigned to compete by Skate Canada.

In all cases where a bye through a Regional event has been granted, the Region may send the full complement plus the byed team(s) to the Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

14. Officials for Qualifying Competitions and National Championships

14.1. Composition of the Panel of Officials

Use of Referee as a Judge

A referee of an event may not be used as a judge in the same event except in the case of an emergency, but such officials may be used as judges in other events in which they have not been appointed to act as referee.

Qualifications of Judges on Panels

National Summer Series

If possible, it is recommended that the judges panel consists of at least two individuals qualified to judge at the Canadian (or higher) level.

Sectional Championships

If possible in Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior events at least one member of the panel of judges should be a Challenge (or higher) level judge.

Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

If possible in Novice and higher events a majority of the panel of judges should be Senior level judges. If possible for Senior events a majority of the panel should be Canadian level judges.

Skate Canada Challenge

Judges must be qualified at the Challenge level or higher. However, the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee may assign senior Section level judges if necessary to complete a panel, but such judges must not form the majority of the panel.

Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

Judges must be qualified at the Canadian level. For educational purposes, the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee may assign a Challenge/Regional level judge to be a member of the panel for the appropriate discipline.

Qualifications of Technical Officials on Panels

National Summer Series

If possible, it is recommended that the technical panel consist of at least one individual qualified at the Canadian (or higher) level and the remaining members shall be qualified at the Section (or higher) level.  

Sectional Championships

Technical controllers and technical specialists must be qualified at the Section level. If possible in Novice, Junior and Senior events at least one member of the technical panel should be qualified at the Challenge level or higher.

Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

Technical controllers and technical specialists must be qualified at the Regional level. If possible in Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior and Senior events at least one member of the technical panel should be qualified at the Canadian level or higher.

Skate Canada Challenge

Technical specialists and technical controllers must be qualified at the Challenge level. If possible, at least one member of the technical panel should be qualified at the Canadian level or higher.  For educational purposes, the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee may assign a Section level technical controller or technical specialist to be one of the three technical officials.

Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

Technical controllers and technical specialists must be qualified at least at the Canadian level. If possible, at least one technical official on a Senior panel should be qualified at the International or ISU level. For educational purposes, the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee may assign a Challenge/Regional level technical controller or technical specialist to be one of the three technical officials on Novice and Junior panels.

Qualifications of Referees

Sectional Championships

Referees must be qualified at a minimum at the Sectional level. If a qualified Sectional championship referee is not available, an experienced senior section judge may be used.

Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

Referees must be qualified at a minimum at the Regional level. If a qualified Regional championship referee is not available, an experienced senior region judge may be used.

Skate Canada Challenge

Referees must be qualified at a minimum at the Challenge level. If a qualified Challenge level or higher referee is not available, an experienced Challenge level judge who is also qualified as a Section level referee may be used. For educational purposes, the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee may assign a Section level referee.

Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

Referees must be qualified at a minimum at the Canadian level. If a qualified Canadian championship or higher referee is not available, an experienced Canadian level judge who is also qualified as a Challenge/Regional level referee may be used. For educational purposes, the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee may assign a Challenge/Regional level referee.

Qualifications of Data Specialists

Sectional Championships and Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

The chief data specialist must be qualified at a minimum as a Level II data specialist.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

All data specialists must be qualified at Level II or III. The chief data specialist must be qualified at a minimum as a Level III data specialist.

Qualifications of the Technical Representative

To be eligible for appointment the technical representative for all championships must be an individual who has demonstrated skills in competition organization, management and leadership.

Representation of Sections on Panels

At Challenge/Regional and Canadian Championships, if possible the appointed technical controller, technical specialist and assistant technical specialist for a particular category should be from different Skate Canada sections; however, this is not mandatory. If possible, the referee and technical controller should be from different Skate Canada sections.

Educational Candidates on Panel

For senior panels, one judge and/or technical specialist or technical controller qualified at the level below the corresponding championship level may also be on the panel for educational purposes; however, the marks of this individual will not be counted in the scoring. A technical official serving in this educational capacity may not be seated with the technical panel but may be connected via the electronic communication link for the purpose of listening only.  This individual may not communicate with the technical panel in any manner during an event and may not discuss the results of that event until the conclusion of the competition.

14.2. Determining Assignments of Officials

National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

A technical representative will be approved by the hosting Section Officials Committee or equivalent at least six months prior to the holding of the event. The technical representative together with the applicable host section officials chair or equivalent will select the judges and technical panels and create the working assignments for the officials.

The chief data specialist and data specialists will be assigned by the hosting Section Data Specialists Committee.

The technical representative, referees, judges, technical controllers, technical specialists and all data specialists will be assigned by the host section.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

The technical representative, referees, judges, technical controllers, technical specialists and all data specialists will be assigned by Skate Canada.

14.3. Size of Officials Panel

For all qualifying events, there must be a technical controller, a technical specialist, an assistant technical specialist, a referee and at least five judges on each panel (with the exception of pattern dance panels where details listed under Panel of Officials within this rule apply). In exceptional circumstances, a technical controller with qualifications in the discipline may be assigned as an assistant technical specialist. If there is no qualified technical controller to assign as assistant technical specialist the technical panel may be composed of only a technical controller and a technical specialist. If there are not five qualified judges, there may be fewer than five, but no fewer than three judges.  If any such case arises, the staff lead of the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee must grant approval.

Skate Canada Challenge

There must be between five and eight judges on a Skate Canada Challenge officials panel. The normal quota of judges on the panel is seven.

Canadian Figure Skating Championships

There must be between six and twelve judges on a Canadian Figure Skating Championships officials panel. The normal quota of judges on the panel is nine.

Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

There must be between six and nine judges on a Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships officials panel. The normal quota of judges on the panel is seven.

14.4. Officials Unable to Complete Their Duties

Replacement of a Judge

If after the start of an event a judge becomes unable to complete the duties of the position, that judge’s marks will be counted until the time at which officiating by that judge was no longer possible. A replacement judge will be appointed for that judge for the remaining segments of the event (if applicable).

National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

If, in an emergency, the panel is reduced to two judges, the referee will also judge. If the referee is already judging, the technical representative will appoint a replacement judge from those judges present and qualified to officiate. If no such replacement exists, the competition will be suspended.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships, Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

If, in an emergency, the panel is reduced to four (Skate Canada Challenge) or five (Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships) judges, the technical representative will appoint a replacement from those judges present and qualified to officiate. If no such replacement exists, the referee will also judge.  If the referee is already judging, the competition may be suspended at the discretion of the technical representative in consultation with the Skate Canada representative.

Replacement of a Referee

If during an event, the referee becomes unable to officiate, the technical representative will appoint a qualified replacement.

National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

If no qualified replacement referee is present and available, a Sectional or higher level judge who is also qualified as an interclub referee may be appointed as a replacement. If no replacement referee can be found, the event will be suspended.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships, Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

If no qualified replacement referee is present and available, a judge qualified at the corresponding championship level or higher who is also qualified as a referee at the level below the corresponding championship may be appointed as a replacement.

Replacement of a Technical Controller

National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

If during an event, the technical controller becomes unable to officiate, the technical representative will appoint a qualified replacement. If no qualified replacement technical controller is present and available, a sectional or higher level technical specialist may be appointed as the replacement. At championships higher than Section level, if no such person is present and available, the assistant technical specialist will assume the duties of the technical controller and the technical panel will be composed of two people.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships, Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

If during an event, the technical controller becomes unable to officiate, the technical representative will appoint a qualified replacement. If no qualified replacement technical controller is present and available, a technical specialist qualified at the corresponding championship level or higher may be appointed as the replacement. If no such person is present and available, a technical controller qualified at the level below the corresponding championship may be appointed as a replacement. If no such person is present and available, the assistant technical specialist will assume the duties of the technical controller and if possible, a technical specialist qualified at the level below the corresponding championship will be appointed assistant technical specialist. If this is not possible, the technical panel will be composed of two people.

Replacement of a Technical Specialist

National Summer Series, Sectional Championships, Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

If during an event, the technical specialist or assistant technical specialist become unable to officiate, the technical representative will appoint a qualified replacement. If no qualified replacement technical specialist is present and available, a sectional or higher level technical controller may be appointed as a replacement. If no such person is present and available, the technical panel will be composed of two people and if necessary the assistant technical specialist will assume the duties of the technical specialist.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships, Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

If during an event, the technical specialist or assistant technical specialist become unable to officiate, the technical representative will appoint a qualified replacement. If no qualified replacement technical specialist is present and available, a technical controller qualified at the corresponding championship level may be appointed as a replacement. If no such person is present and available, a technical specialist or technical controller qualified at the level below the corresponding championship level may be appointed. If no such person is available, the technical panel will be composed of two people. If necessary, the assistant technical specialist will assume the duties of the technical specialist.

If a replacement referee, technical controller or technical specialist is appointed, that person will assume those duties for the remaining segments of the event.

If, due to extraordinary circumstances the technical panel is reduced to only one official, the event may be suspended at the discretion of the technical representative. At championships higher than section level, the event may be suspended at the discretion of the technical representative in consultation with the Skate Canada representative. 

14.5. Reporting Procedures

Summary of Results (Protocol)

One copy of the "protocol" for each event will be distributed by the host within two weeks after the completion of the championships to Skate Canada and one copy to each of the referees (if requested).

Officials Reporting Procedures

Sectional Championships and Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

Within three weeks of the completion of events the technical representative will submit a written report to the applicable Sections Officials Committee.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

Within three weeks of the completion of events all referees and technical controllers will submit a written report of the championship to the staff lead of the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee.

Chief Data Specialist Reporting Procedures

Sectional Championships and Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

Within three weeks of the completion of events the chief data specialist will prepare and submit the Report of the Chief Data Specialist to the chair of the Section Data Specialist Committee. Part B of the report shall be submitted to the technical representative to be completed and returned to the chair of the Section Data Specialist committee.

Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships

Within three weeks of the completion of events the Chief Data Specialist will prepare and submit the Report of the Chief Data Specialist to the to the staff lead of the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee. Part B of the report will be submitted to the technical representative to be completed and returned to the staff lead of the Skate Canada Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee.