Visaliakid has already posted a thread about the proposed rule change regarding ISU elections. Here is a link to the thread discussing that particular proposal. In this thread I'm outlining some of the other proposals that may be of interest to FSU readers. You can download the entire proposal document "Summary of Proposals for the 54th Ordinary Congress Kuala Lumpur - 2012 (Provisory Version January 31, 2012)" here. ____________________ General Proposals for ISU Congress Age Limits From ISU Council: Add definition - Senior: Age 15 by July 1st that immediately precedes the relevant competition International Senior Competitions will now require the skater to meet the "Senior" definition above, not the Age 14 by July 1st now required in Rule 108. Maximum age for Men in Pairs and Dance would be 20 instead of 21, effective with the 2014-2015 season. Max age for novice (international) lowered to 14 from 15, effective with the 2014-2015 season. Also Added: HW note: this proposal is since Rule 107 paragraph 6 mentions both senior and junior GP series ISU Reasoning:The age requirements are different in the ISU Branches. Even in Figure Skating a Skater can be a Novice, a Junior or a "Senior" Skater by age, that is not appropriate and does not reflect the clear needs of a proper age scale of an International Federation. It is also embarrassing that a Skater can win the Grand Prix Final, but is not permitted to participate in ISU "Senior" Championships. To make it easier for the Members to adjust their training programs to the proposed age requirements, a two years postponement of the new age limitation for Junior Men in Pairs and Ice Dance and the Novice age is been proposed. Within that time the Members can update their training and recruiting programs. In addition, a Skater who decided to move to the "Senior" category should stay within this level and should not be entitled to switch back-and-forth between Junior and Senior events. Such switches are no good for all Junior Skaters and should therefore not be accepted. From Russia Change maximum age for Junior Men and Ladies to 18 instead of 19 Change maximum age for Pairs/Dance Ladies to 18 (instead of 19) and for Pairs/Dance Men to 19 (instead of 21) Reasoning: the current upper age limitations for Juniors seem to be too high. From Germany Keep novice maximum age limit at 15 for singles and pairs and ice dance ladies. Make maximum age for novice pairs and dance men to be 17 instead of 15. Reasoning: The proposed age limits allow to compose more pairs and ice dance couples. Skaters Changing Countries From ISU Council: Reduce the waiting period to compete in ISU Championships to 18 months instead of 24 months when switching federations. Waiting period is still 12 months for pairs/dance partners (as long as the other partner is a citizen/resident already). Reasoning: Paragraph 2b)iii): Shorten Skaters waiting period give Skaters possibility for coming back to compete faster The "ISU is Never Freezing our Butts off Again in Bern" Rule From ISU Council: For International Competitions, at least one covered and preferably heated rink is required. For ISU Championships, and the Olympic Winter Games and the Winter Youth Olympic Games, two covered and closed rinks are required. For ISU Events, the Olympic Winter Games, the Winter Youth Olympic Games and the Qualifying Competition for the Olympic Winter Games the ice rinks must be heated. Reason: To ensure that the ice rinks for the ISU Events (including ISU Championships, ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, ISU World Team Trophy), the Olympic Winter Games, the Winter Youth Olympic Games (OWG) and the Qualifying Competition for the OWG are heated. Number of Skaters/Couples qualifying for Free Skate/Dance at Olympic Games ISU Council: Pairs: 16 pairs qualify to free skate instead of all 20 Dance: 20 couples qualify to free dance instead of 24 Reason: To harmonize the Rules for the Olympic Winter Games with the Rules of ISU Championships. The OWG represents the ice skating event of the highest level and with the highest world-wide media attention. For the sake of giving the world-wide audience the best possible impression a limitation in the duration and focus on quality should prevail. Singles and Pairs Rewarding Jumps Completed Later in the Short Program ISU Single & Pair Technical Committee (SPTC) & Norway: In the Short Program of Single Skating the base values (but not the GOE’s) for all jump elements started in the second half of the program will be multiplied by a special factor 1.1 in order to give credit for even distribution of difficulties in the program. Each factored base value for all jump elements performed in the second half of the Short Program will be rounded to two decimal places. The second half commences in the middle of the maximum time which means 1 min. 25 sec. Reason: To give credit for even distribution of difficulties in Short Program, not only in Free skating. This adjustment of the rule will get better balanced short programs, now most Skaters do all the difficult elements in the beginning of the program. Vocal Music for Singles and Pairs Skate Canada & Spanish Figure Federation: Delete deduction for vocal music in Junior and Senior Singles and Pairs Reason: To allow vocal music in junior and senior singles and pairs, bringing those disciplines in alignment with the ice dance and synchronized disciplines, and allowing Skaters the full range of musical options when designing programs. The use of vocal music has been very successful in the ice dance and synchronized disciplines. The television networks are requesting the use of vocal music in singles and pairs to increase the entertainment value for the viewing audience. The viewing audience (through all media) is essential for the visibility of the sport and the financial success of both the ISU and its members. ISU SPTC: Increase vocal music deduction to 2 points from 1 point currently Reasoning: The Committee discussed the proposal of Finland, Figure for a Technical Rules change which will allow vocal music in Singles and Pairs. As there are both positive and negative impacts of the proposed change, the Committee decided to leave the decision to the ISU Congress 2012 (of course if there will be a corresponding proposal for a change in Special Regulations). However in case of the Congress decision to allow vocal music, the Committee recommends to implement it only after OWG 2014. Up to that moment the Committee proposes to increase the deduction for vocal music to avoid any intentional violation of the Rule and to be in line with the Ice Dance violation of music restrictions. Costume Rules ISU SPTC: No kind of political, religious or racial propaganda is allowed on the costume. Reason: self-explanatory. The decoration on costumes must be non-detachable. Reason: to be in line with subparagraph 1. c) of the Ice Dance Technical Rules. Spin Positions and Levels ISU SPTC: Remove language about "intermediate positions." Define clearly layback and sideways leaning spins. (Layback Spin is an upright spin in which head and shoulders are leaning backward and the back arched. The position of the free leg is optional. Sideways Leaning Spin is an upright spin in which head and shoulders are leaning sideways and the body is arched. The position of the free leg is optional.) Reason: the SPTC does not consider the term “intermediate positions” as necessary any longer; however to give credit to variety in spin, in combinations one difficult variation in a non-basic position can still be counted to increase the Level; a change of position with a jump is planned as a separate Level feature; definitions of layback and sideways leaning spins must be given. Step/Moves Sequences Changes ISU SPTC: Add "Step sequences must fully utilize the ice surface." Remove language describing circular, straight line and serpentine step sequences separately. Reason: with the current requirements step sequences no longer have any described above (straight line, circular, serpentine) shape. Add the "Choreographic Sequence" to replace the Spiral sequence in Ladies and Pairs and the Choreo Step Sequence in Mens. A Choreographic Sequence consist of any kind of movements like steps, turns, spirals, arabesques, spread eagles, Ina Bauers, hydroblading, transitional (unlisted) jumps, spinning movements etc. A Choreographic Sequence for Ladies & Pairs must include at least one spiral (not a kick) of any length. The Sequence commences with the first move and is concluded with the last move of the Skater. The pattern is not restricted, but the Sequence must fully utilize the ice surface. If this requirement is not fulfilled, the Sequence will have no value. The Choreographic Sequence has to be performed later then the step sequence. The Choreographic Sequence has a base value and will be evaluated by the judges in GOE only. Reason: to allow more variety in the programs. Junior Short Program Requirements ISU SPTC: 2013-14 Singles: Loop (2Lo or 3Lo) is required solo jump in SP, flying spin is the sit spin, men have to do camel spin with only one change of foot. Pairs: SBS double loop or double axel jump. 2T or 3T throw. Toe Lasso lift. Pair change combo spin. BIDS. 2013-15 Singles: Lutz (2Lz or 3Lz) is required solo jump in SP, flying spin is the camel spin, men have to do sit spin with only one change of foot. Pairs: SBS double lutz. 2Lo or 3Lo throw. SBS change combo spin. FIDS. Senior Free Skate Requirements ISU SPTC: Men: change choreo step sequence to choreo sequence Ladies: change spiral sequence requirement to choreo sequence Pairs Lifts ISU SPTC: Remove language allowing up to 2 twist lifts. Now allow only 1 twist lift. Reason: the option with 2 twist lifts does not seem to be practical. Levels of Elements ISU SPTC: Lifts, twist lifts and death spirals (pairs), spins and steps (singles and pairs) are divided depending on their difficulty in five (5) Levels (instead of 4) according to the number of features achieved: Basic Level – in case of no features, Level 1 – in case of one feature, Level 2 – in case of two features, Level 3 – in case of three features and Level 4 – in case of four or more features. Reason: to give credit to Skaters who have achieved one Level feature in comparison with Skaters who did not achieve any Level features in a particular element. Free Skate Draw Changes ISU SPTC: There will be no draw for the order of skating in each group, competitors will skate in reverse order to their places in the preceding segment of the competition, that is, with the best placed Competitor skating last. The order of skating between tied Competitors shall be determined by a separate draw. Reason: To implement for the Free Skating the same practice as in the ISU Grand Prix Events. NOTE: ice dance technical committee did not propose to change the free dance draw. Yet... Ice Dance Short Dance Music Requirements ISU Ice Dance Technical Committee (IDTC): The music may be without an audible rhythmic beat for up to 10 seconds at the beginning of the program. The music must be selected in accordance with the designated rhythm(s) and/or theme(s). The music must be selected in accordance with the specified tempo, when applicable. Short Dance music that does not adhere to these specifications will be penalized by deduction(s) (see Rule 353, paragraph 1.n) (ii)). Reason: to extend the current deduction for incorrect Free Dance music to incorrect Short Dance music. Levels of Difficulty & Choreo Elements ISU Ice Dance Technical Committee (IDTC): All Required Elements are divided into four (4) Levels depending on their difficulty, except elements designated in the list of elements announced annually by the IDTC with a fixed Base Value. The description of characteristics that give an element a certain Level of Difficulty is published and updated in ISU Communications. Reason: to introduce the possibility to include Choreographic Required Elements in Short Dance and Free Dance.