I've watched figure skating for years and have an idea of how competition byes work in the U. S. Maybe someone can give me more information. I've always thought that the international competition had to be within 14 days of the regional or sectional competition for the skater to be exempt from competition at that regional or sectional. The situation that has me really confused is Alissa Czisny. Her coach (Jason D.) commented that she is doing a local club competition this weekend prior to skating at Cup of Nice 23 - 27 October. Her Eastern Great Lakes Regional is 4 8 October and Midwestern Sectionals is 19 - 23 November. By my calculations she is outside the 14 day bye window for both regionals and sectionals. In the interview Jason never mentioned regionals or sectionals so I'm thinking my "14" day rule probably isn't correct. It seems unlikely to me that she would want to do a local comp, regionals, Cup of Nice, and sectionals all before U. S. Nationals in January. Anyone have any information on how this rule really works?