5. Special Categories for All Disciplines
It is evident that some Skaters who reach the upper age limit for Juniors require further improvement (through training and competition) to compete effectively with more seasoned Skaters.
Accordingly, Skaters of an age exceeding Junior age may be assigned to one of two Special Categories (SC) titled: SC1 and SC2.
Such assignment is made by each Skater’s respective Member association if approved by the relevant ISU Technical Committee.
It is foreseen that at national level elite Skaters of a Member aged 18, 19 will be assigned to SC1, those aged 20, 21, 22 to category SC2 and can take part in all International Competitions, ISU Events and Olympic Winter Games, provided they are qualified and entered by their Member/NOC according to the ISU/IOC Rules Age reached before the July 1st immediately preceding the relevant competition.
In Pairs and Ice Dance, Skaters of age for SC1 or SC2 can participate with a partner of Junior age in competitions open to the mentioned categories SC1 or SC2, but the Pair or Couple having one Junior Skater cannot skate in Junior competitions.
Organizers may organize events/competitions that permit all entered Skaters in categories SC1 and SC2 to compete with the other entered Skaters. The results for the Special Categories, however, may be separately reported for statistical purposes.