I think what her grace posted actually is on target.
The "name" (ISP) skaters in the Midwestern section that currently don't have a bye to Nationals are 3 -- Czisny, Kiri Baga (unless she qualifies for the JGP Final) and Becky Bereswill (who has started pairs this season). It's not a very deep section in this regard compared to Easterns and Pacific Coasts.
Last edited by Sylvia; 09-05-2010 at 04:30 PM.
Hmm, I'm not sure that's actually true. Technically, a skater who has a bye through a competition and competes anyway, placing below fourth, loses their bye. I can't recall a situation in which a skater earned their GP bye after not qualifying. Let's hope we don't have to find out!Actually, even though Czisny's 2nd GP -- TEB -- is after Mids, she still technically could receive a bye to Nationals if she qualified for the GP Final even in the unlikely event of not qualifying though Mids.
Of course, Mids is 70 minutes from Czisny's homebase. She has a tendency to do a lot of small competitions and may be just as happy to show up at sectionals!
I realize it gets more expensive the more skaters you have at Nationals, but it also needs to be as fair as possible. Just about all of the skaters with 2 GPs are going to end up with byes anyway... Why not just make it an actual rule so nobody gets left out due to the luck of which GPs they get?
Qualifying to Nationals is supposed to be an accomplishment... It would feel like more of an accomplishment to receive a bye because you are talented enough to represent your country internationally in 2 GPs rather than because you lucked out with a scheduling conflict.
I'm sure they are giving a bye at the junior level to skaters with 2 JGPs to make the group of potential stars as big as possible.
At the senior level, perhaps they feel if someone was going to emerge they would have done so already. Their incentive is less to make the pool as large as possible.
But they don't have to "guess" about that if they switch from a "top 4 @ regional" qualification system to qualifying score system. Just saying...
Maybe they'd consider something similar to a PGA cut for determining the field at nationals, like the highest 20 scores from the previous 12 months. They'd take 24 skaters over all, with four spots reserved for injury byes or skaters ranked 21-24. The added plus of this system is the various fields are ALWAYS 24 skaters.
They also wouldn't have to lock themselves into a formal rule that gives a skater a bye to nationals if he/she/they have 2 GPs. 9 times out of ten, someone with two GPs will have earned a qualifying score, but in the event they haven't, then they don't go to Nationals.
And for the qualifying score system, they'd have to figure out a formula that takes into account the variances between judging panels, even though they shouldn't exist.
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5Ali3- that instance has never occurred where a skater placed out of the top 4 at Reg/Sec then made GPF. I'm sure that in the wacky event it ever does happen, USFS will move heaven and earth to get that skater to Nationals. I'm not sure if there's an actual rule in the book for that instance, but I think we all know what would happen.
What's even more crazy is that the 5th place lady in seniors at Mids will likely be outskated by the 5th place junior lady there. And the 5th place Mids junior lady may end up outskating ALL the junior ladies at Easterns. So I guess that's why I can't get too worked up over Czisny taking up a spot...even the 4th place Mids senior lady will be lucky she wasn't at Pac Coasts this year.
I thought the bye situation got a little out of hand last year, so I'm not surprised USFSA is more cautious with byes whether it is due to costs or past criticisms.
That said, I don't thnk people will put up a fuss if skaters like Czisny get a bye.
It's looking like some of the Grand Prix Senior ladies with byes through Sectionals still may have to compete at heir respective Regionals -- Dobbs (CP), Musademba (SA), Gilles & Zawadzki (SW). Fortunately, as long as they place in the top 4 of their Regional (to be eligible for their bye from Sectionals to Nationals), none of them should take a Sectionals spot from the 5th or 6th (in SW) place finisher at Regionals.
I would hope that the USFS would give any skater with 2 SGP events a bye to Nationals. That's a lot of competition in a short amount of time, and to have to skate at a Regional event on top of that seems a little excessive, IMO.
jgp final qualifiers deserve a bye. They earn them.
GP byes are tricky. On one hand, it's too much to compete at 2 gps and do regionals and/or sectionals, but once in a while, people gripe over skaters who get gp slots --and therefore earning a bye--when their results aren't so spectacular,so we don't know if they would have made it out of their sectionals.
Last edited by jlai; 09-06-2010 at 02:33 AM.
Didn't the USFSA send Emily to Skate America last year because they knew there was a good chance she wouldn't get out of sectionals considering the score she put up at regionals? But it would be good for rankings if she competed at nationals where she is a former Olympian, and rankings/drama matter I guess.
I think her score at Regionals (139+) would have put her in 3rd place at Sectionals. She only scored about a point higher at Nats (140+). Both of which were slightly better than her score at SA (135+). Not sure what you mean about rankings, though.
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