Today the ISU published Communication 1629 on their website. This communication replaces Communication 1460 which used to govern World Standings.
This communication changes some of the point values used to determine the ISU World Standings and introduces a new ranking, the "ISU Season's World Ranking."
So, now the "World Standings" is the ranking system that takes into account results in two preceding seasons as well as the current season. The World Standings will still be used for ISU Championship draws and for GP assignments.
The "Season's World Ranking" is based on the results of the current ongoing season only. The ISU describes it as follows:
The "Season's World Ranking" is basically a sorted list of how many World Standing Points skaters have earned in the current season only. The ISU has been internally keeping a list like this for a while to give out bonuses to the skaters who earned the most World Standings Points in a season. Now this list will be posted during the season on the ISU website and updated after each competition.It has the main purpose to reflect the current competitive performances of the skaters and give the public and the media an indication of the current actual competitiveness of the skaters.
Changes to the ISU World Standing/Season's World Ranking Points Rules:
1. ISU says they will now identify international competitions that do not earn world standing points on their website Event Calendar.
2. At ISU Championships (including Jr. Worlds) and the Olympics competitors only earn world standing points if they reach and finish the final Free Skating/Free Dance (1-24 in Singles, 1-16 in Pairs, and 1-20 in Ice Dance according to the new rules).
The previous rules stated that places 1-24 in Singles and Dance get points and places 1-20 in Pairs get points.
3. The number of world standing points available to be earned at Jr. Worlds and the JGP final have been reduced. The communication says that this was done to "reflect better the weight between all events valid for ISU World Standings /ISU Season’s World Ranking points."
Ex. New (old) points for Jr. Worlds Medalists:
Ex. New (old) points for JGP Final:
JGP event points remain the same, with the winner getting 250 points, second 225, and third 203.