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    Lightbulb ISU Championships FAQs

    With the European Championships starting next week, the ISU Championships portion of the figure skating season is now upon us.

    The 2010 ISU Congress changed several rules relating to the ISU Championships, so I have created this thread as a place to answer some common questions and keep those answers in an easily accessible place.

    Feel free to post your own questions if they are not in the FAQs and a knowledgeable FSU poster will surely answer.
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    Q: What are ISU Championships?
    A: The following figure skating events for singles, pairs and ice dance are considered ISU Championships by the ISU (International Skating Union).
    • European Championships (24- 30 January; Bern, Switzerland)
    • Four Continents Championships (15-20 February; Taipei City, Taiwan)
    • World Junior Championships (28 February - 6 March; Gangneung City, South Korea)
    • World Championships (21 - 17 March; Toyko, Japan)
    The Grand Prix Series events and Final are considered "ISU Events" not ISU Championships.


    Q: How does the ISU determine how many entries each nation gets to ISU Championships?
    A: Every nation gets at least one entry in each discipline to all ISU Championships, as long as the competitors have met the Minimum Total Technical Score (more about this below.)

    The minimum total technical score is not required for entry to the Junior World Championships.

    1. For the European Championships (Euros), Junior Worlds (JW) and the World Championships (Worlds), the number of entries per nation is based upon how well that nation's skater(s) finished at the same Championship in the preceding season.

    Nations accumulate points equal to the sum of placements of their competitors who were entered in the preceding season's Championships.

    Points
    20 points: competitors that do not qualify for the Short Program (SP) or Short Dance (SD)
    18 points: singles and dance competitors that qualify for the SP but do not qualify for the Free Skate (FS). Pairs that finish 18th or lower in the SP.
    17 points: Pairs that finish 17th in the SP.
    16 points: competitors who qualified for the FS but did not place higher than 16th place.
    X points: competitors that finished in Xth place, as long as X < 16.

    If the nation entered 3 competitors, than only the sum of the best-placed 2 placements are considered.

    When 2 skaters are considered for points,
    sum of 13 points or less results in 3 entries for the next year's Championships
    sum of 14-28 points results in 2 entries for the next year's Championships

    When only 1 skater competes for a nation,
    2 points or less (first or second place) results in 3 entries for the next year's Championships
    10 points or less (finish 3rd - 10th place) results in 2 entries for the next year's Championships

    2. For the Four Continents Championship (4CC), each nation can enter up to 3 entries in each discipline, as long as the competitors have met the Minimum Total Technical Score (more about this below.)


    Q: How many competitors are in the Short Program?
    A:
    Europeans and Four Continents
    Singles: 28 entries (4+5+5, 4+5+5)
    Pairs: 18 entries (3+3+3, 3+3+3)
    Dance: 20 entries (5+5, 5+5)

    Junior and Senior Worlds
    Singles: 30 entries (5+5+5, 5+5+5)
    Pairs: 20 entries (3+3+4, 3+3+4)
    Dance: 25 entries (4+4+4, 4+4+5)

    These numbers are maximums, so there can be fewer entries.


    Q: How many competitors from the Short Program qualify for the Free Skate?
    A:
    Europeans and Four Continents
    Singles: 24 entries (6+6+6+6) [four skaters are cut]
    Pairs: 16 entries (4+4+4+4) [two pairs are cut]
    Dance: 20 entries (5+5+5+5) [no couples are cut]

    Junior and Senior Worlds
    Singles: 24 entries (6+6+6+6) [6 skaters are cut]
    Pairs: 16 entries (4+4+4+4) [4 pairs are cut]
    Dance: 20 entries (5+5+5+5) [5 couples are cut]

    These numbers are maximums, so there can be fewer entries.


    Q: What is the Minimum Total Technical Score?
    A: The MTTS is the Technical Element Score (TES portion of a competitor's score) that the skater must have reached in an ISU-recognized International Competition during the ongoing (2010-11) or immediately preceding season (2009-10).

    Each season the ISU will specify what the MTTS requirements are. For the 2010-11 season, the MTTS are:

    Men: SP (20), FS (35)
    Ladies: SP (15), FS (25)
    Pairs: SP (17), FS (30)
    Dance: SD (17), FD (28)

    Skaters must satisfy the MTTS for both the SP/D and the FS/D. Skaters can satisfy the SP/D and the FS/D at separate ISU-recognized International Competitions.


    Q: Why did the ISU decide to require the Minimum Total Technical Score for entry into ISU Championships?
    A: The reasoning that was provided was to ensure that competitors at Senior ISU Championships have the basic technical ability expected of this level.


    Q: Why are there Free Skating/Dance competitions before the SP? Is this an error in the schedule?
    A: No, it is not an error. Starting with the 2010-11 season, the ISU has re-introduced preliminary (also known as qualifying) rounds.


    Q: What is the preliminary round?
    A: In the preliminary round, competitors skate their Free Skate or Free Dance to qualify to the Short Program/Short Dance. The preliminary round occurs before the main competition Short Programs/Dance.
    The top ranked competitors after the preliminary round (according to the number of preliminary round entries allotted, see below) qualify to the main short program/dance competition.


    Q: Do scores from the preliminary round carry over to the main competition?
    A: No.


    Q: Who has to skate in the preliminary round?
    A: Skaters that do not have a direct entry into the Short Program/Dance. Federations with more total entries in a discipline than direct entries must have the skaters without a direct entry skate in the preliminary round.


    Q: What is a direct entry?
    A. A direct entry means a skater does not have to skate a free skate/dance in the preliminary round but directly qualifies to the short program/dance.


    Q: Are the host nation skaters guaranteed to skate in the SP?
    Host members (the federation hosting the ISU Championship) are entitled to have one competitor per discipline in the short program/dance, even if they did not qualify for it via the normal qualifying procedure (preliminary round or direct entry).
    The Host member's competitor does not take up one of the spots given to the preliminary round entries; instead, the competitor will be an extra entry into the SP/SD and skate first in the first SP/SD group. In pairs and ice dance, the first SP/SD group may be divided into two subgroups to accommodate the extra pair/couple.


    Q: Why are the first two groups in the Pairs SP or Short Dance smaller than the rest of the warm-up groups?
    A: Probably the host members rule (see above) allowed a pair or dance couple from the host member to be entered in the Pairs SP or Short Dance despite not having a direct entry or qualifying to the SP/SD via the preliminary round.


    Q: How are direct entries assigned?
    A: Federations are listed in the order of their best placed participant in the corresponding discipline of the preceding season's same Championships.

    Ex. from 2010 Euros Pairs results, the listing for 2011 Euros Pairs would be:
    Russia
    Germany
    Ukraine
    Italy
    France
    Switzerland
    Great Britain
    Estonia
    Poland
    Greece
    Bulgaria

    A federation gets as many direct entries as the number of this federation's skaters in the top 18 for Singles, top 12 for Pairs, and top 12 (Euros, 4CC) or 15 (Jr. Worlds and Worlds) for Ice Dance in the corresponding discipline of the preceding season's same Championships.

    Ex. from 2010 Euros Pairs results, the direct entries for 2011 Euros Pairs would be:

    Russia (3 in top 12)
    Germany (2)
    Ukraine (1)
    Italy (1)
    France (2)
    Switzerland (1)
    Great Britain (2)

    Total number of direct pairs entries for Euros 2011 = 12

    In case the number of Direct Entries obtained this way is less than required, the next listed Member(s) obtain the right for Direct entry until the required number of entries is reached.


    Q: Does the direct entry belong to the skater that "earned" it or does it belong to their federation/nation?
    A: The direct entry belongs to the federation/nation.


    Q: How many direct entries and preliminary entries are there to the Short Program/Dance?
    A:
    Number of Short Program/Dance Entries for Europeans and Four Continents:
    Singles - 28 (18 direct entries, 10 from top preliminary round entries)
    Pairs - 18 (12 direct entries, 6 from top preliminary round entries)
    Dance - 20 (12 direct entries, 8 from top preliminary round entries)

    Number of Short Program/Dance Entries for Junior Worlds and Worlds:
    Singles - 30 (18 direct entries, 12 from top preliminary round entries)
    Pairs - 20 (12 direct entries, 8 from top preliminary round entries)
    Dance - 25 (15 direct entries, 10 from top preliminary round entries)


    Q: What happens when a nation has 2 (or 3) competition entries but only 1 (or 2) direct entry? How do they determine who gets the direct entries?
    A: The skater(s) ranked higher in the ISU World Standings at the time when the competition entries are made must be given preference for the direct entries.
    The competitor with the lower ISU World Standings ranking must be entered into the Preliminary Round.


    Q: Will there be an ice-make before the final group in the free skate/dance like last year?
    Also, is there still a break between the first group in the Free Skate/Dance and the other three groups?

    A: No. These (stupid) rules have been removed.


    Q: I don't see the compulsory dance or original dance on the schedule. Is this an error in the schedule?
    A: No. The Compulsory Dance and Original Dance are no more. They have been replaced with the Short Dance, which consists of doing several patterns of a specified CD and then some additional dance elements, such as footwork, twizzles, lifts, spins, etc. The style of the dance is specified (waltz, tango, etc.) but the dancers can pick their own music. The compulsory pattern used this season is from the Golden Waltz compulsory dance.
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    Nice summary.
    You have one typo:
    sum of 10 points results in 3 entries for the next year's Championships
    This should be 2 entries.

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    Thanks for the correction.

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    Great job, thanks

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    Thanks so much for this! I was especially confused about the assignment of the total number of entries vs. direct entries. I think I understand now

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    Quote Originally Posted by HisWeirness View Post


    Host members (the federation hosting the ISU Championship) are entitled to have one competitor per discipline in the short program/dance, even if they did not qualify for it.
    One question about this: Does It Mean the Swiss Dance Team of Elsener&Roost will take one of the 8 spots available in the QR regardless how they skate or does it mean there will be one extra slot for them making a total of 21 teams in the Short Dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiK View Post
    One question about this: Does It Mean the Swiss Dance Team of Elsener&Roost will take one of the 8 spots available in the QR regardless how they skate or does it mean there will be one extra slot for them making a total of 21 teams in the Short Dance.
    A: Extra slot. There will be 21 couples in the Short Dance unless Elsener/Roost earn a spot with a top 8 finish in the preliminary round. If Elsener/Roost finish top 8 in the preliminary round, then there will only be 20 couples entered in the short dance.

    ISU says:
    In case the Competitor(s) of the Host Member went through the normal qualifying procedure and did not qualify for the first segment of a Championships/discipline according to paragraphs 5 or 6 above, one
    Competitor of the Host Member shall have the right to additionally enter and participate in each discipline (Ladies, Men, Pair Skating and Ice Dance), provided the Host Member Competitor(s) fulfils the Minimum Score requirements according to paragraph 3 above. This competitor will have the starting number one (1) and in Single Skating the first warm up group will be exceeded with one (1) Skater; in Pair Skating and Ice Dance, if necessary, the first warm up group will be divided into two subgroups with a separate warm-up for each of them.
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    My question involves potential spoilers from the Canadian Championships so I will use spoiler tags just in case.....

    Spoiler


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    I'm afraid that is the case, danafan.

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    Balde is not SOL. He just needs to compete at a Senior B international competition to reach the minimum TES before Worlds / 4CCs.

    http://www.sportcentric.com/vsite/vn...v-list,00.html

    On the ISU calendar the Bavarian Open would be the first opportunity to have Balde get the min TES (if it is not too late to enter).

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    Also the Nordics, which runs the same time as Bavarian Open, and Senior Men and Ladies are open to all members.
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    do the score in qualifying round count as 'season's best' or 'personal best' ?
    don't know, could be the case for someone making the cut and bombing afterwards...

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    HisWeirness, you are our treasure!

    Thanks so much for compiling essential information, yet again.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatak View Post
    do the score in qualifying round count as 'season's best' or 'personal best' ?
    don't know, could be the case for someone making the cut and bombing afterwards...
    I am wondering that too.

    And skaters who didn't qualify to SP, will they be classified as FNR? Or will their competing at Euros not even be acknowledged...

    God, those new rules are making me beyond belief.

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    ^^
    Well they are acknowledged as having competed in that their placement will be assigned 20 points toward that nations accumulation of points for determining number of entries earned for the following year's Euros - if I understood the first post correctly. (Thanks so much HisWeirness.)

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    ISU Championships Short Program/Dance Draw Rules

    The Short Program/Dance draw rules can be found in ISU Rule 579 for singles and pairs and Rule 635 for ice dance.

    Rules are here:
    http://www.isu.org/vsite/vfile/page/...-0-file,00.pdf

    The ISU has changed in 2010-11 how they are breaking up the SP/D warmup groups.

    Last season (2009-10) the ISU did the warmup groups using earlier and later halves, but I noticed that at Euros they did not break up the warmup groups in this way and used 5+5+6+6+6 instead of 4+5+5, 4+5+5 for the 28 SP skaters.

    So, the new SP/D warmup group breakdowns are as follows:

    Europeans and Four Continents
    Singles: 28 entries (5+5+6+6+6)
    Pairs: 18 entries (3+3+4+4+4)
    Dance: 20 entries (5+5+5+5)

    Junior and Senior Worlds
    Singles: 30 entries (6+6+6+6+6)
    Pairs: 20 entries (4+4+4+4+4)
    Dance: 25 entries (5+5+5+5+5)


    These numbers are maximums, so there can be fewer entries.
    Q: How are skaters drawn into warmup groups at ISU Championships?
    A: First, rank the skaters/pairs/couples qualified to or directly entered in the SP/D according to their ISU World Standing rank. I'm going to call this their SP/D entry rank.

    Next, divide the SP/D entry ranked list into halves, with the top ranked skaters in the "later" half and the lower SP/D entry ranked + unranked skaters in the "earlier" half.

    The skaters are then divided into four divisions, which I am going to term A, B, C, and D.

    The "later" half contains the A and B skaters and the "earlier" half contains the C and D skaters.

    The A skaters draw for order in the final two warmup groups of the SP/D. The A skaters division contains the top SP/D entry ranked 12 singles skaters, 8 pairs, and 10 dance couples.

    The D skaters division contains all skaters without an ISU-ranking (unranked skaters).

    The simple rule is that D skaters skate first, then C skaters, then B skaters and then finally A skaters.

    ***********
    EXAMPLE:
    The example below is for the SP for ladies or men at Worlds/Junior Worlds (30 SP entries, 6+6+6+6+6).

    The top 12 SP/D entry ranked skaters are the "A" skaters.

    The skaters SP/D entry ranked 13-15 are the "B" skaters.
    The A (12) and B (3) skaters make up the "later" half of the SP.

    The skaters SP/D entry ranked 16th or less but with an ISU ranking are the "C" skaters.

    The unranked skaters without an ISU ranking are the "D" skaters.


    The A skaters random draw for order in the final two groups (groups 4 and 5).

    The B skaters, who are the three skaters SP/D ranked 13-15 (the remaining skaters in the top half of the SP/D entry rankings) would be in warm up Group 3.

    The remaining 15 slots (3 in Group 3, 6 in Group 2 and 6 in Group 1) will be assigned to the C skaters first (random draw). So, a C skater could wind up in Group 3 or Group 1 depending on how many C skaters there are.

    Similarly, the D skaters will be assigned to the first slots in Group 1. If there are more than 6 D skaters then D skaters could be in Group 2 as well.

    ***********


    Size of "A" and "B" skater divisions at ISU Championships

    Europeans and Four Continents
    Singles: 28 entries, 14 in later half, 12 "A" skaters (Groups 4 & 5), 2 "B" skaters (Group 3)
    Pairs: 18 entries, 9 in later half, 8 "A" pairs (Groups 4 & 5), 1 "B" pair (Group 3)
    Dance: 20 entries, 10 in later half, 10 "A" couples (Groups 3 & 4), no "B" couples

    Junior and Senior Worlds
    Singles: 30 entries, 15 in later half, 12 "A" skaters (Groups 4 & 5), 3 "B" skaters (Group 3)
    Pairs: 20 entries, 10 in later half, 8 "A" pairs (Groups 4 & 5), 2 "B" pairs (Group 3)
    Dance: 25 entries, 13 in later half, 10 "A" couples (Groups 4 & 5), 3 "B" couples (Group 3)
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    Europeans and Four Continents
    Singles: 28 entries (5+5+6+6+6)
    Pairs: 18 entries (3+3+4+4+4)
    Dance: 20 entries (5+5+5+5)


    SO ANNOYING!

    You need 5 grups anyway. So they might as well allow 30 singles and 20 pairs at Euros and 4CC.

    Thanks again for the info HW.

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    To answer a question I've been asked:
    I believe it is ISU rule 378 that states how many entries a country can have at championship events (based on results in the discipline the prior year).
    ISU Communication No. 1640 (August 2010) "Entries ISU Championships 2011" is the PDF document in question. Can someone post a direct link please? [ETA: Thanks, HisWeirness, for posting the link below! ]

    Under tab labeled ISU rules is the constitution and tech regulations. But this does not include rules higher than Rule 142.
    Those higher numbered rules are published in the PDF document titled "Special Regulations and Technical Rules Single and Pair Skating and Ice Dance 2010". Here's the link to the ISU RULES section of the ISU site: http://www.isu.org/vsite/vnavsite/pa...v-list,00.html
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    All ISU Communications

    Communication 1640 (ISU Championships Entries 2011)

    ISU General Rules (where the age and eligibility regulations are)
    ISU Special Regulations and Technical Rules Single and Pairs Skating and Ice Dance 2010 (everything else!)

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    Thanks for answering all these FAQs in one place.

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    Just a reminder about the ISU ranking points up for grabs this week at Jr. Worlds.

    Jr. Worlds
    1. 500
    2. 450
    3. 405
    4. 365
    5. 328
    6. 295
    7. 266
    8. 239
    9. 215
    10. 194
    11. 174
    12. 157
    13. 141
    14. 127
    15. 114
    16. 103
    17. 93
    18. 83
    19. 75
    20. 68
    21. 61
    22. 55
    23. 49
    24. 44

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