By popular request
Feel free to discuss potential 2012-13 Grand Prix assignments, etc. here while we wait for the all powerful 2012-13 GP announcement that will hopefully
1. Be released BEFORE the assignments come out in June
2. Be an easy to understand and interpret document
In the meantime, I've collected some helpful links and some posts made around FSU on this topic.
If you'd like to specifically discuss US skaters' assignments to the GP & JGP, USFSA strategy, and/or Skate America TBA picks, there is already a thread up and going on that topic here: 2012-13 US assignments speculation
Please keep in mind the following:
The ISU has already updated the World Rankings and Season bests (Men, Ladies, Pairs, Dance) through 2012 Worlds, but they have yet to remove the 2009-10 season points from the ISU World Standings. This will likely happen in the next month (last year it was May 11). Therefore, the ISU World Standings you see today are not the World Standings that will probably be used to determine 2012-13 GP Assignments.
GP assignments were announced last year on June 27. Here is the 2011-12 GP Thread. The ISU Congress and ISU Council are meeting in Kuala Lumpur in June (June 10-17). So, it'll probably be June when the assignments will be announced.
The 2012-13 GP announcement and assignments will probably be posted on this website: ISU Grand Prix webpage
2011-12 Grand Prix Announcement (contains all of the Grand Prix assignment rules)
Current 2012-13 GP dates/locations
19 - 21 Oct Skate America TBA, USA
26 - 28 Oct Skate Canada Windsor, Ontario, Canada
2 - 4 Nov Cup of China Shanghai, China
9 - 11 Nov Rostelecom Cup 2012 Moscow, Russia
16 - 18 Nov Trophee (insert sponsor here), Paris, France
23 - 25 Nov NHK Trophy Sendai, Japan
6 - 9 Dec Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (Combined Juniors and Seniors) Sochi, Russia
Relevant posts from previous threads:
Speculation on changes in 2012-13:c) “Come-Back” Skaters/Couples: Skaters/Couples who were previously seeded (placed 1 to 6 at any previous ISU World Figure Skating Championships) and subsequently did not participate in one or more competitive seasons are allowed to re-enter the Grand Prix if they commit to participating in 2 Grand Prix events. A come-back under this clause is allowed only once for any skater. Subsequent to the come-back season, the skater will be considered only by his/her placement on the official lists (seeded or World Standing points, etc.). If the skater is no longer on the list, he/she will not be considered for a Grand Prix event.