2018 North American Series for USA & CAN Novice skaters

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From Skate Ontario website: http://www.skateontario.org/2018/05/09/2018-north-american-series/

Skate Canada and U.S. Figure Skating will hold the 2018 North American Series for novice level athletes, in conjunction with:
Skate Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 11-15, 2018;
Lake Placid Ice Dance Competition in Lake Placid, New York, July 24-27, 2018; and
Sectional Series GTSA Summer Skate in Toronto (North York), Ontario, August 16-19, 2018.

"Skate Ontario is tasked to create a nomination list of athletes to submit to Skate Canada for
possible selection for this series of events. All athletes must be skating at the Novice level for the
2018 – 2019 season."
http://www.skateontario.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-North-American-Series.pdf

OBJECTIVES OF THE NORTH AMERICAN SERIES
To provide an opportunity for athletes that competed at the Sectional, Challenge or National
level, to simulate an international competition, and compete against top athletes from both the
U.S. and Canada.

Skate Milwaukee, July 11-15, Milwaukee, WI (Men, Ladies, Pairs)

Lake Placid Ice Dance Competition, July 24-27, Lake Placid, NY (Ice Dance)

Sectionals Series – GTSA Summer Skate Toronto (North York), ON, August 16-19 (Men, Ladies, Pairs, Ice Dance)

Entries per competition (2 warm-up groups):
Men = 12 max (6 CAN + 6 USA)
Ladies = 12 max (6 CAN + 6 USA)
Pairs = 8 max (4 CAN + 4 USA)
Ice Dance = 10 max (5 CAN + 5 USA)

Note: The original North American Challenge Skate (NACS) series of competitions for Junior/Novice level skaters were held from 1996 to 2006.
 
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Ice Dance = 10 max (5 CAN + 5 USA)
Will this be with the Advanced Novice international compulsory dances?

There were only three teams that competed in the Advanced Novice division for the Lake Placid International last year, but that was technically the "international" competition. (Versus seven teams that competed in the novice division at the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships).
 

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I saw Andrew Poje skate at a North American challenge event in 1999 so glad to see the series come back after all these years as it's a great way for young skaters to be introduced to international competition.
 

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Will this be with the Advanced Novice international compulsory dances?

There were only three teams that competed in the Advanced Novice division for the Lake Placid International last year, but that was technically the "international" competition. (Versus seven teams that competed in the novice division at the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships).
It looks like it. The Lake Placid announcement states that novices will compete the Argentine Tango and Blues, and the key points are from the ISU. Link to announcement: http://www.lakeplacidskating.com/events/IDC/LPIDI18 Announcement.pdf
 

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