ISU Challenger Series in Figure Skating
04 Apr 2014
As announced in ISU Communication No. 1854 and mindful that the ISU support towards the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating is restricted to a limited group of organizing ISU Members, to a limited number of Skaters and to a limited number of Officials, the ISU Council agreed to financially support a restricted group of identified ISU Members traditionally staging International Figure Skating Competitions being part of the ISU Event Calendar.
This ISU support has the objective to ensure the proper and consistent organization and conduct of up to eleven (11) International Competitions linked together as a new ISU Series giving adequate opportunities for many Skaters to compete at the international senior level and earn World Standing Points and to increase the opportunity for Officials to officiate at an international level.
The International Competitions (events), which are included into this international Figure Skating ISU Series named “ISU Challenger Series”, must fulfil specific requirements which are summarized in this Communication.
Subject to a sufficient number of organizing ISU Members applying to participate in and able to comply with the requirements for this new ISU Series, it will start with the season 2014/15.
There is another ISU document, ISU Communication 1858, which further describes the series.
There will be up to 11 Senior events scheduled between August 1st and December 15th. Each event must include 3 of the four disciplines. Each event must include entries from a minimum of 12 different ISU members (all disciplines combined).
Ladies/Men: minimum 15 entries from at least 7 ISU members
Pairs: minimum 8 entries from at least 4 ISU members
Dance: minimum of 10 entries from at least 5 ISU members
JUDGES and TECHNICAL PANELS
Technical Controller and Technical Specialists must be from 3 different ISU members and at least one must have the qualification "ISU"; the other two must have the qualification "International"
The Referee must have the qualification "International" and can be of the same ISU member as one member of the Technical Panel.
Data and Relay Operators must have the qualification "International"
The panel of judges must be from 7 different ISU members and must have the qualification "International".
Skaters are limited to participate in 3 events in this series. Skaters who have participated in GP or JGP events may also participate but will not have priority.
WORLD STANDING POINTS-quite a bit more than for "B" and JGP events
5th: 198 Singles, Dance; 98 Pairs
6th: 178 Singles and Dance only
7th: 160 Singles only
8th: 144 Singles only
Each winner of a competition will be awarded with a position on the GP alternate list
At the end of the Series the two highest fial scores for each skater/couple will be added to form a Series ranking.
The top 3 skaters/Couples will receive Prize money:
How this looks to me is that certain competitions now listed as International Bs (Nebelhorn, Ice Challenge, e.g.) will morph into ISU Challenge events and offer more points than the lesser "B" events. The current USFS International Challenge event could be one of those as well. Now maybe Canada will put together an event as part of one of their major summer events and give their skaters a shot at earning some major international rating points.
I find it odd that Canada does not host a senior international. As one of the larger skating nations in the world, you would think they would host one. Also japan and china need to think about that too.
Originally Posted by chuckm
At 2013 were 19 Senior B's at 01 Aug - 15 Dec.
(M means Men, L Ladies, P Pairs, D Dance)
1 8 - 11 Aug 2013 Bangkok, Thailand Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy 2013 (M,L)
2 20 - 22 Aug 2013 Sydney, Australia Skate DownUnder (M,L,P,D)
3 31 Aug - 1 Sep 2013 Celje, Slovenia Slovenia Open (M,L)
4 11 - 15 Sep 2013 Salt Lake City U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (M,L,P,D)
5 19 - 22 Sep 2013 Sesto s. Giovanni, Milano Lombardia Trophy (M,L,P)
6 25 - 28 Sep 2013 Oberstdorf Nebelhorn Trophy (M,L,P,D)
7 3 - 5 Oct 2013 Bratislava, Slovakia Ondrej Nepela Trophy (M,L,P,D)
8 4 - 6 Oct 2013 Espoo, Finland (M,L,D)
9 17 - 20 Oct 2013 Minsk Ice Star (M,L,P,D)
10 17 - 20 Oct 2013 Zagreb Golden Bear (M,L,P)
11 23 - 27 Oct 2013 Nice Coupe de Nice (M,L,P,D)
12 24 - 27 Oct 2013 Poiana Brasov, Romania Crystal Skate (M,L,D)
13 7 - 10 Nov 2013 Riga, Latvia Volvo Open Cup (M,L,D)
14 14 - 17 Nov 2013 Warsaw, Poland Warsaw Cup (M,L,P)
15 14 - 17 Nov 2013 Merano, Italy Merano Cup (M,L,P)
16 19 - 24 Nov 2013 Graz, Austria Icechallenge (M,L,P,D)
17 28 Nov - 1 Dec 2013 Sofia, Bulgaria Denkova-Staviski Cup (M,L,P)
18 3 - 8 Dec 2013 Dortmund, Germany NRW Trophy (M,L,P)
19 5 - 8 Dec 2013 Zagreb, Croatia Golden Spin of Zagreb (M,L,P,D)
Two of them - only Men and Ladies.
So there are 17 - 8 with all four disciplines, 4 without Pairs, 5 without Dance.
Many od them have not enough competitors and ISU members to be as Communication 1858.
U.S. International Figure Skating Classic at 2013 - only Dance would be valid.
What is the chance that will be enough valid competitions?
Since the new competitions will offer more points, it's likely that more skaters/teams will enter. The competitions don't have to have all 4 disciplines, just at least 3 of the four.
They host Grand Prix events. It's not as though they host no senior internationals.
Originally Posted by GF2445
Yes. Also Canada hosts Worlds (2001, 2006, 2013) and 4CC (1999, 2009).
Originally Posted by gkelly
There is lack of SeniorB's at North America (only one in USA) while many skaters of many countries are practicing in USA.
It would be good to have SeniorB in Canada too.
In Russia situation is different - no need of SeniorB in Russia because of very many SeniorB's in Europe.