Revision of Minimum Entry Criteria to Qualify as Challenger Series Event (ISU Communication No. 1894) -- see excerpt below:
http://static.isu.org/media/165576/1...d-criteria.pdf (Aug 26, two pages)
... the monitoring of the ongoing entries to the above-mentioned International Competitions indicates that the set minimum number of entries appears to be too high and by no fault of their own certain Organizing Committees/Organized Members might not be able to meet this entries criteria.
Therefore in order to maintain and secure the main purpose of this series, namely to give adequate opportunities for many Skaters (mostly not qualified to enter Grand Prix events) to compete at the international senior level and earn World Standing Points, the Council determined to apply the following (revised) criteria for an International Competition to become a Challenger Series event:
A minimum of the following entries at the time of the draw are required for the identified International Competitions (which are lower than those stated in para 2 of Communication 1858):
a minimum of 12 Members must have made entries (in total - not per category, which is unchanged from Communication 1858)
Men: 8 entries from 4 Members (instead of 15 entries from 7 Members as para 2 of Communication 1858)
Ladies: 8 entries from 4 Members (instead of 15 entries from 7 Members as per para 2 of Communication 1858)
Pairs: 5 entries from 3 Members (instead of 8 entries from 4 Members as per para 2 of Communication 1858)
Ice Dance: 6 entries from 4 Members (instead of 10 entries from 5 Members as per para 2 of Communication 1858)
The other criteria as stated in Communication 1858 remain unchanged.
Provided that the above mentioned criteria are met, the event in question will be considered to be a full part of the ISU Challenger Series with all further consequences, e.g. full ISU contribution, higher World Standing Points, ranking within the ISU Challenger Series, participating in the Challenger Series Prize Money etc.
In the case that one discipline within an event of the ISU Challenger Series does not meet the above mentioned revised minimum number of participants, this discipline will not be considered as part of the ISU Challenger Event. Consequently no World Standing Points would be awarded for this discipline and the participants of the discipline in question would not be awarded points for the special ranking of the series. The event, however, would still count for “Seasons Best Score” and “Minimum total Technical Score”.
The Salt Lake City Classic had not met all of the original criteria, but meets all of the revised criteria.
The Skate Canada Autumn Classic had just barely missed meeting all of the original criteria, and meets all of the revised criteria.
Nebelhorn already met all of the original criteria.