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.