Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
When there are thousands of skaters involved, covering a wide range of ability, it makes more sense to divide the competitions by skill level first and then if necessary by age afterward.
Maybe take a page out of gymnastics' book? They do this at competitions. Girls (I don't follow the boys/men as closely so don't know if they're the same) are split among numbered skill levels (based on their shown skills and if they've had qualifying scores for the level). Within the levels, they're split into age groups. So, there could be multiple Level 8 state champions, for example, with one being 10 and another being 12 and so on.