2017–18 National Championships Predictions Game (Rules) | Golden Skate

2017–18 National Championships Predictions Game (Rules)


Record Breaker
Oct 25, 2012
Now that the main part of the Senior GP Game is over, it is time to start the Nationals Game.

You will be pleased to hear that after the scaled down version last season, we are returning to having a full Game this season.

The Rules are still largely the same as for the GP Predictions Game. So, like last year, I will use tulosai’s explanation as the basis.

Rules (slightly re-worded for clarity, but in effect the same as last year):

  1. Guess the Top 5 finishers in each discipline at each Grand Prix. Each event will have it's own dedicated thread in which to make predictions. For handiness, I will provide a list of the entries in the first post in each of these threads.

  2. Although only the Top 5 will be scored, you are advised to include at least 6 skaters in your predictions lists for each discipline. The remaining skaters will be alternates in case any of the skaters you pick for your Top 5 withdraws or can't compete at the last minute.

    Competitions With Small Entries
    • If there are 5 or more entries, then the Predictions Game will carry on as per the usual rules.
    • If there are 3 or 4 entries in a competition, then we will make predictions on just the podium positions (if there is a 4[SUP]th[/SUP] entry, that will be the alternate).
    • If there are 1 or 2 entries in a competition, then that category will not count towards the Game.
  3. The target time to get your predictions in is one hour before the first Short Programme of the event starts. If the pairs are first and they start at 7pm EST, you should aim to get your predictions in by 6pm EST.

    But, as usual in my Games, this is just a target time so that you are not rushing about at the last minute. Predictions for each category will still be accepted up until the start of that category’s Short Programme.

    Late Entries
    • In the event of predictions being submitted late, only those predictions for competitions that have not yet started will count.

    So, using the 2014/15 German SP timetable (Dance, then Men's, then Pairs and finally Ladies) as an example:

    If you submit your predictions in between Men's and Pairs, then your predictions for BOTH Pairs and Ladies will count towards the Game.

    If you submit your predictions during the Pairs competition (even if your skaters have not yet taken to the ice), then ONLY your predictions for Ladies will count towards the Game.​

    Editing / Changing Predictions After The First SP Starts

    If you edit your predictions post after the first SP has started (even if it is just to correct a spelling mistake), ALL your predictions will become invalid. This is because the only people that can see a post’s edit history is the person who posted it. So, the scorers cannot know for sure what exactly was edited.

    If you want to edit your predictions, you should instead post the amended predictions for that category IN A NEW POST, and make it clear in this new post that you want that to replace your previous predictions for that category.​

  4. For your prediction to qualify for scoring, you must provide the full last name(s) in your predictions. The thread of each round will include the entries for each discipline, so all you need to do is copy and paste. Abbreviations, nicknames, first names will not be accepted.


Each correct guess is worth 15 points. If you guess Mao will be first and she is first, that is 15 points. If you guess Mirai is 5[SUP]th[/SUP] and she is 5[SUP]th[/SUP], that is 15 points.

Each guess that is one placement off is worth 10 points. If you guess Ashley is 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] and she is 1[SUP]st[/SUP], you get 10 points. If you guess Gracie is 5[SUP]th[/SUP] and she is 6[SUP]th[/SUP], you get 10 points.

Each guess that is two placements off is worth 5 points. If you guess Akiko is 4[SUP]th[/SUP] and she in 2[SUP]nd[/SUP], you get 5 points. If you guess Tukt is 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] and she is 5[SUP]th[/SUP] you get 5 points.

Non-Scoring Rounds

There were some Championships that I was dithering about including in the Predictions Game because they were on at the same time as other rounds that are part of the Game. As some members have specifically said that they want to predict on these rounds, I have compromised by making them “Non-Scoring Rounds”. Basically, you can predict on them for fun if you want, but they will not count towards the final Game score.​

So, after careful consideration, these are the Championships that have been selected as rounds for the Predictions Game:

National Championships Game

N/S Round: British Championships (28[SUP]th[/SUP] November 2017 – 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] December 2017)
N/S Round: Australian Championships (2[SUP]nd[/SUP] – 8[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017)
N/S Round: French Championships (14[SUP]th[/SUP] – 16[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017)
N/S Round: German Championships (15[SUP]th[/SUP] – 16[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017)
Round 1: Four Nationals Championships (14[SUP]th[/SUP] – 16[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017)
Round 2: Italian Championships (13[SUP]th[/SUP] – 16[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017)
Round 3: Japanese Championships (20[SUP]th[/SUP] – 24[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017)
Round 4: Russian Championships (19[SUP]th[/SUP] – 24[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017)
Round 5: American Championships (29[SUP]th[/SUP] December 2017 – 8[SUP]th[/SUP] January 2018)
Round 6: South Korean Championships (5[SUP]th[/SUP] – 7[SUP]th[/SUP] January 2018)
Round 7: Canadian Championships (8[SUP]th[/SUP] – 14[SUP]th[/SUP] January 2018)

This thread will be available for general discussion about the game, and for analysing how the game is progressing. But, please keep the predictions and subsequent discussion about each event in the specific thread for that event:

British Championships: Predictions Game (N/S Round)
Australian Championships: Predictions Game (N/S Round)
French Championships: Predictions Game (N/S Round)
German Championships: Predictions Game (N/S Round)
Four Nationals Championships: Predictions Game Round 1
Italian Championships: Predictions Game Round 2
Japanese Championships: Predictions Game Round 3
Russian Championships: Predictions Game Round 4
American Championships: Predictions Game Round 5
South Korean Championships: Predictions Game Round 6
Canadian Championships: Predictions Game Round 7

The scores for all the rounds will be recorded in the spreadsheet, which can be found at:


Plus, if you want a handy way to keep track who is on the podium in each round, we have the HALL OF FAME thread, which can be found at:


Thank you so much to the organisers and scorers of this year’s GP Game for making it such a success. This new game would not have been possible without you!

Good luck everybody!