October 2008 Board of Directors Meeting

CHAIRPERSON – DIANE BROWN
VICE CHAIRPERSON – DORIS GIARDINI
SECRETARY – PENNY HORCHER
TREASURER – MARTY ROBERTS

The following is a recap of the USARS Semiannual Board of Directors Meeting held in Peoria, IL. on October 18 & 19th, 2008. This recap covers general and specific topics pertaining to figure skating. If any of you are interested in the speed and hockey portions, please contact me and I will forward the information to you. The full minutes will be posted on the USARS web site with more detail on each item.

  • The new web site is having problems, as many who used to get the weekly news updates, are aware of. They are working on Phase 2 to correct problems and add information.
  • 2009 Indoor Nationals will be held in Peoria, IL. Art – July 26 – August 9, 2009. Events will be held at the Civic Center downtown. It is a beautiful river city with lots to see and do.
  • Youth Events July 26th – August 1st, 2009
  • Elite Events August 2nd – August 6, 2009
  • Adult Events August 5th – August 9, 2009
  • Judges & Coaches Conference Dec. 4-7, 2008. Starts at 1:00 on Thurs. with the Meet Director’s certification. Reception in the evening. Regular session starts 8:00 am, Friday 12/5/08. Agenda is pretty well set. There will be a special session to introduce and train on the use of the new USARS Tabulating Program. Sat. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bring your computer. There will also be upgrading for coaches and officials. Be sure to get your registration in.
  • New coaching levels to be implemented for the Certified 1, 2 & 3 Levels. All will be open book tests and will make move-ups easier. New tests are being worked on.
  • Meet Directors applications will be sent to the appropriate technical committee and will need to be recertified every three years.
  • Various Committee reports were given. The following are some of the highlights for the Artistic Technical Committee.
  1. Timing of Skating

Effective ’08-’09 the following changes in times/repetitions will be implemented:

*Premier Silver (Solo/Team): 4 repetitions

*Premier Gold (Solo/Team): 2 minutes (Elim. & final rounds)

*Masters (Solo/Team): 4 repetitions

*Novice B Team: 4 repetitions

*Novice B Solo: 4 repetitions

*Esquire B Solo: 4 repetitions

The above events will be skated and judged as two (2) skaters/team flights.

  1. Novice A Team Dance – Lower the age requirement to 18 for both team members. (this will maintain age consistency throughout all Novice A events).
  2. World Class events – Skaters 12 and older have the option to skate Jr/Jr WC and Sr. WC in the same qualifying championships. Placement in the Sr. WC Event at Nationals eliminates future participation in the Jr./Jr. WC in that discipline. (GRAR7.05,AR7.06.02(b) Skaters who qualify for the Worlds cannot skate both Junior and Senior in the same event at Worlds.(e. g. National placement of 1-2-3-in Jr. WC would eliminate a skater to compete in Sr. WC in the same discipline in the same qualifying
  3. The next highest placement in the Jr. WC event would be selected to skate at the World Championships providing they meet the average minimum score of 8.0.
  4. General Rules AR8.02.05(f) – changes the wording from “five (5) or less” to “Less than five (5)” has no effect on future eligibility..
  5. Championship Draw AR11.05.07 – changes wording about which groups are to be skated at Regionals and Nationals. Draw for all figure, team & solo dance events will be posted to the USARS website on May 1st. Junior and Senior World Class National figure draw will take place on the practice day at the National Championships.

*The Technical Committee recommends a “flip-flopping” of the requirements from Regional Championships to the National Championships.

*At the Regional and National Championships

  • If there are a sufficient number of participants to hold an elimination round and a final round – the USARS “elimination listing” (on the May 1st draw) will be skated and the finals listings will be skated for the final round.
  • If there is NOT a sufficient number to hold an elimination round and a final round – the USARS elimination listing” will be skated for the final round.

6. Solo Dance

  • Solo Dance(AR8.02.75(g) – Solo Dance Skaters who participate in the Int’l. Youth Solo Dance division may, during the same qualifying championships, participate in the Junior World Class Solo Dance division as well as their age appropriate domestic solo dance division. Placing 1-2-3 in the Junior World Class Solo Dance division at the National Championships will prevent participation in the International Youth Solo Dance division in subsequent skating seasons.
  • Solo Dance (AR8.02.75(h) - Solo Dance skaters who participate in the Freshman “A” or Sophomore “A” Solo Dance divisions may, during the same qualifying championships, participate in the Junior Solo Dance division. Placing 1-2-3 in the Junior Solo Dance division at the National Championships will prevent participation in the Freshman “A” or Sophomore “A” Solo Dance division in subsequent skating seasons.
  • Solo Dance (AR8.02.75(i) – Solo Dance skaters who participate in the Classic Solo Dance division may, during the same qualifying championships, participate in the Junior Solo Dance division. Placing 1-2-3 in the Junior Solo Dance division at the National Championships will not prevent participation in the Classic Solo Dance division in subsequent skating seasons. (Refer to the rules for Classic Solo Dance division).
  • Solo Dance (AR8.02.75(j) – Solo Dance skaters who participate in the Junior Solo Dance Division may, during the same qualifying championships, participate in the Senior Solo Dance division. Placing 1-2-3 in the Senior Solo Dance division at the National Championships will prevent participation in the Junior Solo Dance division in subsequent skating seasons.
  • Solo Dance (AR8.02.75(k) – Solo Dance skaters who participate in the Premier Gold Solo Dance division may, during the same qualifying championships, participate in the Classic Solo Dance division. Placing 1-2-3 in the Classic Solo Dance division at the National Championships will not prevent participation in the Premier Gold or Silver Solo Dance divisions in subsequent skating seasons.
  1. Figure Skating (AR8.02.100) – Figure skaters who participate in the Premier Gold Figure division may, during the same qualifying championships, participate in the Classic Figure division. Place 1-2-3 in the Classic Figure division at the National Championships will not prevent participation in the Premier Gold or Silver Figure divisions in subsequent skating seasons.
  2. General Rule Clarifications (The clarifications listed below are necessitated due to the Premier move-down rules and requirements within the events)…
  • Novice A Solo Divisions(AR8.02.85) – Events shall consist of registered amateur skaters and teacher/coach skaters who have reached the age of eighteen (18) or older, who have never placed at a National Championship in any Solo Dance event excluding Level B, Level C, Novice A, Esquire A, Masters A, Veterans A, Premier A, Silver & Premier A Gold Division.
  • Novice A Team (AR8.02.61 - Events shall consist of registered amateur skaters and teacher/coach skaters who have reached the age of eighteen (18) or older, who have never placed at a National Championship in any Solo Dance event excluding Level B, Level C, Novice A, Esquire A, Masters A, Veterans A, Premier A, Silver & Premier A Gold Division.
  • Novice A Figures (AR8.02.110 Events shall consist of registered amateur skaters and teacher/coach skaters who have reached the age of eighteen (18) or older, who have never placed at a National Championship in any Solo Dance event excluding Level B, Level C, Novice A, Esquire A, Masters A, Veteran A, Premier A, Silver & Premier A Gold Division.
  1. Defense of Title (AR11.13.08 – (eliminate a-b-c-d of the existing rule)
  • Skaters in ALL events who have placed 1st in a National Championships are required to qualify for the National Championships in subsequent skating years.
  1. Free Skating (A) Divisions - Remove all requirement restrictions in the “A” Free Skating division events with the exception of the CIPA Footwork requirement. “B” & “C” Free Skating requirements will remain the same.
  2. General Rule (jAR8.02.05 (g) – In all events less than five (5) participants at a Regional Championships with cross-over “A” and “B” skaters that place 1-2-3, may skate both division events to qualify for the National Championships. Placements of 1-2-3- at the National Championships with more than five (5) skaters/teams will eliminate future participation in Level “B” in that discipline event in subsequent skating seasons.
  3. World Class Events (AR7.05.04) ADD… to qualify for the USA National Team for World Championships, skaters/teams must obtain an average score of 8.0 from the majority of the judges. (also add to GR AR7.06.01 and AR11.13.07(h).
  4. USARA National Judges Committee AR17.07
  1. The committee will have 4 members: Chairperson and 3 other members. The chairperson will not have a vote.
  2. To select qualified judges for the National Championships
  3. To assign the selected judges from application for the championships to appropriate events. Only one (1) National Judges Committee member may be assigned to any given National event panel, or as many as necessary for World Class events.
  4. To monitor the judges performance
  5. To be available to council w/judges regarding a particular event
  6. To notify all persons applying to judge the National Championships to submit their potential conflict list of events, with this list to be updated after all Regional Championships of the judging year.
  7. To be available to replace a judge on an event in case of illness, conflict, etc. as long as this does not conflict with item C.
  8. Monitor “open discussions” with the judges prior and/or after any given event.
  9. To help inform the judges of any modifications in the skating requirements.
  10. Review assignments to ensure that the compensated judges are used to their maximum potential.
  11. Committee members and National Panel Judges must mentor aspiring judges during the skating season and strive to attend USARS National approved continuing education seminars yearly.
  12. To suggest judging programs aimed to entice new judges.
  13. To be available for upgrading of judges from “C” level to “B| level.

Semi-Annual Board Meeting – Proposed: April 3, 4, 5th 2009, Lincoln, NE.

Diane Brown

North Central Region