FIGURE SKATING ELIGIBILITY UPDATE
Contact: Jane Wojnarowsky, USARS Figure Sport Director
THE USARS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE FOLOWING RULES FOR FIGURE SKATING ELIGIBILITY AS RECOMMENDED FROM THE FIGURE SPORT COMMITTEE (10/19/12)
AR 8.02.05 ROLLER FIGURE SKATING DIVISIONS AND MOVE-UP RULES Any skater/team who has never placed 1st -2nd -3rd in USARS events in the National Championship in the event involved (e.g. - figures, dance, etc.) is eligible to compete in the USARS Level (B) and/or Level (C) divisions. Any skater/team who has reached the maximum age in a Level (A) event without placing in the National Championship in Level (A) or Level (B) events has the option to move up to the next higher division and continue to compete in the Level (B), as well as the Level (A) events. (e.g. - Juvenile (A), move to Elementary (B) & (A) events).
(a) All Level “C” division events will compete as Regional Championships Only.
(b) Skaters/Teams may remain in Level (B) until they place 1-2-3 at the National
Championships when there are six (6) or more contestants, after which the skaters/teams must move to the Level (A) division in that event in subsequent skating seasons. In Level (B) events of five or fewer contestants, ONLY the skaters/teams who have placed 1st at the National Championships will be mandated to move to Level (A) in subsequent skating seasons.
(c) In the Men and Women Free Skating, NOVICE skaters who have placed 1-2-3 at
the National Championships have the option to advance to the SOPHOMORE
DIVISION or remain in the NOVICE FREE SKATING DIVISION.
(d) Skaters/teams that participate in Level (A) Divisions that do NOT place at a National Championship event may advance to the next higher (A) or (B) event.
(e) Any skater or team placing 2nd, or 3rd at the National Championships in an event that has five (5) or fewer contestants/teams shall have the option to remain in that division, or to move to the next higher division. This rule does not apply to divisions that have a maximum age limit. Placing in an event with five (5) or fewer contestants/teams has no effect on future eligibility. This exception does not apply to World Class events.
(f) At a Regional Championship, cross-over (A) and (B) skaters/teams may skate both division events to qualify for the National Championships. Placements of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the National Championships with six (6) or more skaters/teams will eliminate future participation in Level (B) in those events.
(g) Skaters CANNOT skate Level (C) and Level (A) divisional events in the same qualifying Regional Championship. Level (C) division skaters may challenge the Level (B) division event of the same skating discipline during the same qualifying championships.