ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVED AR8.02.403 FIGURE RULE CHANGE FOR JUNIOR WORLD CLASS/JUNIOR PAIR DIVISION
AR8.02.403 JUNIOR WORLD CLASS/JUNIOR PAIR DIVISION
(JWC: age 12 – 18 & JUNIOR: age 19 & up – for the older partner)
JUNIOR WORLD CLASS (age 12 – 18) PAIRS DIVISION is an open event for all registered amateur skaters in
which both partners are at least TWELVE (12) years of age and not yet NINETEEN (19) years of age as of January
1st in the year of the National Championships. (See AR7.05.04 for qualification)
JUNIOR PAIRS (age 19 & up– for the older partner) skating shall consist of registered amateur skaters where at least one member has qualified to participate in the National Championships in the FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE PAIRS DIVISIONS.
(a) JUNIOR PAIRS skaters (19 years of age and older) who have placed 1, 2 or 3 at the National Championship have the option to advance to the SENIOR WORLD CLASS, or remain in the JUNIOR PAIRS event.
(b) The JUNIOR WORLD CLASS PAIRS DIVISION teams must compete through the Regional Championship for entry into the National Championship, which in addition acts as the trials for the FIRS Junior World Championships. To be eligible to compete in the Junior World Championship a skater who has competed in the previous World Senior Championship must not have placed in the first TEN (10) places in the Pairs Senior World Championship. When the Senior and Junior World Championship are held at the same time, a skater cannot enter both World Championships.
(c) JUNIOR WORLD CLASS PAIRS DIVISION skaters (12 - 18 years of age, both partners) may compete in this pairs division and in the same competitive year compete in another Level (A) USARS pairs division (FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE) as their age or experience level so qualifies them.
(d) Should a World Championships qualifying score be earned (See AR7.05.04 for qualification) Once a medal placement (1, 2 or 3) is obtained in a National JUNIOR WORLD CLASS or SENIOR WORLD CLASS PAIRS event, that skater will no longer be able to compete in the Level (A) FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE or JUNIOR PAIRS in subsequent seasons.
(e) Any skater who participates in CLASSIC, JUNIOR/JUNIOR WORLD CLASS or SENIOR WORLD
CLASS events may not skate in the same Level (B) event and/or any Level (C) Divisions in any event. Skaters who participate in Junior World Class or Senior World Class Solo or Team Dance EVENTS CANNOT skate any Creative Solo Free Dance or International Solo Free Dance event in the same competitive season.
(f) JUNIOR PAIRS DIVISION skaters who have placed 1, 2 or 3 at the National Championship in the JUNIOR DIVISION have the option to advance to the SENIOR WORLD CLASS PAIRS DIVISION or remain in the JUNIOR PAIRS DIVISION.
(g) JUNIOR PAIRS DIVISION skaters who have qualified to participate in but have not placed 1, 2 or 3 at the National Championship in the JUNIOR PAIRS DIVISION have the option to advance to the SENIOR WORLD CLASS PAIRS DIVISION, or remain in the JUNIOR PAIRS DIVISION.
(h) All skaters who have previously competed in a Regional Championship in a PAIRS final event, who are TWELVE (12) years of age or older, have the option to move up to the next higher PAIRS division or to the JUNIOR or SENIOR WORLD CLASS PAIRS DIVISION unless otherwise required in the rules. Once a skater moves up a division, that skater must remain at that level of competition, with the exception of AR7.04.02 that permits a skater to return to his or her appropriate age division once a partnership terminates, however the Junior Division is excluded from a move down. (See AR7.06.02 d)
(i) JUNIOR WORLD CLASS PAIRS DIVISION teams who place 1 or 2 at the National Championship may qualify for the Junior World Championship. (See AR7.05.04 for qualification)