Fall 2004 Board of Directors Report of Action

U.S. Figure Skating
Board of Directors Meeting
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oct. 29-30, 2004

Present
Val Belmonte (Executive Director), Brittney McConn Bottoms, Todd Bromley. Tamie Campbell, Charles Cyr, Deveny Deck, Derrick Delmore, Charles Foster (President) Tammy Gambill, Danielle Hartsell-Minnis, Ron Hershberger, Robert Horen, Phyllis Howard, Sara Jack, Laurie Johnson, Kathaleen Kelly Cutone, Lois Long, Tony Morici, Scott Myers, Nancy Piro, Shawn Rettstatt, Joan Rozolis, Beth Sweiding Sisofo, Gale Tanger, Sharon Watson, Sharon Wiggins

Absent
Amber Corwin, Ann Dougherty, Lawrence Mondschein, Morgan Rowe

Guests
Brian Alexander, Deborah Barnes, Mikel Bowman, Carol Brown, Caren Camhi, Sheila Collins, Mary Cook, Bob Crowley, Lindsey DeWall, Kathy Drevs, Bob Dunlop, Laura Fawcett, Kelly Finnegan, Jessica Gaynor, Dalean Greenlee, Nancy Heizer, Kelly Hodge, Greg Johnston, Pat Kelleher, Donna Kopach, Carolyn Kruse, Lori Managlia, Edward Mann, Kristin Matta, Robert Mock, Sharon Morgan, Brian Murnock, Lorrie Murnock, Juliet Newcomer, Michael Paikin, Amy Partain, Valerie Powell, Nicole Stocker, Denise Thomas, Susi Wehrli, Jennifer Wozniak

Report of Action


Actions of the Board of Directors which affect the rules of U.S. Figure Skating must be ratified by the Governing Council which meets annually each May. Actions ratified by the Governing Council go into effect on September 1 of a year unless otherwise stated in the action.

The Board of Directors took the following actions:

1. ACCEPTED the Standing Rules for the conduct of the Board of Directors meeting as presented.

2. RECEIVED the report of the Minutes Committee of the Board of Directors meeting held in San Diego, Calif., on May 5, 2004 approving the Minutes.

3. ANNOUNCED the following future meetings of U.S. Figure skating:

  • 2005 spring Board of Directors meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio, May 4, 2005
  • 2005 Governing Council meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio, May 6-7, 2005
  • 2005 Annual [fall] meeting of the Board of Directors, World Arena Doubletree in Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 28-29, 2005

4. APPROVED the recommendation of the Executive Committee to elect the following persons to the U.S. Figure Skating Foundation Board of Trustees:

  • Susan Keogh – 2 year term
  • Robert Shmalo (athlete member) – 3 year term

Adult Skating Committee

5. APPROVED to change adult/masters competition requirements with regard to figure tests as shown:

Adult Bronze Free Skating – rule 3800
The adult bronze free skating test and no higher than the adult bronze free skating test, the standard preliminary free skating test or the ISI freestyle 4, or prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the preliminary figure test.

Adult Silver Free Skating – rule 3790
The adult silver free skating test and no higher than the adult silver free skating test, the standard juvenile free skating test or the ISI freestyle 5, or prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 2nd figure test.

Adult Gold Free Skating – rule 3780
The adult gold free skating test and no higher than the standard juvenile free skating test or the ISI freestyle 6, or prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 2nd figure test.

Championship Adult Gold Free Skating – rule 3780
The adult gold free skating test and no higher than the standard juvenile free skating test or the ISI freestyle 6, or prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 2nd figure test.

Masters Novice Free Skating – 3770
The standard intermediate free skating test or, prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 3rd figure test, and no higher than the standard novice free skating test or, prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 5th figure test.

Masters Junior Free Skating – rule 3760
The standard novice free skating test or, prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 4th figure test, and no higher than the standard junior free skating test or, prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 7th figure test.

Masters Senior Free Skating – rule 3750
At least the standard junior free skating test or, prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 6th figure test.

Championship Masters Free Skating- rule 3740
At least the standard intermediate free skating test or, prior to Oct. 1, 1977, the 3rd figure test.

6. APPROVED to modify the elements in the existing adult pre-bronze, adult bronze, adult silver and adult gold moves in the field (MIF) tests in order to create a more logical progression of tests for adult skaters. The modification also includes changes to the focus of "power" to "consistent flow and strength."

Following are the existing adult moves in the field tests and the proposed revisions.

Existing Adult PRE-BRONZE MIF

  • Forward Perimeter Stroking (PPM Pattern 1)
  • Basic Consecutive Edges (FO, FI, BO, BI) (PPM Pattern 2)
  • Forward and Backward Crossovers (PM Pattern 1)
  • Alternating Forward 3-Turns (PM Pattern 4)
  • Mark = PASS/RETRY

Proposed Adult PRE-BRONZE MIF

  • Forward Perimeter Stroking (PPM Pattern 1)
  • Basic Consecutive Edges (FO, FI, BO, BI) (PPM Pattern 2)
  • Forward and Backward Crossovers (PM Pattern 1)
  • Alternating Forward 3-Turns (PM Pattern 4)
  • Waltz Eight (PPM Pattern 4) (replaces the Alternating 3-Turns)
  • New Forward 3 Turn Pattern Rationale: This would teach the concept of the 3 turn within the adult skill level (download diagram)
  • Mark = PASS/RETRY (same as pre-preliminary MIF)

Existing Adult BRONZE MIF

  • Forward Perimeter Crossover Stroking (PJM Pattern 1)
  • Backward Perimeter Power Crossover Stroking (PJM Pattern 2)
  • Forward Power 3-turns (PM Pattern 3)
  • Alternating Backward Crossovers to Backward Outside Edges (PM Pattern 5)
  • Five Step Mohawk Sequence (PJM Pattern 6)
  • Passing Average = 2.5; Passing Total 12.5

Proposed Adult BRONZE MIF

  • Forward Perimeter Power Crossover Stroking (PJM Pattern 1)
  • Backward Perimeter Power Crossover Stroking (PJM Pattern 2)
  • Forward Power 3-turns (PM Pattern 3)
  • Alternating Backward Crossovers to Backward Outside Edges (PM Pattern 5)
  • Five Step Mohawk Sequence (PJM Pattern 6)
  • Passing Average = 2.5; Passing Total 12.5 (same as Preliminary MIF)
  • Change Primary Focus from “Power” to “Continuous flow and strength

Existing Adult SILVER MIF

  • Eight Step Mohawk Sequence (JM Pattern 1)
  • Forward and Backward Free Skating Cross Strokes (JM Pattern 2)
  • FO-BI 3-turns in the Field (PJM Pattern 3)
  • FI-BO 3-turns in the Field (PJM Pattern 4)
  • Forward Right and Left Foot Spirals (PPM Pattern 3)
  • Inside Slide Chasse Pattern (IM Pattern 6)
  • Passing Average = 2.7; Passing Total 16.2

Proposed Adult SILVER MIF

  • Eight Step Mohawk Sequence (JM Pattern 1)
  • Forward and Backward Free Skating Cross Strokes (JM Pattern 2)
  • FO-BI 3-turns in the Field (PJM Pattern 3)
  • FI-BO 3-turns in the Field (PJM Pattern 4)
  • Forward Right and Left Foot Spirals (PPM Pattern 3)
  • Inside Slide Chasse Pattern (IM Pattern 6 )
  • Forward and Backward Power Change of Edge Pulls (PJM Pattern 5)
  • Passing Average = 2.7; Passing Total 16.2 (same as Pre Juvenile MIF)
  • Change Primary/Secondary Focus from “Power” to “continuous flow and strength”

Existing Adult GOLD MIF

  • Stroking: Forward Power Circles (IM Pattern 1)
  • Stroking: Backward Power Circles (IM Pattern 2)
  • Forward Double 3-turns (JM Pattern 4)
  • Backward Double 3-turns (IM Pattern 4)
  • Backward Perimeter Power Stroking with Back Inside and Forward Inside 3-turns (NM Pattern 1)
  • Brackets in the Field Sequence (IM Pattern 5)
  • Passing Average = 3.0; Passing Total 18.0

Proposed Adult GOLD MIF

  • Stroking: Forward Power Circles (IM Pattern 1)
  • Stroking: Backward Power Circles (IM Pattern 2)
  • Forward Double 3-turns (JM Pattern 4)
  • Backward Double 3-turns (IM Pattern 4)
  • Backward Perimeter Power Stroking with Back Inside and Forward Inside 3-turns (NM Pattern 1)
  • Inside Slide Chasse Pattern (IM Pattern 6) (moved here from Silver, replaces NM 1)
  • Brackets in the Field Sequence (IM Pattern 5)
  • Passing Average = 3.0; Passing Total 18.0 (same as Juvenile MIF)
  • Change Primary/Secondary Focus from "Power" to "Continuous flow and strength"

7. APPROVED to clarify and document grandfathering and crossover rules between adult and standard track tests as outlined in the following three proposals:

Proposal A:
Create the allowance of crossing over from the standard track to the adult track for MIF only. If the skater passed the standard intermediate MIF, she/he would not be required to take the adult gold MIF before being allowed to take the adult gold FS or pair test; if he/she passed the standard juvenile MIF, he/she would not be required to take the adult silver MIF before the adult silver FS or pair test; if she/he passed the standard pre-juvenile MIF, she/he would not be required to take the adult bronze MIF before the adult bronze FS or pair test; and if he/she passed the standard preliminary MIF, he/she would not be required to take the adult pre-bronze MIF before the adult pre-bronze FS test.

This will be allowed in one direction ONLY. That direction is from the standard-track MIF to the adult-track MIF tests. There will be no crossing over from the adult-track MIF to the standard-track MIF, except where currently already provided (adult gold MIF or FS to standard intermediate MIF).

This is a table to illustrate the proposed crossing over of MIF test levels.

Preliminary MIF (passing avg.: 2.5) Adult Pre-Bronze MIF (pass/retry)
Pre-Juvenile MIF (passing avg.: 2.7) Adult Bronze MIF (passing avg.: 2.5)
Juvenile MIF (passing avg.: 3.0) Adult Silver MIF (passing avg.: 2.7)
Intermediate MIF (passing avg.: 3.2) Adult Gold MIF (passing avg.: 3.0)

Proposal B:
Allow the passing of either the standard or adult MIF test prior to taking the adult FS or pair test.
This is a table to illustrate the levels of MIF tests proposed be taken prior to the adult FS or pair test.

Adult Pre-Bronze MIF or Preliminary MIF Adult Pre-Bronze FS
Adult Bronze MIF or Pre-Juvenile MIF Adult Bronze FS or Adult Bronze Pairs
Adult Silver MIF or Juvenile MIF Adult Silver FS or Adult Silver Pairs
Adult Gold MIF or Intermediate MIF Adult Gold FS or Adult Gold Pairs

Proposal C:

Allow an adult skater who has passed the standard FS test to cross over to the adult track in this manner:

Has passed the standard
free skating test
Must then pass the appropriate
MIF test
To be eligible to take adult
FS or pair test
Pre-Preliminary FS Preliminary MIF or
Adult Pre-Bronze MIF
Adult Pre-Bronze FS
Preliminary FS Pre-Juvenile MIF or
Adult Bronze MIF
Adult Bronze FS or
Adult Bronze Pair
Pre-Juvenile FS Juvenile MIF or
Adult Silver MIF
Adult Silver FS or
Adult Silver Pair
Juvenile FS Intermediate MIF or
Adult Gold MIF
Adult Gold FS or
Adult Gold Pair

Competitions Committee

8. APPROVED the acceptance of a new trophy for the juvenile boys event at the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships. The trophy is being donated by the Broadmoor Skating Club in memory of Annette Cramer, mother of national and World competitor Scott Cramer.

9. APPROVED the following sanctions:

Final

  • Marshall's International Figure Skating Challenge, Site TBD following the U.S. Championships, April 5, 2005
  • 2005 U.S. Collegiate Championships, Hawaii FSC - Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 9-12, 2005
  • 2005 North American Challenge Skate, Silver Blades FSC – Overland Park, Kan., Aug. 25-28, 2005
  • 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Heartland Interclub Association - St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 7-15, 2006

Provisional

  • 2006 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Detroit Metro Council – Grand Rapids, Mich., Feb. 22-25, 2006
    2006 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, Rocky Mountain FSC – Westminster, Colo., Nov. 28-Dec. 3, 2005

10. REFERRED the following request for a provisional sanction back to the Competitions Committee with a requirement for Ann Dougherty (NVC for Adult Competitions) to report back to the Board of Directors with the following information:

  • The composition of the LOC leadership team
  • Proof of financial ability to host this competition
    • 2006 U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships, Dallas FSC – Frisco, Texas, Date TBD

11. ACCEPTED the resignation of Oscar T. Iobst as a national referee and national dance referee.

12. APPROVED the appointment of Oscar T. Iobst as an honorary referee of U.S. Figure skating.

13. APPROVED the following national promotions:

National Referee
Theodore Clarke, North Weymouth, Mass.

National Dance Referee
Theodore Clarke, North Weymouth, Mass.

National Announcer
Daniel P. Heslin, Murietta, Calif.

National Music Coordinator
Alan Davis, Caledonia, Mich.
Jeffery Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo.

14. APPROVED to amend ECR 3.07 as follows:

ECR 3.07 The vice president involved may suspend the Respondent pending the hearing contemplated by Article XXVII, Section 3(b) of the USFSA Bylaws if applicable law, including the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, does not otherwise prohibit such action. If a Grievance is initiated against a Respondent USFSA member who is also a member of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), the vice president shall confer with the PSA Professional Standards Committee chair prior to any suspension, but may impose the suspension regardless of the outcome of the conference.

Grievance Committee

15. APPROVED to amend GCR 3.02 by the addition of an item E as follows:

E. USFSA and PSA Combined Grievance: If a Grievance is initiated against a Respondent USFSA member who is also a member of the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), and the alleged violation(s) pertain(s) to the Respondent's actions in a coaching capacity, the USFSA Grievance Chair shall so notify the PSA Professional Standards Committee Chair with a copy thereof. Upon review of the allegations, the USFSA Grievance Chair and the PSA Professional Standards Committee Chair shall decide whether the Grievance shall be a Combined Grievance and processed pursuant to Article XXVII of the USFSA Bylaws. If the USFSA Grievance Chair and the PSA Professional Standards Committee Chair shall decide the Grievance shall not be a Combined Grievance, the USFSA Grievance Chair shall process the Grievance statement in accordance with USFSA Bylaws and Grievance and Ethics Committee Rules. When the USFSA Grievance Chair and PSA Professional Standards Committee Chair determine that the Grievance is a Combined Grievance, the USFSA Grievance Chair and PSA Professional Standards Committee Chair shall process the Combined Grievance as follows:

  1. If it is determined that the Combined Grievance is to proceed to a Hearing, the chair of the USFSA Grievance Committee shall select a Hearing Panel in accordance with GCR 3.04 and ECR 3.09. This Hearing Panel shall have at least one third (1/3) of its members current PSA and USFSA members.
  2. The PSA Professional Standards Committee Chair shall participate in the Combined Grievance process as an oversight official and as the representative of the PSA.
  3. The Hearing shall follow all USFSA Bylaws, Grievance Committee and Ethics Committee rules and procedures.
  4. A decision by the Hearing Panel shall become effective pursuant to both the USFSA Bylaws and Grievance and Ethics Committee Rules and PSA Rules and any appeal(s) therefrom may be taken in accordance with such rules.
  5. An appeal within the USFSA may be filed in accordance with USFSA Article XXVII Section 3 (c), Section 3 (d), and Grievance Committee Rules.

16. APPROVED to amend GCR 9.01 as follows:

GCR 9.01 Confidentiality concerning the commencement and subject of a Grievance and of the Grievance proceeding is to be maintained by all parties and participants therein Once there is a final decision arising from a Grievance, the information to be published by the USFSA shall be limited to the following:

A. The names(s) of the Grievant(s) and Respondent(s);
B. The nature of the Grievance and the USFSA bylaw or rule alleged to have been violated;
C. The outcome of the Grievance and discipline imposed, if any.

17. APPROVED to add new GCR 9.02

In addition to the confidentiality required by GCR 9.00 add the following

GCR 9.02 The identity and names of all Grievance Hearing Panelists and non-party witnesses shall remain confidential and shall not be released or published by any party or witness unless a panelist or non-party witness gives their express written consent to release or publish their name.

Judges Committee

18. ACCEPTED the resignation of Oscar T. Iobst as a national judge and national dance judge.

19. APPROVED the appointment of Oscar T. Iobst as an honorarynational judge for U.S. Figure Skating.

20. APPROVED the following national promotions:

National Singles/Pairs Judge
Theodore Clarke, North Weymouth, Mass.
Dr. Richard Kern, Peoria, Ill.

National Dance Judge
Theodore Clarke, North Weymouth, Mass.
Diana Wisner, Wilmington, Del.

National Synchronized Skating Judge
Marie Pearce, Alpharetta, Ga.
David Sargent, Shirley, Mass.

Tests Committee

21. APPROVED to amend TR9.01 to read:

The test chair or duly authorized representative of the member club shall collect and remit a standardized registration fee to U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters of $3.00 per test if the test is registered online or $4.00 per test if the test is manually submitted via the Test Report Form. In the case of pair, compulsory dance and free dance tests, each candidate will be assessed the appropriate test fee. In the case of synchronized skating tests, only one fee shall be paid per team.

New Business

Competitions Committee

22. APPROVED to accept a new trophy for the centennial dance event at the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships. The trophy is to be named for and donated by Stanley and Sally Urban. The Urbans were World competitors in dance in the 1960s and returned to competitive dance in 2000 in championship adult dance.

Other

23. APPROVED a U.S. Figure Skating Olympic Team selection process as developed by the athlete members of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and the Athlete Services Group Coordinator.

U.S. Figure Skating
Olympic Team Selection Process

The United States Olympic Figure Skating Team shall include the current U.S. Figure Skating Champion in each discipline. The remaining selections in each discipline for the U.S. Olympic Team will be selected by U.S. Figure Skating's International Committee, taking into consideration the results of events in the following order of importance:

  1. Current U.S. Figure Skating Championships
  2. Most recent Senior Grand Prix Final
  3. Most recent World Figure Skating Championships
  4. Most recent Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
  5. Most recent World Junior Figure Skating Championships and Junior Grand Prix Final

Skaters meeting the above criteria who did not compete or complete competition in the current U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to injury or illness, verified by U.S. Figure Skating or United States Olympic Committee (USOC) personnel, may be considered for selection. In addition, U.S. Figure Skating or USOC medical personnel must verify that the athlete(s) will be physically ready to compete at the Olympic Games.

The following will also apply:

  • Any deviation from this selection process can only be made by at least a 2/3 majority vote of U.S. Figure Skating's Executive Committee based on code of conduct or code of ethics violations, acts of God, or other similar unforeseen circumstances
  • According to Rule 46 in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter, all athletes nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team must be a United States Citizen at the time of selection
  • All athletes selected by U.S. Figure Skating are to be considered nominees to the U.S. Olympic Team until final approval is given by the USOC

Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Watson, Secretary, U. S. Figure Skating


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