Governing Council 2007 Saturday Updates

(5/5/07) - The business of the Governing Council continued Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. Elections, committee reports, and isolation of actions were all part of the day's activities. Below is a list of updates from Saturday morning.

Elected Charlie Cyr as Pacific Coast vice president. The positions of Pacific Coast vice president and Midwestern vice president were the only contested positions. Cyr won the position over Nancy Piro by a vote of 650 to 439.

Elected Pat St. Peter as Midwestern vice president. The positions of Pacific Coast vice president and Midwestern vice president were the only contested positions. St. Peter won the position over Gale Tanger by a vote of 622-504.

Approved from the Coaches Committee - a policy for a mandatory education requirement for all U.S. Figure Skating member coaches with the criteria and plan for implementation to be formulated and presented no later than May 2008. In conjunction with the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), U.S. Figure skating would require the mandatory education requirement for the 2008-09 season.

Referred to committee MR 5.03 - Dues - to add a new category collegiate membership availabley through individual membership and MR 5.08 - Dues - to add a new category of collegiate membership available through club membership.

Approved Rule 3281 - Qualifying Rounds and Seeding at the U.S. Junior Championships - permit the Rules Committee to draft rules giving the chief referee, with the approval of the chair of the Competitions Committee, at our U.S. Junior Championships and regional qualifying competitions the authority to adjust the group sizes at their discretion to meet the logistical needs of the event and ensure fairness to the skaters. Groups would be finalized and drawn to give the same notice that they get presently.

Approved Rule 3365 (C) the TV Rule. At U.S. Figure Skating Championships only, for the championship (senior) ladies, men and pairs free skate, and for championship (senior) dance events, the final draw group(s) shall consist of:

Ladies and men: The last two warm-up groups will consist of not less than 10 and not more than 12 competitors, the exact number to be decided by the chief referee in consultation with the executive director prior to the draw of the short program.

  • Starting order for the final two groups will be drawn in four subgroups.
    • The top three (3) finishers in the short program shall be the last to skate in the final group, and will be drawn from the first (1) subgroup.
    • The 4th, 5th and 6th place (or 4th and 5th place if five in group) finishers in the short program will be the first to skate in the final group and will draw from this second (2) subgroup.
    • The 7th, 8th and 9th place (or 6th, 7th and 8th place if five in group) finishers in the short program will be the last to skate in the second to last group and will draw from this third (3) subgroup.
    • The 10th, 11th and 12th place (or 9th and 10th place if five in group) finishers in the short program will be the first to skate in the second to last group, and will draw from this fourth (4) subgroup.
[balance remains the same]

Approved to institue an administrative fee for each entry at all qualifying competitions in the amount of $10.00 for regionals, sectionals, synchronized sectionals and adult sectional qualifying events.