2019-20 Team Envelope Criteria


The International Committee reviews and updates the team envelope criteria each season. The following criteria will be used to determine the members of the team envelopes for the 2018-19 season.

Envelope A

    Tier 1

    • Placements 1st - 3rd at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • 2019 U.S. champion combined with a top five placement at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

    Tier 2

    • 2019 U.S. champion
    • Placements 4th - 10th at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 1st - 6th at the 2018 ISU Grand Prix Final
    • 2019 ISU Four Continents champion
    • Top 1-6 in season's best score for the 2018-19 season for senior athletes and teams
    • Top 1-6 in world standings for the 2018-19 season for senior athletes and teams

Envelope B

    Tier 1

    • Placements 11th and lower at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 4th in the championship events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at the 2019 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
    • 1st alternate for the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • Champion at any of the six ISU Grand Prix competitions in the 2018-19 season
    • 2019 ISU World Junior champion combined with a top 8 placement in the championship events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Top 7-12 in season's best score for 2018-19 season for senior athletes and teams
    • Top 7-12 in world standings for the 2018-19 season for senior athletes and teams

    Tier 2

    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at any of the six ISU Grand Prix competitions in the 2018-19 season
    • Placements 5th - 6th in championship events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • 2nd and 3rd alternates for the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • 2019 ISU World Junior champion
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at the 2019 ISU World Junior Championships combined with a top 8 placement in the championship events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Top 13-24 in season's best scores for 2018-19 season for senior athletes and teams
    • Top 13-24 in world standings for the 2018-19 season for senior athletes and teams
    • Top 1-24 in season's best scores or top 1-24 in world standings for the 2018-19 season for junior athletes and teams combined with placements 1st - 3rd at the 2018 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final or placements 2nd - 3rd at the 2019 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

Envelope C

    Tier 1

    • Placements 4th - 10th at the 2019 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 7th -8th in the championship events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • 2019 U.S. junior champion
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at the 2019 ISU World Junior Championships
    • Champion at any of the ISU Challenger Series competitions in the 2018-19 season
    • Champion at any of the seven ISU Junior Grand Prix competitions in the 2018-19 season
    • Qualifier for the 2018 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final
    • Top 24 in season's best scores for the 2018-19 season for junior athletes and teams
    • Top 24 in world standings for the 2018-19 season for junior athletes and teams

    Tier 2

    • Placements 11th and lower at the 2019 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd in the ISU Challenger Series competitions in the 2018-19 season
    • Placements 4th and lower at the 2019 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd in the junior events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at any of the seven ISU Junior Grand Prix competitions in the 2018-19 season
Envelope D

    Tier 1

    • Placements 4th - 6th in the junior events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

    Tier 2

    • Placements 1st - 3rd in the novice events at the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Reserve Envelope
  • Junior and senior athletes or teams that are assigned to an international competition and do not meet the criteria for the A, B or C envelopes will be placed in the reserve envelope.
  • Reserve envelope receives NO Funding
Additional Considerations

Athletes qualifying in more than one envelope and/or tier will always be placed in the higher envelope and tier.

Consideration will be given to place the ISU World medalists of the previous two seasons into Team A or Team B at the discretion of the ICMS. These athletes must have retained their eligible status and must be committed to competing in the next competitive season. Consideration will be given to place athletes who were in the top 10 at Worlds in 2018 but could not compete in 2019 due to injury or illness into Team A – Tier 2. Consideration will be given to place athletes who were 11th or lower at Worlds in 2018 but could not compete in 2019 due to injury or illness into Team B – Tier 1.

Consideration will be given to place a 2018 Olympic medalist into Team A or Team B at the discretion of the ICMS. These athletes must have retained their eligible status and must be committed to competing in the current and/or following competitive season.

Athletes that were in the Team A Envelope the previous year and plan on continuing to compete will automatically be placed in Team C - Tier 1 if they do not meet the criteria for Team A or Team B. However, if the athlete or team was not able to compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to injury and was in the A Envelope the previous season the athlete/team may be placed in Team B - Tier 1 or Team B - Tier 2 based on the discretion of the ICMS.

Athletes that were in the Team B Envelope the previous year and plan on continuing to compete will automatically be placed in Team C - Tier 1 if they do not meet the criteria for Team A or Team B. However, if the athlete or team was not able to compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships due to injury and was in the B Envelope the previous season the athlete/team may be placed in Team C - Tier 1 or Team C - Tier 2 based on the discretion of the ICMS.

Consideration to place the athletes in Team C - Tier 1 will be given for senior level skaters placing lower at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships where the event was very strong or the results were very close.

Consideration to place the athletes in Team C - Tier 2 will be given for junior level skaters placing lower at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships where the event was very strong or the results were very close.

If an athlete or team meets the criteria for the B or C envelope but does not qualify through a bye or by a sectional championship for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, they will be placed in Team C - Tier 2.

Athletes/teams assigned to an international competition, who are not in the current season's envelope structure, will be placed in the reserve envelope. If the athlete/team medal at a Challenger Series, a Junior Grand Prix or a Grand Prix competition, they will be placed, immediately, in Team Envelope C - Tier 2 and receive the remaining funding for that season.

Any athlete(s) who medal in the junior or senior levels at a spring international will be awarded ASUPP funding equal to 10 percent of the total amount of Team C - Tier 2 funding of the current season.

Any athlete(s) who is selected to the World Junior Team, that is not in the current season's envelope structure, will be placed in Team C - Tier 1 and receive the final installment of funding for the current season.

Athletes in the reserve envelope that medal at a Challenger Series, a Junior Grand Prix or a Grand Prix competition will be placed immediately in Team Envelope C - Tier 2 and receive the remaining funding for that season.

Athletes selected for a collegiate international competition or the World University Games through the collegiate international program and athletes selected for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will not become part of the team envelope and will not be eligible for funding unless they are already members of the team envelope based on other results. Furthermore, if an athlete is a member of the reserve team and medals at the collegiate international and/or the World University Games and/or Youth Olympic Games, they will not move up to Team C based on that result.

Past Seasons' Team Envelope Criteria