Southwestern Nine States Competition

Finally!  Some Good News in 2020!

October 6-10, 2020

 

STANDARD EVENT LEVELS

 

WELL-BALANCED PROGRAM/EXCEL SKATE/PAIRS

 

 

COMPETE USA & SPECIAL OLYMPIANS

 

FREESKATE/PROGRAM

 

Registration Due via Entry Eeze no later than September 1, 2020 Competition Website: Dallasfsc.org/southwestern-nine-states

 

 

Hosted by

The Dallas Figure Skating Club

 

Allen Event Center and Community Ice Rink

200 East Stacy Road

Allen, TX 75002

 

 

                                                                

2020 Nine States Championships

October 6-10, 2020

 

Hosted by

The Dallas Figure Skating Club

 

The 2020 Nine States Championships will be conducted as an Open Non-qualifying competition in accordance with the rules and regulations of U.S. Figure Skating, as set forth in the current rule book, as well as any pertinent updates posted on the U.S. Figure Skating website.

 

This competition is open to all eligible, restricted, reinstated or readmitted persons as defined by the Eligibility Rules, and who are a currently registered member of a U.S. Figure Skating member club, a collegiate club or an individual member in accordance with the current rule book. Please refer to the current rule book for non-U.S. Citizens.

 

Covid 19 Safety

Nine States Championships and the Dallas FSC (LOC) will follow all local and state recommended health and safety guidelines that current at the time of the competition to provide the safest possible environment.  Due to the constantly changing guidance, all registered participants (both Competitors and their registered Coaches) will be notified one week before the start of the event thru email addresses that you provide in EntryEeze of any specific guidance details, including:  mask requirement, temp check procedures, limited entry, etc. to allow all participants to arrive prepared.  Additionally, these safety requirements, procedures and information will be posted on our website at www.Dallasfsc.org/southwestern-nine-states

 

ELIGIBILITY/TEST LEVEL:

Test level: Competition level is the highest test passed as of the entry deadline in the discipline the skater is entering. Entrants may skate one or two levels above that for which they qualify, but they may not skate down in any event.

 

Age restrictions/requirements: 

Juvenile or Pre-Juvenile Free Skate Well Balanced Program – at close of entries.

            Girls must be 12 years of age or younger; Boys must be 13 years of age or younger.

Open Juvenile or Open Pre-Juvenile Free Skate Well Balanced Program – at close of entries. Girls must be 13 years of age or older; Boys must be 14 years of age or older.  

Skaters entering beginner–pre-juvenile events will be divided as closely as possible by age

should the number of entries warrant more than one group. 

 

ADULT EVENTS:   Age classes for all Adult free skate and showcase events – 

Young Adult: 17 years through 20 years; Class I: 21 years through 35 years; Class II: 36 years through 45 years; Class III: 46 years through 55 years; Class IV: 56 years through 65 years; Class V: 66 years and older.

All age classes may be divided or combined depending on the number of entries and at the discretion of the Chief Referee and/or the competition committee. Men and ladies will be combined in Adult 1 through Adult Bronze free skate (based upon the Adult Competition Series rules).  Men and ladies will not be combined in Adult Silver and higher free skate events. Athletes in Adult Silver and higher free skate events with no competitor of the same gender in another age class will be offered the opportunity to skate an exhibition for first place, skate up to the next higher level (if this provides a competitor) or be issued a refund. The Chief Referee reserves the right to request proof of age.

                                                                

STANDARD EVENT LEVELS

EVENTS OFFERED AND ENTRY FEES:

Well Balanced qualifying level events will not be combined – separate Short and Freeskate will be offered for Juvenile and higher events.  Final Rounds will not be offered at this event.

 

*Note – Open Pre-Juvenile is not considered part of the standard competition levels but is offered based on past demand.  For event requirements Open Pre-Juvenile = Pre-Juvenile (please refer to Eligibility section for Open Pre-Juvenile age requirements).

 

Please see chart below for judging system, pricing and listing of all STANDARD LEVEL Events offered with links to the current skating requirements for each level.

NINE STATES CHAMPS STANDARD EVENTS

 

SINGLES

Event Fee includes one Official Practice

JUDGING SYSTEM

1st

EVENT

2nd +

EVENT

Well Balanced Free Skate  Juvenile thru Senior

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

IJS

$175.00

N/A

Well Balanced Short Program  Juvenile thru Senior

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

IJS

$175.00

$50.00

Well Balanced Free Skate  Prelim, PreJuv, Open PJ*, Open Juv

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

IJS

$175.00

N/A

Well Balanced Free Skate  No Test, PrePrelim

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

6.0

$150.00

N/A

Excel Free Skate Prelim+ thru Intermediate+ & Juv thru Senior

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

IJS

$175.00

N/A

Excel Free Skate Beginner thru PreJuvenile

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

6.0

$150.00

N/A

Adult Singles Free Skate Adult Silver thru Masters Jr/Sr 

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

IJS

$175.00

N/A

Adult Singles Free Skate Adult Pre Bronze and Bronze

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

6.0

$150.00

N/A

Adult Beginner & High Beginner Free Skate

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

6.0

$150.00

N/A

NINE STATES CHAMPS STANDARD EVENTS

 

PAIRS (price is per team – for both skaters)

Event Fee includes one Official Practice

JUDGING SYSTEM

1st

EVENT

2nd +

EVENT

Free Skate  Juvenile thru Senior

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

IJS

$180.00

N/A

Short Program Novice thru Senior

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practices

IJS

$120.00

N/A

Adult Pairs Free Skate  

Includes one Official 20-Minute Practice

6.0

$160.00

N/A

 

Compete USA & Special Olympics Events

EVENTS INCLUDE:  BASIC PROGRAM, FREESKATE & SPECIAL OLYMPIANS FREESKATE.

The 2020 NINE STATES Compete USA competition will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of U.S. Figure Skating, as set forth in the current rule book, as well as any pertinent updates which have been posted on the U.S. Figure Skating website.  

This competition is open to all eligible, restricted, reinstated or readmitted persons as defined by the Eligibility Rules, and who are a currently registered member of a U.S. Figure Skating member club, a collegiate club or an individual member in accordance with the current rulebook. Please refer to the current rule book for non-U.S. Citizens. 

ELIGIBILITY/TEST LEVEL:

To be eligible, skaters must be members of either the Compete USA Program and / or full members of U.S. Figure Skating. To be eligible, skaters must have submitted a membership application or be a member in good standing. Members of other organizations are eligible to complete but must be registered with the host Compete USA Program / Club or any other Compete USA Program / Club. 

Eligibility will be based on skill level as of the closing date of entries. All Snowplow Sam and BASIC 1- 6 skaters must skate at highest level passed or one level higher, and NO official U.S. Figure Skating tests may have been passed including Moves in the Field, or individual dances.  

For the Pre-FREESKATE thru FREESKATE 6, eligibility will be based only upon highest Compete USA Free Skate test level passed (Moves in the Field test will not determine skater’s competitive level). Skaters may skate at highest level passed OR one level higher BUT not both levels in the same event during the competition.  

The Special Olympics portion of this competition will be conducted in accordance with the Official U.S. Figure Skating Rule Book, the Special Olympics Winter Sports Rules, and the rules given in the announcement. The Special Olympian Competition is open to skaters 8 years or older who are receiving group or private instruction. Skaters must be registered as Special Olympians through the Special Olympics office.    

Compete USA & Special Olympics

EVENTS OFFERED AND ENTRY FEES:  First event is $80. 

Please refer also to the Compete USA Manual for more information.

 

Please see chart below for judging system, pricing and listing of all COMPETE USA LEVEL Events offered with links to the current skating requirements for each level.

 

NINE STATES COMPETE USA 2020

 

COMPETE USA EVENTS

Judging System

1st

Event

2nd +  Event

Program (Snowplow Sam-FS 6)

6.0

$80

N/A

Adult 1-6 Free Skate

6.0

$80

N/A

 Special Olympics (see Compete USA Manual )

6.0

$80

N/A

COMPETITION ENTRY REGISTRATION:  

Entries will be limited, so register early.  Entries are accepted via EntryEeze with credit card only.  Each transaction is subject to a 3% credit card fee. 

 

  1. Go to www.Entryeeze.com

  2. Select Nine States Championships

 

See event page at www.Dallasfsc.org/southwestern-nine-states for more information.  Entries must be paid with a successful credit card transaction to be considered valid and must be completed by September 1, 2020 11:59pm CT.  Late entries can be considered for acceptance at the discretion of the competition committee only if accompanied by a $35 late fee.    

REFUND POLICY:  

Entry fees will not be refunded after the deadline date, unless no competition exists or the event is canceled. There will be no refunds for medical withdrawals. The online processing fees are not refundable. Checks returned for non-sufficient funds and contested credit card charges will be issued a $35 fee. Payment of the fee will be required before the skater is allowed to participate in practice ice or events. 

 

There will be a $35 fee for each change of event or level after the entry deadline date.

 

Full refunds, minus the online processing fee, are available if withdrawal is prior to the entry deadline. 

 

SCHEDULE:  

Compete USA Events and practices will be held on Saturday, October 10th.    

Standard Level Events -- Every attempt will be made to schedule official practice ice beginning Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, with events beginning on Wednesday October 7th, 2020.  If the number of entries warrants, it may be necessary to begin official practice ice on Monday, October 5th, with events beginning Tuesday afternoon/evening, October 6th.   Competitors may be scheduled on any day or time for the announced dates of the competition. The competition and practice ice schedules will be available after the close of entries.  Schedules will be sent to all participants via email and posted online at www.dallasfsc.org/southwestern-nine-states.  Due to current health concerns every attempt will be made to schedule official PI and events on consecutive days in order provide a reduced number of people in rinks at one time and to provide a socially safe environment.

  

FACILITIES:  

Allen Event Center & Community Ice Rink is located in Allen, Texas, at 200 East Stacy Road, Allen, TX 75002. Both ice surfaces are 200’ x 85’ with rounded corners. 

MUSIC:

Competitors participating in events utilizing music are required to upload their music no later than September 24, 2020 11:59pm CT. After this date, skaters will be locked out of this feature and subject to a $35 late fee. The late fee will automatically be added to each skater's cart who doesn't meet this requirement by the deadline. Late fees will not be removed under any circumstances and must be paid prior to receiving the skater credential onsite.

 

MUSIC UPLOAD/SUBMISSION

Online music submission is the ONLY acceptable method to submit program music. After you have paid for your events, the system will prompt you to upload your music for each event that requires music. If your music is not available at that time, you can logout of your account and return later to upload your music by going to the “Competition” tab and then selecting “My Music.” Please be sure you are uploading the correct music for the correct event segment. Be careful, for example, not to mix up your short program and your free skate! All music must be uploaded by the deadline. Please confirm the exact date on EntryEeze.

The uploaded program music MUST conform to the following specifications:

Programs per file:        One (1) - Only one piece of competition program music (e.g. short program, free skate, short dance, free dance, etc.) per file is allowed.

File Format:                  mp3 or m4a - The uploaded file music must be either in mp3 or m4a format. Simply changing the file extension to “mp3” or “m4a” from another file format is not acceptable.

Bit Rate:                       192 kbps is requested (bit rates between 128 and 320 kbps will be accepted).

Maximum file size:       10 MB

Maximum run time:      Five (5 minutes)

Metadata (tags):        None - The Chief Music Coordinator strongly requests that the music files DO NOT contain any metadata, commonly called tags. This is especially true of any embedded images such as album cover art, picture of the skater, etc. Please, NO EMBEDDED IMAGES!

Maximum leader:        The Chief Music Coordinator requests that there be NO leader. The leader is the silence between the start of the track and the actual start of the program music.

Maximum trailer:          The Chief Music Coordinator requests that there be NO trailer. The trailer is the silence between the end of the program music and the end of the actual track.

 

Backup Music at Event (CDs)

In addition to submitting the music online, all competitors/teams must also have at least one (1) backup copy of their competition music on CD, AT RINKSIDE, during the actual competition event segment or official practice.

Phones WILL NOT be accepted! Remember to bring your backup CD.

CDs must meet the following requirements:

  • In standard Audio CD format (Compact Disc Digital Audio). Other formats, including mp3 are NOT acceptable.

  • Clearly marked with a permanent marker (e.g. Sharpie, do NOT use a label or tape) as follows: First Name, Last Name, (Club – Optional but requested), Event, Event Segment and Music Length (e.g. Jane Smith, Acme FSC, Novice Ladies, Free Skate, 3:10 or Synchro Team, Widget FSC, Preliminary, Free Skate, 1:59)

  • Each CD may have only ONE (1) music track on it. In the case where a skater competes in both a short program/dance and a free skate/free dance, two (2) separate discs must be available. Any disc with more than one (1) track is NOT acceptable.

  • Lead in time (time before the music begins) on CDs may not exceed two (2) seconds.

  • Due to the compatibility and reliability reasons, music may NOT be submitted on re-recordable “CD-RW” discs. PLEASE, no CD-RWs!!

The Local Organizing Committee (“LOC”), competition officials, and volunteers exercise reasonable care when handling CDs. However, they are not responsible for damage to or loss of any CDs. The LOC is not responsible for CDs not picked up by the end of the competition. Those CDs will be destroyed.

Interruption in Music – U.S. Figure Skating Rule 1403

If, after the competitor/team’s name has been called to compete, there is an issue with the downloaded music or CD provided at the event, the competitor will have up to 3 minutes to rectify the situation with a backup copy of the music on CD. After 3 minutes, the competitor/team will be considered withdrawn.

 

Judging System

The 6.0 Majority judging system will be used for all Compete USA and Special Olympian events at Nine States 2020.

Please refer to the Entry Section above for the judging system used for each event in Standard Event Levels.  

 

Planned Program Content (PPC): 

Events judged with the International Judging System (IJS) require the submission of the Planned Program Content (PPC) form.  Competitors participating in IJS events are required to submit their PPC in EntryEeze no later than September 24, 2020 11:59pm CT.  After this date, skaters will be locked out of this feature and subject to a $20 late fee. The late fee will automatically be added to each skater's cart who doesn't meet this requirement by the deadline.  Late fees will not be removed under any circumstances and must be paid prior to receiving the skater credential onsite.  

LIABILITY: 

U.S. Figure Skating, Dallas Figure Skating Club, and Allen Event Center & Community Ice Rink accept no responsibility for injury or damage sustained by any participant in this competition. This is in accordance with Rule 1600 of the official U.S. Figure Skating Rule book.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION DESK: 

See the event site located at www.Dallasfsc.org/southwestern-nine-states for registration desk open hours.

Registration will be open from one to two hours before the first event and run through the last event of the day.  The registration desk with be prominently located near the entrance to the rink.  Please register promptly upon arrival and note that Registration will no longer accept any CDs.  If the skater’s music was not uploaded or the uploaded version is not correct, the skater will provide their CD to the Music person after their name has been called to skate and before they get into their starting position, and then collect the CD before exiting the ice.   Electronic devices, such as phones, for playing music will NOT be accepted.

OFFICIAL NOTICES: 

An official bulletin board will be maintained at the arena. It is the responsibility of each competitor, parent and coach to check the bulletin board frequently for any schedule changes and/or additional information. Skaters are requested to arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled time of their event. A tentative schedule of events will be posted prior to the competition.

 

PRACTICE ICE: 

Practice Ice will be divided by level and skaters will be able to select/purchase those sessions appropriate for their entered events.  Practice ice credit may be pre-purchased during registration online at the discounted price of $15 for each 20 (twenty) minute session. Pre-paid practice ice is non-refundable and may not be sold to other skaters. Practice ice can only be purchased through EntryEeze online or in person at the competition registration/PI desk.  After the schedule is released online sessions will be sold for $18 each session.  Once the PI desk opens at the event, all remaining practice ice sessions will be sold for $20 each session.

 

Premium event day warmup ice (middle of the day) may be purchased at the practice ice desk, in person, for $20 for each 15-minute session and may be offered online after schedule is completed if space allows.  NO MUSIC WILL BE PLAYED ON PREMIUM ICE.

 

Standard Event Level OFFICIAL PRACTICES (session where music is played, included with event fee) will be assigned on Tuesday, October 6th or possibly Monday October 5th if events begin on Tuesday.  Please plan your travel time to attend official practice day.  The ability to play program music on other practice sessions will be on a first come-first serve basis as time permits and is NOT GUARANTEED. 

 

Compete USA Practice Ice is not included with entry fee and is available for purchase separately.  Compete USA practices will be held on Saturday, October 10th only.  No music will be played on Compete USA & Special Olympics practice sessions.

 

Only uploaded music will be played on practice sessions.  No CDs, phones, etc., will be accepted even if there is a problem with the uploaded music. Please verify all uploaded music BEFORE the Music upload deadline. 

 

Summary          $15 Pre-purchased 20-minute practice session credit (before schedule)

$18 20-minute practice session online (after schedule release)

$20 at the competition desk

 

TEST CREDIT: 

Skaters that meet the requirements for test credit may request preparation of a test credit form at registration.  Delay in printing of forms may occur if not requested prior to skating your event.  Forms must be picked up at the registration desk prior to the end of the competition.  Submission of test credit form to USFSA is the responsibility of the skater upon return home in conjunction with their home club test chair.   Cost for test credit form preparation is $10.

 

LOCKER ROOMS AND CHANGING AREAS: 

Locker rooms and changing areas at U.S. Figure Skating competitive events are for athletes only, will be labeled with regard to specific use and where identified will be gender specific. An exception can be made for athletes 11 years old and younger that will allow for one parent of the same gender to assist their child immediately prior to and after their skating event(s). Please review the Locker Room and Changing Area Policy and the SafeSport Handbook  (both found on the U.S. Figure Skating SafeSport page click here).  Due to Covid 19 safety Locker Rooms may not be accessible and skaters should be prepared to dress off-site and arrive and depart from rink in competition attire if necessary.

 

TRANSPORTATION:

There are a couple of options for flying into the Dallas area.  DFW Airport which is approximately 37 miles from the Allen Event Center and Community Ice Rink. Another nearby airport is Love Field in Dallas which is approximately 30 miles from the arena. 

AWARDS:   

Medals will be awarded to first, second, third and fourth place winners in all events.   All awards will be presented off-ice inside the venue at the photographer's stand following each event.  Podiums will be staggered and separated 4-6ft for safety.  Masks will be required in the awards area.  Only limited access will be permitted to the awards area and only the official photographer will take photos.  Other photography is not permitted to reduce congregation.  An additional podium provided outdoors under canopy will be available for parents to take additional photos if desired.

 

  

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL COACHES:

To be a credentialed coach at a sanctioned nonqualifying competition, coaches must be included within a skater’s online competition registration.

 

Coaches of U.S. Figure Skating athletes: 

  • Current member in good standing with U.S. Figure Skating

  • Completed background check (green light status) 

  • Completed SafeSport Training*

  • Continuing Education Requirements (CERs) for the 2019-2020 Competition Season 

  • Proof of current general liability insurance with limits of $1 million per occurrence/$5 million aggregate.

*SafeSport training is available through https://www.usfigureskating.org/safesport for full members of U.S. Figure Skating (through Learn to Skate USA portal for instructors). There is no cost to this training and certification is valid for 1 season.

 

All coaches are verified through the U.S. Figure Skating database who are approved to receive a credential at the competition.  Coaches will need to check in at the event registration desk and show a government issued photo I.D. to receive a credential.  

 

If a coach cannot provide a photo I.D. and is not on the list or cannot produce the necessary documents, he or she will not be allowed a credential.  There can be no exceptions to this policy. 

 

For more information regarding Coach Compliance, please visit the Coaches Requirements Chart.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: 

Professional award photos, action photos and videography will be available at the event provided by MKT Photography.  Personal cameras will be permitted in the bleachers only and may not be plugged into arena outlets. Videotaping for personal profit is not allowed.  Note, per U.S. Figure Skating policy, photographing and/or recording of anyone other than your own skater is strictly prohibited. Please refer to the Basic Ice Usage and Skater Etiquette Information document found in the Club Resource section of Member’s Only. 

PROGRAM ADVERTISEMENTS: 

Treat your favorite skater or coach to a special recognition by putting an advertisement in the program. Complete the Program Advertisement found online at www.Dallasfsc.org/southwestern-nine-states.  

 

MERCHANDISE, GARMENTS AND SOUVENIRS:  

Official 2020 Nine States merchandise, garments and souvenirs may be purchased online at www.Dallasfsc.org/southwestern-nine-states and will be available for pick-up at the competition upon arrival.

LOC CONTACT INFORMATION:

 

Chief Referee

Keith Yingling

keithyingling@gmail.com

 

Competition Chair

Rose Varner

dallasfsccompetitionchair@gmail.com

 

Assistant Competition Chair

Ada Mong mimi.ada@gmail.com

 

Event Registrar

Megan Toohey

RVorMT@gmail.com

Practice Ice

Chellie Bowden

chelliebowden@sbcglobal.net

 

Program

Richard Glenn richardg@plano.gov

 

Volunteers

Ana Coughlin ana.lucia780@yahoo.com

 

Sandra Layne sandra.layne@att.net

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

 

Courtyard by Marriott Dallas - Allen Event Center - 210 E Stacy Rd, Allen, TX 75002     

Hyatt Place Dallas/Allen – 333 Central Expy N., Allen, Texas 75013

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dallas NE/Allen – 205 Central Expressway N, Allen, Texas 75013

 

Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Allen - 830 West Stacy Road, Allen, Texas, 75013

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL COACHES:

To be a credentialed coach at a sanctioned nonqualifying competition, coaches must be included within a skater’s online competition registration.

                       

Coaches of U.S. Figure Skating athletes: 

•        Current member in good standing with U.S. Figure Skating

•        Completed background check (green light status) 

•        Completed SafeSport Training*

•        Continuing Education Requirements (CERs) for the 2019-2020 Competition Season 

•        Proof of current general liability insurance with limits of $1 million per occurrence/$5 million aggregate.

*SafeSport training is available through https://www.usfigureskating.org/safesport for full members of U.S. Figure Skating (through Learn to Skate USA portal for instructors). There is no cost to this training and certification is valid for 1 season.

 

All coaches are verified through the U.S. Figure Skating database who are approved to receive a credential at the competition.  Coaches will need to check in at the event registration desk and show a government issued photo I.D. to receive a credential.  

 

If a coach cannot provide a photo I.D. and is not on the list or cannot produce the necessary documents, he or she will not be allowed a credential.  There can be no exceptions to this policy. 

 

For more information regarding Coach Compliance, please visit the Coaches Requirements Chart.

AWARDS:   

Medals will be awarded to first, second, third and fourth place winners in all events.   All awards will be presented off-ice inside the venue at the photographer's stand following each event.  Podiums will be staggered and separated 4-6ft for safety.  Only limited access will be permitted to the awards area and only the official photographer will take photos.  Other photography is not permitted to reduce congregation.  An additional podium provided outside under canopy will be available for parents to take additional photos if desired.

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