Month: May 2011

Events update: international competitions; summer clinic in B.C.

A couple of quick updates about coming events:

Competitions

I’ve updated the Events page with the ISU’s 2011-2012 international competitions schedule. Most competitions don’t have an event website yet, but I’ll add these as I find them. I’ve moved links to last year’s events to an Archive page.

Of note: a Senior international is scheduled to take place in London, Ontario at the end of December. If it goes ahead, it will be the first international event (other than Worlds) to take place in Canada in a number of years.

Also of note: The World Junior Championships are referred to as just that on this year’s schedule–World Championships–rather than having the usual World Challenge Cup designation. I don’t know if that means next year’s event will be the first official World Championship for Juniors, or if it could just be a typo. Stay tuned.

Summer Synchro Clinic in B.C.

The B.C. Section is hosting a summer synchro clinic in Burnaby on July 23 & 24, 2011 featuring world-level coach and ISU Technical Committee Member, Cathy Dalton. On- and off-ice sessions for Pre-Novice synchro/Senior Bronze level to Senior synchro/Gold level skaters will focus on individual and team skills. An on-ice seminar for coaches will focus on teaching techniques for element variations, and Cathy will also conduct an ISU technical update for coaches, officials, and managers.

UPDATE: The deadline to register has been extended to June 30, 2011. The registration form is available here.

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New rules! New rules! ISU Comm. 1678 published to kick off 2011-2012 season

[Update: Since my first read-through of this in May, I’ve noticed a few items below that require corrections or clarifications. Revisions/additions are indicated with bold, italic text in square parentheses. (Oct. 12, 2011)]

Few things make true synchro nerds giddier than the release of the upcoming season’s rules and regulations from the ISU. I suspect I wasn’t the only person who spent my day trying to stealthily scan the contents of the newly published Communication 1678, in between stints of doing actual work. I haven’t had time to thoroughly dissect the new doc yet, but I thought I’d present a quick overview of some of the changes before my inspiration waned. (It is patio season, after all.) (more…)