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Old November 20th, 2009, 02:58 AM   #1
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Default US Open Inline Chicago 2010

This competition is scheduled for April 23 - 25, 2010 tentatitively at the USA Skate Center in Romeoville, IL pending final USARS sanctions approvals.

The following changes have been made so far.

Updated the rules from last year to reflect US Inline Figure Skating Board and Competition Committee changes made since then as well as updates that were done prior to last years event.

The changes made were:
Eliminated Team Survivor - good idea, but too complicated right now.
Clarified Solo Survivor to reflect the actual event changes
Changed the Dance info to reflect Jeff's changes
Clarified the Racing and Relay events to reflect the actual event changes
Updated diagonal pattern requirements to reflect circular requirements for relevant 2010 events.

Individual event details will follow. The website at http://usopeninline.com will be updated after USARS sanctions are finalized.

Event details wll be posted as comments to this posting

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Old November 20th, 2009, 03:15 AM   #2
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The following requirements are for US Open Inline Chicago 2010 and are subject to updates or clarifications -- See the website http://usopeninline.com for the latest info.

Dance Skill Levels Teams and Solo(Revised for 2010)
Reference:
Dance Patterns:
http://www.uq.net.au/~zzbarneg/dancepatterns.htm

RSA/USARS:
US Figure Skating:
http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story.asp?id=41444

4.2.1.
Youth Age Requirements

4.2.1.1.For skaters under the age of 20 as of January 1, 2010.
4.2.1.2.At least one member of teams must meet this restriction,
4.2.2.
Requisite Youth Skill Levels

4.2.2.1.
Youth Level 1 - Beginner inline dancers, Preliminary and Bronze
(forward) dances only, not for skaters who have placed first, second
or third at any (
USARS, U.S. FIGURE SKATING, or Inline) Regional
competitions.

4.2.2.2.
Youth Level 2 - Open Intermediate inline dancers, Silver (turn)
dances only. For seasoned competitors, open to all youth.
4.2.2.3.
Youth Level 3 - Open Advanced inline dancers. For Gold level
and World Class skaters competitors, but open to all youth.

4.2.3.
Adult Age Requirements

4.2.3.1. Skater must be 20 years old or older as of 1/1/2010.
4.2.3.2. Both members of teams must meet this restriction
4.2.4.
Requisite Adult Skill Levels

4.2.4.1.
Adult Level 1 - Beginner inline dancers, Preliminary and Bronze
(forward) dances only, attracting new competitors
4.2.4.2.
Adult Level 2 - Open Intermediate inline dancers. Bronze and
Pre-Silver (forward and turn) dances, attracting returning competitors,
open to all adults
4.2.4.3.
Adult Level 3 - Open Advanced inline dancers. Bronze, Silver
and Gold dances (turn dances only). For any seasoned ice or roller
competitors who are very comfortable going backwards on inlines,
open to all adults

4.2.5.
Dance requirements: Team and Solo

4.2.5.1. The man will skate own steps in Solo
4.2.5.2. Lady will dance - TBD
4.2.5.3. Dance Requirements shall be as shown below
Youth Level 1 -
Rhythm Blues - Blues - 92 BPM - USARS/US Figure Skating
Denver Shuffle - Polka - 100 BPM - USARS
Cha Cha - Cha Cha - 100 BPM - U.S. Figure Skating
Youth Level 2 -
Fourteen Step - March - 100 BPM - USARS/CIPA/U.S.Figure Skating/ISU
Fascination Foxtrot Foxtrot 92 BPM USARS
Hickory Hoedown Country-Western(Hoedown) 104 BPM U.S. Figure Skating

Youth Level 3
(Harris) Tango Tango 100
BPM Figure Skating /ISU
Starlight Waltz Waltz 168 BPM USARS/U.S. Figure Skating
Dench Blues Blues 88 BPM USARS/U.S. Figure Skating double pattern

Adult Dance Requirements

Adult Level 1 -
Dutch Waltz Waltz 138 BPM USARS/U.S. Figure Skating
Cha Cha Cha Cha 100 BPM U.S. Figure Skating
Bounce Boogie Boogie Woogie 100 BPM USARS
Adult Level 2 -
Willow Waltz Waltz 138 BPM USARS/U.S. Figure Skating
Fiesta Tango Tango 108 BPM USARS/U.S. Figure Skating
Swing Dance Foxtrot 96 BPM USARS/U.S. Figure Skating
Adult Level 3 -
Flirtation Waltz Waltz 138 BPM USARS
Hickory Hoedown Country-Western (Hoedown) 104 BPM U.S. Figure Skating
Ten-Fox Foxtrot 100 BPM USARS/U.S. Figure Skating
4.2.6.
Dance Objectives

4.2.6.1.Use the best practices of Ice and Roller skating
4.2.6.2.Promote the sport in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship,
4.2.6.3.Holding events that are challenging and fun to skate and watch
4.2.6.4.Introduce some novelty,
4.2.6.5.Maintain a solid structure beneath.
4.2.6.6.Introduce no surprises to the skaters or the judges so that skaters, judges and
coaches can know how performances will be rewarded.
4.2.6.7.Rely upon
USARS rules because they have been amended to accommodate
inlines already.
4.2.6.8.The coaches need to know the highlights in advance, to prepare their skaters
properly.

4.2.7.
Dance Judging

The judges will consider the following items:
4.2.7.1. Differences in age, strength, and equipment
4.2.7.2. Good, solid, attractive dancing in lieu of pattern size and costume
design.
4.2.7.3. Good timing, edge quality, baseline adherence, close footwork,
technique, posture and presentation.
4.2.7.4. Judges will judge the first skater first, then judge the second
skater,
4.2.7.5. Skates will get a score between 50 and 100 for each dance
4.2.7.6. Use standard
USARS rules for breaking ties.

4.2.8.
Dance Event Layout

4.2.8.1. The dances for the Inline Open will be a set of three dances for
the Young and Adult Dance events as explained in
Table 6 - Youth
Dance Requirements
and Table 7 - Adult Dance Requirements

4.2.8.2. Events will be separated broadly by age and ability.
4.2.8.3. If enrollment is sufficient, the events may be subdivided.
4.2.8.4. Events will not be further subdivided within 2 weeks of the
competition.
4.2.8.5. During the competition, the first 6 skaters will take the floor and
roll around for 1 minute with no music,
4.2.8.6. Music for the first dance will be played for warm-up purposes (3
minutes).
4.2.8.7. If there are more than 6 in the event, the next group will warm up
for 3 minutes, and so on.
4.2.8.8. After warm-up the floor will cleared and the first two skaters will
be announced and take position for skating the first dance.
4.2.8.9. The lowest numbered skater will start first.
4.2.8.10. Recorded music (from CD) will start,
4.2.8.11. There will only be two skaters per flight, each skating twice
around the rink (2 or 4 complete patterns, depending on the dance
diagram) for each
4.2.8.12. dance, with no more than 24 beats of music for their openings
and closings.
4.2.8.13. For the second dance, the other skater will start.
4.2.8.14. The third dance will be like the first.
4.2.8.15. All skaters will start the dance on the same end of the rink,
determined by the judges (who will sit along one side of the rink).
4.2.9.
Costume Rules for Dance Events

4.2.9.1. Costumes must conform to either
U.S. FIGURE SKATING or

USARS
regulations.

4.2.9.2. Safe and tasteful costumes are the main concern.
4.2.10.
Dance Awards

Awards are presented for placing:
1st (Gold Medal),
2nd (Silver Medal)
3rd (Bronze Medal).
4.2.11.
Dance Music Selection

4.2.11.1. The music to be used will be a prerecorded (on a CD) and will be
a mixture of popular "Top 40" type vocal, orchestral, and traditional
organ music played at the proper tempos.
4.2.11.2. Free samples of the competition music may be mailed or
available on the Internet to coaches/clubs upon request or details will
be provided.
4.2.11.3. Music will only be mailed to rinks that have a current agreement
with BMI and/or ASCAP to play music
4.2.11.4. Rinks will be required to present proof of registration to either BMI
and/or ASCAP as required.
4.2.11.5. Coaches may provide verifiable proof of BMI and/or ASCAP
registration on behalf of the rinks.
4.2.11.6. Whenever possible, the dance requirements (selection) comprise
dances common to
USARS and U.S. FIGURE SKATING in the
current skating season.
4.2.11.7. If there are no common dances then one dance from the
USARS

list and one from the
U.S. FIGURE SKATING list will be selected.
4.2.11.8. The third dance would be common to both, if possible.
4.2.11.9. If no current competition dance is common to both organizations,
the dance committee will pick a common dance that is not currently
skated in competition on either organization.
4.2.11.10. So, every skater will probably "know" two of the dances and need
to learn the third dance.
4.2.11.11. There will be only 6 divisions for Team and 6 divisions for Solo
dancers, based on age and experience.
4.2.11.12. Skaters may skate more than one event, if qualified.
4.2.11.13. A team shall comprise a male and female skater.
4.2.11.14. Solo events may comprise male and female skaters in the same

event.
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Old December 22nd, 2009, 01:24 PM   #3
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Smile Website Updated

All the event information has been updated on the competition website. The link is http://usopeninline.com. The individual entry forms will be posted as soon as they are updated. The rink has confirmed and signed off and the USARS sanctions are in process.

We are also proud to announce an arrangement with the Skate Instructors Association whereby they will give their hands-on certification course for instructors that want an inine certification at the competition. This is for any inline instruction, not just figure skating. They used to be called United Skate Schools Group (USSG) and took over the IISA program. With a registration for the certification a free event and access to all seminar sessions are included.

The racing event has been changed to a bracket type judging system and a couple of events were eliminated for now. The dances and dance categories are also updated.

We are still awaiting confirmation on the Slalom events and will post the info as soon as we can.

Also Internet Explorer 8 only shows the first page, even in compatibility mode. You need to use IE 7 or Firefox. I had to use Publisher again to get it out quickly. We need a web design volunteer

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Old December 22nd, 2009, 04:35 PM   #4
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Let's know when you come out to our neck of the woods! (CA and Western States) I do know the invitation is open, but many are without resources to that of just not the time frame, for other reasons.
Question: What judging are you people based on? Do most of what is taught with RSA and CIPA have much to do with your competition?

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Old December 23rd, 2009, 11:32 AM   #5
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Smile Judging

Last year we used USARS judges for practically all events. All USARS and CIPA events were judged using their rules. For events from other venues the judges used the standard USARS deductions and 100 point scale. For the Racing and Slalom we had other rules. For the Survivor event we developed a custom set of rules since this has never been done anywhere else to my knowledge and USARS and CIPA rules didn't apply. This event was based on how long or how far a skater could go in a move.

The USARS judges were available and quite eager to help. As time goes on and we get more involvement we want to expand the judging base for non-USARS events.

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Question: What judging are you people based on? Do most of what is taught with RSA and CIPA have much to do with your competition?

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Old December 23rd, 2009, 11:38 AM   #6
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Smile Locations

Forgot to add that we will move the competition around. We are planning on holding it in California next year and haven't settled on a location yet and are open to offers from clubs and rinks. I need to put together a request for bids package, but if someone makes us an offer we can't refuse -- well. Steve and Donna at USA Skate Center in Romeoville, IL, where we are holding it, have been so helpful that our expectations are quite high. The following year it will be in the East Coast.

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Last year we used USARS judges for practically all events. All USARS and CIPA events were judged using their rules. For events from other venues the judges used the standard USARS deductions and 100 point scale. For the Racing and Slalom we had other rules. For the Survivor event we developed a custom set of rules since this has never been done anywhere else to my knowledge and USARS and CIPA rules didn't apply. This event was based on how long or how far a skater could go in a move.

The USARS judges were available and quite eager to help. As time goes on and we get more involvement we want to expand the judging base for non-USARS events.

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April 1 for all events except the Slalom and Racing events. The Slalom and Racing events can be registered on site. There is a late fee otherwise.

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Old February 12th, 2010, 03:42 AM   #9
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Smile New Website

The new website for the US Open http://usopeninline.com is now online. I hope you enjoy the experience. Some new things for this year:
  • Online competiton entry, or the old fashioned way. This creates a file that gets emailed to us and then automatically imported into a database. You can print the file also for your records and also send it to yourself and coach.
  • Online payment using PayPal or the old fashioned way
  • Much cleaner view. It should be compatible with all browsers.
  • Guestbook
  • Blog under the About Us
  • Skate IA (formerly USSG, formerly IISA) instructor certification
  • Seminar - We are looking for speakers
  • Updated rules as of Dec. 2009
  • Updated Racing rules including Overall Champion award.
We are looking forward to an exciting adventure!. There will be the usual party at Ballydoyle's.

The exact schedule is being worked on and will be posted as we get closer to the competition.

We are looking for additional sponsors and gathering thoughts about the event in California in 2011 around the same time. Send me your recommendations and proposals and I will pass them on to our Board. Look at the competition website for ideas and requirements. Otherwise we will put out an RFP for this.

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Smile Looking for Competition Officials and Volunteers

For the Open we are looking for additional judges and other officials that would like to judge an inline figure skating competition in Romeoville, IL. It is on April 23 - 25 with the competition on April 24, 2010. Last year most USARS judges asked to be invited back because of the fun and unique atmosphere. We'd like to invite others that might be interested.

This has USARS International Invitational sanctions. All of the standard USARS inline figure skating events will be held, but we also have some solely artistic and solely skill based events and some unique events as well as additional dance and freestyle events. USARS scoring will be used when possible for consistency.

We will reimburse at IIWAL local rates, but won't be able to provide any overnight expenses due to our very low fee structure. A limited amount of space might be available at local skaters homes. You will get free admission to the seminar and to the party.

If you have questions send an email to info@usfifs.org. There is an online form at http://usopeninline.com under the competition dropdown for official forms. Just fill it out online and press submit. It will use your email to send it to us. If this doesn't work for you just save the file and send it as an attachment or just put the info in an email.

We are also looking for volunteers just fill out the volunteers form or send an email to info@usfifs.org. Volunteers will get free admission to the party and seminar except for the rink charges of $5.00 per non-competition sessions.

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