2015-16 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 2015-16 season.

Envelope A

    Tier 1

    • Placements 1st - 5th at the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • 2015 U.S. National Senior Champion combined with a top 7 placement at the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

    Tier 2

    • 2015 U.S. National Senior Champion
    • Placements 6th - 10th at the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 1st - 3rd at the ISU Senior Grand Prix Final in the 2014-15 season
    • 2015 ISU Four Continents Champion

Envelope B

    Tier 1

    • Placements 11th and lower at the 2015 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 4th in the senior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 4th - 6th at the ISU Senior Grand Prix Final in the 2014-15 season
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at the 2015 ISU Four Continents Championships
    • World Team 1st Alternate in the 2014-15 season
    • Champion at any of the six ISU Senior Grand Prix competitions in the 2014-15 season
    • 2015 ISU World Junior champion combined with a top 8 placement in the senior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

    Tier 2

    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at any of the six ISU Senior Grand Prix competitions in the 2014-15 season
    • Placements 4th - 6th at the 2015 Four Continents Championships
    • Placement 5th in the senior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Champions in the Challenger Series competitions in the 2014-15 season combined with a top 10 placement in the senior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • World Team 2nd and 3rd Alternates in the 2014-15 season
    • 2015 ISU World Junior Champion
    • Placements 2nd-3rd at the 2015 ISU World Junior Championships combined with a top 8 placement in the senior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Envelope C

    Tier 1

    • Placements 4th - 10th at the 2015 ISU Four Continents Championships
    • Placements 6th -7th in the senior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • 2015 U.S. Junior Champion
    • Champions in the Challenger Series competitions in the 2014-15 season
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at the 2015 ISU World Junior Championships
    • Champion at any of the seven ISU Junior Grand Prix competitions in the 2014-15 season
    • Qualifier for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in the 2014-15 season

    Tier 2

    • Placements 11th and lower at the 2015 ISU Four Continents Championship
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd in the Challenger Series competitions in the 2014-15 seaso
    • Placements 8th in the senior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 4th and lower at the 2015 ISU World Junior Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd in the junior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
    • Placements 2nd - 3rd at any of the seven ISU Junior Grand Prix competitions in the 2014-15 season

Envelope Developmental

    Tier 1

    • Placements 4th - 6th in the junior events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

    Tier 2

    • Placements 1st - 3rd in the novice events at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Reserve Envelope
  • 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 Figure Skating 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 a 2014 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 Senior 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% 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 Senior 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 a skater 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