Governing Council 2006

Kimmie Meissner with parents Paul and Judy Meissner

Governing Council Details

(5/5/06) - World champion Kimmie Meissner helped kick off the 2006 Governing Council Annual Meeting Friday morning at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Delegates in attendance gave the 16-year-old champion a standing ovation, and Meissner spent a few minutes thanking her coaches, family and U.S. Figure Skating for their support over the years. (Watch the video! [large file]).

Meissner, along with Rena Inoue & John Baldwin, Ryan O'Meara and Matt Savoie, will also sign autographs for the delegates later today.

Activity in Orlando began Tuesday with an Executive Committee meeting, but the business of the Governing Council got rolling early Friday morning with the national anthem sung by 2006 U.S. juvenile ice dancing bronze medalist Taylor Elliott. The Board of Directors met Wednesday, and Thursday consisted of seminars and open forums on such topics as nutrition, synchronized, competitions and the ISU judging system.

Friday Updates

Region-hopping: Approved that intermediate and juvenile singles skaters not also competing in pairs or dance must compete in the region where legal residence is established or where the principle training center is located as listed on the qualifying competition entry form.

U.S. Junior Championships: Upheld the board's decision to not approve a reduction in the minimum number of skaters advancing from a regional to the U.S. Junior Championships from four to two.

Withdrawals: Approved that once entered, all withdrawals are considered final, and a skater may not reenter the qualifying competition system for the season even if before the entry deadline.

Novice Pairs: Approved to limit the number of lifts in the novice pairs well-balanced free skate. There will be a maximum of two (2) different lifts, one of which must be from group 3 or 4.

Novice Pairs Short Program: Approved that novice pairs can do a step sequence or a spiral sequence for the 2006-2007 season, effective immediately.

Compulsory Dance: Approved that the required number of test patterns for compulsory dance be reduced from three to two for preliminary, bronze and pre-bronze dance tests, effective immediately.

Saturday Updates

Approved that the ISU judging system will be used as follows for the 2006-07 competitive season:
  • Regionals: All rounds (initial and final) of novice, junior and senior level singles events. Pairs and dance events for these levels, as well as all lower level events, would be scored using the the 6.0 system.
  • Sectionals and U.S.Championships: All events
  • U.S. Junior Championships: All events
  • U.S. Adult Championships: Gold level and above free skate events for singles, pairs and dance
  • Sectionals and U.S. Synchronized Team Skating Championships: Intermediate and above events including adult and collegiate, and open junior at sectionals
Synchronized Skating
  • Approved to amend to reflect that the age requirement for novice as of the preceding July 1 be "Under age 16"
  • Approved to amend to reflect that the age requirement for intermediate as of the preceding July 1 be "Under age 18"
  • Approved to eliminate crossovers from the intermediate level to any other level
Election Update
The only contested position was for Administrative/Legal Group Coordinator. The candidates were Sharon Watson and Ann O'Keefe, with O'Keefe earning the majority vote for the position.

2006-07 Compulsory Dances
See the list of the 2006-07 compulsory dances.