2008-09 Team Envelope Criteria


The following criteria will be used to determine the members of the team envelopes for the 2008-2009 season. Skaters qualifying in more than one envelope will always be placed in the higher envelope.

Team A
This envelope consists of the highest performing athletes in ISU championships.

  • Automatic for:
    • U.S. senior champions
    • Placement in top 10 at the World Figure Skating Championships
    • Medalists (top 3), senior Grand Prix Final
    • Gold medalist, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

  • Consideration for World senior medalists within the past three years, who have retained their eligible status, and have committed to competing in the next competitive season.

Team B
This envelope consists of high performing athletes in national or international competitions.

  • Automatic for:
    • Second and third place, Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
    • Medalists (top 3), World Junior Figure Skating Championships
    • Skaters placing 2-4 in senior events at the U.S. Championships
    • Skaters who qualify for the senior Grand Prix Final
    • Medalists (top 3), Junior Grand Prix Final
    • U.S. junior champions

Team C
This envelope consists of athletes who have excelled primarily on the national level.

  • Automatic for:
    • Skaters who qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final (non-medalists)
    • Medalists (top 3) at ISU junior and senior international competitions
    • Singles, pairs and dance: senior places 5-7, junior places 2-5, novice places 1-3 at U.S. Championships

  • Consideration for skaters placing lower at U.S. Championships in senior, junior or novice where the event was very strong or results very close.

Reserve Team (named only)
  • Automatic for:
    • Medalists (top 3) at ISU novice international competitions, selected by the International Committee.

  • Consideration for those in last year's envelopes not qualifying this year.
  • Consideration for skaters not named above with high potential as evidenced by performance at regionals or sectionals.
  • Consideration for pairs or dance teams, who are newly formed teams, based on the results of designated summer competitions and input from members of the International Committee and international/world judges. These skaters will be added to this envelope only if they are assigned an international competition.

*Consideration for singles skaters who compete at summer competitions with input from members of the International Committee and international/world judges. These skaters will be added to this envelope only if they are assigned an international competition.

*If a Reserve Team member medals at any ISU junior or senior competition supported by the International Committee, they will be moved to Team C and receive Team C funding.

Note: In the event an athlete is injured and is selected to compete in an international event, the athlete must be monitored prior to leaving for the event. The ICMS has the right to withdraw an athlete from competition if the ICMS believes the athlete is not prepared and ready to compete.

Assignment to and retention in any team envelope is contingent upon the athlete signing and abiding by the terms of the U.S. Figure Skating Athlete Agreement (ASUPP).