Did you know? 40 seconds of inactivity on the ice and your team will be withdrawn
Team Mirum - Spain. (Credits: S.J.Photos - 2020)
The International Skating Union (ISU) has released its new Synchronized Skating Referees Handbook. This guide for all referees of our sport under the ISU Judging System gives us a lot of precious information.
In the Senior ISU division, a team shall consist of sixteen skaters who have reached at least the age of fifteen before July 1 preceding the championships or competition and a maximum number of four alternate skaters.
For the Junior ISU: a team shall also consist of sixteen skaters. All of them must have reached at least the age of thirteen but not the age of nineteen (19) before July 1 preceding the event. A team can have a maximum number of four alternate skaters.
Basic Novice A and Basic Novice B: the skaters must have reached at least the age of ten years but not the age of fifteen before July 1 preceding the competition. At the National level, ISU Members may permit a different team composition.
But the main difference between these two divisions is the number of skaters. Basic Novice A shall consist of twelve skaters and Basic Novice B must have a minimum of sixteen skaters
For these divisions, each team may have up to a maximum of four alternates listed as such on the team roster.
A fall or an interruption?
"A fall is defined as loss of control by a skater with the result that the majority of his/her own body weight is on the ice supported by any other part of the body other than the blades e.g. hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm. For every fall there shall be a deduction (see Rule 843, para 1.n))."
"An interruption is defined as the time elapsed between the moment a skater(s) stops performing the program until the moment they resume performing the program. For every interruption by one or more skaters of more than ten seconds, there shall be a deduction (see Rule 843, para 1.n)). If an interruption by the team as a whole lasts more than forty seconds, an acoustic signal is produced by the Referee and the team is withdrawn."
In case of a serious skater's accident, there is no complete restart of the program. After the Referee's verification, and also after the skater's substitution, the team must continue from the point of interruption.