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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Figure Skating Media Contact: Michael Terry - 719.228.3437
20 First Street – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906

2020 Qualifying Season Registration Opens Today
This season, a revamped qualifying structure will be featured

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 15, 2019) – Registration for the 2020 U.S. Qualifying Season opens today, which marks the first season of a revamped U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying Structure.

While the qualifying season’s structure will be similar to the past, it contains changes beginning this season which will focus on identifying, developing and promoting talent within the U.S. Figure Skating competitive pipeline.

Beginning this year, skaters will begin the U.S. Qualifying Season with either a Regional Singles Challenge, Sectional Pairs Challenge or Sectional Ice Dance Challenge. Regional Singles Challenges will be held in each of U.S. Figure Skating’s nine regions. One region within each section will host a Sectional Pairs Challenge and Sectional Ice Dance Challenge, rotating among that section’s regions every three years. These events are open-entry.

Qualifying skaters will advance to a Sectional Singles Final, the U.S. Pairs Final or the U.S. Ice Dance Final, respectively.

Following the Final, the top four senior athletes from each Singles Sectional Final will advance to the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will be held January 20–26, 2020, in Greensboro, North Carolina. In the junior competition, the top four junior athletes and the top two novice athletes from each Singles Sectional Final will compete at the U.S. Championships. From the Pairs and Ice Dance Finals, the top 12 teams at the senior and junior levels will advance to the U.S. Championships. Alternatively, the top juvenile, intermediate and novice athletes will be named to the National High Performance Development Team. The selected athletes will attend the National High Performance Development Camp in conjunction with U.S. Championships in Greensboro.

New this season, skaters are able to advance directly to a Final by qualifying through the National Qualifying Series. The National Qualifying Series, which began on June 1, 2019, is a series of official U.S. Figure Skating approved competitions hosted individually by member clubs nationwide. They are held in a standard format and in which athletes earn official scores toward a sectional (singles only) and national rank. These are open-entry competitions held between June 1 and Sept.15 and serve juvenile through senior competitors in singles, pairs and ice dance events. The top six individual skaters and top three teams in each section at each level advance directly to the Final.

Nearly 2,000 skaters are expected to participate in the U.S. Qualifying Season. The U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone will feature links to live results. On-demand and live video will be available dependent on the event with the Figure Skating Pass on NBC Sports Gold (senior and junior competition) and the U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone (juvenile, intermediate and novice competition).


2020 Regional and Sectional Challenges

EVENT

HOST CITY

DATES

South Atlantic Regional Singles Challenge

Aston, Pennsylvania

Oct. 2-6, 2019

Eastern Sectional Ice Dance/Pairs Challenge

Aston, Pennsylvania

Oct. 2-6, 2019

Eastern Great Lakes Regional Singles Challenge

Lansing, Michigan

Oct. 2-6, 2019

Midwestern Sectional Ice Dance Challenge

Lansing, Michigan

Oct. 2-6, 2019

Northwest Pacific Regional Singles Challenge

Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Oct. 2-6, 2019

Southwestern Regional Singles Challenge

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Oct. 16-20, 2019

Midwestern Sectional Pairs Challenge

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Oct. 16-20, 2019

Southwest Pacific Regional Challenge

Irvine, California

Oct. 16-20, 2019

Pacific Coast Pairs Challenge

Irvine, California

Oct. 16-20, 2019

New England Regional Singles Challenge*

Westborough, Massachusetts

Oct. 23-27, 2019

North Atlantic Regional Singles Challenge*

Westborough, Massachusetts

Oct. 23-27, 2019

Upper Great Lakes Regional Singles Challenge

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Oct. 23-27, 2019

Central Pacific Regional Singles Challenge

Salt Lake City

Oct. 23-27, 2019

Pacific Coast Ice Dance Challenge

Salt Lake City

Oct. 23-27, 2019

*Note: New England & North Atlantic Regional Challenges will be held in the same location, but will be run as two separate competitions.


2020 Sectionals and U.S. Finals

Eastern Sectional Singles Final

Hyannis, Massachusetts

Nov. 12-16, 2019

U.S. Ice Dance Final

Hyannis, Massachusetts

Nov. 12-16, 2019

Midwestern Sectional Singles Final

Allen, Texas

Nov. 12-16, 2019

U.S. Pairs Final

Allen, Texas

Nov. 12-16, 2019

Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final

Wenatchee, Washington

Nov. 12-16, 2019


2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Greensboro Coliseum Complex | Greensboro, North Carolina | Jan. 20-26, 2020 | www.ncskate2020.com

 

-U.S. Figure Skating-

U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 750 member clubs, collegiate clubs, school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Learn to Skate USA programs representing more than 184,200 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.

 

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