Skate Ontario Sectional Championships Qualifying Structure 2021/22 Season

Skate Ontario Sectional Championships Qualifying Structure 2021/22 Season

For the 2021/22 season, the following qualifying system will be used for entry into the 2022 Skate Ontario Sectional Championships. This qualifying system applies for skaters who are competing in Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior, in the Men, Women, Pair and Ice Dance categories.

Athletes will qualify to the 2022 Skate Ontario Sectional Championships using the following criteria:

  1. Qualifying Registration: In order to be eligible to qualify for Sectionals, athletes must register to have their scores tracked and published in ranking order. Skate Ontario Sectional Qualifying Registration will open on August 6, 2021 at 12:00pm ET and close on August 16, 2021 at 12:00pm ET.
    • Please note: this is not registration for any of the individual Skate Ontario events. This is only registration to be part of the qualifying process. Individual event registrations will happen separately.

The list of registered athletes as of September 20, 2021 can be found HERE.

  1. Qualifying Scores: Scores from the September and October Skate Ontario Sectional Series events will be used as part of the 2021/22 qualifying process. The highest overall score from each athlete and/or team will be used to create the final ranking order for qualification in each category and discipline to the 2022 Skate Ontario Sectional Championships.
    • The overall score is the combined total score of the Short Program/Rhythm Dance/Pattern Dance and the Free Program from the same event.

Only 2021 Skate Ontario Sectionals Series event scores may be used as part of the 2021/22 Skate Ontario Sectional qualifying process. The only exception to this is when an athlete and/or team is assigned to a travel team by Skate Ontario or Skate Canada.  In this situation only, the score from the selected event may be used as their Sectional qualifying score.

There is no maximum number of events an athlete can enter within the Sectional Series. The highest overall score achieved at any Sectional Series event will be used in the ranking order.

Please note, due to the ongoing fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, event execution in the 2021/22 season may be impacted. Skate Ontario is planning for various event formats that will allow for the greatest possibility of event success. Please note that Sectional Series events may be held in different formats (hub versus in-person) as the pandemic situation allows. Currently, the 2022 Skate Ontario Sectionals Championships is being planned as an in-person competition with officials onsite.

2022 Skate Ontario Sectional Championships Maximum Entry Numbers

The maximum number of entries per category for the 2022 Skate Canada – Skate Ontario Sectional Championships will be as follows:

Women’s Singles:

  • Senior – maximum of 24 entries
  • Junior – maximum of 36 entries
  • Novice – maximum of 60 entries
  • Pre-Novice – maximum of 70 entries

Men’s Singles:

  • Senior – maximum of 0f 24 entries
  • Junior – maximum of 36 entries
  • Novice – maximum of 36 entries
  • Pre-Novice – maximum of 36 entries

Pairs/Ice Dance: No maximum entry

Sectional and Challenge Minimum Technical Scores

In alignment with Skate Canada’s decision to remove the Challenge Minimum Score, Skate Ontario is removing the Sectional Minimum Technical Score for the 2021/22 season.

In the absence of a Minimum Technical score, Skate Ontario reserves the right to ensure athletes assigned to the Skate Ontario Challenge team are at an appropriate competitive level for this event.

Additional Information

Please note that due to the ongoing uncertainty of fluctuating COVID-19 restrictions, Skate Ontario reserves the right to alter portions of this qualifying process. This includes but is not limited to, the Maximum Entry numbers as well as the number of qualifying competitions used as part of the ranking, should we experience the unfortunate situation of event cancellations. 

Any such alterations to the qualifying process will be communicated as soon as possible.

Extraordinary circumstance considerations related to the 2021-22 Sectional Qualifying structure may be granted by the High Performance Manager in consultation with the Skate Ontario Executive Director. Considerations will only be granted in extraordinary circumstances where the skater has demonstrated worthiness for such consideration. Such an exception will generally be related to medical conditions. Requests for an exception should be made in writing to the Skate Ontario High Performance Manager by October 20, 2021 and must contain a description of the grounds upon which it is being requested.