48th Annual Providence Open Competition

Featuring Little New England Championships

Presented by the Pawtucket & Providence Figure Skating Club

Providence College Schneider Arena
331 Huxley Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

September 9-11, 2016

Online Registration

Individual critique before New Englands with ample time to make changes to the Program!

This event is sanctioned by US Figure Skating

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2016 48th Providence Open

The Providence Open and the Little New England Figure Skating Championships will beconducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of U.S. Figure Skating, as setforth in the current rulebook, as well as any pertinent updates which have been posted on the U.S. Figure Skating website.

This competition is open to all eligible, restricted, reinstated or readmitted persons as defined by the Eligibility Rules, and is currently registered member of U.S. Figure Skating member club, collegiate club, or an individual member in accordance with the current rulebook. Please refer to the current rulebook for non-U.S.Citizens.

ELIGIBILITY/TEST LEVEL

Competition level is the highest test passed as of the entry deadline in the discipline the skater is entering. Entrants may skate one level above that for which they qualify, but they may not skate down in any event. Skaters who placed in the top four in a final round of their last qualifying competition in the ir divisions must move up one level, except for novice and higher.

Skaters may enter either the test track or the well-balanced free skate program, but not both during the same competition.

Skaters may enter only one Little New England event.

For all events where permitted by USFS, if there are insufficient entries to hold separate event, male and female skaters may compete against each other. PPFSC also reserves the right to limit the size of each event, to cancel an event, to combine and/or divide groups if necessary. In addition, the LOC may cancel or alter an event due to time constraints.

Skaters entering beginner pre-juvenile events will be divided as closely as possible by age should the number of entries warrant more than one group.

There will be no Open Juvenile event.

ENTRIES

Only Entry-eeze applications will be accepted. No paper entries will be allowed. Secure online registration for the Providence Open and Little New England Championships at entryeze.

Simply follow the links for the competition information; use the link to register for the competition and pay with credit card. A non-refundable processing fee of 3.8% will be added to each entry.

Entries must be submitted no later than July 31 2016.

Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the LOC with $50.00 late fee. All skaters must have current USFS membership by the registration deadline. Any skater who does not have current membership by the deadline faces disqualification from the competition and the forfeiture of all entry fees. Special attention should be taken when checking off the events to be entered-any changes after July 31 2016 will be assessed an additional $25.00.

FEES

  • For the first IJS event, the fee is $125.00.
  • For the subsequent IJSevent, the fee is reduced to $85.00. For entrance into the Little New England Events, the fee is $110.00
  • For entrance into the LNE Herb Kaplan Fourteen Step, the fee is $25.00.
  • For non-Little New England Test Track events, the fee is $80.00 for the first event and $55.00 for subsequent events.

ADMISSION

THERE WILL BE FREE ADMISSION TO THE COMPETITION.

REFUND POLICY

Entry fees will not be refunded after July 31 2016, unless no competition exists or the event is cancelled. There will be no refunds for medical withdrawals. The online processing fees are not refundable. Checks returned for non-sufficient funds and contested credit card charges will be issued a $25.00 fee. Payment of the fee will be required before the skater is allowed to participate in practice ice or events.

PRACTICE ICE

Practice Ice will be available at a cost of $20.00 for 15 minutes and can be purchased online after the schedule is posted. Skaters will be notified in advance of the time that practice ice sales will begin. In addition, any remaining unsold practice ice will be sold at the competition for $25.00 for 15 minutes. Notification of competition schedule and practice ice times will be available on the ppfsc.org website as soon as possible after the deadline date. Please do not call.

FACILITIES

The competition will be held at Schneider Rink on the Campus of Providence College, 331 Huxley Street, Providence RI 02908. The Snack Bar at the Rink will not be open. Restaurants in the area are:

  • McDonalds, 736 Branch Ave., Providence
  • Wendy’s 391 Charles Street,Providence
  • Dunkin Donuts, 50 Admiral Street,Providence
  • LaSalle Bakery 685 Admiral Street, Providence – they sell calzones and other food items.

MUSIC

CD’s with no paper labels, one track per CD, in recognizable format. The official competition music must be turned in at the registration table at the time of check-in. A duplicate CD should be readily available. Music may be picked up at the registration table following each event. Every reasonable care will be taken, but the Pawtucket & Providence FS cannot be responsible for CDs left at the end of the competition.

LIABILITY

U.S. Figure Skating, the Pawtucket and Providence FSC, Schneider Arena, or Providence College accepts no responsibility for injury or damage sustained by any participant in this competition. This policy is in accordance with Rule 1600 of the official U.S. Figure Skating Rulebook. Entries are accepted only on such conditions.

JUDGING SYSTEM

THE INTERNATIONAL JUDGING SYSTEM (IJS) will be used for the following events: Senior Short, Senior FreeSkate, Junior Short, Junior FreeSkate, Novice Short, Novice FreeSkate, Intermediate Short, Intermediate FreeSkate and Juvenile FreeSkate.

All competitors skating in these events need to submit the planned program content form online. This form is found in the Member’s Only section at www.usfigureskating.org The deadline to submit the form is July 31 2016. Critiques will be available for only IJS Juvenile through Senior FreeSkate events in preparation for the New England Regional Championships. Due to time constraints, critiques for short programs will be based on judge availability.

THE 6.0 MAJORITY JUDGING SYSTEM will be used for all events in the Little New England Championships, the Test Track events from Juvenile through Senior Levels, as well as and the Herb Kaplan (LNE) Fourteen Step Dance event. There will be no Open Juvenile event.

REGISTRATION

Registration will begin one hour before the first event and run through the last event of the day. The registration table will be located in the main lobby of Schneider Arena. Please register promptly upon arrival.

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY

There will be still photography, video, and live streaming available from Snapshot Sports Photography.

AWARDS

Medals will be presented for the 1st 2nd 3rd, and 4th place finishers. Trophies will be presented to the top four finishers in the final round of the Little New England Events. A trophy will be presented only to the winner of the Herb Kaplan Fourteen Step; medals will be given to the 2nd 3rd, and 4th place finishers.

OFFICIAL NOTICES

To receive the schedule for the competition as well as any news on the competition, refer to www.ppfsc.org It is the responsibility of each competitor, parent and coach to check the website for any schedule changes and/or additional information. Skaters are requested to arrive 45 minutes prior to the scheduled time of their event.

INFORMATION REGARDING COACHES

U.S. Figure Skating Rule M5.11 Coach Registration In order to be granted access to work within U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned activities, each coach must complete the following requirements on an annual basis by July 1:

  1. Must be current full member of U.S. Figure Skating-either through member club or as an individual member;
  2. Must complete the coach registration process through the U.S. Figure Skating Members Only site, submit proper payment for the annual registration fee of $30 and, if 18 years of age or older, successfully pass the background screen.
  3. Must complete the appropriate CER courses (A,B,C or D) depending on the highest level of students being coached as of July1. See rule M5.12.
  4. Must submit proof of current general liability insurance with limits of $1 million per occurrence/$5 million aggregate.

For Basic Skills ONLY coaches - Any person, 18 and older, instructing in U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program must have successfully passed the annual background screen and be registered as Basic Skills instructor member. The local organizing committee/club will have list of compliant coaches who are cleared for a credential at the competition. Coaches will need to check in at the event registration desk and show government issued photo I.D. to receive credential. If coach cannot provide photo I.D. and is not on the list or cannot produce the necessary documents, he or she will not be allowed credential no exceptions. We strongly urge all coaches to have the ir cards with them. Non-credentialed coaches will not be permitted in the designated coaching area at rinkside during events including practice sessions. Coaching a U.S. Figure Skating events without proper registration is an ethics violation which is reported to U.S.Figure Skating and PSA. For more information regarding Coach Compliance, please refer to: http://www.usfigureskating.org/Content/Coaching%20Compliance%20Toolkit.pdf

CONTACT INFO

Gloria Haddad – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 508-212-2611
Debbie Merry – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401-359-2401

ADDITIONALINFORMATION

Hotels

Hilton, 21 Atwells Ave Providence (401) 831-3900

Marriot, Charles and Orms Street, Providence (401) 272-2400

Wyndham Garden, Providence 220 India Street, Providence,RI (401) 272-5577

Holiday Inn Express, 901 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick,RI (401) 736-5000

PLEASE NOTE

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT, COACH AND SKATER TO LOOK AT THE USFS WEBSITE FOR THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH OF THE EVENTS OFFERED AT THE PROVIDENCE OPEN. THE COMPETITION WILL BE UTILIZING THE RULES FROM THE 2016-17 RULEBOOK AS WELL AS ANY UPDATES THAT WERE MADE PRIOR TO THE ONLINE POSTING OF THE RULEBOOK. ALL PROGRAM TIMES ARE DELINEATED IN THE RULEBOOK.