Excel Competitions

Season 2019 is the Pilot Season of the Excel Competition Track!  Here are some things to know.

Why pilot the Excel Series?

From USFS:

The primary mission of this program is to inspire more of our young athletes to
continue training and remain committed to participating in figure skating by
providing them with events at a level that allows them to showcase their strengths.
Additionally, we view this program as an opportunity for skaters and coaches to
familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of the International Judging System (IJS) through a gradual introduction, rather than all at once. The substitution of a
choreographic step sequence throughout the levels and limits for spins at the lower
levels provides a phased approach which allows skaters to become proficient and
confident with the IJS.

Is Excel right for me?

Nobody can answer that better than you and your coach.  As you get ready for the season, speak to your coach about your goals and the right track for YOU!

What levels compete in Excel?

Excel can be divided into two main groupings:

  • Excel Beginner, High Beginner, Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, & Juvenile
  • Excel Preliminary Plus, Pre-Juvenile Plus, Juvenile Plus, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, & Senior

For requirements in each section, please review the competition guidelines or the 2019_Excel_Series_Handbook.

How do I compete in Excel?

  1. Talk with your Coach!
  2. Register here BEFORE March 1, 2019, cost is $45.
    1. You will need to enter your USFS Number, your Coach’s USFS Number, your Section (Midwestern), and your level of tests passed.
  3. Find a qualifying Excel event(s)
  4. Compete!

How do I qualify for Excel Nationals?

  1. Talk with your Coach!
  2. Complete steps 1-4 in the “How do I compete in Excel?” question above
  3. Compete!

Now, here is where it gets different based on level:

For those competing in the Plus Category (Excel Preliminary Plus, Pre-Juvenile Plus, Juvenile Plus, Intermediate, Novice, Junior, & Senior), to qualify for Nationals you MUST:

  1. Register prior to March 1, 2019 OR THAT Excel Competition’s deadline
  2. Compete in at least TWO Excel competitions (no boundaries on section)
  3. IJS Scoring
  4. Top Two Scores will be added together for the skater’s total points
  5. Top Six Skaters (based on combined scores) by section (Eastern, Midwestern, Pacific) for each event will earn invitation to the Excel Finalist Camp and Excel Series Final at the National Festival

For those competing in the Other Category (Excel Beginner, High Beginner, Pre-Preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, & Juvenile), to qualify for Nationals you MUST:

  1. Register prior to March 1, 2019 OR THAT Excel Competition’s deadline
  2. Compete in at least ONE Excel competition (no boundaries on section)
  3. IJS Scoring or 6.0 based on competition’s choice
  4. Points will be awarded to skaters who place first through fourth at any Series competition within their section in the above levels as follows: (1st Place: 8 points, 2nd place: 6 points, 3rd place: 4 points, 4th place: 2 points).
  5. If more than one competition is skated, the Top Two Points will be averaged together for the skater’s Total Points
  6. Skaters competing in at least one Excel Series Competition will receive an invitation to compete at the National Festival.
  7. Top Points Earners by section (Eastern, Midwestern, Pacific) for each event will receive special recognition at the National Festival

NOTE: Each registered athlete may only compete in one level for the entire season!

Where are the competitions for Excel Series?

SKATE NASHVILLE IS ONE! 

Here is the list of all Excel competitions this year, highlighted in GREEN are the events we will be attending as a club.  The full PDF can be viewed here.

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When and Where is the National Festival?

June 7-9, 2019 in Coral Springs, Florida at the Panthers Ice Den.

What other resources are there?

2019_Excel_Series_Handbook

Registration Link

Excel Flyer