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2017 Grand Rapids Open Figure Skating Competition

June 23-24, 2017


(Full announcement)
The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club is excited to present the 19th annual Grand Rapids Open. This year we have been selected to participate in the National Solo Dance Series. We will be offering testing in conjunction with the competition. Testing details will be updated on our website at Information may also be obtained by emailing our test chair at

The Grand Rapids Open Figure Skating Competition will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of U.S. Figure Skating, as set forth 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 a currently registered member of a U.S. Figure Skating member club, a collegiate club or an individual member in accordance with the current rulebook. Please refer to the current rulebook for non-U.S. Citizens.


Co-Chair/Registration: Deb Landman –
Practice Ice: Renee Peirce –
Test Chair-Jenna Turner –

Meijer State Games and State Games of America

The Grand Rapids Open is a participant in the Meijer State Game of Michigan. In June 2017 at GRO, there will be no Michigan State Games competition. We will be hosting The National State Games of America in August of 2017! Check the National State Games and the GGRFSC website for more details.


The competition will be held at Patterson Ice Center which is located at 2550 Patterson Avenue, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. The rink phone number is: 616.940.1423.

Patterson Ice Center is a two rink indoor facility with ice surfaces of 200′ x 85′. A snack bar will be open, and various vendors will be offering items for sale. There are numerous restaurants and stores located within a mile of the rink. Many of these businesses will be offering discounts to skaters and families during the competition weekend.


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 their divisions must move up one level, except for novice and higher.

Age restrictions/requirements: Skaters entering juvenile free skate events (Well Balanced Program) must be under 14 years of age at the close of entries. Skaters entering open juvenile free skate events (Well Balanced Program), must be at least 14 years of age at the close of entries. 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.


You may register for the Grand Rapids Open at:

No paper entries will be accepted.

Online entries and payment must be completed by: May 27, 2017.

Fee Schedule
$105 – First IJS event (Juvenile/Open Juvenile – Senior; Adult Gold; Combined Dance Event)
$60 – Second IJS Event
$100 – Shadow Dance (team)

$95 – First 6.0 event (Solo Pattern Dance/Duet/Showcase)
$50 – Each additional event
$55 – First Snow Plow Sam or Free Skate 6
$35 – Each additional Snow Plow Sam or Free Skate 6
$25 – Change of Event Fee (per event changed)
$15 – Late fee for entries received after 5/20/17

$15 – Missing USFSA Number/incomplete registration

$25 – for each returned check or contested credit card (Only cash will be accepted for this fee.)

Entry fees will not be refunded after entry deadline FOR ANY REASON unless no competition exists or is cancelled. No exceptions will be made. There will be no refunds for medical withdrawals. Online processing fees are not refundable. Checks returned for non-sufficient funds will be assessed a $25 fee. Payment of the fee will be required before skater is allowed to participate in practice ice or events.

Registration/Practice Ice Desk Hours

The registration desk will be open one hour before the start of the competition each day. Skaters must check in at least one hour prior to their event.

We will offer several options for practice ice this year… evening, morning, and mid-day. Practice Ice will be available for purchase for the rate of $15 per 20 minute session. The Practice Ice table will be open 30 minutes prior to the start of the first practice ice each day.

Practice ice sessions may be purchased in advance on at the time of online entry or at the practice ice desk during competition days if space is still available. The practice ice schedule will be posted on and skaters will be emailed by of practice ice opening and closure dates. Music will not be played on practice ice. Please contact Renee Peirce at with any questions.


The official competition music must be turned in on CD at the registration table at the time of check-in. CD should only have one track of music. 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 Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club cannot be responsible for CDs left at the end of the competition.


US Figure Skating, The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club and Patterson Ice Center accept no responsibility for injury or damage sustained by any participant in this competition. This is in accordance with Rule 1600 of the US Figure Skating Rulebook.


The International Judging System (IJS) will be used for the following events: Well-Balanced Program free skate and short program events, Juvenile – Senior, and Adult Gold.

The 6.0 Majority Judging System will be used for Well-Balanced Program free skate events (Pre-Preliminary – Pre-Juvenile, Open Juvenile, plus Adult Bronze and Silver; Introductory free skate events (Beginner, High Beginner and No Test); all Test Track events; all specialty singles events (spins, jumps, compulsory moves, showcase); Pairs: freeskate and short programs, all solo dance events.

Planned Program Content (PPC)

IJS events are required to submit a PPC (planned program content) online. The PPC is to be completed no later than June 10, 2017. You can find the PPC by going to the members only section at : If a PPC is not submitted by the deadline, a $25 processing fee will be required at the time of registration. Canadian skaters who are not USFSA members should email the list of elements to Jim Achtenberg at:


Critiques will be offered for all IJS long program events. Short program event critiques will be offered if scheduling allows. Times for the critiques will be available at registration the day of the event.


Professional photography and videography will be provided by ProEvent Photo. Pre-orders are available, as well as on-site sales.  Click Here to Pre-Order and Save! 


A tentative schedule of competition events and skater’s event time(s) will be posted at and

as soon as it is known. All times are approximate. Please check with Registration for changes and exact times.


Medals are awarded for 1st – 4th place; Ribbons are awarded for 5th – 8th place.

Skating order and event results will be posted in a specified location in the rink (posted at registration desk).


Information regarding Official GRO logo wear purchase opportunities is included on Entryeeze and will be emailed to all registered competitors at the conclusion of the entry deadline. Names of all competitors will be printed on the back of each logo wear item. If you are a late entrant, your name will not appear on any logo wear apparel.


U.S. Figure Skating Rule MR 5.11 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:

A. Must be a current full member of U.S. Figure Skating – either through a member club or as an individual member;

B. 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.

C. Must complete the appropriate CER courses (A, B, C or D) depending on the highest level of students being coached as of July 1. See rule MR 5.12.

D. 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 a U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program must have successfully passed the annual background screen and be registered as a Basic Skills instructor member.

The local organizing committee/club will have a 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 a government issued photo I.D. to receive a credential.

If a coach cannot provide a photo I.D. and is not on the list or cannot produce the necessary documents, he or she will not be allowed a credential – no exceptions. We strongly urge all coaches to have their cards with them. Non-credentialed coaches will not be permitted in the designated coaching area at rink side during events including practice sessions. Coaching at 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:


This is a non-qualifying competition sanctioned by US Figure Skating and Skate Canada. It will be conducted in accordance with the rules of US Figure Skating as set forth in the 2017 rulebook, except as modified in this announcement.



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