Grand Rapids Open

Events offeredDocuments for GRO


GRO 2017 is set for June 23 – 25. More information will be posted closer to the event.

The information below is regarding GRO 2016

The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club is excited to present the 18th annual Grand Rapids Open.  This year we have been selected to participate in the National Solo Dance Series.  We are also part of the Tri-State Council Championship Series (Test Track).   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.

Competition Contacts:
Co-Chair/Registration:  Vicki Scott –
Co-Chair/Test Chair:  Jenifer VanZanten –
Practice Ice:  Renee Peirce –

Meijer State Games and State Games of America

The Grand Rapids Open is a participant in the Meijer State Game of Michigan.  For more information about the state games and the opening ceremonies please visit:  We will be hosting the The National State Games of America in August of 2017!   See the following link to learn more:  You may also LIKE the State Games of America facebook page for updated information as the event approaches.

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 24, 2016.

Fee Schedule (Includes DVD of each event)
$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/Pairs/Duet/Showcase)
$50 – Each additional event
$75 Team + $15/skater – Production Ensemble
$55 – First Snow Plow Sam or Basic Skills 1-8
$35 – Each additional Snow Plow Sam or Basic Skills 1-8
$25 – Change of Event Fee  (per event changed)
$15 – Late fee for entries received after 5/24/16
$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 $35 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 25 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, Patterson Ice Center and the Meijer State Games 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 (PrePreliminary – 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, 2016.   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 will be provided by ProEvent Photo.  Pre-orders are available, as well as on-site sales.

All events are recorded by Ledin Video (313.928.9097)   A DVD of each event is included with your entry fee.  DVDs must be picked up before the competition has ended.  They will not be mailed.

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 at the end of the full announcement 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 (#23133) and Skate Canada.  It will be conducted in accordance with the rules of US Figure Skating as forth in the 2016 rulebook, except as modified in this announcement.



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