As everyone is aware, there are times when certain meets are “over-subscribed” and the number of skaters means that the meet is confusing, overly long and the number of races possible, or the distances skated, are less than ideal.
In the past, the Technical Committee has had to “allocate” those Cubs that are central to the Province to certain meets, based on numbers and distance from the meet, to even out the number of skaters registered and to try to improve the experience for the skaters, meet organizers and officials. The same process will be followed this season.
Clubs should register (as a Club and through the Club) for the meet that they believe to be more “convenient”. If the number of registrants for a meet is excessive, and there is room at the alternate meet, the Club that is furthest from the over-subscribed meet will be instructed to revise their registrations to the alternate meet. The change in registration is to happen “en bloc” and no exceptions will be granted. Clubs must skate as clubs at the meet to which they are allocated. Skaters who skate at a meet to which the Club is not allocated risk the possibility that the times skated at that meet may be deemed ineligible for the purposes of ranking.
Such changes in allocation will be made as soon after registration closes as possible and notice will be sent to the affected Club Presidents and Registrars by email. Those skaters who were registered by the deadline will be transferred. No additional skaters may be added to a Club’s roster once the deadline for registration has passed.
Thank you to all clubs and skaters for your cooperation!
We receieved some questions regarding the details of this information yesterday. Here are additional details that hopefully clear everything up for our members!
- There is no rule stopping different skaters from one club registering for two different meets if there are no “over-subscription” issues, but coaches, parents and club executive should be cognizant of the LTPAD guidelines related to the frequency of racing and training and take this into account when deciding what meets a skater would benefit from participating in and how often a skater should be racing versus training.
- If a club is not certain which meet they should be registering for they can review the guidelines recently published, clubs may choose the most “convenient” meet for primary registration. For the first Silver/Regional meets last season there was no over-subscription issue so there were no clubs asked to change meets. It is likely, given the number of registered skaters in western clubs, that the London meet will see more registrations than the Ottawa meet.
- Two day meets open to everyone as the concept behind having the first Silver/Regional meets of the year as two-day meets is to offer the chance to all skaters to participate. We are certainly hopeful that the meets will be able to accommodate all skaters wishing to participate. In the very unlikely event that both meets are over-subscribed, skaters will be denied registration on the basis as last season.
- A skater can do both eastern 1 and western 1 because they are two day meets on different weekends, but please see the answer to the first question above. It is HIGHLY recommended that skaters NOT participate in both meets.
Let us know if you need further clarification!