Grand Prix Series: Skaters are eligible for the Grand Prix based on their placement at the previous season’s World Championships, world ranking, and season’s best score. (You can see some eligibility criteria for the 2016 Grand Prix here, starting on page 2.) A pool of eligible skaters is compiled from these criteria, and then the hosting federations for the six Grand Prix events take turns inviting skaters to their own events. Top skaters can sometimes voice a preference for which GPs they’d like to have. Each skater can have a maximum of two GPs. There are some other rules, like no country can have more than 3 skaters/teams per discipline at one single Grand Prix event, but any number of skaters from one country can be on the Grand Prix as a whole because eligibility for the GP does not depend on nationality, only scores and rankings. Each hosting federation also gets one “host pick” per discipline at their own event, which means they can pick a skater from their own country who doesn’t necessarily meet the eligibility criteria for the Grand Prix.
Junior Grand Prix: Unlike the senior Grand Prix, the Junior Grand Prix competitions are not invitational competitions. All assignments are handled by national federations, who choose which of their own skaters to send to the JGP. Each country has different rules for which skaters to send. Sometimes feds will hold test events during the off season. Each country has a set number of spots on the JGP, determined at the previous season’s Junior World Championships. You can read about how the spots work here (starting on page 3).
ISU Championships: (eg. Euros, Four Continents, Junior Worlds, Worlds, Olympics) Each national federation decides which of their skaters will go to the ISU Championships or Olympics. They all have different criteria, but the national championships usually play a part. Sometimes feds will also take a look at how their skaters did on the Grand Prix. Most major national championships take place after the Grand Prix. As for how many skaters each country is allowed to send to the ISU Championships, the maximum number is 3 per discipline. The exact number of spots is determined at the previous season’s competitions. Olympic spots are also determined at the previous season’s Worlds and at a test event during the Olympic season. For more information on how skaters earn spots at ISU Championships, see our intro to competitions post and scroll down to the Worlds section.
Minor competitions: (eg. Challenger Series, Senior Bs) Assignments to other competitions are also handled by national federations. All skaters need approval from their feds to enter a competition. Sometimes skaters pick which minor competitions they’d like to go to and just tell their fed about it, sometimes the fed assigns skaters to minor competitions. The process is probably less formal than with the bigger competitions, but everything still needs to go through the feds.
“People are being way too tough on Hanyu for losing Worlds. Yeah, he was the favorite, but even the best can have off days. No need to get all paranoid and say he is like Gracie Gold now. He still won NHK, GPF and Nationals, setting 6 WR along the way. Hardly a lost cause”
so i really want to take architecture but my mom doesn't want me to take it. what should i do?
“WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE: I say yes, mom says no.”
This is a tough one, but let’s take a ride together.
Picture yourself 10 years from now. You listened to everything your mom has said without reservation. You followed her every suggestion without question or putting up reasons of your own for why you want to do something that goes against her wishes.
You could be in a really good place, you might have a house and kids working a really well paying job somewhere… And hating every minute of it.
The people who love us sometimes can really be the most influential in making us give up our passion. I’m not sure why your mom doesn’t want you to do architecture, but what I do know is that whatever else she wants you to do it is because she thinks it is a better route for you. Maybe she thinks you won’t be as successful in architecture as you could be in something else, and as a parent, that has to be one of the scariest things about having children. Making sure you guide them safely into a successful future. The problem with that is there is no risk involved, and it is almost impossible to do something you love without risk.
I could go on and on about making decisions for yourself, but I really just want to tell you a story…
When I was in High School, over 10 years ago, I wanted to be a Music Educator. I loved music more than anything and I knew in my heart it was for me. I was intoxicated by music, the very sound of marching band got my heart going and I was good at playing and teaching too. It wasn’t just a passion, it was something I saw myself doing for the rest of my life. Others would kill for this kind of conviction in a life path as a High School student. But then something happened.
Everyone told me not to pursue this path.
Every influential person in my life told me that being a “Band teacher” or doing “Music” for a living was “not practical” or “I could be so much more!!” And so I listened. I had people left and right telling me I was amazing and could be something so great, my potential was so much more than just being a music teacher.
So I quit.
I quit the garage band I was in (which that band actually broke up and reformed as a popular band now called “A Day To Remember”) and I quit marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, piano class, EVERYTHING. I quit cold turkey and decided to get into Architecture School.
Everyone told me that was the way to go! “You’re so good at drawing and Architects make a lot of money! More than teachers make!” So why wouldn’t I get into Architecture? It sounds like I could draw a lot and get paid well, I’m in!
And off I go into the next 7 years of my life. I helped with a few band camps here and there, but my life became consumed by architecture. AND HOW WONDERFUL IT WAS OMG!! I learned so many things, I traveled the world, I met some of the most creative and intelligent people I’ve ever know in my life, and I became the person I am today.
But something was missing…
Life for me was great. I graduated with a Master’s in Architecture, My thesis made the judges cry and the crowd stand and cheer, I was inducted into the Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity, and seen among my peers as one of the most influential designers to ever come out of our program. I mean hell I even made a blog called “Tips for Architecture School” that is now over 150,000 followers strong, recognized world-wide, and still holds a position as a Tumblr Spotlight Blog for last 4 years.
But I was never in love with Architecture as I was with music. I thought it would change, but sometimes you can’t control what you love.
I got out of school and while all of my friends were going off to join firms and continue their paths towards becoming an architect I did not. I couldn’t shake the urge to teach music. It was something inside of me that was now screaming and kicking its way out. So I went and got a job teaching at a local band program.
After 2 years working as a percussion instructor, our band went and competed in the Bands Of America Grand National Championships.
…and we WON.
We got first place in the Nation. And I am only saying that first because it is a credential that reflects what really happened behind the scenes. The real magic was in the lives I was able to change, the people I was able to push to new limits, the adversity I helped people overcome, and the family I became a part of to accomplish all of these great things. My heart has found its home and every day I get to change the world in my own little way through my students.
Since then I have published 4 books about drumming, which have been accepted into the percussion community and are purchased and shipped to over 10 countries worldwide. And I now teach music for a living. I wake up every day excited to live my life. And it may not pay as much (not even close) as what I would be making at an architecture firm right now with my degree. But I couldn’t see myself hiding anymore from my true passion.
All was not in vein though. It might not seem like it, but Architecture School was one of the best things I could have ever done. I have even taken my design knowledge and mixed it with my passion for music to help Co-found a design and innovation non-profit organization called “The Urban Conga”. One of my designs incorporates public space design with the marimba instrument. We have created a form of hybrid architecture. In fact, our most recent client was the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball Team. We helped remodel part of their stadium (Tropicana Field) with a design that uses my musical bench idea.
So I made it all work. I took a 7 year detour from a path everyone told me not to take. And you know what, it wasn’t really a bad detour at all. In fact, it was pretty amazing.
So back to you and your mom. She says don’t do architecture, but you say yes. The real question is, does architecture intoxicate you? Does the very thought of design make you weak at the knees? Because at the end of the day, your decision has nothing to do with your mom, and everything to do with what you love. That is the hardest part. Find out what you love, it doesn’t matter what it is, but find something that you can’t live without and do that. And if you can’t find that thing, it’s ok, because if there is anything I have learned from making the “wrong decision” about my life path when I was coming out of high school it is this:
What you do day to day makes you who you are.
So whatever you decide to do, just make sure you are doing it better than you were the day before and you will always be successful. Then, one day you will wake up and realize where you are supposed to be, but you have been successful every day until then, and that is what really matters.
I wish you the best of luck in your decision making. I know it is overwhelming right now but you are strong and will make the best of everything. Just keep swimming.
Grand National Championships - Semifinals & Finals
November 11th-14th, 2015
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, Indiana
97.50 - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
97.00 - Avon H.S., IN
96.25 - Hebron H.S., TX
95.35 - William Mason H.S., OH
94.40 - Carmel H.S., IN
93.70 - The Woodlands H.S., TX
93.00 - Round Rock H.S., TX
90.90 - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
90.25 - Harrison H.S., GA
89.10 - Blue Springs H.S., MO
88.70 - Keller H.S., TX
88.25 - Homestead H.S., IN
Outstanding Music Performance - Hebron H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - TIE - Avon H.S., IN & Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Outstanding General Effect - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
8:00 PM - Hebron H.S., TX
8:15 PM - Homestead H.S., IN
8:30 PM - Round Rock H.S., TX
8:45 PM - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
9:00 PM - Harrison H.S., GA
9:15 PM - William Mason H.S., OH
9:30 PM - Blue Springs H.S., MO
9:45 PM - Carmel H.S., IN
10:00 PM - Avon H.S., IN
10:15 PM - Keller H.S., TX
10:30 PM - The Woodlands H.S., TX
10:45 PM - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
11:00 PM - Class A: Adair County H.S., KY
1st - Adair County H.S., KY
2nd - Beechwood H.S., KY
3rd - Saint James School, AL
Outstanding Music Performance - Adair County H.S., KY
Outstanding Visual Performance - Adair County H.S., KY
Outstanding General Effect - Adair County H.S., KY
1st - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
2nd - Kiski Area H.S., PA
3rd - Miamisburg H.S., OH
Outstanding Music Performance - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
Outstanding Visual Performance - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
Outstanding General Effect - Marian Catholic H.S., IL
1st - Harrison H.S., GA
2nd - Franklin H.S., TN
3rd - Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
Outstanding Music Performance - Harrison H.S., GA
Outstanding Visual Performance - Harrison H.S., GA
Outstanding General Effect - Harrison H.S., GA
1st - Hebron H.S., TX
2nd - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
3rd - Avon H.S., IN
Outstanding Music Performance - Hebron H.S., TX
Outstanding Visual Performance - Broken Arrow H.S., OK
Outstanding General Effect - Hebron H.S., TX
7:00 AM – Beechwood H.S., KY
7:15 AM – Bellbrook H.S., OH
7:30 AM – Father Ryan H.S., TN
7:45 AM – Saint James School, AL
8:00 AM – Kiski Area H.S., PA
8:15 AM – Larry A. Ryle H.S., KY
8:30 AM – Jenison H.S., MI
8:45 AM – Miamisburg H.S., OH
9:00 AM – Franklin H.S., TN
9:15 AM – Ben Davis H.S., IN
9:30 AM – Lawrence Township, IN
9:45 AM – Harrison H.S., GA
10:00 AM – Homestead H.S., CA
10:15 AM – Dobyns-Bennett H.S., TN
11:15 AM – Homestead H.S., IN
11:30 AM – Blue Springs H.S., MO
11:45 AM – Keller H.S., TX
12:00 PM – The Woodlands H.S., TX
12:15 PM – Center Grove H.S., IN
12:30 PM – Keller Central H.S., TX
12:45 PM – Broken Arrow H.S., OK
1:00 PM – Centerville H.S., OH
1:15 PM – William Mason H.S., OH
1:30 PM – Lake Central H.S., IN
2:15 PM – Avon H.S., IN
2:30 PM – Carmel H.S., IN
2:45 PM – Round Rock H.S., TX
3:00 PM – Marian Catholic H.S., IL
3:15 PM – Hebron H.S., TX
3:30 PM – Bentonville H.S., AR
3:45 PM – Adair County H.S., KY
4:00 PM – Milford H.S., OH
4:15 PM – Goshen H.S., IN
4:30 PM – Green Hope H.S., NC
4:45 PM – Exhibition: Western Carolina University
NOTE: All times are based off of where the event is. (EST)
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