by Anne Calder
The ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating (JGP) begins its third decade in 2017. The seven event series will be held in Australia, Austria, Latvia, Belarus, Croatia, Poland, Italy. The Junior Grand Prix Final (JGPF) will be held in conjunction with the Senior Grand Prix final in Nagoya, Japan from December 7-10.
The number of teams per country is set by placement at the previous World Junior Championships.
- Members who placed a team 1, 2, 3 = 2 entries in 7 events
- Members who placed a team 4, 5, 6 = 1 entry in 7 events
- Members who placed a team 7, 8, 9, 10 = 1 entry in 6 events
- Members with team who qualified for the FD, but was not in the first 10 = 1 entry in 5 events
- Members with team who placed 21 to 25 in the SD = 1 entry in 4 events
- Members with team who placed below 25 in the SD = 1 entry in 3 events
- Members who have not competed in the previous World Junior Championships = 1 entry in 2 events
- The organizing Member may enter up to three (3) Ice Dance Couples in its event.
- If any ISU Member mentioned under a) to c) does not use its right to enter Skaters in the competition concerned, this slot will be given to the first ISU Member, mentioned under b) for an additional entry.
- If another ISU Member mentioned under a) to c) does not use its right to enter Skaters in the competition concerned, this slot will be given to the second ISU Member mentioned under b).
- If all ISU Members under b) receive the right of a second entry, all further places not used will not be considered for replacement. The order of priority as listed has to be observed.
THE 2017 JGP ENTRY NUMBERS (by Country)
- USA, RUS, CAN (2 entries in 7 events)
- FRA, CZE, GER (1 entry in 7 events)
- UKR, JPN, GBR, BLR (1 entry in 6 events)
- LTU, GEO, FIN, HUN ((1 entry in 5 events)
- EST, KAZ, CHN, ITA, AUS (1 entry in 4 events)
- ISR, ESP, AUT, POL, HKG, BUL (1 entry in 3 events)
- Members who have not participated in the previous World Junior Figure Skating Championships. (1 entry in 2 events)
JGP FINAL QUALIFICATION
A point system is used to choose the top qualifying six teams for the JGPF.
1st = 15 points
2nd = 13 points
3rd = 11 points
4th = 9 points
5th = 7 points
6th = 5 points
7th = 4 points
8th = 3 points
Unlike the Senior Grand Prix, the JGP competitors are not ISU seeded, but assigned by their own countries.
Teams may compete in only two JGP events. Teams may not compete in the same discipline in both the Junior Grand Prix and the Senior Grand Prix in the same season.
The panel of judges will be from nine different ISU Members, but not less than seven.
Judges may not serve in more than two ISU JGP events; the JGPF is not included.