FIS Alpine World Junior Championships
The annual FIS Alpine World Junior Championships provide a unique opportunity for the best 16-20 year-olds of the skiing world to compete together. The FIS Junior World Championships are important competitions in the development of future World Cup contenders, and World Cup skiers are usually found on the official entry lists.
Selection Criteria for 2016 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships
2016 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships
Team Selection Criteria
February 25 - March 5, 2016
The U.S. Ski Team will select those athletes with the GREATEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR WINNING MEDALS at the 2016 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships (WJC) and future FIS Alpine World Junior Championships.
2. Team Size
The total team size may be up to twelve (12) with a maximum of ten (10) per gender. An additional two (2) men and two (2) women may increase the team size to a maximum of sixteen (16) if qualified for the ZK quota by being ranked in the top 500 for men or top 400 for women in two (2) of three (3) of the following disciplines: downhill (DH), slalom (SL) and giant slalom (GS).
3. Start Right
A maximum of four (4) men and four (4) women can start each event. An additional two (2) men and two (2) women may start if qualified for the ZK quota.
Only age eligible (year of birth 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999) licensed USSA/FIS athletes in good standing with a valid USA passport are eligible for consideration. Injured athletes must be cleared by USSA Sports Medicine staff before being considered for naming to the team.
5. Naming of the Team
The U.S. team to the 2016 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships will be announced at the USSA offices on Feb. 14, 2016.
6. Selection Procedures
A. Up to five (5) men and five (5) women will be named to the team by the objective criteria below. The balance of the team will be selected on a discretionary basis by a committee of USSA staff which shall include the U.S. Ski Team Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches, the U.S. Ski Team Men’s and Women’s D Team Head Coaches, the Alpine Development Director, and the Alpine Director.
B. Selections will be based on the 8th FIS points list (valid Jan. 28 - Feb 17, 2016) and on the results of competitions held between Oct. 24, 2015 and Feb. 14, 2016 (the evaluation period).
C. The selection criteria will be applied in the following order:
1) Up to one (1) male and one (1) female athlete eligible for the ZK quota ranked in order of lowest sum of all world ranks (DH, GS, SL). Ties will be broken by best world rank in a discipline.
2) Up to four (4) men and four (4) women as the best ranked athlete in each discipline (in order of DH, SL, GS, SG) based on total points scored in the respective discipline. See scoring method below:
a) World Cup points scored in discipline during the evaluation period,
b) Europa Cup points scored in discipline during the evaluation period (x5),
c) NorAm Cup points scored in discipline during the evaluation period (x1),
d) Ties will be broken using the best single FIS point result scored in discipline during the evaluation period.
D. Discretionary selections will be based on current season performance in races with peer group competition. Priority for discretionary selection may be given to those athletes who have exhibited potential for future success.
7. Determining Start Order
The final designation of starters for each event will be made two (2) hours prior to the draw. The first two start positions in each discipline will be determined according to world rank in that discipline on the valid FIS points list published closest in time to the beginning of the event. The remaining start positions will be selected at the discretion of the coaching staff.
8. Medical Clearance
New athletes named to the team will require a medical clearance for participation. This clearance may be issued upon completeion of a sports physical exam conducted by a USSA approved physician. Once named, athletes will contact the USSA Medical Director for appropriate paperwork and direction. Medical clearance must be obtained prior to athlete participation in team projects.
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