The 2010 Team USA Trials will be held on the weekend of December 11th-13th, 2009 at a venue to be decided by the USAB Tournament Committee. These Trials will be used to select the 2010 Thomas and Uber Cup USA teams, and the 2010 Pan-American Championships USA team, as well as to select the US team for any other continental or BWF adult team competition that may occur in 2010.
The 2010 USA Badminton Team USA Trials will be held on December 11th-13th, 2009, at a site to be selected by the USA Badminton Tournament Committee. The Team USA Trials result will be used to select the US team to any continental and/or BWF adult team competition in 2010 as defined by the BWF general competition regulations rule 8.1 (available on the BWF website at www.international badminton.org).
The Team USA Trials will cover the two styles of team competition that currently exists:
1. Thomas/Uber Cup style with each tie consisting of 3 singles and 2 doubles competition of the same gender, and
2. Sudirman Cup style with each tie consisting of 1 men's singles, 1 women's singles, 1 men's doubles, 1 women's doubles and 1 mixed doubles.
There will be two separate selection procedures to select the US team for a particular event depending on the style of team competition used. Currently, the only continental and/or BWF team competitions scheduled for 2010 are the 2010 Thomas/Uber Cups, and the 2010 Pan-American Championships. Qualification for these events shall use the Thomas/Uber Cup style and the Sudirman Cup style selection procedures, respectively.
The 2010 Thomas/Uber Cup Pan-Am Zonal Qualifying event (called the Prelims) will be held on February 18th-21st, 2010 in Lima, Peru. If the US (men's) team wins the 2010 Thomas Cup Prelims, the US (men's) team shall qualify for the 2010 Thomas Cup Finals. If the US (women's) team wins the 2010 Uber Cup Prelims, the US (women's) team shall qualify for the 2010 Uber Cup Finals. Only the qualifying US team(s) will be sent to compete in the Finals.
The 2010 Thomas/Uber Cup Final Stage will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 9th-16th, 2010. Qualification for the Thomas/Uber Cup Final Stage is governed by the BWF competition regulations.
THE US TEAM COMPETING IN THE PRELIMS AND IN THE FINALS SHALL CONSIST OF THE SAME NAMED PLAYERS. IN THE EVENT THAT PLAYERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PRELIMS DO NOT ATTEND THE FINALS, NO OTHER PLAYERS WILL BE ADDED TO THE TEAM.
The naming of the 2010 Team USA for the Thomas and Uber Cups will be based on the Thomas/Uber Cup style selection procedure. The 2010 Pan-American Championships will be held at a time and site to be determined by the Pan-American Badminton Confederation (PABC). The naming of the 2010 Team USA for the Pan-American Championships will be based on the Sudirman Cup style selection procedure.
In the event that additional BWF or PABC Thomas / Uber Cup style team competitions occur in 2010, the 2010 Team USA Trials results using the appropriate selection procedure as stated by the USAB Tournament Committee will be used to select the US team.
Trials Venue: To be selected by the USAB Tournament Committee.
Trials Events: Events are Men's Singles (MS), Women's Singles (WS), Men's Doubles (MD), Women's Doubles (WD) and Mixed Doubles (XD). The Trials events shall use the BWF Rally Point Scoring System. Seeding to use the USAB National Rankings as of December 4th, 2009.
TOURNAMENT STARTING TIME IS FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH AT 11 AM. IT IS THE INTENTION THAT EACH EVENT WILL COMMENCE ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH. PLAYERS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO PLAY ON EACH OF THE THREE DAYS OF THE TRIAL (FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH - SUNDAY DECEMBER 13TH).
Team Size: BWF and Pan-Am competition regulations govern the team size for international team competitions. USA Badminton shall only send US athletes that qualify through the 2010 Team USA Trials selection procedures.
Funding: No USAB funding is available for the 2010 USAB Team USA Trials. USAB shall pay a stipend set by the USAB Board of Directors to reimburse the 2010 Team USA Trial winners of each event (2nd place and 3rd place finishers will not receive funding) for travel expenses directly related to the 2010 Thomas/Uber Cup Prelims and/or the 2010 Thomas/Uber Cup Finals. To receive the stipend, the player must submit an itemized expense report with original receipts to USAB by July 1, 2010. No USAB funding is available at this time for other 2010 continental team competitions.
Eligibility: To be eligible, a player must meet the BWF requirements for national representation. They must be a member in good standing with USAB and satisfy one or more of the following: i) be a citizen of the United States; or ii) has received approval from the BWF for non-citizenship international representation. All players who qualify for the US team must sign and abide by the USAB Code of Conduct. A copy of the USAB Code of Conduct can be obtained by contacting USAB. As a team rule, all players shall fall under the jurisdiction of the USAB assigned team manager and/or coach(es) in complying with BWF regulations.
Selection Procedures: Thomas/Uber Cup Style Competition - The top three finishers in men's singles trials and the top three finishers in men's doubles trials shall be selected to the US Men's Team. The top three finishers in women's singles trials and the top three finishers in women's doubles trials shall be selected to the US Women's Team. No mixed doubles trials winner will be selected. If a player/team cannot go to the prelims, the next ranked player/team in that event, based on the trials result, shall be selected to the team. In the event a player wins multiple events, no additional players will be added to the team. Doubles teams are selected as a pair (if one player cannot go in a team, the partner loses his/her spot). International and national rankings are not used in this selection process. Note that if players who participated in the prelims do not attend the finals, then no other players will be added to the team.
Sudirman Cup Style Competition - The winner in each trials event (men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles) shall be selected to the US Team. Four men and four women will be selected to be members of the US Team. If there are not enough team members to meet the team size requirement based on the trials winners, the following rank order shall be used in turn to determine additional member(s) to be added to the team:
1. The 2nd place finishers in all trials events will be considered first.
2. The rank order of athletes who will be chosen among the 2nd place finishers is determined by the highest trials result in singles (i.e. if one male needs to be selected, then all males who finished in second place will be put in rank order based on their trials result in men's singles). Athletes who do not have a singles rank from the trials will be placed at the end of the list of the 2nd place finishers. If more than one of the 2nd place finishers does not have singles results from the trials, the priority of rank of those athletes will be doubles, then mixed doubles.
3. If athletes are tied based on their trials result in singles, then the eligible athletes (highest ranked trials singles result) with the highest trials doubles result will be selected. If athletes are still tied, then the eligible athletes (highest ranked trials singles and trials doubles result) with the highest trials mixed doubles result will be selected.
4. If athletes are still tied, all eligible athletes (highest ranked trials singles, trials doubles, and trials mixed doubles result) will be ranked based on the highest BWF ranking (at beginning date of trials event) in singles first, doubles with any partner second, and mixed doubles with any partner third.
5. If athletes are still tied, all eligible athletes (highest ranked trials singles, trials doubles, trials mixed doubles result, IBF singles, IBF doubles with any partner, and BWF mixed doubles with any partner result) will play a singles round-robin match to determine the rank order. The USAB USOC AAC representative and the OPD committee shall coordinate with the eligible athletes to set-up the singles round-robin match.
6. This process will be continued using 3rd place finishers, etc. until a full team of four men and four women are nominated. No 3rd place finishers will be considered until all 2nd place finishers have been considered for filling the team slots.