Athlete selection process update
The United States Curling Association’s (USCA) High Performance Plan for the 2015-18 quadrennial was presented to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on April 30, and is currently under review by the USOC, along with a resource allocation request for 2014-15. As previously communicated by the USCA, one aspect of the plan calls for the selection of individual athletes for the 2014-15 USCA High Performance Program (HPP). HPP Director Derek Brown and an advisory group including Olympic Athletes and HPP coaches met in Colorado Springs last week following a USOC High Performance Program best practices seminar to further develop the details of the USCA’s program and HPP athlete selection process.
Applications for inclusion to the 2014-15 USCA HPP will be available by May 31. Details of the High Performance Program benefits, expectations and requirements will be provided as part of the application materials.
The first ever USCA HPP Combine will be held July 19-23 at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn. The USCA HPP National Coaching Team will review all applicants and select participants. Athletes invited to the combine should expect to spend one to one-and-a-half days being assessed in technical, tactical, physical and mental skills both on and off the ice. The exact days of assessment for each athlete will be communicated once the application review process is completed.
Following the combine, the USCA HPP staff will select a maximum of 30 athletes in total (men, women and juniors) to the program for the 2014-15 season. Invitations will be extended as soon as possible after the combine, and no later than July 31. All athletes who become part of the program will be required to participate in a National Team Training Camp Aug. 23-29 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
For more information: Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications, USA Curling, email@example.com, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202