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.
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.
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.
information: Terry Kolesar, Director of Communications, USA Curling, email@example.com,
715-344-1199, Ext. 202