US Biathlon Association
ATHLETE SELECTION PROCEDURES

 2019 National Training Teams



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2018 - 2019 High Performance Team Selection Criteria

High Performance Teams

Overview

The following selection criteria specify how athletes qualify for USBA National Training Teams for the 2019-20 Season. Each team has different levels of support, funding, and benefits. A separate document, released each spring, details how athletes qualify for competitions.

The most important factor in qualifying for an USBA National Training Team is to do your best in every competition you enter! Coaching staff will keep track of athlete competition performances at international and domestic competitions, their professional observations, and meet in the spring to compare notes.

Together with the Chief of Sport, they craft a recommendation for consideration by the International Competition Committee (ICC), which consists of five members: a National Team Coach, the Chief of Sport, the USOC AAC Athlete Representative, a non-USBA coach, and an at-large chairperson. The ICC then discusses the recommendation, asks pertinent questions, and drafts their final recommendation for the Board of Directors to approve at its next meeting.

Selection Criteria

National Team A

BASED IN LAKE PLACID

A 1 Team

  1. Top-8 result at WCHs, or
  2. Two top-15 performances at WC/WCHs, or
  3. Top-40 overall World Cup Final Score, or
  4. Member of podium-performing Relay or Mixed Relay Team at WC/WCHs

A 2 Team

  1. Two top-25 performances at WC/WCHs, or
  2. Top-60 overall World Cup Final Score, or
  3. Member of top-5 Relay or Mixed Relay Team at WC/WCHs

A 3 Team:

  1. Two top-40 performances at WC/WCHs, or
  2. Member of top-7-Relay or Mixed Relay Team at WC or WCHs, or
  3. Top-8 result at Youth & Junior World Championships (only in junior class)
  4. Recommendation of coaching staff with ICC consideration and approval based upon significant national and/or international results while employing the USBA Principles of Discretion (see summary below).

National Team B
BASED AT REGIONAL CENTERS/CLUBS

  1. Member of 2019 WCHs Team, or
  2. Top 25 result at IBU Cup and/ or OECHs, or
  3. Top 15 result at Youth & Junior World Championships (only in junior class)
  4. Recommendation of coaching staff with ICC consideration and approval based upon significant national and/or international results while employing the USBA Principles of Discretion (see summary below).

Note: The winner of an individual race at U.S. Nationals in March will be invited to the first National Team Training Camp in May in Lake Placid. The athletes will be evaluated there. It is possible that athletes going through this process may be nominated to the B Team by the staff and ICC after the camp.

USBA Principles of Discretion (Summary)

  1. History of performance in an event over the previous two competitive seasons.
  2. Recent display of internationally competitive ski speed in competition and/ortraining.
  3. Recent improvements in results (both in training and racing).
  4. Recent positive direction or trend of competition results indicating a potential for Olympic success.This includes indication of medal potential in future Olympic or World Championship competition that would be materially enhanced by selection to the Team.
  5. Illness or injury as certified by a USBA-approved physician.