Athlete Resources

Selection Criteria

The process by which athletes qualify for U.S. teams to major international competitions, such as World Championships and the Paralympic Games, is generally posted 12 months before the competition. U.S. Paralympics or the relevant national governing body may use other methods, including invitation, to select teams to other international competitions. Click on the following events to find the criteria for qualifying for each of the international trips during the 2018-2019 season.

National Team Selection Criteria

2019-20 National Team Criteria

2018/19 World Cup Criteria

2018/19 USPN WC Vuokatti Dec. 2018
2018/19 USPN WC Sweden Jan. 2019
Funding Criteria for Sweden World Cup
2018/19 USPN WC Sapporo Mar. 2019

2019 World Championship Criteria

2019 WCH Athlete Selection Procedures

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Scholarship / Grant Program

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Scholarship

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Complaint Procedures

IPC Licensing

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched an online database application that was developed in partnership with Atos Origin. The application is called the IPC Sport Data Management System (SDMS). The general functionality of the online application includes the following:

  • Captures athlete biographies, eligibility data (nationality, classification, etc.), results, potential records;
  • Provides U.S. Paralympics with online reports and data for its respective athletes;
  • Calculates world and regional rankings, records and other reports (e.g. classification master lists)

For the list of current IPC licensed nordic athletes, please check the IPC Classification Masterlist 

NOTE: Only licensed athletes will be eligible to have their results submitted for consideration on the IPC world and regional ranking lists as well as for world and regional record applications. Please note that athletes who are not licensed will not be eligible for the National Team nor will you be eligible to be classified at an IPC Event.The IPC license is valid from the time of application through the end of that season.  The license will expire on June 30th and must be renewed to carry over to the next season.

Athlete's who have been IPC licensed in previous years and need to renew the license, please complete the following:

1.  Submit license fee payment of $75 USD. To submit your payment, please call Bryce Boarman at 719-866-4240 with your VISAcredit card information. If you are unable to make payment with a VISA card, a check can be made out to USOC - Paralympic Division and mailed to:

  •  USOC-Paralympic Division, 
     Attn: Bryce Boarman
     One Olympic Plaza, 
     Colorado Springs, CO 80909

2.  Scan and email a completed and signed IPC Eligibility Code Form (must have original signature-no electronic signatures will be accepted).  Print the form from the link below, fill-in the information, sign the form, scan the document and email it to Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org

Athlete’s who have not been licensed must complete the following five steps.  (All five steps must be completed before the athlete can be licensed) 

1. Scan and email a completed and signed IPC Eligibility Code Form (must have original signature-no electronic signatures will be accepted).  Print the form from the link below, fill-in the information, sign the form, scan the document and email it to Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org

 2. Email a copy of your passport.  The IPC requires a passport or passport card as proof of citizenship.  Scan the informational page of your passport (the one with your photo), save it as a PDF and email it to Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org   Please do not fax as it will not come through clearly.

3. Email a recent headshot photo (photos MUST: have a white or light blue background, not include headgear, dark glasses and hair bands on the athlete and have the head of the athlete looking face-on).  Using a digital camera, have someone take a picture of you against a white or light blue wall and email the photo to Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org.  Please do not fax as it will not come through clearly.

4. Submit license fee payment of $75 USD. To submit your payment, please call Bryce Boarman at 719-866-4240 with your VISAcredit card information. If you are unable to make payment with a VISA card, a check can be made out to USOC - Paralympic Division and mailed to:

  •  USOC-Paralympic Division, 
     Attn: Bryce Boarman
     One Olympic Plaza, 
     Colorado Springs, CO 80909

5. Submit a copy of your Medical Diagnostics Form.  Your doctor or ophthalmologists must fill out the paperwork and attach supporting documentation.  This form can be emailed to Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org  or faxed to the attention of Bryce Boarman at 719-866-2029.

Physical Impairment Medical Diagnostics Form

Visual Impairment Medical Diagnostics Form

If you do not have access to a scanner or fax machine, you can mail the information to:  

        USOC-Paralympic Division, 
        Attn: Bryce Boarman
        One Olympic Plaza, 
        Colorado Springs, CO 80909.   

The SDMS will issue a unique athlete identification number (license number), which will remain with the athlete through his/her sport career.  Additionally, for each season the athlete will be assigned a unique season license number.  Please allow 5-6 business days for the license to be active on the IPC Masterlist.

The International Classification status will be listed as N (New) for athletes who have never completed an IPC International Classification evaluation. New athletes will be placed into the system as the highest number for the corresponding classification category. For example, an alpine skiing athlete with a spinal cord injury will be listed as a LW12 if they have never been through a classification. The classification number will be updated in the system along with the classification status after the athlete completes an approved National or International classification evaluation.

If you have any questions, please call or email Bryce Boarman at 719-866-4240 or Bryce.Boarman@usoc.org

Classification

The U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Classification Policies & Procedures fall under the U.S. Paralympics national classification strategy. General documents that are applicable for all sports may be found here.

The U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing national classification list includes all athletes in the respective sport whose classification information is on file with either the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) and/or the respective sport IF and/or U.S. Paralympics (the National Paralympic Committee in the USA).  Athletes who have been nationally or internationally classified as per the Code and/or the U.S. Paralympics Classification Policies and Procedures are automatically included in this database.  Information will be updated regularly and historical research to compile accurate athlete classification data is still ongoing.

Visual Impairment (VI) National Classification

  • Athletes with visual impairments may obtain a national classification throughout the year.  To obtain a National VI classification, athletes must have their Ophthalmologist fill out the forms in the link below and return to Bryce Boarman 4 weeks prior to the competition they intend to compete at.  Once the forms are received by Bryce, they are reviewed by a VI Classifier.  They will inform Bryce of the classification outcome and Bryce will notify the athlete.  The classifiers may require additional tests or information which may delay the outcome.  VI athletes must complete this process and be listed in the Classification Database to compete in events. 
  • Guide to fill out National Visual Impairment Classification forms
  • National VI Classification forms - Submit to Bryce.Boarman@uso.org when completed

Athlete and Sport Program Plan

Athlete and sport program plans for each sport include qualification procedures and criteria for the U.S. Paralympics National Team, the schedule of U.S. Paralympics National Team activities, qualification criteria for U.S. teams to major international competitions and information regarding USOC direct athlete support and other USOC athlete benefits for national team members. 

Plans are updated and posted annually after the conclusion of the competition season. From this page, you can either click to view current performance plans or download a copy onto your computer. 

Plans are in PDF format. If you require the document in an alternative format, send your request to paralympic.info@usoc.org

2018-19 Athlete and Sport Program Plan - Nordic Skiing 

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