USA Curling High Performance update

Aug. 21, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)
USA Curling High Performance update
The Grand Slam of Curling Champions Cup, April 26-May 1, 2016
The 2016 U.S. National champions (men and women) will receive an invitation to the new prestigious 15-team Champions Cup event in Sherwood Park, Alberta.  The U.S. champions will be joining the Canadian, European, Pacific, World Junior and World Champions along with the winners of the other Grand Slam events during the season.
2018 U.S. Olympic Team Selection Procedures
Selection Committee - Doug Pottinger, Cassie Potter, Leland Rich, Ann Swisshelm, Phill Drobnick, Rick Patzke, and Derek Brown.
The above Selection Committee has met on a number of occasions and has agreed that the U.S. Olympic Team Selection process will be open to all eligible competitors, where the winner of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling will be nominated for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team (subject to USA qualification).  In the best interests of international competitive excellence, the committee agreed to set minimum qualification standards for the Trials. The committee believes that the qualification standards are realistic and achievable by USA teams competing on the international stage. 
1. The 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for curling are slated to take place in November 2017, with the exact dates and location still to be determined. 
2. The field will be a minimum of three (3) teams and a maximum of five (5) teams each for men and women. The final procedures are currently being drafted in consultation with the United States Olympic Committee, and are still to be finalized.  The draft includes the following proposals on how teams can qualify for the Trials:
  • One team can qualify for the Trials by placing in the top 5 at the 2017 World Championships
  • One team  can qualify for the Trials by placing in the top 15 on the World Curling Tour (WCT) Order of Merit (OOM)at the end of season 2016-17 
  • One team can qualify for the Trials by placing in the top 15 on the WCT OOM Year to Date (YTD) at the end of season 2016-17
  • The Selection Committee can add discretionary selections in the best interests of international competitive excellence. 
  • The Selection Committee reserves the right not to add any discretionary selections if they feel it is in the best interests of international competitive excellence.
  • Discretionary selection criteria will include but not be limited to international performances and results achieved during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
U.S. Junior Nationals

The U.S. Junior Nationals will continue in its current format for 2015-16, but there will be an introduction of a "double loss provision" for the Junior Championship finals.  What this means is that any team that reaches the final undefeated (for the entire championships week) would have to be beaten twice in order for the other finalist to be crowned the champion. The USCA will continue discussions on possible future format changes to the Junior Nationals, which continue to serve as the USCA's World Junior Championship selection event.

World Mixed Doubles

High Performance Advisory Group - Doug Pottinger, Cassie Potter, Leland Rich, Ann Swisshelm, Phill Drobnick, Rick Patzke, and Derek Brown. 
The above HP Advisory Group has met to discuss options for selecting the World Mixed Doubles teams for 2016 and 2017, which are to be 2018 Olympic Qualifying events.  The group is reviewing the selection process for these two Olympic Qualifying Events and is considering holding a World Team Trials in late February 2016. This event would replicate the 2018 Olympic competition of an 8-team event.  Some teams would qualify for the World Team Trials via the 2016 U.S. Mixed Doubles Nationals, which take place Dec. 2-6, 2015, in Denver, but there will be other avenues of qualification determined by the HP Director and Advisory Group.