U.S. Paralympics Track & Field

Jessica Heims seen here competing in the discus throw.

Selection Procedures

Athlete Safety
The USOPC Background Check Policy now applies to athletes age 18 and older.

USOPC Background Check Policy
USOPC Background Check Procedure
U.S. Center for Safe Sport

Athlete Representation

USP Paralympic Sport Advisory Group 
USP Athlete Representation in Selection Procedures

Selection Procedures

The process by which athletes qualify for U.S. teams to major international competitions, such as the World Para Swimming Championships and the Paralympic Games, is generally posted 12-18 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. 

2023 Parapan American Games Staff Procedures
2023 World Championships Athlete Procedures (amendments added)
2023 Parapan American Games Athlete Procedures- coming soon
2024 Paris Paralympic Games Staff Procedures

2023 World Championships discretionary petition form (period for submission has ended)

2023 Event Removal Form (period for submission has ended)

Selection Procedures Archive
2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Athlete Selection Procedures
2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Staff Selection Procedures
2019 Junior World Championships Selection Procedures
2019 Marathon World Championships Athlete Selection Procedures
Junior World Championships Consolidated Entry List  
Junior World Championships Communication
2019 Parapan American Games Athlete Selection Procedures
2019 Parapan Games Consolidated Entry List - posted 7/3/2019 at 3:19pm MDT
2019 Parapan Am Games Staff Selection Procedures
2019 World Championships Athlete Selection Procedures 
2019 World Championships Competition Entry Form (CEF)- application period is now closed
2019 Dubai World Championships Consolidated Entry List - posted 9/11/2019 at 11:25am MT

Athlete Ombuds 

The Office of the Athlete Ombuds offers independent, confidential advice to elite athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and assists athletes with a broad range of questions, disputes, complaints and concerns.

Neither U.S. Paralympics nor any U.S. Paralympics athlete, employee, contractor, coach, referee/official, agent, or volunteer may threaten or take action against an athlete for disclosing information to or asking for assistance from the Office of the Athlete Ombuds. The policy of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds can be found here:  www.teamusa.org/athlete-ombuds.

Phone:    719-866-5000

Email:     ombudsman@usathlete.org

Website: usaathlete.org