The Review Panel that will be selecting the WOC Team and deciding race assignments will be:
updated 30 March 2017
Team Selection/Team Trials Rules
Changes other than dates are shown in bold italics.
|December 1||Regional Champs — none|
Application and signed Athlete’s Agreement submission deadline for consideration for the Sr. Elite, Performance, and Development teams.
|January 1||Sr. Elite, Performance, and Development squads announced|
|January 1||Declaration of Intent submission deadline for WOC 2017|
|Team Trials||The Team Trials will be held 28-30 April, MNOC, Long at Mille Lacs, Middle at Interstate, Sprint Como Park in St Paul. They will be announced as soon as possible; check the Attackpoint event page for updates.|
MNOC will offer a full set of courses, with Green, Red, and Blue courses being sanctioned. All will be open to the general public.
See below for changes in WOC Team selection processes.
|1 week post-TT||WOC 2017 Team announced with specific athlete/race assignments|
|2 weeks post-TT||Signed Athlete's Agreement submission deadline if not currently on the National Team|
|June 30 – July 7|
In 2014, a new qualification system was introduced at WOC for the Middle and Long distance races, with the removal of qualification races in those disciplines. In addition, a new discipline — the mixed sprint relay — was added.
The new WOC qualification system for Middle and Long introduced a three-division ranking system in which the top eight nations in the world form the first division and get three starting spots each, nations 9-22 get two spots, and nations 23 and lower get one spot. All nations are thus guaranteed at least one starting place in the Middle and Long finals. The countries are ranked separately for men and women on the basis of the results in the Long, Middle, and Relay competitions in the past two WOCs. At the end of each year, the nations move between the divisions based on the points from the two previous years.
National spots for USA at WOC 2017
In 2017, US men are in Division 3, and US women are in Division 3.
|Sprint Relay||Sprint Q/F||Middle||Relay||Long|
The makeup of the U.S. Team to the World Orienteering Championships (the WOC Team) is based primarily on the results of a team selection competition (the Team Trials) held during the period 2 to 4 months before the WOC. This competition can be held as part of an A-meet, or it can be a separate event, subject to the regulations of a normal A-meet, except that only the M21 and F21 categories are required. Designation of a meet as the Team Trials will be made jointly by the Team ESC and the Sanctioning Committee. The meet must be, at a minimum, open to all persons eligible to represent the USA at the WOC. The Team Trials will have three races.
For WOC 2015, there were some changes from previous years in how athletes are selected for the WOC team. They will continue for 2017.
An email will be sent to TT registrants prior to the Team Trials and will be due back to the ESC two (2) weeks prior to the Trials. In his or her response, each competitor must declare:
"WOC-Eligible": whether they are eligible to represent the USA at the WOC, which is currently defined as having an OUSA membership and having a U.S. Passport by 48 hours before the first start on the first day of the Team Trials
"WOC-Candidate": if eligible, whether he/she is intending to participate in the WOC if he/she wins a slot on the WOC Team and which races they wish to be considered for and which they don’t. Please list all events so that there is no ambiguity. Also, please list them in priority order.*
Candidates should explain themselves so that their intentions and preferences are made clear to the Review Panel. Candidates should not assume that the RP knows their preferences. Results, especially from out of country events, can be included.
*This preference is not a guarantee that anyone will get exactly what is listed.
A Review Panel consisting of a minimum of three persons and a maximum of five persons will named by the ESC and approved by the OUSA VP in charge of teams. The members of the Review Panel will be listed in the meet registration information. The majority of the members of the Review Panel will have no direct affiliation with the U.S. Standing Team (ESC members, Team members or coaching staff). The Review Panel members need not be in attendance at the Team Trials if suitable arrangements (e.g. telephone, internet) can be arranged for discussion.
In order for a petitioning candidate to be eligible for the WOC team, the following criteria must be met:
The candidate must submit a petition to the ESC requesting consideration for an exception. For a candidate who competes at the Team Trials, this petition must be submitted within one hour of the competitor's reporting to the finish on the final day of the Team Trials, and explain the circumstances why he/she was not able to produce a representative result (e.g. illness, misprinted map, other organizer error, etc.). For candidates who do not compete at the Team Trials, the petition must be submitted before the first start on the final day of the Team Trials, and explain why he/she was unable to attend. Specific information regarding to whom petitions should be submitted must appear in the meet invitation. Petitions must be signed by the petitioner, and may not be submitted on behalf of other people.
Petition content must include:
A petition may be submitted by anyone who has indicated they are a candidate for the WOC Team. The Review Panel will review all petitions and has the option of rejecting the petition. A brief explanation can be requested by any petitioner who is not selected. Keep in mind that in order for a petitioner to be placed on the WOC Team there would need to be evidence of performance superior to other candidates who competed in the Team Trials and would be displaced.
The selection of individuals to the Team described herein will be the sole decision of the Review Panel. In cases where malfeasance or corruption on the part of the Review Panel is alleged, a grievance may be filed with the Orienteering USA Grievance Committee, which may call for a new Review Panel to be convened.
posted 2 Jan 2017