Freeskiing

Criteria

Advancement through the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Athlete Development pipeline is based on tangible, objective selection criteria. At each level, from grassroots club-level events to Olympics, athletes advance based on athletic performance in events, as well as on ranking or points lists. Selection criteria for may be different for events, teams or projects. Athletes, coaches and parents should read the criteria carefully to learn exactly how athletes will be selected. In some cases, it may be results from specific events. In other cases,it may be an athlete's ranking on a U.S. Ski and Snowboard or International Ski Federation (FIS) points or ranking list. Most athletes are selected by specific objective criteria, but there may also be discretionary selection if noted in the criteria. Click on the tabs above to access selection criteria for specific teams or development projects.

 

 


U.S. Freeski

2018-19 Team Nominations

Each year, the top athletes in America are nominated to compete as a part of U.S. Freeski. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. U.S. Freeski announces official team rosters in the fall, naming those athletes who accept the responsibilities of being a part of the team and are planning to compete in the coming season.

Every athlete named to the U.S. Freeski team will receive a high level of world class program support, with access to athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, access to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Center of Excellence, and education opportunities.

 

Eligibility for Consideration:

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard will consider for selection only those U.S. Ski and Snowboard members in good standing who have a valid FIS license.

 

Further, an athlete shall be ineligible for consideration if previously suspended or removed from

team membership without having been reinstated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard. Athletes who have previously declined an offer of team membership will not be eligible for automatically offered team membership regardless of results achieved during the competition season unless that athlete specifically requests consideration and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Sport Director approves the request.

 

Nomination status does not guarantee funding, coaching, services etc. from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard for competition or preparation. Athletes who have been given individual performance criteria to meet will be subject to those specific criteria and not to general criteria as outlined below.

 

Athlete must demonstrate a capability to adhere to U.S. Ski and Snowboard Values and Code of Conduct in order to be feligible for nomination.

 

 

OBJECTIVE NOMINATION CRITERIA 2018-19 HALFPIPE & SLOPESTYLE PRO TEAM (Men & Women)

2 Top 3 Results at Level 2 Competitions OR 1 Top 3 Result at Level 2 Competition + 2 Top 5 Results at

Level 2 Competitions.

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE NOMINATION CRITERIA 2018-19 HALFPIPE & SLOPESTYLE ROOKIE TEAM (Men & Women) Age Eligibility: 13-19 yrs by Dec 31st of season the athlete is to be named (2018).

 

Top 1 men and 1 woman with the best single Level 2 halfpipe and slopestyle competition result (minimum result of a Top 16 for men and Top 8 for women) from 2017-18 competition season, and who meet the age eligibility requirements, will receive a team nomination for 2018-19 season.

 

Top 1 man and 1 woman as ranked in the April 1, 2018 AFP Halfpipe and Slopestyle rankings

will receive a team nomination for the 2018-19 season. Athlete must be ranked within Top 20

 

Top 1 man and 1 woman as ranked in the April 1, 2018 FIS Halfpipe and Slopestyle rankings

will receive a team nomination for the 2018-19 season. Athlete must be ranked within Top 20

 

 

Level 1 events are the Winter Olympic Games

 

Level 2 events are typically World Cup, Grand Prix, Dew Tour, X-Games, etc. where there is strong elite athlete participation*.

 

*Level 2 events are classified for men if there are 6 of the top 10 ranked men from the AFP Halfpipe World Ranking for halfpipe events or the AFP Slopestyle World Ranking for slopestyle events who compete in that event. The May 1, 2018 AFP Ranking List will be used for this evaluation. 

 

*Level 2 events are classified for women if there are 5 of the top 8 ranked women from the AFP Halfpipe World Ranking for halfpipe events or the AFP Slopestyle World Ranking for slopestyle events who compete in that event. The May, 2018 AFP Ranking List will be used for this evaluation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE NOMINATION CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUAL ATHLETE SUPPORT 2018-19 SKICROSS (Men & Women)

1 Top 3 Result at Level 1 Competition OR 2 Top 3 Results at Level 2 Competitions

 

2 Top 8 Results at Level 2 Competitions

 

 

SKICROSS Level 1 events are World Championships and Winter Olympic Games

SKIRCOSS Level 2 events are World Cups

 

Discretionary Selection Policy

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard may select additional athletes to the Team using Coach’s Discretion, for any age athlete,

using factors other than objective criteria such as the following:

1. Opportunities previously provided to an athlete in relationship to results.

2. Attitude and commitment

3. Outstanding results based on strength of field

4. Relative AFP Ranking

5. Physical fitness level

6. Injuries

 

 

 

 

 

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