Junior National Selection Criteria

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Rocky Mountain Nordic Selection Criteria for the 2016 Junior Nationals

as of December 12, 2015

    1. USSA Mandated Quotas — The Rocky Mountain Nordic (RMN) has a total of 42 (21 females and 21 males, not including pre-qualified skiers) for the USSA Junior National Championships (JNs). A maximum of twelve (12) skiers can be named, per gender in any one age class (U16, U18, and U20). There is no minimum per class. RMN will send twelve (12) U20/U18 skiers and nine (9) U16 per gender to JNs in addition to the pre-qualified skiers who have selected to attend JNs with RMN.
    2. Pre-Qualification — In addition to the RMN quota of 42 skiers, RMN skiers ranked in the first 20 men or the first 20 women on the final ranking list at the Junior World Championships Team trials are automatically qualified to enter the JNs as a part of the RMN JN Team and are not counted against the RMN quota (USSA Rule 70.1.2). RMN skiers who qualify for and attend the USSA Nations Cup Trip (formerly Scandinavian Cup) with the U.S. Ski Team are automatically qualified to enter the JNs as a part of the RMN JN Team and are not counted against the RMN quota (USSA Rule 70.1.3). If an RMN skier is in the top five (5) U.S. juniors on the final NCAA West ranking lists, they are automatically qualified to enter the JNs as a part of the RMN JN Team and are not counted against the RMN quota (USSA Rule 70.1.4). RMN members of the World Junior Championship’s Team in Biathlon or Nordic Combined are automatically qualified to enter the JNs as a part of the RMN JN Team and are not counted against the RMN quota (USSA Rule 70.1.5).
    3. Eligibility — A junior skier must be a member of RMN to be eligible for the RMN JN Team. Only Junior National Qualifying (JNQ) races a skier participates in after they are an RMN member will be considered under the selection criteria. A skier must be an RMN member prior to the U.S. Senior Nationals in order to pre-qualify at U.S. Nationals and attend the JNs as a part of the RMN JN Team. USSA Rule 76.4.1 states that a skier represents the Division in which they reside. Only athletes currently enrolled in a college or university may choose to compete in either the division of their primary residency or the division in which their college or university is located. All divisional eligibility issues are arbitrated by the USSA Nordic Program Manager, Joey Caterinichio. A skier must compete in four (4) RMN JNQ races in order to have their points be eligible to be calculated for the RMN JN team.
    4. RMN Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) Races — Eight (8) races will be designated prior to the season as JNQ races. These races will be posted on the RMN Schedule of Events and appear on the RMN web site. Eligible RMN members who compete in these races will receive RMN JNQ points. To be scored in an RMN JNQ race, a skier must be a member of RMN at a minimum of four (4) days prior to the race in which he/she wishes to be scored.
    5. Scoring Procedure — The FIS World Cup scoring method will be used to calculate RMN Junior standings throughout the season. The scoring method awards points to all eligible RMN skiers according to the table below. Those skiers who pre-qualify for the JNs through their race results that were identified in paragraph # 2 will have their respective points scored removed from any previous points list and the points will be adjusted for the other skiers on the results. Pre-qualified skiers will not score points in the remaining JNQ races.  The points are awarded as follows:
    1. Qualification Points List — The sum of a skier’s best four races at RMN JNQ races, regardless of technique or race format will be used to determine the skier’s RMN points. Skiers will be ranked on the RMN Points List according to their RMN points in descending order.
    2. Tie Breaking Procedure — Ties in the points list will be resolved using the USSA tie-breaking procedure. A skier will move ahead in the final championship or trials standings, and on selections lists, based on the following procedures.
      1. Highest/higher single finish
      2. The second-highest single finish
      3. The third-highest single finish
      4. The fourth-highest single finish
      5. Lowest USSA points in an event
    3. Naming of the RMN Junior National Team/Objective Criteria — Skiers will be named to the RMN Junior Nationals Team in the following order:
      A. The top Twelve (12) U20/U18 and the top nine (9) U16 skiers from each gender on the final RMN final points list to include all pre-qualified skiers (as identified in paragraph # 2) will be named to the RMN Junior National Team.
      B. Second year U20 skiers must qualify in the top nine of the combined U20/U18 classes in the final RMN final points list to be eligible for the RMN Junior National Team. If a second year U20 skier does not pre-qualify or finish in the top nine of the U20/U18 final points list they will not be named to the JN team and selection will move down the RMN final points list until the quota of 12 has been met.
      C. Second year U14 – RMN will only consider second year U14 skiers in each gender to be allowed to ski as a U16 skier in qualifying for the RMN Junior National Team. Those skiers would be required to have a U16 RMN membership and meet the other requirement as an RMN U16 skier. 

D. Pre-qualified skiers for the JNs do not count towards the quota of skiers RMN can take to the JNs. In order to name additional skiers to the JN Team, the pre-qualified skiers have to attend the JNs. The RMN will name the additional skiers equal to the number of pre-qualified skiers attending the JNs based on objective criteria.

E. Additional JN Skiers – RMN can take more than 21 male and 21 female athletes allotted by the USSA when athletes pre-quality for JNs.  The number of additional athletes named to each team (male or female) must equal the number of pre-qualified athletes on each team.  Quota spots earned by pre-qualified athletes will be allocated as follows for each of the male and female team:  The first additional spot earned for a team (male or female) goes to whichever age class (U16or U20/U18) has the highest ranked qualifier on the World Juniors Qualifier list from US Senior Nationals.  Following additional spots will be filled by alternating between the U20/U18 and the U16 final RMN JN points list.  For U20 athletes, only first year U20s would be eligible to fill additional places, second year U20s must be in the top 9 on the RMN final JN points in order to qualify for the RMN JN Team.

    1. Alternates – First and Second alternates from each class and gender (U20/U18 and U16) will be named to the team based on the final RMN Points list. If a skier on the JN team, with the exception of a pre-qualified skier, cannot compete, or chooses not to compete at the Junior Nationals for RMN, the alternates will be giving the opportunity to join the RMN JN Team. As per USSA rules, alternates cannot be named in place of pre-qualified skier who does not attend the Junior National Championships.
    2. Discretionary Choices — The RMN qualification process does not allow for naming of skiers to the RMN Junior national Team on a discretionary basis. With opportunities for pre-qualification as described above, in addition to normal qualification through the eight RMN Junior national qualifying races, there should be ample opportunity for skiers to attempt to qualify for the RMN Junior Nationals Team.
    3. Appeals Process and Appeals Board – Skiers have the right to appeal a decision made by the RMN Junior National Selection Committee. This appeal must be made in a timely fashion, and it will be considered in a timely fashion as well. To appeal, a skier must submit an appeal in writing (email is acceptable) to the RMN Executive Director, Mike Elliott (teamelliott@frontier.net). The Executive Director will confirm to the skier that the appeal has been received and will convene an RMN Appeals Board meeting as quickly as possible. This meeting may be held via a conference call. The RMN Appeals Board will consist of the following members: The RMN Executive Director, the Chairman of the RMN Executive Committee, a designated RMN Executive Committee member, and/or a parent member of the RMN Junior Competitions Committee.