Team Selection for Junior Nationals & Arctic Winter Games 2015-16 Season

Alaska Junior National Team Selection Criteria

Criteria revised October 2013, wording approved November 2013

No changes in 2015

TEAM SIZE

The quota for the Alaska Team to the USSA Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships is 21 males and 21 females. Within each class, a maximum of 12 skiers may be entered by a single age/sex class. The quota and the maximum number per class are established by the US National Junior Cross Country Committee.

Each region of the US is allowed to bring 21 athletes of each sex to the USSA Junior Nationals competition plus athletes who qualify for the event on a NATIONAL basis, as described below. The Cross Country Alaska Competition Committee – a statewide committee of coaches, officials, race organizers, and parents – sets the Junior National Team selection criteria.

Methods of National and Divisional Qualification

Athletes may qualify for the Alaska Team to the Junior Nationals in these ways:

1. National Qualification

1.1. Pre-qualify on a national basis through performance in the Junior World Championships Team Trials, based upon the final Junior World Championships Team rankings

1.2. Pre-qualify on a national basis by qualifying for and attending in the U18/J1 Scandinavian Cup competitions

1.3. Pre-qualify on a national basis through performance in regional NCAA qualification races

1.4. Pre-qualify on a national basis by earning a position on the Junior World Championships Biathlon Team

2. Divisional Qualification

2.1. Automatically qualify on a divisional basis (counting against the Alaska division quota) through performance in the Junior World Championships Trials, or

2.2. Earn positions on the team on a divisional basis through performance in scheduled selection races. In Alaska these races are the Besh Cup Series.

Qualification for Participation in Junior Nationals on a National Basis (from USSA Junior National Rules)

070.1.2 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 JNC as part of the team from their home division, but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 074.

070.1.3 Skiers who qualify for and attend the U18/J1 Scandinavian Cup with the US Ski Team are automatically qualified to enter JNC as a part of the team from their home division, but are not counted against their Divisions or Districts quota specified in rule 074.

070.1.4 The top-5 US juniors on the final NCAA East, NCAA Central, or NCAA West ranking lists are automatically qualified to enter JNC, but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 074.

070.1.5 Members of the World Junior Championship Team in Biathlon are automatically qualified to enter JNC as a part of the team from their home division, but are not counted against their Division’s or District’s quota specified in rule 074.

Qualification for Participation in Junior Nationals on a Divisional Basis

Part 1 – Divisional Qualification through Junior World Championships Trials Results

1. In addition to the skiers pre-qualified through USSA rule 070.1.2, Alaska skiers ranked from 21st through 30th on the final Junior World Championships Team selection list, regardless of class, will automatically qualify for the Alaska Team to the Junior National Championships. These skiers will be listed in the Junior National Selection Rankings as having automatically qualified, but will not be assigned a rank.

2. Upon publication of the final Junior World Championships Team selection list, the number of Alaska skiers ranked in positions 21 through 30 on that list will be subtracted from the Alaska quota of 21 males and 21 females. The respective remainders will equal the number of male skiers and the number of female skiers who will be selected from the Junior National Selection Ranking list based upon their Besh Cup race results.

EXAMPLE: If three Alaska males and two Alaska females finish within the range of 21st through 30th on the JWC selection list, then 18 Alaska males (21 minus 3 = 18), and 19 Alaska females (21 minus 2 = 19) will be selected from the Junior National Team selection list based upon their Besh Cup race results.

3. The skier assigned Junior National Team selection rank number one will be the highest non-pre-qualified, non-automatically qualified skier. Automatically qualified skiers will NOT be counted toward U20/OJ skiers ranking in the top six or top 10 skiers on the U18-U20/OJ-J1 selection list.

4. Automatic qualifiers will be shown on the Junior National Selection List as having been selected for the JN Team, but will not be assigned a rank on the list. Thus, the skier who is assigned the number one ranking on the Junior National Selection List will be the highest-ranked skier on the list who is neither a pre-qualifier on a national basis, nor an automatic qualifier on a division basis.

 5. Automatically qualified skiers will continue to score Junior National selection points in all Besh Cup races in which they finish in the point-scoring positions in their respective classes.

Part 2 – Divisional Qualification for Junior Nationals through Performance in Besh Cup Races

Selection for the Alaska Junior National Team will proceed through these steps, in this order.

Initial Team Roster Selection – The purpose of this portion of the process it to come up with a preliminary list of athletes who have qualified for the team, and to offer positions on the team to these athletes. Any positions on the team left unfilled due to athletes not accepting positions on the team following the initial team roster selection process will be filled through the Selection of Alternates process.

1. U16/J2 Age Class Selection

1.1. Team Size – maximum of eight U16/J2 athletes of each gender will be selected for the team, exclusive of pre-qualifying athletes

1.2. Minimum Selection Standard – U16/J2 athletes must be ranked among first ten on final Junior National Team selection list.

1.3. Selection Order – athletes will be offered positions on the team in the order of their final JN Team selection list ranking.

1.4. End of Selection Process – the selection process within each sex will cease when eight skiers of that sex have been selected, or when the tenth-ranked skier has been offered a position on the team, whichever comes first.

1.5. Expansion of Team Size – If the number of U16/J2 skiers ranked among the top 10 in their class who accept positions on the Junior National team is less than eight (8), additional U16/J2 skiers will NOT be offered positions on the team at this time, NOR during the Selection of Alternates process.

2. When the total number of U16/J2 skiers of each sex accepting positions on the Alaska Junior National Team is final, then within each sex that number will be subtracted from the number of positions available after subtracting the automatic qualifiers (as illustrated in the example above), and those remainders will be the number of positions available to U18/J1 and U20/OJ skiers in each of the respective sexes

EXAMPLE: if three males automatically qualified for the Alaska Junior National Team, and seven U16/J2 skiers have been selected for and accepted positions on the Alaska Junior National Team, then the total number of positions available to U18-U20/J1-OJ males would be 11. Starting with 21 (maximum team size) minus 3 (automatic qualifiers) equal 18 minus 7 (number of U16/J2 skiers selected and accepting positions on the team) = 11 positions.

3. U18/J1 Age Class and U20/OJ Age Class Selection

3.1. Select all 2nd year U20/OJ skiers ranked in the top six (6) on the combined U18-U20/J1-OJ ranking list in order from highest-ranked to lowest-ranked.

3.2. Select all 1st year U20/OJ skiers ranked in the top 10 on the combined U18-U20/J1-OJ ranking list in order from highest-ranked to lowest-ranked.

3.3. After the U20/OJ skiers have been selected, the number of U18/J1 skiers to be selected will be the number needed to fill the remaining number of positions available

3.4. The number of U18/J1 skiers determined in 3.3 will be selected in order from highest-ranked to lowest-ranked.

3.5. The list of skiers produced in steps 3.1 through 3.4 will be called the initial team roster. Athletes on this roster will be given the opportunity of choosing to attend Junior Nationals, to attend Arctic Winter Games (in AWG years – U18 only) or to attend neither.

Selection of Alternates

4. No U16/J2 skiers will be named as alternates beyond the steps included above (1.1 through 1.5)

5. A list of alternate U18-U20/J1-OJ skiers, regardless of class, will be made, ranked from highest to lowest Junior National Qualifying points scored in Besh Cup races. This list will include all U18-U20/J1-OJ skiers not yet selected.

5.1. First year U20/OJ athletes not in the top 10 on the initial combined U18-U20/J1-OJ ranking list will be included in the list of alternates.

5.2. Second year U20/OJ athletes not in the top 6 on the initial combined U18-U20/J1-OJ ranking list will be included in the list of alternates.

6. Selections will be made in order from highest-ranked to lowest-ranked from the list of alternates.

6.1. Athletes selected using this method will be given the opportunity of choosing to attend Junior Nationals, to attend Arctic Winter Games (U18 skiers only, and only if positions on the AWG team are still available) or to attend neither.

7. Selection of alternates in each sex will cease when the total number of automatically-selected skiers plus the number of skiers selected through performance in Besh Cup races reaches 21 within that sex.

8. Selection of alternates for the Alaska Junior National Team in any single age/sex class will cease if the number of athletes accepting positions in that class reaches 12.

NOTE: Not more than 12 skiers may be selected within a single age/sex class due to the USSA limit on entries within a class.

ELIGIBILTY & POINTS

Only U16, U18, and U20 age class skiers with a valid USSA competition license will score Junior National Qualifying points in Besh Cup races. Points are scored using the World Cup Points schedule: 1st place is 100 points, 2nd 80, 3rd 60, 4th thru 30th receives 50, 45, 40, 36, 32, 29, 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 15, 14, …, 1, respectively. In the case of a tie, both skiers receive the points of the higher place (i.e. if two skiers tie for 3rd place, both will receive 60 points, no skier will score 4th place points, and 5th place will receive 45 points).

Ranking lists will be calculated as soon as possible after each Besh Cup weekend. Lists will be published and posted to the Cross Country Alaska web site within 48 hours after each of race weekend. The final list will be presented at the final team selection announcement in Fairbanks following Besh Cup Race #6.

TEAM SELECTION LISTS

Separate ranking lists will be maintained for:

  1. U14 Boys (for AWG),
  2. U14 Girls (for AWG),
  3. U16 Boys,
  4. U16 Girls,
  5. U18 / U20 Boys, and
  6. U18 / U20 Girls.

Selection points awarded in Besh Cup events may not be modified after the fact except in case of error occurring in the calculation of results or when points have been incorrectly awarded due to human error.

NUMBER OF RACES COUNTED

The Junior National Team Selections is based on the first 6 races of the Besh Cup series. Normally all 6 races are conducted, however, due to weather or other problems, it is possible that less than 6 races will be held. The number of a skier’s performances which will be counted toward selection will follow the specifications listed here:

  • If 6 races are held, a skier’s best 4 of 6 results will be counted
  • If 5 races are held, a skier’s best 3 of 5 results will be counted
  • If 4 races are held, a skiers best 3 of 4 results will be counted
  • If 3 races are held, a skier’s best 2 of 3 results will be counted
  • If 2 races are held, a skier’s best 2 of 2 results will be counted

It is not necessary to ski in more than one race to be considered for selection to the Alaska Team to Junior Nationals. A skier can qualify based upon results in any number less the maximum of results to be counted.

JUNIORS FROM OUTSIDE THE HIGHWAY SYSTEM

Skiers living outside the highway system in Alaska who are able to attend only one race weekend due to the difficulty and expense of travel, may double their points from those two races for purposes of ranking on the JNQ/AWG ranking list.

Skiers attending college outside of Alaska and who are able to make only 2 races in the Besh Cup Series may qualify for the Alaska Team based on their results in those 2 races. Their points will not be doubled. These skiers may also qualify for the Alaska Team by finishing among the top 20 males or top 20 females at the JWC team trials, or they may qualify based upon their ranking within their NCAA regions.

DISCRETIONARY SELECTION

An athlete who is unable to qualify through the Besh Cup selection races due to illness, injury or other forces, may petition the Cross Country Alaska Completion Committee to be selected based upon other considerations. This petition must be submitted to the Cross Country Alaska’s Competition Committee for their consideration prior to January 25 of the competition year. In the petition, the petitioner must include:

  • Reason that he/she was unable to qualify through the Besh Cup. Medical or other pertinent documentation would be helpful.
  • Summary of other competitive race results during the season or during the prior season, and
  • Any other pertinent and helpful information.

The Cross Country Alaska Competition Committee will decide on the petition at its final meeting prior to the final weekend of Besh Cup racing. The decision of the Cross Country Alaska Competition Committee is final and may not be reconsidered.

ARCTIC WINTER GAMES

A team is picked every even-numbered year for competition at Arctic Winter Games. Cross Country Alaska aids in the selection process by using the Junior National/AWG points list. All team rules, travel arrangements, and costs for Arctic Winter Games are set by Team Alaska (State of Alaska) and not CCAK. Skiers become part of the larger Team Alaska that is organized by Alaska’s AWG Committee.

The team consists of 24 skiers; four (4) U18 male, four (4) U18 female, four (4) U16 male, four (4) U16 female, four (4) U14 male, and four (4) U14 female. No U20 skier may participate in Arctic Winter Games. The Junior National Team is named first. The AWG team is then named. The AWG team consists of the next highest skiers in each age class, after the JN skiers, as sequentially ranked on the JN/AWG points list. Any skier may decline the JN team and chose the AWG team.

The Arctic Winter Games is a unique and worthwhile event that every skier should experience. Two positions on the AWG team are reserved for the top male and top female skier from Western Alaska Championships held the previous March. Depending on the age class of these athletes, the next 3, instead of 4, positions will be selected from the corresponding list.

Tie-Breaking Procedures

In the case of a tie, the higher place will be awarded using these steps, in the order listed below.

  1. Best finish place in all races
  2. Better 2nd-best finish place
  3. Better 3rd-best finish place
  4. Better 4th-best finish place
  5. Better won-lost record in head-to-head competition in four best races
  6. Better 5th-best finish
  7. Better 6th-best finish
  8. Better won-lost record in head to head competition in all races

Moving Up In Age Class

The Cross Country Alaska Competition committee strongly believes that each athlete should ski in their proper age class and should not “move up” to a higher age class. Longer races and more severe competition can be detrimental to optimal performance considering longer-term athlete development and goals. Skiers who desire to move up to an older age class must petition the CCAK board for permission to move up. In principle, only U14’s who are in 9th grade will be considered for moving up into the U16 class. Other petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and must be petitioned by the December Competition Committee meeting.

 

 

 

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