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Ski & Snowboard Australia Limited (SSA) Team Selection Policy and ...
Ski & Snowboard Australia Limited (SSA) Team Selection Policy and Criteria Discipline: Freestyle Skiing Event: Ski Cross Level: World Cup World Championships Gender: Male/ Female 1. Objective To select athletes capable of producing the best possible performances at the World Cup/ World Championship level. 2. Selection Committee 2.1 The selection committee for the National Team will comprise the National Head Coach and two other members as appointed by the relevant discipline committee. Where an Olympic Winter Institute (OWI) program is in place, the National Head Coach position on the committee will be filled by the OWI Head Program or Technical coach. 2.2 A majority decision of the selection committee is required. The decision of the selection committee shall be final. Reasons shall not be given for any selection or other decision of the selection committee unless requested by non-selected athlete(s). The selection committee may meet with non- selected athletes to explain their decision. 2.3 Unless expressly requested by the selection committee, athletes have no right to make submissions or representations to, or appear before, the selection committee. Any right or claim to natural justice in this regard is expressly excluded, such right being preserved in the appeal process under section 10. 2.4 Selections made by the relevant discipline committee are subject to final approval by the SSA Board. 3. Eligibility 3.1 To be eligible for selection athletes must: 3.1.1 Be a current member of SSA; 3.1.2 Hold an SSA license to compete at the relevant level; and 3.1.3 Have met the minimum FIS points required for participation at the selected level. 2 4. Olympic Winter Institute 4.1 SSA has an MOU with the Olympic Winter Institute (OWI) transferring certain SSA rights in respect to National Team operations and selection to the OWI. 4.2 Where OWI operates a sport program, SSA affords all World Cup and World Championships selections for that event to the OWI. 4.3 The OWI provides SSA with its selection recommendations by the date of team entry. 4.4 OWI informs SSA of its sport program operation by July 1 each year. 4.5 If in any event where an OWI program operates; all places for selection are not filled; then the remaining spots will be available for athletes to fill according to World Cup and World Championship selection criteria as published. 4.6 The selection of the OWI are based on a pre-determined set of program goals, program KPI’s and individual athlete KPI’s. 4.7 OWI programs aim to provide top 10 and medal outcomes. 5. World Cup Team Selection Criteria 5.1 SSA will select athletes to the maximum number of places as allowed by FIS quota for World Cup participation according to this criterion. 5.2 Quotas will be filled in the order of the criteria from sections 5.7 to 5.9. 5.3 This criterion is applied to each World Cup event, with an event defined as each discipline per gender. i.e women’s ski cross, men’s ski cross. 5.4 Percentage of the field is determined by the final result divided by the number of actual starters in the World Cup or World Championship event multiplied by 100. 5.5 Where necessary results will be rounded up to the nearest whole percentage. 5.6 Where athletes achieve identical results, priority is given to the best results achieved in the most recent calendar year 5.7 Previous World Cup Results 5.7.1 Where an athlete achieves 1 result in top 30% of the field in the previous or current FIS World Cup season. Athletes will be selected in the order of best results. Then; 5.7.2 Where an athlete achieves 2 results in the top 60% of the field in the previous or current FIS World Cup season. Athletes will be Updated September 2008 3 ranked according to the best average percentage of the two best top 60% results. 5.8 FIS Points Selection 5.8.1 Remaining quota spots not filled according to section 5.7.1 and 5.7.2 are filled according to section 5.8.1 to 5.8.5 5.8.2 Athletes will be eligible for selection who have under 60 Alpine FIS points in any Alpine discipline on the most recent FIS list prior to the draw for that event. 5.8.3 Final selection for the remaining quota spots at any World Cup event that are not filled according to section 5.7.1 and 5.7.2 will be based on the current FIS points list prior to the draw for that event. 5.8.4 Priority will be given to the athlete with the highest ranking based on FIS points regardless of gender. 5.9 Previous Continental Cup Results 5.9.1 Where an athlete achieves a top 3 result in a Continental Cup event in the current Northern Hemisphere season. Athletes will be selected in the same event from which the result was achieved and in the order of best results. 6. World Championship Team Selection Criteria 6.1 SSA will select athletes to the maximum number of places as allowed by FIS quota for World Championship participation according to this criterion. 6.2 This criterion is applied to each World Championship event, with an event defined as each discipline per gender. i.e women’s sbx, men’s halfpipe. 6.3 Quotas will be filled in the order of the criteria from sections 6.8 to 6.9. 6.4 Preference is given at all times to the athlete with the highest percentage of field result. 6.5 Percentage of the field is determined by the final result divided by the number of actual starters in a World Cup event multiplied by 100. 6.6 Where necessary results will be rounded up to the nearest whole percentage. 6.7 Where athletes achieve identical results, priority is given to the best results achieved in the most recent calendar year 6.8 Previous World Cup Results 6.8.1 Where an athlete achieves 1 result in top 30% of the field in an event in the previous or current World Cup season. Athletes will be selected in the order of best results. The remaining places filled; Updated September 2008 4 6.8.2 Where an athlete achieves 1 result in the top 60% of the field in an event in the previous or current World Cup season. Athletes will be ranked according to the best percentage result. 6.9 Token Representation 6.9.1 Where no athletes qualify for selection to an event under section 6.8 then SSA will select one athlete with the minimum FIS points as required for participation in a World Cup for that event 6.9.2 The athlete with the highest FIS points as determined by the most recent FIS list prior to team entry deadline will be selected 7. Notification 7.1 Athletes eligible for selection are required to notify the SSA office of their desire to be considered for selection no later than 28 days prior to the published race day for that event. 7.2 Where an athlete has notified the SSA office of their desire to be considered for selection in accordance with 7.2, the athletes is required to notify SSA of any change in desire to be selected for this event as soon as such decision is made. 7.3 Failure to notify the SSA office as outlined in 7.2 may result in removal from a selected squad or team in accordance with Section 11 of this policy. 7.4 Where athletes are members of a sanctioned program or ratified SSA team, such notification can be made via a coach or team representative. 7.5 Subject to any constraints which may be imposed on SSA by third parties, athletes selected will be notified of their selection as soon as reasonably practicable after their individual selection or finalisation of the relevant squad, team or position. 8. Injury 8.1 It is the responsibility of the athlete to notify the SSA office at the time of injury in order to have their FIS points frozen. 8.2 The freezing of FIS points provides adequate allowance for injury 9. Extenuating Circumstances 9.1 In considering the selection criteria, the selection committee may in their discretion give weight to extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances may include but are not limited to injury, personal bereavement, equipment failure and travel delays. 9.2 Athletes unable to compete at events, trials, training camps required under these criteria must notify the SSA of this fact and the reasons therefore at least five days prior to the commencement of the events, trials, training camps or other attendances required under this policy. 9.3 In the case of illness or injury, athletes may be required to undergo a medical examination by a doctor or doctors appointed by SSA. Updated September 2008 5 9.4 In the case of bereavement, equipment failure, travel delays, or other extenuating circumstances, the selection committee will make a decision on a case by case basis. 10. Appeal The appeal process concerning the selection or non-selection in the various National Teams will follow the process as detailed hereafter. Grounds of Appeal 10.1 An aggrieved athlete may appeal against a failure of the selection committee to comply with the procedures set down in this policy. That is, an appeal may only be made on procedural grounds not on the merits of a particular selection decision. Procedure for Appeal 10.2 Any appeal against a decision must be made within seven days of any public announcement of the selections. 10.2.1 The appeal must be lodged in writing with the CEO of SSA and accompanied by the prescribed fee of $250. The application for the appeal must set out: (a) the decision of the selectors in question; (b) the grounds on which the appeal is made; and (c) the reasons or circumstances supporting the alleged grounds of appeal 10.3 Nothing in this policy prevents the withdrawal of an appeal at any time in writing 10.4 On receipt of an appeal in accordance with this policy, the CEO must immediately forward the appeal documents to the Selection Review Committee. Composition of the Selection Review Committee 10.5 The SSA board shall appoint a Selection Review Committee comprised of up to 3 persons. 10.6 No member of a Selection Review Committee may be a member of the selection committee of the team, squad or position in question or have any involvement with the athlete concerned or with any other athlete who is under consideration for selection to the team. Updated September 2008 6 Functions of the Selection Review Committee 10.7 The Selection Review Committee has no power of selection or re- selection. The Selection Review Committee may review the matter(s) set out in the appeal and may (as appropriate) dismiss the matter or refer it back to the selection committee for re-consideration. Procedures for the Selection Review Committee 10.8 The Selection Review Committee shall, as soon as practical after receiving the appeal documents under section 10.4, investigate and consider the matter and shall within 7 days of receiving such notice, determine whether the matter: 10.8.1 should be dismissed, because in its determination, it is trifling in nature or has no merit; or warrants further review and determination in accordance with this Policy; or 10.8.2 should be referred back to the Selection Committee, because in its determination, the selection was not made in accordance with this Policy. 10.9 If the Selection Review Committee determines the matter warrants further review under section 10.8.2, it shall as soon as practicable, having regard to the timing of selection and proximity of relevant events, serve a notice in writing on the aggrieved party, the Selection Committee and SSA: 10.9.1 stating that the aggrieved party may address the Selection Review Committee as soon as practicable, being not earlier than 4 days from the date of the notice; 10.9.2 stating the date, place and time of that meeting; and 10.9.3 informing the aggrieved person that he or she may do any one or more of the following: (a) attend that meeting (personally or by his or her representative, not being legally trained or qualified); or (b) give the Selection Review Committee, no later than 24 hours before the time of that meeting, a further written statement setting out relevant information surrounding the appeal. 10.9.4 The Selection Review Committee may conduct a meeting convened in accordance with section 10.9.2 (or any adjournment) in such manner as it sees fit, but shall: (a) give to the aggrieved party and the Selection Committee every opportunity to be heard; Updated September 2008 7 (b) give due consideration to any written statement by the aggrieved person; (c) allow the aggrieved person to be present along with his or her adult representative (not being legally trained or qualified); and may (d) request or require the aggrieved person or any other witness to attend the meeting or provide such evidence as is available. 10.9.5 Following consideration of all information which the Selection Review Committee considers relevant and which is available, the Selection Review Committee shall arrive at a finding. A decision of the Selection Review Committee may be by a majority decision. 10.9.6 The Selection Review Committee shall notify the CEO of its finding as soon as practicable. 10.9.7 If the Selection Review Committee considers the ground(s) alleged by the aggrieved person to be satisfied, it may direct that the Selection Committee again consider the selection of the relevant squad, team or individual. 10.9.8 The Selection Committee shall comply with any direction of the Selection Review Committee. 10.9.9 Any further selection decision of the Selection Committee under the direction of the Selection Review Committee shall be final, and no other further appeal shall be available to the aggrieved person in respect of that selection decision. 10.10 The SSA board shall be entitled to direct that an athlete who lodges an appeal will be responsible for all or some of the costs associated with the hearing of the appeal. 10.11 A person who wishes to further appeal against the decision of the SSA Selection Review Committee may appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 10.12 The decision of CAS will be final and binding on the parties and it is agreed that neither party will institute or maintain proceedings in any court or tribunal other than CAS Updated September 2008 8 11. Removal from a selected squad or team 11.1 Any athlete who: 11.1.1 breaches or fails to observe this Policy; 11.1.2 breaches or fails to observe any provision of the SSA Constitution or by- laws; 11.1.3 by reason of illness or injury is unable to perform to the required standard in the opinion of the Selection Committee or the National Head Coach (after having received advice from a medical practitioner); 11.1.4 breaches or fails to fulfil a requirement of the SSA Anti-Doping Policy; 11.1.5 breaches or fails to comply, fulfil and observe the requirements in the Squad/ Team Agreement (if any); 11.1.6 is ineligible for selection to, or continued membership of, the national squad or national team as the case may be. 11.2 Any athlete may be removed from any selected squad or team by the Selection Committee in consultation with the National Head Coach as the circumstances may require including where the athlete has failed to sustain his or her performance and attitude to a satisfactory level, provided that the required performance levels had first been discussed with the athlete and the athlete had been given the opportunity to attain those performance levels within a defined timeframe. Updated September 2008
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