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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.
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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


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                         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;



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                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.



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       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.




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       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;




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                         (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




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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.




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