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Team Concept & Schedule

Mission
The US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) is selected annually, supported and administered exclusively by the US Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US SAILING. The OSC’s mission with the USSDT is to develop sailors for Olympic-caliber competition and to prepare them for qualification to the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and the Olympic Sailing Team. The OSC will accomplish this mission by facilitating training and racing with and against the best national and international competition.

The USSDT is not designed to replicate the efforts of yacht club, high school, college or regional racing teams. The USSDT is designed to provide an elite environment designed specifically to prepare the young sailor for the highly competitive world of Olympic Sailing, with knowledge-transfer and experience-sharing that can only come from our Olympic coaching staff and athletes.

Philosophy
The OSC believes that the athletes most likely to succeed at the Olympic Games are more than just skilled sailors: They are independent, focused, and equipped to compete– physically, emotionally, and intellectually – at an elite level. Therefore, the OSC will support a team culture of shared training and information, coordinated effort, and independent athlete decision-making. The OSC will show sailors how to work together to achieve better results and how to make key decisions at key moments, on their own.

Candidate Profile
The USSDT is not for everyone. It is designed for the developing sailor who is highly interested in becoming an Olympic-caliber athlete and who has shown the skills and commitment to such a goal. It is designed for the sailor who is willing to learn to make decisions on his or her own.

Our annual search process will include a submitted resumé of results, a statement of goals, and a final-round interview during which the OSC will be looking and listening for a commitment to this program and long-term Olympic competition.

USSDT Construction
The US Sailing Development Team will consist of up to the following number of sailors in the following classes:

  • Laser Radial: Up to 8 sailors, including at least 3 female sailors
  • Laser: Up to 8 sailors
  • I420: Up to 3 teams
  • 29er: Up to 3 teams
  • 470: Up to 5 teams
  • 49er: Up to 6 teams
  • Finn: Up to 2 sailors

The maximum number of sailors on the USSDT is 56. There is no minimum. The OSC will accept qualified candidates up to the maximum number.

Benefits
There will be no fee for joining the USSDT. Sailors will cover their own expenses. There is no direct funding.

The primary benefits of being named to the USSDT are elite-level coaching, side-by-side training with the other top young sailors in the USA, and side-by-side training with the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. The OSC will provide coaching that will match the level of the sailor. These coaches will help sailors acquire the skills and the mental capacity to make independent decisions and compete at the Olympic level.

In addition, sailors named to the USSDT will benefit from:

  • Access to the OSC’s Performance Enhancement Team of physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists, through the USSTAG website
  • Guidance and mentoring from the Olympic Coaching Staff
  • Logistical advice from the Olympic staff
  • Annual, one-time shipping to and from Europe (Lasers, Radials, 470 and 49er), or charter grant (I420 and 29er)
  • A team environment at certain international events
  • Access to the USSTAG web site, which contains a wealth of information on tuning, weather, nutrition, training plans, and travel knowledge, etc.
  • Rights to use USSDT logo on OSC-approved mediums, including blogs, web sites, newsletters and sponsor solicitation
  • USSDT Clothing

Regatta and Training Plan
The OSC will work with the members of the USSDT to create joint training and racing opportunities, while respecting other demands on the sailor such as school. All training camps are mandatory and participation in regattas on the schedule will only be excused when there is a direct school conflict. Lack of participation may result in a reduction of team benefits.

2011 Training Schedule

Radials:
February 19 – 21, USSDT Training Camp, Clearwater, FL
February 24 – 27, Midwinters East, Clearwater, FL
April 9 – 15, RYA Youth Nationals, Weymouth, GBR (top two from Youth Worlds Qualifier)
April 14 – 17, CISA, Alamitos Bay YC, CA
May 28 – 30, USSDT Training Camp, venue TBD (CA)
July 16 – 23, Radials Men’s Worlds, La Rochelle, FRA
July 24 – 31, Radials Youth Worlds, La Rochelle, FRA
October 8 – 10, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
November 25 – 27, USSDT Training Camp, Miami FL

Lasers:
January 3 – 7, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
January 19 – 21, USSTAG TC, Miami, FL
January 23 – 29, Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, FL
February 19 – 21, USSDT Training Camp, Clearwater, FL
February 24 – 27, Midwinters East, Clearwater, FL
May 31 – June 3, USSTAG TC Weymouth, GBR
June 5 – 11 Sail for Gold, Weymouth, GBR (qualification required for this event)
July 1 – 8 Open Europeans, FIN
October 8 – 10, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
November 25 – 27, USSDT Training Camp, Miami FL
December 3 – 18, ISAF Worlds, Perth, AUS (qualification required for this event)

I420:
February 19–21, USSDT Training Camp, Clearwater, FL
April 9–15, RYA Youth Nationals, Weymouth, GBR (top two from Youth Worlds Qualifier)
April 14–17, CISA, Alamitos Bay YC, CA
May 28-30 30, USSDT Training Camp, venue TBD (CA)
June 18-22 Kiel Week, GER
October 8–10, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
November 25–27, USSDT Training Camp, Miami FL

In addition the I420 will participate in the Worlds, Europeans and Jr Europeans where coaching is organized by the class.

29ers:
February 19 – 21, USSDT Training Camp, Clearwater, FL
April 9 – 15, RYA Youth Nationals, Weymouth, GBR (top two from Youth Worlds Qualifier)
April 14 – 17, CISA, Alamitos Bay YC, CA
May 28 – 30, USSDT Training Camp, venue TBD (CA)
Europeans, TBD
October 8 – 10, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
November 25 – 27, USSDT Training Camp, Miami FL

Finn:
Will follow the schedule of USSTAG members

470:
January 3 – 7, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
January 19 – 21, USSTAG TC, Miami, FL
January 23 – 29, Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, FL
February 19 – 21, USSDT Training Camp, Clearwater, FL
May 31 – June 3, USSTAG TC Weymouth, GBR
June 5 – 11 Sail for Gold, Weymouth, GBR (qualification required for this event)
July 1 – 8 Open Europeans, FIN
October 8 – 10, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
November 25 – 27, USSDT Training Camp, Miami FL
December 3 – 18, ISAF Worlds, Perth, AUS (qualification required for this event)

49er:
January 3 – 7, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
January 19 – 21, USSTAG TC, Miami, FL
January 23 – 29, Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, FL
February 19 – 21, USSDT Training Camp, Clearwater, FL
May 31 – June 3, USSTAG TC Weymouth, GBR
June 5 – 11 Sail for Gold, Weymouth, GBR (qualification required for this event)
July 1 – 8 Open Europeans, FIN
October 8 – 10, USSDT Training Camp, Miami, FL
November 25 – 27, USSDT Training Camp, Miami FL
December 3 – 18, ISAF Worlds, Perth, AUS (qualification required for this event)

In addition all USSDT members will participate in the Performance Enhancement Team Training Camp in Colorado Springs, March 17 – 20, 2011 (Dates to be confirmed).

We also support the CISA clinic April 14 – 17, CISA, Alamitos Bay YC, CA for Lasers, Radials, I420 & 29ers.

Communication
Communication from the OSC, coaches and staff will be directly with the sailor. For sailors under the age of 18, the OSC will copy parents on all necessary e-mails. The OSC expects all sailors to be communicating with other team members, coaches, and staff.