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2012 US Sailing Team Selection

2012 Performance Pool Funding Conditions 

PREAMBLE:

Funding from the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is earned through the combination of on‐the‐water performance and completed tasks, all of which is detailed here.

Sailors earned a performance grade throughout 2011 based on their results, and the funding is paid in 2012 based on successful task completion. Funding in 2013 is based on their 2012 performance grade and 2013 task completion.

For 2012 there are two important facts for athletes to note:

  1. In the Olympic Year, the funding levels will be different. Instead of A1, A2, A3 and A4, the levels will be O1, O2, O3 and O4. This is to highlight the fact that, in the Olympic Year, the funding allocations will be different than the first three years of the quad. The funding will be highly concentrated on those who win their selection trials. If during 2011 you achieved what would normally be A2 status, but you did not win your selection trials, you may not receive any funding in 2012.

  2. Winning your selection trials is not, on its own, sufficient performance to receive Direct Athlete Support. Athletes must win their Trials and achieve the performance levels of O4 or higher (see below for definitions of O1, O2, O3 and O4.).

2012 FUNDING:

Athletes who reached O1, O2, O3 or O4 results in 2011 must complete the following tasks in 2012 to receive their funding:

O1, O2, O3 or O4:

       1. 120 days of Training and Competition in Olympic Equipment including;

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        - Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Clearwater, 20 days
        - World Cup, Worlds, Europeans, 45 days
        - Sail for Gold, Weymouth, June, Minimum 10 days
        - Team Training Camp before OCR, 4 days
        - Team Training Camp before Palma, 4 days
        - Team Training Camp before Sail for Gold, 4 days
        - Olympic Team trip in May , 5 days
        - PET Camps (Chula Vista), 4 days
        - 2 – 4 week Olympic Team in-house COS training, 14-30 days

  1. Attend US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Training Camps.

  2. Attend US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Annual meeting in Miami, FL on January 29, 2012.

  3. Participate in US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Performance Enhancement Training (PET).

  4. Participating in a professional physical training and nutrition program. Complete medical screening and physical assessments as assigned.

  1. Fill out detailed schedule and periodization form on the team website, to be approved by the High Performance Director.

  2. Execute and abide by the 2012 Athlete Agreement and Code of Conduct.

        8. Submit, in writing by September 14, 2012, to High Performance Director and Olympic Director documentation of completion of all these tasks, including number of days sailed with details (how many days at a specific event or training camp).

2012 FUNDING LEVELS (Based on 2011 Results):

  1. LevelAchieve the following

    O1

    Finish top 3 at 2011 World Championship

    O2

    Score A in minimum 3 eligible 2011 events

    O3

    Score B in minimum 3 eligible 2011 events

    O4

    Score C in minimum 3 eligible 2011 events

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2012 Eligible Events

A

B

C

D

2012 World Cup Event

Top 5

Top 10

Top 20

Gold Fleet/Top Half

2012 Europeans

Top 5

Top 10

Top 20

Gold Fleet/Top Half

2012 Worlds

Top 5

Top 10

Top 20

Gold Fleet/Top Half

2012 Olympic Games

Top 5

Top 10

Top 20

Gold Fleet/Top Half

2013 FUNDING LEVELS (Based on 2012 Results):

    1. LevelAchieve the following

      A1

      Finish top 3 at 2012 World Championship

      A2

      Score A in minimum 3 eligible 2012 events

      A3

      Score B in minimum 3 eligible 2012 events

      A4

      Score C in minimum 3 eligible 2012 events

For all classes:
- To receive an A grade, the team/sailor must also finish in the top 25% of the event.
- To receive a B grade, the team/sailor must also finish in the top 25% of the event.
- To receive a C grade, the team/sailors must also finish in the top 50% of the event.

OTHER FUNDING DETAILS:

Funding Discretion: Funding Guidelines are not an agreement to pay out grants. They are included for informational purposes. Actual awards may be greater or lesser depending on (1) the number of athletes in that class with qualifying results, (2) career results including prior World Championships, Olympic Trials, Olympic Games and other events, (3) continuity of team mates in multi person classes (4) relative strength of qualifying results in different classes and (5) specific or extenuating circumstances including, but not limited to illness or injury.

Medical Absence: Athletes who are unable to compete in a given year due to a medical condition (i.e. pregnancy, broken bone, surgical procedure, etc.) may be considered for funding in the next year based on a grade achieved prior to the medical absence. The OSC will consider the situation and make a recommendation to the USOC for final decision, as it does with all USOC funding decisions.

Non‐Medical Absence: Athletes may request funding consideration from the OSC when away from competition for non‐medical reasons (such as a one‐year or multi‐year rest following the Olympic Games). The OSC will consider the situation and make a recommendation to the USOC for final decision, as it does with all USOC funding decisions.

Athletes requesting this funding must supply the following information to be considered for funding, and shall be aware of the following conditions:

  1. The level of performance required to be considered for funding for non‐medical reasons is:

    - An Olympic medalist from the most recent Games; or
    - A podium finisher at the most recent class Worlds; or
    - Multiple top 10 finishes at major events (i.e. ISAF Sailing World Cup events, World Championship, Continental Championship) from the prior quad.

  2. An IAP must be completed and submitted to the HPD and OD for review and shall include an update on current physical fitness and future fitness plans, a complete training schedule detailing the number of training days and regatta days that are scheduled, and an explanation of crew composition. Preference will be given to continuity of crew composition.

  3. If time away exceeds more than 1 year from the conclusion of the most recent Olympic Games, athletes shall be aware of the following:

    - A greater level of commitment must be demonstrated in the IAP when submitted for consideration.
    - An athlete may receive reduced funding in the initial year, but then will be given the same opportunities as all other athletes for funding in subsequent years.

Split‐up of Teams and Continued Funding: 
Athletes should refer to the Selection Procedures, posted online at sailingteams.ussailing.org. Teams that split up correctly, as per the Selection Procedures, may continue to receive their funding.

Changing Events:

Athletes who switch from one Olympic Class event to another may be allowed to continue to receive their funding at the discretion of the OSC, and the approval of the USOC. Athletes may apply to have that grade transferred to another class in which they will begin training in for the 2016 Games. For example, a triple handed sailor who switches to a double handed class will apply to receive double handed funding, a double handed sailor who switches to a singlehanded class will apply to receive singlehanded funding, etc. Applications will be considered based on plan and possibility for success in the new class, and should be submitted to the High Performance Director.

Payment Schedule:

Direct Athlete Support will be paid quarterly, based on successful completion of tasks. In all classes, the funding will be split evenly between skipper and crew. In Women’s Match Racing, all funding will be paid to skipper. Payments will be made as follows:

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- Weeks of March 12, April 30, June 25, October 1.