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2013 Funding

2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider Funding Requirements
 
Direct Athlete Support (DAS) Details, Tasks, and Conditions

2013 Performance Pool Funding Conditions

Funding from the USOC and OSC is earned through the combination of on-the-water performance and completed tasks, which are detailed here.

1. Athletes earned a performance grade based on their 2012 results, and the funding is paid in 2013 based on successful task completion. Funding in 2014 will be based on their 2013 performance grade and 2014 task completion.

2. Bonus pool funding for 2013 is available below.

3. Athletes who earned a performance grade based on 2012 results and are shifting to a new class or team must submit a Quad Plan. The Plan sh ould lay out the steps you are taking to win an Olympic medal in 2016. Quad Plans are due to the High Performance Director by February 10, 2013. Funding is earned based on plan approval.

2013 Funding
Athletes who reached A1, A2, A3 or A4 level based on 2012 events must complete the following tasks in 2013 to receive their funding:

A1, A2, A3 or A4
1. Minimum 90 days of Training and Competition in Olympic Equipment including;
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Clearwater - 20 days
Major Events*, Worlds, Europeans - 45 days
Additional Training Days - 15 days
USST Training Camp - 5 days
PET Camp - 5 days
*2013 Major Events are ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Princess Sofia Trophy, SOF Hyeres, Delta Lloyd, Kiel Week

2. Attend US Sailing Team Training Camps.
3. Attend US Sailing Team Annual meeting in Miami, FL at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami.
4. Participate in US Sailing Team Performance Enhancement Training (PET).
5. Participating in a professional physical training and nutrition program. Complete medical screening and physical assessments as assigned.
6. Fill out detailed schedule and periodization form to be approved by the High Performance Director.
7. Execute and abide by the 2013 Athlete Agreement and Code of Conduct.
8. Submit written documentation of task completion to High Performance Director by September 14, 2013.
9. For athletes changing to new class or team, submit Quad Plans to High Performance Director by February 10, 2013.

2013 FUNDING LEVELS (Based on 2012 Results)
A – Scored top 5
B – Scored top 10
C – Scored top 20
D – Scored Gold Fleet/Top Half

Level Achieve the following
A1 Finish top 3 at Worlds or Olympic Games
A2 Score A in minimum 3 events
A3 Score B in minimum 3 events
A4 Score C in minimum 3 events

2013 Performance Grade Funding Amounts

SINGLE DOUBLE
A1 $60,000 $120,000
A2 $45,000 $90,000
A3 $30,000 $60,000
A4 $15,000 $30,000


2013 Major Event Bonus Pool
 
Bonus to be paid for top five finishes at five major events. Maximum payout per event is $81,000 (see #4 below). The total bonus pool for all five events is $300,000.

Bonus funding details;
1. Major events for 2013 are ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Princess Sofia Trophy, SOF Hyeres, Delta Lloyd and Kiel Week.
2. Any USA athlete is eligible to earn a bonus.  
3. Bonus payments from ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami results are contingent on either purchasing equipment in one of the new events or agreeing to compete in at least one other Major Event in Europe.
4. Maximum payout per Major Event is $81,000. Bonuses will be prorated accordingly if the maximum is exceeded.The total bonus pool for all five events is $300,000.
5. No more than three sailors may earn a bonus in a given class at any given Major Event.
6. No bonus to be paid at any Major Event other than Miami where fewer than 10 other athletes competing at that event are currently ranked in the top 30 of the ISAF Rankings. This rule may be waived for new classes where the ranking lists are not yet populated or realistic. 

Bonus Pool Funding Amounts

Finish Single Double
1st $5,000 $10,000
2nd $4,000 $8,000
3rd $3,000 $6,000
4th $2,000 $4,000
5th $1,000 $2,000

Additional 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:
a. An Olympic medalist from the most recent Games; or
b. A podium finisher at the most recent class Worlds; or
c. 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 High Performance Director and Managing Director of Olympic Sailing 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. A greater level of commitment must be demonstrated in the IAP when submitted for consideration.
b. 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 Both members of doublehanded teams that change partners during 2013 may be allowed to continue to receive current year funding and carry their points already earned during 2013 forward with new partners in consideration of 2014 funding at the discretion of the OSC and USOC. Applications should be submitted to the High Performance Director and will be considered based on plan and possibility for success with the new partner.

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. Payment dates for 2013: March 18, June 17, September 16 and December 16. In all classes, the funding will be split evenly between skipper and crew.

Operation Gold Awards
Operation Gold Awards are designed to reward U.S. athletes for top-place finishes in a world championship competition, and are available to any U.S. athletes who compete in sports/disciplines/events on the program of the next Olympic or Paralympic Games. They are not subject to any of the “conditions” or “details” above.

Olympic sports For Olympic sports in the year of the Olympic Games, teams and individuals must finish in one of the top three places to qualify for Operation Gold Awards. For Olympic sports in non-Olympic years, individuals must finish in one of the top eight places and teams must finish in one of the top six places at the World Championships in order to qualify for Operation Gold Awards.

Olympic Sport Payment Schedule

Place 1st Year of Quad 2nd Year of Quad 3rd Year of Quad Olympic Year*
1st $5,000 $5,000 $6,000 $25,000
2nd $4,000 $4,000 $5,000 $15,000
3rd $3,500 $3,500 $4,000 $10,000
4th $3,000 $3,000 $3,500
5th $2,500 $2,500 $3,000
6th $2,500 $2,500 $3,000
7th $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
8th $2,000 $2,000 $2,000


*In the Olympic year, multiple Operation Gold Awards will be paid to qualifying athletes. In non-Olympic years, Operation Gold Awards are limited to one award per athlete in a program year.