2003 WOC Team Selection and Team Trials Rules

Primary changes since 2001

Some minor and moderate changes to the 2001 rules have been made for 2003. These have been discussed within the ESC and US Team email lists, and have been approved by the ESC. There may need to be USOF followup, but that is still to be determined. It is planned that these rules will be used for the 2003 Team Trials.

The full text of the rules is attached below. The primary changes I have noted is the number of competitors, a related change to discretionary selection, and a broadening of the scoring.

  • There will be a total of 4 men and 4 women (not 5) selected to represent the USA at WOC 2003. This change was triggered because the WOC relay has been reduced to 3 competitors.
  • The number of discretionary insertions or movements up into the selection list based on team trials results is STILL limited to 2, anywhere on the list. However, now only ONE of the insertions may be into the top 4 positions. This ensures that the top 3 finishers in the Team Trials may go to WOC. At most, the review panel may move one person into the top 4 positions, and one person may be placed as the 1st alternate.
  • The scoring now includes a scaled USOF ranking together with the previous 2 trials race result scores for a best 2 out of 3. Plus (if it is held) the Sprint trials event will be worth 100 points for the winner only.

Schedule Note
Part of the basis for a possible “discretionary” selection to the WOC Team will be the M/F21 USOF rankings based upon A-meets from April 24th, 2002 (starting with the ??) to April 23rd, 2003.

Questions/Corrections
If you have any questions or have suggested corrections to this document, please send a note to the ESC at usotesc@egroups.com

US Team Selection Rules for the WOC, with specifics about WOC 2003

The Team Trials
The makeup of the US Team to the World Orienteering Championships (the WOC Team) is based primarily on the results of a team selection competition (the Team Trials) held during the period 2 to 4 months before the WOC. This competition can be held as part of an A-meet, or it can be a separate event, subject to the regulations of a normal A-meet, except that only the M21 and F21 categories are required.. Designation of a meet as the Team Trials will be made jointly by the Team ESC and the Sanctioning Committee. The meet must be, at a minimum, open to all persons eligible to represent the USA at the WOC. The Team Trials will have either two or three races.

  • In 2003, this will be a special Team Trials Event, organized by Gregory Balter, Joe Brautigam and Eric Weyman, in or near SE New York State, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, 2003.

Team Trials Map Makers
No competitor shall be considered ineligible for the Team Trials due to having made the map(s) on which the competition is held. The ESC and Sanctioning Committee should take into account the people who made the map(s) when deciding where to hold the Team Trials.

Team Trials Scoring
The Team ESC will decide on the scoring method, which must be announced in the meet invitation. The scoring method will be based on the results (times, points, and/or place numbers) of the Team Trials, and must generate an ordered list of competitors, hereafter called the scoring list. If no scoring method is announced, then the scoring will be the same as at the previous Team Trials.

  • In 2003, the score will be the best 2 of 3 (or possibly 4) scores. The scores for each item will be scaled so that the top competitor gets 100 points, and every other score is lower than 100, in proportion to relative speed, similar to the USOF rankings. The scores from which the top 2 will be used to create the Trials Scoring list will be based on:
  • Results of the IOF Middle Distance Trials race (~USOF Short)
  • Results of the IOF Long Distance Trials race (~USOF Classic)
  • Scaled USOF Rankings (see below.)
  • For the winner of the Sprint only, a 4th score of 100 points.

The USOF Rankings (for M21 and F21) from the period 13 months to 1 month before the trials will be used. These will be scaled (multiplied by a constant) so that the score of the highest ranked Team Trials attendee will be 100.

Team Candidacy Declaration
On the entry form for the Team Trials, each competitor will declare his/her candidacy. A competitor is a candidate for the team if he/she is:

  1. eligible to represent the USA at the WOC (or reasonably expects to become eligible by the date of the Team Trials)
  2. intending to participate in the WOC if he/she wins a slot on the WOC Team

Competitors who are not candidates may, at the discretion of the meet organizers, be started in a separate start window from the team candidates. Competitors may revise their candidate status up until 48 hours before the first start on the first day of the Team Trials.

  • For 2003, there will be a separate start windows for candidates and non-candidates.

Number of Selections
The WOC Team (for women, and similarly for men) will consist of the number of competitors required to make up a WOC relay team, plus one. In 2003, this number is four (four men and four women). Under normal circumstances, these will be taken from the top (four) candidates from the scoring list at the Team Trials. If one of the members of the WOC Team is not able to attend, the next highest placed person on the scoring list will be substituted.

Review Panel
A Review Panel consisting of a minimum of three persons and a maximum of five persons will named by the ESC and approved by the USOF VP for Competition. The members of the Review Panel will be listed in the meet registration information. The majority of the members of the Review Panel will have no direct affiliation with the US Standing Team (ESC members, Team members or coaching staff). The Review Panel members need not be in attendance at the Team Trials if suitable arrangements (e.g. telephone, internet) can be arranged for discussion.

Exceptions to the Scoring List
The Review Panel will be allowed, under certain circumstances, to make a maximum of two exceptions to the scoring list (two men and two women). In such cases, these people will be inserted into the scoring list in positions designated by the Review Panel, and the rest of the names will be shifted down. A person already on the scoring list may be inserted (moved) into a higher place on the list, but may NOT be moved to a lower place on the list. One of the insertions may be (but need not be) in the top four. The second insertion (if made) must be below the top four.

Limitations on who can be granted an Exception
In order for a candidate to be eligible for one of these "discretionary berths", certain criteria must be met:

  1. The candidate must submit a petition to the ESC requesting consideration for an exception. For a candidate who competes at the Team Trials, this petition must be submitted within one hour of the competitor's reporting to the finish on the final day of the Team Trials, and explain the circumstances why he/she was not able to produce a representative result (e.g. misprinted map, illness, etc.). For candidates who do not compete at the Team Trials, the petition must be submitted before the first start on the final day of the Team Trials, and explain why he/she was unable to attend. Specific information regarding to whom petitions should be submitted must appear in the meet invitation. Petitions must be signed by the petitioner, and may not be submitted on behalf of other people.
  2. The candidate must either:
    • be in the top 5 WOC-eligible people in M21/F21 of the most recent 12-month* USOF Rankings

AND

have finished in the top five in M21/F21 at the most recent US (Classic Distance) Orienteering Championship, or

    • be unranked or have no US Champs result due to living outside of North America for at least 9 of the 12 months preceding the team trials, and submit along with the petition a summary of his/her (foreign) competition results and world ranking (if available) for the preceding year.

* The 12-month rankings to be used are for the period from 13 months to 1 month before the Team Trials.

If the rankings coordinator cannot provide these rankings, the most recently available 12 month USOF rankings will be used.

Possible Prearranged Scoring List Exception for the Course Setter
A candidate who is in the top three in the USOF Rankings, and who finished in the top three at the most recent US Champs (at the time of the sanctioning of the Team Trials), may make an arrangement to be named to the WOC Team if he/she is course setter for the Team Trials. A maximum of one person (one man or one woman) may be named to the WOC Team in this manner. The position of this candidate in the scoring list (probably, but not necessarily, in the top four) will be by mutual agreement of the candidate and the ESC, and will be announced in the meet invitation. In such a case, this would be considered one of the discretionary berths, and the Review Panel would be allowed to make no more than one additional exception of that gender.

WOC & Exception Eligibility Determination
The Team ESC has the responsibility of determining who is eligible for the US Team, based on citizenship requirements, and who is eligible to submit petitions, based on US Team eligibility, rankings, and championship results. Any questions about who is or is not eligible to submit a petition will be answered by the ESC. The ESC will forward all eligible petitions to the Review Panel.

Grievance Process
The evaluation of petitions and the circumstances described therein will be the sole decision of the Review Panel. In cases where malfeasance or corruption on the part of the Review Panel is alleged, a grievance may be filed with the USOF Grievance Committee, which may call for a new Review Panel to be convened.

Start Rules

In 2003, the Start will be seeded based upon USOF Rankings for the first race, and then event results for subsequent races, with the highest scoring competitors starting last, similar to World Cup/WOC seeding methods.

The team trials group, and non-team-trials group of M21/F21 competitors will be started in separate times of day.

Executive Steering Committee

Last update: January 12, 2003