Part of the basis for selection to the WOC Team will be the M/F21 USOF rankings based upon A-meets in the 12 months before the Team Trials. With annual WOC's, you should probably assume that all of your A-meet results, and the rankings therefrom, are likely to be included in some way in determining whether you may represent the US at WOC.
If you have any questions or have suggested corrections to this document, please send a note to the ESC at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Are defined as the USOF Rankings (for M21 and F21) from the period starting from 12 months before the first day of the Trials, through 3* days before first day of the Trials. Further, if available from the rankings coordinator, a Night O' events will be excluded from the USOF A-events used in these rankings.
If the rankings coordinator cannot provide these rankings, the most recently available 12 month USOF rankings will be used.[*3-days is a proposed minimum to allow some time for Trials organizer processing. Note this would only apply in rare cases where a A-event occurs less than a week before the Trials, such as if the Trials is held in the middle of a multi-day A event. To be discussed further by Team/ESC. Does not apply in 2007.]
Scaled Pre-Trials Rankings
These will be scaled (multiplied by a constant) so that the score of top 3 highest ranked Team Trials attendees will average 100.
Team Candidacy Declaration
On the entry form for the Team Trials, each competitor will declare:
So if there's any possibility you might want to go to WOC if you do especially well, you probably want to select (B) or (A)
Note that neither (A) or (B) is binding, but it is useful in helping us to more rapidly figure out who's likely to accept or decline their slot on the WOC team at the end of the Team Trials. For example, if you choose (A), we'll assume you'll accept your spot. If you choose (B), we'll ask you after the Trials. Your choice of (A) vs. (B) does not affect your start times, or the scoring list.
For 2007, we are tentatively planning two separate start windows:
Number of Selections
The WOC Team (for women, and similarly for men) will consist of 4 to 7 competitors as determined by the ESC.
Fifth team member
The WOC Team will be expanded to add a 5th man, and/or a 5th woman, if:
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:
have finished in the top five in M21/F21 at the most recent US (Classic Distance) Orienteering Championship, or
Possible Prearranged Scoring List Exception for the Course
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.
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.
In 2007, the Start will be seeded based upon USOF Rankings for the first race (the Sprint), and then prior day event results for subsequent races (Sprint seeds the Middle and Middle seeds the Long) 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.
Note that the start intervals for 2007 are planned to be 1 minute for the sprint, 3 minutes for the middle, and 3 minutes for the long.
Since 2005 we've had written guidelines about the winning times for Team Trails events.
Executive Steering Committee
Page by Wyatt Riley - added 90-point-rule waiver for out-of-the-country petitioners - firmed up a few rules/start interval, 11/29/2006 - created 10/15/2006