2016 US Sailing Team Funding – Olympic Classes

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2016 Direct Athlete Support (DAS) Details, Tasks, and Conditions

Funding from the USOC and OSC is earned through the combination of on-the-water performance and subsequently completed tasks. Athlete results will be scored according to the following table of 2015 events, resulting in an overall grade for 2016 funding:

2015 Eligible Events 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points
2015 Major Event Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 Top Half
2015 World Championships Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 Top Half
  1. 2015 Major Events for this purpose are SWC Miami, Princess Sofia Trophy, SWC Hyeres, SWC Weymouth & Portland, and Class Europeans.
  2. To earn points at an event, athletes must also finish in the top 50% of finishers. [may be waived depending on fleet size/competitiveness]

 

2016 Funding Levels (Based on 2015 Results)

Level Achieve the Following: Funding Per Athlete
A1 Finish top 3 countries at World Championships $60,000
A2 Score at least 13 total points counting best 3 events or finish within the top-10 countries at World Championships $45,000
A3 Score at least 11 total points counting best 3 events $30,000
A4 Score at least 8 total points counting best 3 events $10,000

Athletes who reach the A1, A2, A3, or A4 level based on 2015 results must complete the following tasks in 2016 in order to receive their funding:

A1, A2, A3, A4

  1. Minimum 100 days* of training and competition in Olympic-class equipment, including:
    1. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Clearwater/Oakcliff/Long Beach/San Francisco/Rio – 30 days
    2. Major Events** – 30 days
    3. Additional Training Days – 30 days
    4. USST Training and PET Camps – As scheduled

* May be reduced for active students with prior approval of the HPD

** 2016 Major Events for this purpose are SWC Miami, Princess Sofia Trophy, Europeans, Worlds, and Olympic Games

  1. Attending US Sailing Team Training Camps
  2. Participate in US Sailing Team Performance Enhancement Training (PET)
  3. Participate in a professional physical training and nutrition program. Complete medical screening and physical assessments as assigned, including promptly informing Medical Coordinator of any significant injuries.
  4. Submit Individual Athlete Plan (IAP), with detailed schedule, to be approved by the High Performance Director, and submit quarterly updates on projected and actual training and racing days.
  5. Participate in Goalscape program; including semi-annual reviews with TD and coaches covering progress to date, and prioritization of goals for upcoming training and racing periods.
  6. Execute and abide by the 2016 Athlete Agreement and Code of Conduct.
  7. Submit written documentation of task completed to High Performance Director by October 31, 2016.
  8. All payments for DAS funding will be contingent upon HPD approval.

Once selection for the Games has been complete, further funding in 2016 for those who have not qualified is discretionary, and will be considered based on:

  1. Participation in Rio Training Camps
  2. Continued training and racing schedule for the remainder of 2016
  3. Plans and prospects for 2020 program that could lead to a medal

 

Additional Funding Details

Eligibility

All prospective athletes must be a citizen of the United States of America (USA) or otherwise expected to be eligible to represent the USA at the Olympic Games.

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 teammates in double-handed classes, (4) relative strength of qualifying results in different classes, (5) specific or extenuating circumstances including but not limited to illness or injury, and (6) commitment to the athlete/team’s IAP training plan.

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 consideration from the OSC for deferral of funding 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 deferral must supply the following information, and shall be aware of the following conditions:

  1. The level of past performance required to be considered for deferral of funding for non-medical reasons is:
    1. An Olympic medalist from the most recent Games; or
    2. A podium finisher at the most recent class Worlds; or
    3. Multiple top 10 finishes at major events (i.e. ISAF Sailing World Cup events, World Championship, Continental Championship) from the prior quad.
  2. A Quad-IAP must be completed and submitted to the HPD and MD 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 one year from the conclusion of the most recent Olympic Games, athletes shall be aware of the following:
    1. A greater level of commitment must be demonstrated in the IAP when submitted for consideration.
    2. 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 double-handed teams that change partners during 2016 may be allowed to continue to receive current year funding and carry their points already earned during 2015 forward with new partners in consideration of 2016 funding at the discretion of the OSC and USOC. Applications should be submitted to the High Performance Director and will be considered based on the 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. Applications will be considered based on the plan and possibility for success in the new class, and should be submitted to the High Performance Director.

Payment Schedule

In 2016, to maximize funding’s effect in an Olympic year, Direct Athlete Support will be paid on an accelerated schedule, based on successful completion of tasks. In all classes, the funding will be split evenly between skipper and crew. 2016 payments for athletes selected to the Olympic Team will be made as follows: weeks of February 1, April 15, and July 1. Payments for the 2016 US Sailing Team not selected for the Olympic Team will be made February 1, and may also be paid May 1, August 1, and November 1 pending a continued training and racing schedule for the remainder of 2016 as well as a formal plan for a 2020 program that could lead to a medal, submitted to and approved by the HPD.

 

2017 Direct Athlete Support Funding Details

Athlete results will be scored according to the following table of 2016 events, resulting in an overall grade for 2017 funding:

2016 Eligible Events 5 Points 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points
2016 Major Event Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 Top Half
2016 World Championships or 2016 Olympic Games Top 5 Top 10 Top 20 Top Half
  1. 2016 Major Events for this purpose are SWC Miami (all classes except 470 M/W), World Championships (all classes), Europeans (all classes), Hyeres (all classes), and Princess Sofia Trophy (Laser, Radial, Finn, RS:X M/W).
  2. To earn points at an event, athletes must also finish in the top 50% of finishers. [may be waived depending on fleet size/competitiveness]

2017 Funding Levels (Based on 2016 Results)

Level Achieve the Following:
A1 Finish top 3 countries at World Championships or Olympic Games
A2 Score at least 13 total points counting best 3 events OR finish within the top-10 countries at World Championships or Olympic Games
A3 Score at least 11 total points counting best 3 events
A4 Score at least 8 total points counting best 3 events

 



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