Youth Championships

The Selection Process

Selection and Entry Guide for the 2019 US Youth Sailing Championship

Introduction: This guide is intended for sailors interested in entering the 2019 US Youth Sailing Championship, to be held on June 21-25 at the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club in Beach Haven, NJ. The selection and entry process was updated in 2018 with the goal of a simpler, more streamlined process. The two main changes to the process were: (1) sailors who gained entry via an Early Acceptance event do not need to fill out the application, they simply need to register to confirm their entry and (2) the application itself for those applying via resume has been simplified. Please refer to the Notice of Race (NoR) for full event details. Section 5 of the NoR describes the selection and entry process.

Early Acceptance: The first thing sailors interested in entering the Youth Champs should identify is if they have earned Early Acceptance.  From March 1st to April 10th, sailors that have earned Early Acceptance and meet all eligibility criteria may register for Youth Champs. Unlike in past years, they do not need to fill out an application.

The final Early Acceptance regatta ends on March 24th, at which point the final Early Acceptance list will be posted. Registration for Early Acceptance sailors will close on April 10th.

Resume Application: Sailors who have not entered through the Early Acceptance process will need to submit a resume application. Applications are reviewed by the team of selectors who serve on the Youth Champs Selection Committee, under the direction of the chief selector (this is different from the US Youth Championship Committee). NoR 5 describes this process.

Sailors are encouraged to be as thorough as possible when filling out the application. The selectors are particularly interested in the description of the training plan. It is recommended to review this Application Guide before beginning and submitting your application.

Upon completing and submitting your application, you will receive an email confirmation that your application has been received. There is no application fee.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why are there two ways to be selected for the US Youth Championship (early acceptance and application)?
A: The purpose of the Early Acceptance Regattas is to provide opportunities for sailors to be selected for the US Youth Championship based on their performance at a single highly competitive regatta (ie, to “sail-in”). The purpose of the application process is to provide an opportunity for sailors to be selected based on their resume of regatta results and training plan. The overall goal is to make sure that the top sailors in each class have ample opportunity to gain acceptance to the Youth Champs and compete in US Sailing’s premier youth regatta.

Q: If I earn an Early Acceptance invitation in the one class (ex: Radial), can I switch to a different class (ex: Laser) and still have Early Acceptance?
A: No. Early Acceptance spots must be used in the class they were earned in. If you intend to sail Youth Champs in a different class, you can apply for selection via resume.

Q: Our team earned an Early Acceptance invitation as a doublehanded team, but we are now sailing with new teammates. Do our Early Acceptance invitations carry over to the new teams?
A: No. The Youth Champs selection process considers each doublehanded team unique, so if you are sailing with new teammates you will need to apply for selection via resume.

Q: I sail as a part of a male/female or female/male i-420 or 29er team. Can I be selected via Early Acceptance Regatta?
A: No, mixed teams are not eligible for Early Acceptance in the i-420 and 29er classes, but they are eligible for selection via resume. In order to be eligible for Early Acceptance in the i-420 or 29er classes, you must sail as a male/male or female/female pair. This is an effort to support teams that aspire to sail i-420 or 29er in the Youth World Championship, which is sailed in single-gender fleets.

Q: The Early Acceptance Regattas are mostly in Florida, Texas and California. Do I have to travel to these regattas in order to be selected for Youth Champs?
A: No. Sailors who do not attend any Early Acceptance Regattas may be selected for Youth Champs via resume based on their performance at regional and national regattas and their training plan. The circuit of Early Acceptance Regattas is focused on the winter and spring seasons, with the goal of selecting sailors who are performing well in the months immediately prior to Youth Champs. Since most major regattas at this time of year are held in warm parts of the country, it is difficult to achieve regional balance.

Q: The boat classes that I currently sail are not in Youth Champs. Can I still sail in Youth Champs?
A: Yes, but you will need to train and compete in the new class in order to prepare. Trying different boat classes and expanding your skills to new sailing disciplines is key to building a well-rounded skill-set and growing as a sailor. The classes sailed in Youth Champs reflect the international standard for youth high performance racing, offering sailors the opportunity to excel at the national and international levels. If you find a Youth Champs class that is a good fit, the next step is to build your training plan and spend time on the water sailing the boat. When you apply for Youth Champs, the selection committee will take into account your regatta results from other classes and disciplines, as well as your training plan. For sailors transitioning to a new class, a detailed training plan is critical to a successful application.

Q: I’m reviewing the application and I didn’t sail in any of the events you have listed. Is there any chance I’ll be accepted to Youth Champs?
A: Yes, regional and local regattas are important and you should list them on your application for the selectors to consider. Make sure to include the regattas that had high quality competition and where you feel you demonstrated your ability.

Q: What’s the difference between “application” and “registration”?

A: Teams that have not been accepted via Early Acceptance events need to submit an “application” in order to be considered to be allocated a spot at the event — see Selection and Entry Via Resume Application section of the NoR for more details. All teams who have been accepted to Youth Champs (whether via Early Acceptance event or Resume Application) need to fill out the official “registration”  in order to secure their spot.