Youth Championships

The Selection Process

Selection and Entry Guide for the 2020 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship

Introduction: This guide is intended for sailors interested in entering the 2020 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, to be held on June 20-24 at the Pensacola Yacht Club in Pensacola, Fl. The 2020 Youth Champs Athlete Selection System and Requirements document outline the eligibility requirements, equipment and selection process for the 2020 U.S. Youth Championship. The selection section specifies that there are two ways to earn an invitation to compete at the 2020 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship: qualify via Early Acceptance or be accepted via Resume Application. 2020 Early Acceptance events are specified in the 2020 Youth Champs Athlete Selection System and Requirements document. Please refer to the Notice of Race (NoR) for full event details. The NoR will outline the detailed 2020 application, selection and entry timelines.

Early Acceptance Events: Up to 105 sailors can earn an invitation to the 2020 U.S. Youth Championship by qualifying via an Early Acceptance Event. Sailors who have qualified via Early Acceptance who choose to accept their spot at the Championship should refer to the NoR for the time period in which they must register for the event.

Resume Application: Sailors who have not qualified through the Early Acceptance process can submit a resume application in order to be considered to receive an invitation for the 2020 U.S. Youth Championship. 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.

Applications are reviewed by the team of selectors who serve on the U.S. Youth Championship Selection Committee, under the direction of the chief selector (this is different from the US Youth Championship Committee). Please refer to the NoR for the application timeline.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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: The Early Acceptance Regattas are all far from where I live. 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.