Selection

US Sailing Team Selection

The US Sailing Team is composed of the nation’s top performing athletes competing in the selected Olympic classes. These athletes are ranked by their performance and receive tiered support from US Sailing, the national governing body of the sport.

*Also required for all nominated Team USA Games athletes (Olympic, PanAmerican, ANOC, YOG etc) regardless of US Sailing Team status

Selection

Qualification for the US Sailing Team

To qualify for the US Sailing Team, athletes/teams must meet the requirements below while training and competing in a 2024 Olympic class. Athletes/teams will qualify for a specific Tier, with corresponding levels of US Sailing Team-provided support. The US Sailing Team is comprised of Tier 1 and Tier 2 US athletes/teams in each of the 2024 Olympic classes.  

TIER 1: TOP 10 IN THE WORLD 

To qualify for US Sailing Team Tier 1, athletes/teams must achieve a top 10 overall finish at the 2020 Olympic Games or at either of their two most recent Class World Championships, if their equipment and event is retained for the 2024 Olympic Games. 

To qualify for Tier 1, you must finish top 10 places overall in the fleet.  

TIER 2: TOP 20 IN THE WORLD 

To qualify for US Sailing Team Tier 2, athletes/teams must achieve a top 20 overall finish at either of their two most recent Class World Championships, if their equipment and event is retained for the 2024 Olympic Games. Tier 2 athletes/team who qualified based on previous criteria (a top 25 finish at their most recent Class World Championship) will remain Tier 2 until the 2022 World Championship. 

To qualify for Tier 2, you must finish top 20 places overall and within the top 50% of the fleet. 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be officially nominated to the US Sailing Team (USST) after meeting Tier 1 or Tier 2 qualification, athletes must: 

  1. Submit a training and competition plan/schedule to be reviewed and approved by USST Head Coach. 
      • Note: Tier status goes into effect upon approval of plan 
  2. Submit semiannual training/competition plan updates to be reviewed and approved by USST Head Coach. Plans for the first six months of the year must be submitted by February 15 and by no later than June 1 for the second six months of the year. 
  3. Sign an Athlete Agreement and Code of Conduct and adhere to WADA and USADA anti-doping protocols, policies and procedures.* 
  4. Squad Training: All Tier 1 and 2 teams/athletes will train together as agreed in the approved plan. All USST members will collaborate openly, at USST sanctioned training camps to the satisfaction of USST Leadership. 
  5. When an athlete/team qualifies for a Tier, they maintain this Tier status for two World Championships, provided they meet all outlined USST requirements and maintain an approved training/competition schedule. 
      • If an athlete/team qualifies for a Tier and subsequently qualifies for a higher Tier at the following World Championship, they will move to the higher Tier. 
      • Should a previously qualified team/athlete fail to qualify for Tier 1 or 2 for two consecutive World Championships, they will drop off the US Sailing Team. 
  6. Failure to comply with these requirements or the requirements stated in the Athlete Agreement and/or Code of Conduct may result in removal from the USST.
  7. Discretionary Assignments:  
      • If an athlete/team earns Tier status and then changes partners and/or boat class/equipment, athlete(s) must submit a plan and may be appointed to a Tier with a new partner or in a new class at the discretion of USST Head Coach. Discretionary status is only valid until the next World Championship.  
      • If an athlete/team’s approved schedule conflicts with a qualifying event, an athlete may be named to a Tier at the discretion of the USST Head Coach. 
      • Team Status can be extended if there is an injury, illness, or pregnancy and an athlete adheres to the Athlete Injury Protocol and Plan. 

*Also required for all nominated Team USA Games athletes (Olympic, PanAmerican, ANOC, YOG etc) regardless of US Sailing Team status