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USATF Athlete Selection Procedures for the 2017 IAAF World Championships

Selection Event
2017 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships – Sacramento, California – June 22-25, 2017
 
Philosophy
These selection procedures are designed so that athletes select themselves in individual events in order to assemble a U.S. Team that can achieve the best possible results at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.

Eligibility Criteria for the U.S. Team
In order to be eligible to be a member of the Team, or an alternate, an athlete must:
 

  • Be a citizen of the United States and, under USATF and IAAF rules, be eligible to represent the USA at all levels of international competition.

  • Be a USA Track & Field member in good standing at the time of the selection through the end of the 2017 IAAF World Championships.

  • Possess a valid passport that does not expire within six months of the 2017 IAAF World Championships (and must present passport at team processing when applicable).

  • Sign a USATF Athlete Statement of Conditions for participation, if nominated for the Team.

 
Other Requirements
In order to be eligible to be a member of the Team, or an alternate, an athlete must achieve the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard in a USATF, IAAF, IAAF Area Association, Collegiate or High School competition organized and listed on the pertinent sanctioning organization’s published calendar of events. The competition must be determined to be valid and acceptable for qualifying purposes under USATF and IAAF rules.

Track & Field Selection Criteria
The following criteria will be used to select athletes for the U.S. Team for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics (“World Championships”) in individual events:
 

  1. The athlete's rank order of place finish in an event at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships (the “Selection Event”).

  2. Whether athletes have achieved the applicable IAAF qualifying standard per the entry criteria below.

  3. Marathon and the 50km and 20km Race Walk procedures are posted separately per the links below.


NOTETie Break Procedures


USATF may, in its discretion, enter up to four (4) competitors in each individual event for the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Up to three (3) athletes in each event will be allowed to travel with the Team and compete at the World Championships subject to the following criteria. Please note additional athletes may be entered and travel with the team per the criteria below.
 
Automatic Qualification:

  1. The top three (3) finishers, in Performance Rank Order at the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships will automatically select themselves to the USATF team for the World Championships (the “Team”), provided that (a) each has, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 21, 2017, achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard. If all three have, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 21, 2017, achieved the IAAF Qualifying Standard then the fourth ranked order finisher shall serve as the alternate, provided that he or she has, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 21, 2017, achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard. Athletes, however, who place among the top eight (8) finishers in an event at the 2017 USATF Championships and who have not achieved the 2017 IAAF World Championships Qualifying Standard for that event, may “chase” the standard until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, July 21, 2017.

  2. A reigning 2015 IAAF World Champion who competes at the Selection Event receives an automatic wild-card bye into the World Championships for the event in which he or she is the reigning World Champion, whether or not he or she has achieved the corresponding entry standard. These athletes, however, are not required to compete in the same event in which they are reigning 2015 IAAF World Champions at the Selection Event in order to receive the wild-card bye. In events in which a USATF athlete is the reigning 2015 IAAF World Champion, USATF may, in its discretion, and subject to the applicable rules and regulations (including these Selection Procedures), enter up to five (5) athletes in the World Championships, including up to four (4) athletes who will be allowed to travel and compete with the Team at the World Championships.

  3. A 2016 Diamond League Champion who competes at the Selection Event, in events in which the reigning World Champion is not a U.S. athlete, will receive an automatic wild-card bye into the 2017 IAAF World Championships for the event in which he or she is the 2016 Diamond League Champion, whether or not he or she has achieved the corresponding entry standard. These athletes are not required to compete in the same event in which they are the Diamond League Champion at the Selection Event in order to receive the wild-card bye. In events in which a U.S. athlete is the 2016 Diamond League Champion and the reigning World Champion is not a U.S. athlete who competes in the USA Championships, USATF may, in its discretion, and subject to the applicable rules and regulations (including these Selection Procedures), enter up to five (5) athletes in the World Championships, including up to four (4) athletes who will be allowed to travel and compete with the Team at the World Championships.

 
Other Qualification:

  1. If any of the top eight (8) place finishers in an event at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships  have not achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard from the beginning of the applicable IAAF qualifying period through the completion of their respective events at the Selection Event, but achieves the needed IAAF Qualifying Standard on or before July 21, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, such athlete(s) must provide adequate evidence of his or her qualifying performance in order for that performance to be accepted for qualification for the U.S. Team. Results information must be received by USATF at the following e-mail addresses by the established deadline of 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 21, 2017: Sandy.Snow@usatf.org and stats@usatf.org. Please note that while USATF will be searching for this information, it is up to the athlete/agent or coach to provide the information to USATF concerning the achievement of the IAAF Qualifying Standard.  Information must reach Sandy.Snow@usatf.org and stats@usatf.org as soon as the standard is met but no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 21, 2017. Due to the entry deadline of July 24, 2017, it is the responsibility of the athlete/agent/coach to notify USATF no later than July 21, 2017 of their mark. USATF will not enter anyone that has not followed these procedures.

  2. If after July 21, 2017 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, there remain places on the U.S. team or alternate positions, USATF may, in its discretion, in rank order of finish at the Selection Event, enter athletes and/or designate athletes as alternates based on their having achieved the applicable IAAF Qualifying Standard.

  3. If no U.S. athletes achieve the IAAF Qualifying Standard in a given event during the qualifying period, USATF will enter no athletes in that event, unless an athlete is exempt from qualifying because he or she is the reigning World Champion or Diamond League Champion.

  4. In each event, the rank order of place finish at the Selection Event shall determine the eligibility of an athlete to compete or be designated an alternate at the IAAF World Championships.

  5. In some events, the IAAF may invite athletes based on the IAAF ranking lists in order to reach the target number of competitors for each event as listed by the IAAF for the 2017 IAAF World Championships. USATF shall accept any invitations extended to U.S. athletes if such acceptance does not displace an athlete who has finished ahead of the invited athlete(s) at the Selection Event and who has met the qualifying standard or who is also in a position to receive an IAAF invitation. There will be no invitations through the use of the ranking lists in the 5,000m, 10,000m, race walk and marathon.


Marathon Selection Criteria
The athlete selection procedures for the Marathon is posted here:
http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2017/IAAF-World-Outdoor-Championships/Selection-Procedures-(1).aspx

50km and 20km Race Walk Selection Criteria
The athlete selection procedures for the 50km and 20km Race Walks is posted here:
http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2017/IAAF-World-Outdoor-Championships/Athlete-Info/Athlete-Selection-Procedures.aspx          


Relays
For the men’s and women’s 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays, up to six (6) athletes may be entered as members of each relay pool. The four (4) athletes (including the alternate) entered in the respective individual events (100m and 400m) are required by IAAF rules to be included in each pool.  For each relay pool, in addition to the four athletes listed above, there will be two (2) athletes selected.  Selection of the two additional athletes will be done by the USATF Head Relay Coach, in consultation and cooperation with the respective Head Coach or his/her designee, USATF’s Chief of Sport Performance, and one non-competing athlete selected by USATF’s Athletes Advisory Committee who has World Championship and/or Olympic experience in the 4x100m or 4x400m relays.
 
In order to be eligible for the relay pool, an athlete must compete in the Selection Event, except in emergency situations where a waiver, based on medical or exceptional circumstances, may be given by USATF, in its sole discretion.

Other athletes may be eligible for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, due to being considered to have achieved the World Championships IAAF Standard. Note, however, it is up to USATF to determine whether the following athletes are entered.  This is not a bye.  It is simply allowing certain athlete groups to be considered as having achieved the IAAF Standard.

  • 10,000m – The top 15 athletes finishing in the senior Men’s and senior Women’s races at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships are considered to have achieved the IAAF Qualifying Standard for the 2017 IAAF World Championships.

  • Area Champions – NACAC did not hold a Senior Championships during the qualifying window, thus this does not apply.

  • Marathons – the top 10 finishers at the IAAF Gold Label Marathons held in the qualification period shall be considered as having the IAAF Qualifying Standard.

 
Removal of Athletes
An athlete who is to be nominated to the team by USATF may be removed as a nominee for any of the following reasons, as determined by USATF:
 

  1. Voluntary withdrawal: An athlete may choose to decline a position on the team should they become eligible by completing the necessary paper work during team processing at the Selection Event. Should an athlete choose to withdraw subsequent to the Selection Event, they may do so by submitting a written letter via e-mail to Kimberly Sims, Manager of International Teams at Kimberly.Sims@usatf.org.

  2. Injury or illness as certified by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USATF.  If an athlete refuses verification of his/her illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USATF, his/her injury will be assumed to be disabling and he/she may be removed.

  3. Violation of the USATF Athlete Statement of Conditions.

  4. Involuntary Withdrawal: An Athlete who is named to the team by virtue of an error or oversight (by USATF) may be removed from the team at any time.

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