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Selection Procedures

2018 Athletics World Cup Selection Procedures
Selection Event
The 2018 USATF Outdoor Championships, to be held June 21 – 24, 2018 in Des Moines, IA, will serve as the selection meet (hereafter known as the “Selection Event”) for the 2018 Athletics World Cup (hereafter known as the “Cup”). The Athletics World Cup will be held on July 14-15, 2018 in London, England.
Entry Rules
For each individual event on the Cup’s program of events, one (1) athlete per event will select themselves for USATF’s 2018 Athletics World Cup team through head-to-head competition at the Selection Event. In addition to athletes being selected in individual events, USATF will also select up to four (4) additional athletes for each relay team/pool (men’s and women’s 4 x 100 and 4x 400).
The events that will be contested at the Championships are:

Men’s Track: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 110H, 400H,
Men’s Field: HJ, PV, LJ, TJ, SP, DT, HT, JT
Women’s Track: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 100H, 400H,
Women’s Field: HJ, PV, LJ, TJ, SP, DT, HT, JT
Men’s Relays: 4x100, 4x400
Women’s Relays: 4x100, 4x400

Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible to be a member of the 2018 Athletics World Cup (the “Team”), 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 2018 Athletics World Cup.
  • Possess a valid passport that does not expire within six months of the event (and must present passport at team processing when applicable).
  • Sign a USATF Athlete Statement of Conditions for participation, if nominated for the Team.

Selection Criteria
The following criteria will be used by USATF in the selection of athletes for the 2018 Athletics World Cup:

  1. The athlete’s rank order of place finish in an event at the Selection Event. In each event, if an athlete declines a position on the Team, USATF will offer that position to the next highest ranked individual in the relevant race at the Selection Event who meets all criteria. This process will continue until the position for each event is filled. An athlete declining a position must submit a signed decline form.
  2. There are no qualifying standards for the 2018 Athletics World Cup.
  3. Relays – Three or Four (3 or 4) additional athletes for each relay team/pool will be selected by the Relay Coach, with input from the respective Head Coach, to fill the relay pool.  An athlete must compete in the Selection Event in order to be eligible for the relay pool.

Team Quota
The maximum quota for each delegation shall be 45 athletes in total.
Team Travel
All travel will be managed and booked by UK Athletics(UKA) not USATF.
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. Athlete must submit a written letter via e-mail to Kimberly Sims, Manager of International Teams at


  1. 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.


  1. Violation of USATF’s Athlete Statement of Conditions.

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.

2018 Athletics World Cup

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