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Selection Procedures

Selection Event:  2019 USATF Cross Country Championships – February 2, 2019 – Tallahassee, FL

Team sizes, Eligibility Criteria, and Selection Procedures are as follows for the 2019 NACAC Cross Country Championships to be held on February 16, 2019 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Events Being Contested/Distances:

  • Under 20 Women: 6 km

  • Under 20 Men: 8 km

  • Senior Women: 10 km

  • Senior Men: 10 km

Passport Requirement

Due to the limited time between the USATF Cross Country Championships on February 2nd and the NACAC Cross Country Championships on February 16th, proof of possession of a valid passport good for at least 6 months past the return date from the NACAC Cross Country Championships will be required at Team Processing on February 2, 2019. Accordingly, athletes MUST bring with them when they enter the Team Processing area their passport or a photocopy of their passport, should they be selected for Team at the 2019 USATF Cross Country Championships.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to be a member of 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 competitions.

  • Be a USA Track & Field member in good standing at the time of the selection through the end of the 2019 NACAC Cross Country Championships.

  • Possess a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of the 2019 NACAC Cross Country Championships (and must present passport at team processing)

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

  • Under 20 athletes must be under the age of 20, but at least 16 years of age on December 31, 2019 (born in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003).

The following procedures will be used to select Senior and Under 20 athletes:

  • Up to six (6) athletes who meet the eligibility requirements listed above will select themselves onto Team USATF for the NACAC Cross Country Championships based on descending order of finish in the relevant event at the USATF Cross Country Championships on February 2nd.

  • Athletes must commit to a position on Team USA during Team Processing on February 2nd, 2019, by completing team processing paper work including a signed USATF Athlete Statement of Conditions or they will forfeit their place on that squad.

  • If an athlete declines a position on Team USA (or fails to commit as per #2 above), that position will then be offered to the next finisher in the relevant race at the selection event until the team is filled. An athlete declining a position must submit a signed decline form.

  • Team Size: Team USATF will field a squad consisting of up to six (6) athletes per race as long as all team members finish in the top 25 in that race at the USATF Cross Country Championships on February 2nd.

  • If a particular Team USATF squad is not filled from among the top 25 finishers at the selection event, the USATF Cross Country Council, in consultation with the National Office, reserves the right to fill the squad size to one (1) athlete more than the number of scorers.

  • Athletes may be selected for both the NACAC Cross Country Championships and the IAAF World Championships to be held in Aarhus, Denmark on March 30, 2019.

  • Alternates: Alternates will select themselves following the above procedures and be named to the team if a drop-out occurs prior to a final date set by the Cross Country Council chair in consultation with the National Office.

  • Alteration: USATF reserves the right, based on consultation with the USOC and the State Department, to alter the conditions of travel for this team trip or to cancel the trip if conditions in the host country warrant.

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:

  • Voluntary withdrawal.  Athlete must submit a written letter via email to Kimberly Sims, Manager of International Teams at Kimberly.Sims@usatf.org .

  • 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.

  • 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.



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