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2017-18 Talent Protection Criteria

2017 Talent Protection Program Criteria
(October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018)
Developed in 2016 to aid USATF’s top young athletes as they enter into post-collegiate, professional track and field, the Talent Protection Program provides targeted benefits aimed at easing this transition. 

Applicable events are the forty three (43) individual + four (4 relay) events on the Olympic Games and IAAF World Outdoor Championships program, as well as events approved by AAC and the High Performance staff as being those that contribute to the development of Olympic and IAAF World Outdoor Championships participants. Athletes who qualify for this program will have primary access to USATF HP Programs such as: domestic competitive opportunities, domestic relay program, international competitive opportunity grants, sport performance workshops, medical reimbursement, stipends, elite athlete health insurance, and St. Vincent's and USOC medical programs.
Talent Protection Program (TPP):  Athletes will qualify for all USATF and USOC benefits, and are those who have achieved ALL of the following:

  • Be an Immediate Post Collegian (IPC) in the first year out of college (completed or forfeited collegiate eligibility during the 2016/2017 track and field or Cross Country season).  The cutoff date to forfeit collegiate eligibility is August 15, 2017 for the purposes of this program


  • Have achieved two legal marks during the period of January 1, 2016- July 1, 2017 that average better than the 2017 IAAF World Standard AND have achieved the 2017 IAAF World Standard in the current season (2017)


  • Be ranked at the end of the current USATF Outdoor Championships (July 1) in either the top 20 World Performance Rank Order list by Track & Field News OR in the top 5 US Performance Rank Order list by Track & Field News


  • Agree to terms of the program, which will be outlined at Fall Professional Educational Seminar.  Date TBD

Should an athlete who meets the qualification criteria above choose to “opt-in” to the Talent Protection Program, the athlete waives the right to also receive any stipend or medical benefits which they may qualify for under the USATF Athlete Tier System, which are not also included in the Talent Protection Program. 
The Talent Protection Program begins on October 1, 2017 and ends September 30, 2018.  USATF will have the option, at its sole discretion, to extend an athlete in the program for a second year at the conclusion of the athlete’s first year. 

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