Philosophy – These selection procedures are designed to
enable athletes to select themselves for individual events to assemble a team
that can achieve the best possible results at the 2011 IAAF World Championships.
The following criteria will be used to select athletes for the 2011 IAAF
World Championships in Athletics (“World Championships”) in individual events:
- The athlete's rank order of place finish in an event at the 2011 USA
Outdoor Track & Field Championships (the “Trials”).
- Whether athletes have achieved the applicable IAAF standard per
the entry criteria below.
USATF may, in its discretion, enter up to four (4) competitors in each
individual event in the 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:
- Automatic Qualification:
- The top three (3) rank order finishers in each event at the 2011 USA
Track & Field Championships will automatically select themselves to the
USATF team for the World Championships (the “Team”), provided that each
has achieved the applicable IAAF “A” Standard and meets all other
qualifications. The next ranked order finisher shall serve as the
alternate, provided that he or she has achieved at least the applicable
IAAF “B” Standard.
- A reigning World Champion who competes at the 2011 USA Track &
Field Championships receives an automatic bye into the World
Championships for the event in which he or she is reigning World
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 reigning World Champions at the 2011 Outdoor
Championships in order to receive the bye. In events in which a USATF
athlete is the reigning World Champion, USATF may, in its discretion,
and subject to the applicable rules and regulations (including these
Selection Procedures), enter up to four (4) additional athletes in the
World Championships, including up to three (3) additional athletes who
will be allowed to travel and compete with the Team at the World
- Other Qualification:
- If each of the top four (4) rank order finishers has not achieved
the IAAF “A” standard, each athlete among the top four (4) finishers who
has not achieved the “A” standard will have until midnight PDT on August
8, 2011 to achieve the “A” standard. Results information must be
received by USATF by said deadline at the following e-mail address:
- If after August 8, 2011 any of the top four (4) rank order
finishers have not achieved the “A” standard, USATF may, in its
discretion, enter one (1) athlete who has not achieved the “A” standard,
provided that said athlete has achieved the “B” standard in that event
during the qualifying period.
- Subject to the foregoing criteria, USATF will enter no more
than two (2) athletes who have not achieved the IAAF “A” standard in an
event, provided that said athletes must have achieved the “B” standard
in that event during the qualifying period. Only one (1) athlete will be
allowed to travel and compete with the team and provided further that an
additional “B” standard finisher may serve as an alternate.
- Subject to the reigning World Champion exemption, if no
athletes achieve at least the IAAF “B” standard in a given event during
the qualifying period, USATF will enter no athletes in that event.
- In each event, the rank order of the finish at the 2011 USA
Track & Field Championships shall determine whether an athlete competes
or is designated an alternate at the World Championships.
Up to six (6) athletes may be entered as members of each relay pool. The
athletes (including the alternate) entered in the respective individual events
(100m and 400m) must be included in the pool. An athlete must compete in the
Trials in order to be eligible for the relay pool, except in emergency
situations where a waiver based on medical or exceptional circumstances may be
given by USATF, in its discretion.
NACAC did not contest a Senior Championships in 2010 and none is scheduled
for 2011 thus the Area Champion rule will not be used.
- Citizenship – To be a member of or alternate for the Team, an athlete
must (1) be eligible to represent USATF at all levels of international
competition and (2) be a U.S. citizen on August 8, 2011.
- In addition, athletes must hold a valid U.S. Passport on August 8,
2011 that is valid until at least 6 months after the completion of the World
- To be a member of or alternate for the Team, an athlete must achieve the
IAAF qualifying standards in a USATF, IAAF, 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
- In order to be eligible to be a member of the Team, an athlete must be a
USA Track & Field member in good standing at the time of the 2011 USA Track
& Field Championships and for the duration of the World Championships.