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Selection Procedures

It is a privilege and honor to represent the USA in international competition.  Therefore the USA will send the most competitive team possible to the 2011 Pan American Race Walk Cup which will be held in Sabaneta, Columbia, on March, 26th and 27th.

Selection to the 2011 IAAF Pan American Race Walk Championships (PanAm RWC) will be based on the rank order of finish in the Trials competitions. The Trials competition for the men's 50 km shall be on 1/23/2011 in Tustin, California.  The Trials competition for the men's and women's open 20 km and junior 10 km shall be on 2/13/2011 in Coconut Creek, Florida.

  1. Athletes will be required to meet certain standards at the Trials races in order to be selected for the team. These standards must be met at the Trials race itself. The standards are:
    • Men 50 km - 4:35:00
    • Men 20 km - 1:36:00
    • Women 20 km - 1:48:00
    • Junior Men 10 km - 50:00
    • Junior Women 10 km - 54:30
  2. Athletes must declare their desire to compete on the PanAm RWC team no later than midnight on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. All athletes who complete a Trials race under the standards in #1 are eligible and encouraged to declare. Male athletes who complete a Trials race at both 20 km and 50 km under the standards MUST indicate the distance at which they would prefer to compete and whether they would be willing to compete in the other distance if not selected for their preferred distance. If an athlete who completed both trials races does not indicate a preferred distance, the 50 km will be assumed to be his preferred distance.
  3. When declaring their intent to compete the athletes must notify the Chair of the RW Committee Vince Peters Ė (937) 767-7424 or via email at mv_tc@sbcglobal.net (Deadline is midnight, Tuesday, February 15th, 2011).
  4. In naming the teams, the chair will first go down the list of declared athletes at 50 km in rank order of trials finish. The first five qualified athletes who have indicated the 50 km as their preferred distance will be placed on the initial 50 km roster.
  5. Next, the chair will go down the list of declared athletes at 20 km in rank order of trials finish. The first five athletes who have indicated the 20 km as their preferred distance will be placed on the initial 20 km roster.
  6. Any athletes who indicated the 20 km as their preferred distance but was not named to the initial 20 km roster and finished ahead of an athlete on the initial 50 km roster will replace the lowest placing athlete(s) on the 50 km roster.
  7. If, as a result of step #6, there are any athletes who indicated the 50 km as their preferred distance but are no longer on the 50 km roster and finished ahead of an athlete on the 20 km roster, those athletes will replace the lowest placing athlete(s) on the 20 km roster.
  8. Steps #6 and #7 will be repeated until there are no more athletes to whom these steps apply. Any situation that is unable to be resolved using these steps will be resolved by the Chair, in consultation with the affected athletes and the Executive Committee. The resulting 20 km and 50 km rosters will be named to the PanAm RWC team.
  9. For the women's 20 km the first five declared trials finishers in rank order who have meet the qualifying standard will be named to the team.
  10. For the junior menís and women's 10 km the first three declared trials finishers in rank order who have meet the qualifying standard will be named.
  11. If after going through the steps above, any team has fewer than five named members (3 for junior M&W), the chair may at his/her discretion name additional athletes to that team. This shall be done in consultation with the Executive Committee and shall give primary consideration to rank order of finish at the trials.
  12. Athletes are responsible for maintaining a high level of fitness and for preparing themselves to represent the USA at their competitive best. Athletes are responsible for notifying the chair if they will not be able to represent the USA at his or her competitive best.
  13. If any athlete withdraws from a team after being named to it, but before midnight on 3/02/2011, the chair shall use the procedures outlined in Steps 4 through 10 to name replacement athletes. However, no athlete who has been named to the team and not withdrawn shall be subsequently removed from the team as a result. If an athlete withdraws after midnight on 3/02/2011, no replacement shall be named unless the Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee and the National office staff determines that doing so is in the best interests of the team. If they so determine, the Chair, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall name the replacement giving primary consideration to the rank order of trials finish.

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