2013 Athlete Criteria and Tier System
In conjunction with the USATF Athletes’ Advisory Committee, the Tier System was instituted in 2011 and 2012, with consistent criteria to ensure the participation of the highest potential open athletes and their coaches in all Olympic event-related USATF and USOC high performance and athlete support programs.
Applicable events are those on the Olympic Games program and events approved by AAC and the High Performance staff as supporting development of Olympic and IAAF World Championships in Athletics' participants. Athletes who qualify for the various tiers will have primary access to HP Programs such as: domestic competitive opportunities, domestic relay program, international competitive opportunities, sport performance workshops, medical reimbursement, stipends, elite athlete health insurance, DISC, St. Vincent’s medical program, and coaches’ stipends.
Tier 1: Athletes qualify for all USATF and USOC benefits and are those athletes who have achieved any of the following:
Tier 2: Athletes qualify for the majority of USATF and USOC benefits, albeit sometimes at a lower dollar amount, and they must have achieved any of the following:
Tier 3: Athletes qualify for a limited number of benefits. However, as Immediate Post Collegians (IPC’s), they have exclusive access to the Post Collegiate Scholarship Fund. Further, there are also many IPC’s who, based on their ranking and performance profile, qualify for and are entitled to the benefits of Tier 1 or Tier 2 programs. Athletes in this category must have achieved the following:
Tier 4: Athletes qualify for a limited number of benefits, albeit sometimes at a lower dollar amount, and they must have achieved the following:
To receive any or all 2013 tier benefits, an athlete must currently be training and competing at elite level or, if injured, expected to recover and be able to compete at an elite level.