Selection Guidelines Definitions:
- U14; Refers to athletes who are aged 12 and 13 as of December 31st
- U16; Refers to athletes who are aged 14 and 15 as of December 31st
- Alpine Ontario Alpin Athletic Committee (AOAAC); Refers to organization’s athletic committee and its representatives.
- Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA); Refers to the National Sport Organization (NSO) of alpine skiing, ski cross and para-alpine in Canada.
- Points; Alpine skiing is a sport based on time (as opposed to a sport like gymnastics for example) and thus can use all or any of following three methods in assigning points to athletes in order to rank and complete selections. It should be noted that AOA does not create these point systems themselves but rather are guided by its two governing bodies – FIS (International Federation) and ACA as to which points are used and when.
- World Cup (WC) 500 Points; Refers to the series point system which can also be found on the FIS circuit. Points are awarded based an athlete’s finish position. The full table can be found here.
- National Points; Refers to points awarded based on an athlete’s finish position at any National Carded Race. National Carded Races are those set by ACA and start at the U14 level and run through to U19/21. The points can be found on http://alpinepoints.ca/
- Race Points; Refers to points awarded based on a result from a single sanctioned national point race.
- Seeding; Refers to the order in which athletes start an event.
- Tie Break; Refers to the process used to break a tie between two or more equally pointed athletes.
- Event; Refers to a complete race.
- Quota; Refers to the number of athletes permitted to start at a given race. This may be based on region, gender, team or event.
- Run; Refers to a single run of an event.
- Slalom (SL); Refers to the alpine skiing discipline.
- Giant Slalom (GS); Refers to the alpine skiing discipline.
- Super G (SG); Refers to the alpine skiing discipline.
- Dual Slalom (Dual); Refers to the alpine skiing discipline.
- Ski Cross (SX); Refers to the alpine skiing discipline.
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) creates athletic programming and pathways to ensure Ontario athletes have the best possible environment in which to perform to the best of their abilities. High-performance opportunities at the U14 age groups provide our top performing athletes with a platform to test themselves against the best in North America and beyond. These early career high-performance opportunities establish critical benchmarks for athletes to continue to improve upon and to inspire and motivate them to strive for excellence in ski racing.
It is important to note that if these benchmarks are not met at this stage of development it does not mean that the skier will not have an opportunity to participate in the AOA high-performance plan in the future. It simply shows where the athlete is at in their development and could motivate them to work harder, train differently or set new goals.
Once applied, the selection criteria outlined here create teams for competition that achieve the following 7 objectives:
- Identify the strongest possible team for the event at this stage of their development
- Control the number of participants at an event to maintain quality and safety for those participating
- Identify skiers at the Train to Train stage of development that are mature enough to handle the workload of more events and higher intensity at this stage
- Create a training group for pre-competition preparation
- Create a progression for athletes on the AOA high-performance pathway
- Unify athletes to represent the province of Ontario
- Provide equal quota for males and females
For all relevant information for the U14 programming rules in Ontario please click here. Included in these rules are course setting, training, competition rules, and equipment details. To be considered for any of the opportunities outlined below, a fitness test must be submitted to AOA email@example.com no later than Dec 31, 2019. Click here for the fitness testing protocol.
The AOA Athletic Committee will hold back 13% of the total Ontario quota per event: 50/50 per gender, to be used in the event of injury, illness, or extenuating circumstances*. The remaining spots will be reallocated by gender at the discretion of the AOA Athletic Committee. The committee will review all appeals which must be submitted in writing with appropriate and relevant substantiating data to the AOA Athletic Committee (via the AOA Athletic Director) based on dates stated per event outlined in this document. * Extenuating circumstances do not include appeals based on athletic performances.
Tie Break Protocol
Tie breaks for event selection will be dealt with in the following manner:
- AOA will ask for an additional quota spot from the event sanctioning body/race organizing committee.
- If no additional spot is available, a tie will be broken by the best race point* acquired in relevant selection data, continuing on to next best race point until the tie is broken. *Race points cannot be applied to partial results (i.e. single run SL or GS)
Tie breaks for event seeding will be dealt with in the following manner based on the relevant seeding data:
- 1st tie-break next best combined finish in the disputed discipline.
- 2nd tie break, best run score in the disputed discipline.
- 3rd tie break, second best run score in the disputed discipline.
- 4th tie break, name to be drawn from a hat at seeding meeting, the first name drawn is seeded ahead of the tied athlete in the disputed discipline.
**In the event that only one SG result is available, GS results will be utilized for tie break purposes.
A Dual will be scored in the following manner: 1-8 are placed into knock out stages (1vs 8, 2vs 7 etc.) winner advances to semi finals, racers knocked out in round 1 are awarded 5th – 8th based on rank finish of combined qualifying runs, semi finals (1vs.4, 2vs.3) winners move to ‘Big Finals’ losers to ‘Small Final’. 1st – 4th are awarded based on results of Big and Small Final. 9- 60 are awarded points based on qualifying runs.
U14 OCUP Mid-Winter Series
U14 OCUP FINALS
Selections & Seeding:
OCUP Finals overall title:
U14 CAN AM EVENT – International Race (USSA and Eastern Canada)
WHISTLER CUP – International Children’s FIS Race (Over 45 countries have participated)
Location: Whistler, B.C.
Events: SL, GS and Kombi/Parallel SL.