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 in which points to use when.
    • World Cup (WC) 500 Points; Refers to the series point system which can also be found on the FIS circuit, it awards points based on an athlete’s finish position. The full table can be found here
    • National Points; Refers to Alpine Canada’s national points system, ranks athletes based on their result(s) from a sanctioned national point race. A RESULT is a numerical representation of the racer’s performance, compared to the winner of a race. 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 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.
  • Tier 1; Refers to athletes who qualify for Team Canada at Whistler Cup.
  • Tier 2; Refers to athletes who qualify for AOA’s Europe Project.
  • Tier 3; Refers to athletes who qualify for Eastern Final.

Selection Objectives
Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) creates athletic programming and pathways to ensure athletes are provided with the best possible environment to perform their best in high-performance opportunities. The U16 programs 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 while inspiring and motivating them to strive for excellence in ski racing.

The objectives of the selection criteria are the following:

  1. Identify the strongest possible team for the event at this stage of their development
  2. Identify athletes at a young age that may need more work or more time to mature in order to be part of the team in future
  3. Capture those athletes most likely to podium
  4. Create a training group for pre-competition preparation
  5. Create a progression for athletes on the high-performance pathway
  6. Unify athletes to represent the province of Ontario
  7. Provide equal quota for males and females

Rules

For all relevant information for the U16 programming 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 admin@alpineontario.ca no later than Dec 31, 2018.  Click here for the fitness testing protocol.

Appeals

The AOA Athlete 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 Competition Director, Robyn Skinner; rskinner@alpineontario.ca ) based on dates stated per event outlined in this document. Appeals will be dealt with on a case by case basis, with injury and illness as well as extenuating circumstances being reasonable grounds for a review. Extenuating circumstances do not include appeals based on athletic performances.

The Athletic Committee will hold back 10% of the total Ontario quota per event, using a 50/50 split per gender to satisfy any substantial appeals.  The remaining spots will be reallocated at the discretion of the AOA Athletic Committee.

Tie Break Protocol:

Tie break for event selection will be dealt with on the following basis:

  1. The tie will be broken by best race point* acquired in relevant selection data.

*Race points cannot be applied to partial results (i.e. single run SL or GS)

Tie breaks for event seeding will be dealt with on the following basis:

  1. 1st tie break, next best-combined finish in the disputed discipline
  2. 2nd tie break, best run score in the disputed discipline
  3. 3rd tiebreak, second-best run score in the disputed discipline
  4. 4th tie break, name to be drawn from a hat at seeding meeting, the 1st 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

 

Dual Scoring

The 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. 


EVENTS

U16 OCUP MID-WINTER SERIES
Dates: Jan 30-31, 2019 & February 1-4, 2019
Location: Blue Mountain, Alpine Ski Club, Devils Glen Country Club, Osler Bluff Ski Club and The Georgian Peaks Club
Events:  Two (2) SX/SG Development Camp Skills days, two (2) GS, two (2) SL
Quota: This event will be open to a maximum field size of 180 athletes.  If more than 180 athletes qualify for the event, a divisional quota process will be executed.
Seeding*: LSDA – 2, NCD – 3, NOD – 2, SOD – 8 per seed. *Please see division appendices for divisional seeding procedures.
OCUP Mid-Winter Overall Title: This will be awarded to the athletes with the most total event points from all events (WC 500).

 

U16 National Championships – the 2019 U16 National Championships will be the Canada Winter Games

Dates: February 23 – March 3, 2019
Location: Red Deer, Alberta – Alpine Venues: Nakiska and Canyon Ski Resort
Quota: Team Ontario will be allotted a quota of 14 spots (7M/7F)
Selections: Selection is based on results from the U16 OCUP Mid-Winters using the following data:

  1. Event winners will be automatically selected (max 4M/4F)
  2. Remaining spots will be allocated based on point calculation per World Cup (WC) 500 point system results for the best 3 of 4 events total.

Seeding: The U16 OCUP Mid-Winter series will be the primary information used for seeding at the U16 Canada Games. Technical event seeding will be done using best GS, best SL. Speed seeding for the SG/SX seeding will be based on the best GS results. All seeding data is from Mid Winters (using WC 500 Pt system). Any ties will be broken by AOA tie break protocol.
Appeals: Appeals must be submitted in writing with appropriate and relevant substantiating data to the AOA Athletic Committee (via the AOA Athletic Director) no later than Feb 3, 2019 at 5pm.
IMPORTANT QUALIFYING INFORMATION: To qualify for this event, all potential athletes must have registered with the Canada Winter Games by January 7, 2019  Register Here

 

U16 OCUP Finals
Dates: March 11-15, 2019
Location
: Osler Bluff Ski Club, The Georgian Peaks Club, Toronto Ski Club & Craigleith Ski Club
Events:  1 SG, 1GS, 1 SL & 1 Dual.
Quota: This event will be open with a maximum field size of 180 athletes.  If more than 180 athletes qualify for the event, a divisional quota process will be executed: SOD – 124, NOD – 16, LSDA – 14, NCD – 26= 180. Even numbers for gender split. *All unused quota will be reassigned to host division
Seeding*: LSDA – 2, NCD – 3, NOD – 2, SOD – 8 per seed of 15
*Please see division appendices for divisional seeding procedures

OCUP FINALS TITLE: This will be awarded to the athletes with the total event points (using WC 500 point system) from the SL, the SG , the GS, and the Dual.

 

U16 Spring High-Performance Opportunities

Tier 1: Team Canada Whistler Cup: Whistler, B.C. – April 12 -15, 2019
Tier 2: Europe Project: Val D’Isere, France – April 4-5, 2019
Tier 3: U16 Eastern Final Event: Calabogie – March 28-31 , 2019

** Please note that the event tiers have been created to align the skill level of athletes from across Canada. Athletes are not able to turn down “Tier 1” for “Tier 2”. This will ensure that the largest number of Ontario athletes will have the opportunity to compete in spring high-performance opportunities. The athletic committee will evaluate requests based on extenuating circumstances.

 

Selection for Spring Projects

TEAM CANADA WHISTLER CUP
Dates: April 12-15, 2019
Location: Whistler, B.C.
Events: 1 SG, 1 GS, 1 SL
Quota: ACA will send two U16 teams (total 12 – 6 male/6 female) to represent Canada at the Whistler Cup.
Selections: Athletes will be selected from the Canada Winter Games (specific selection details will be forthcoming from Alpine Canada.)

NOTE: All AOA registered athletes regardless of the program (i.e. USA academy) will be considered an Ontario athlete for selection to Whistler Cup and can qualify for Team Canada from the 2019 U16 Canada Winter Games.

 

EUROPE PROJECT
Dates: March 29th-April 7th (race dates are April 4-5), 2019
Location: Val D’Isere, France
Events: 1 SL, 1 SG
Quota: AOA will send a team of 3 male and 3 female athletes to train and attend the Val D’Isere Children’s FIS Race.
Selections: Selection will be based on the results from the OCUP FINALS using the best 2 of 3 events (GS, SL, SG) using Race points.
Seeding: Seeding will be based on the best result in each respective event.
Appeals:  Appeals must be submitted in writing with appropriate and relevant substantiating data to the AOA Athletic Committee (via the AOA Athletic Director) no later than March 16th, 2019 at 5pm.

 

U16 EASTERN FINALS
Dates: March 28-31, 2019
Location: Calabogie (National Capital Division)
Events: 1 SL, 1 GS, 1 Dual, 1 SX
Quotas*:
USA                               20
Ontario                         40
Quebec                         40
Canada District East   10

*Unfilled quotas by a particular Region will NOT be re-allocated.

Selections:  Team Ontario selections will be based on results from the U16 OCUP Mid-Winters and the OCUP Finals* using the following data based on WC 500 point system per event result/run:

  • Best GS event result
  • Best SL event result
  • Best Other event Result **
  • Best Run ***

* One score (event result or run) must come from the OCUP Finals.
** Best Other could be GS Result, SL Result, SG Result, Dual Result (from race results not already used).
*** Best Run could be any single run score from any qualifying tech event.

The calculation will include the athletes who secured spots for Tier 1 and 2 opportunities to avoid any skewing of the values.

Seeding: The OCUP Mid-Winter and Finals will be the information.  Seeding will be established by the best SL, best GS and best Dual result from either event.  If necessary the tie-breaking protocol will be used.
Appeals: Appeals must be submitted in writing with appropriate and relevant substantiating data to the AOA Athletic Committee (via the AOA Athletic Director) no later than March 16th, 2019 at 5pm.

 

ACA RISING STARS PROJECT 2019
Dates: TBD by ACA
Location:
TBD
Quota
: TBD
Selections:
This selection information is provided to AOA from Alpine Canada.