The SSA Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has recently updated the National Team Selection Policy. These criteria will be applied in September 2014 when selecting new National Teams for 2014/2015. A summary of the selection standards and rationale behind changes to the selection policy are included below. The full policy wording is available in this linked document:
World Cup Team
Women: 2 results < 100 FIS points OR < 80% of field on World Cup
Men: 2 results < 90 FIS points OR < 80% of field on World Cup
The World Cup Team standard remains the same for 2014/2015, however the FIS point / World Cup standard will drop for the 2015/2016 and beyond. Funding for World Cup Team athletes will become increasingly event and performance based. World Cups will be strategically targeted with events to be negotiated with the coaching staff this spring.
Continental Cup Team
Women: 2 results < 140 FIS points
Men: 2 results < 120 FIS points
The Continental Cup Team standard has been tightened very slightly for women and remains the same for men. All funding for the Continental Cup team will be event based.
Australian U23 Team
2 results < 10% Distance or < 7.5% Sprint in 2014 National Selection Races
OR Qualified via FIS points for 2015 U23 World Championship
This is new team, only for athletes aged 20-22, and replaces what was the National Squad. Athletes 23 and over will need to make the COC or WC Teams to be selected to the team. There are four National Selection Races, with a 50/50 split of Sprint/Distance and Classic/Distance events. The addition of the avenue to qualify for the team via the U23 World Championship criteria allows more flexibility for athletes skiing at a higher level.
Australian Junior Team
2 results < 10% Distance or < 7.5% Sprint in 2014 National Junior Selection Races
OR Qualified via FIS points for 2015 Junior World Championship.
The Junior Team standard is very similar to recent years, with an addition of the avenue to qualify via the Junior World Championship criteria similar to the U23 team. There is also a slight increase in the percentage behind for sprint events, reflecting the spread of sprint results seen in recent years. The number of selection races has been increased to six, with a 50/50 split of Sprint/Distance races and Classic/Freestyle races. This allows more flexibility for athletes who are sick or who have off-days on one weekend of races.
Selection races are list on the 2014 Australian Race Calendar. 2015 World Championship selection policies will be published shortly.
In addition to the official National Team names above, there will also be an opportunity for athletes with a professional attitude and high level of athletic ability to be invited to join the National Team for training camps and on international tours at the discretion of National Team coaches. Athletes in these circumstances would need to cover all their own expenses and depending on the circumstances also a coaching fee.
Any questions regarding the National Team selection criteria or the National Team program should be directed to Finn Marsland, SSA Cross Country Skiing High Performance Manager, or to Anthony Evans, SAXC Selection Committee Chair.