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BONUS ONLINE-ONLY COVERAGE // Men’s, Women’s World Championship qualification process set mance Advisory Group Planning meeting held in May, T


he USA Curling High Performance Advisory Group includes Athletes’ Advisory Council members, USCA Board members and USCA High Performance staff. During the High Perfor- the following


process was agreed upon in principle for the Men’s and Women’s World Championships qualification from 2019-2022. Te USCA will set mini- mum qualification standards where winners of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Championships will represent USA at the World Championships if they have reached the stated qualification standards and meet standard USCA eligibility requirements: Definitions/clarifications: • Order of Merit (OOM) – Te rolling ranking system used by the World Curling Tour to rank teams


• Order of Merit Year to Date (OOM YTD) – Te single year ranking system used by the World Curling Tour to rank teams


• As of means “at the time of, or on the day of.” For example, “Be within the Top 100 on the WCT Order of Merit as of Jan. 31, 2019, means that teams must be ranked within the Top 100 on Jan. 31, 2019


Men’s and Women’s World Championship Qualification 2019-2022


• 2019 – Teams must have achieved at least one of the following by Jan. 31, 2019:


1. 40 World Curling Tour (WCT) Order of Merit points (or points equivalent subject to OOM changes) from the start of the 2018-19 season.


2. Be within the Top 100 on the WCT Order of Merit as of Jan. 31, 2019.


3. Be within the Top 100 on the WCT Order of Merit Year-to-date as of Jan. 31, 2019.


• 2020 – Teams must have achieved at least one of the following by Jan. 31, 2020:


1. 60 WCT Order of Merit points (or points equivalent subject to OOM changes) from the start of 2019-20 season.


2. Be within the Top 70 on the WCT Order of Merit as of Jan. 31, 2020. 3. Be within the Top 70 on the WCT Order of Merit Year-to-date as of Jan. 31, 2020


• 2021 – Teams must have achieved at least one of the following by Jan. 31, 2021:


1. 80 WCT Order of Merit points (or points equivalent subject to OOM changes) from the start of 2020-21 season.


2. Be within the Top 50 on the WCT Order of Merit as of Jan. 31, 2021. 3. Be within the Top 50 on the WCT Order of Merit Year-to-date as of Jan. 31, 2021.


• 2022 – Teams must have achieved at least one of the following by Jan. 31, 2022:


1. 40 WCT Order of Merit points (or points equivalent subject to OOM changes) from the start of 2021-22 season.


2. Be within the Top 100 on the WCT Order of Merit as of Jan. 31, 2022.


3. Be within the Top 100 on the WCT Order of Merit Year-to-date as of Jan. 31 2022.


In the event that a team that has not reached the minimum standards wins the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Championships, then the USCA


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will revert to the points system which has been in place since 2014 and as detailed in the current rule book. Te qualification standards were set and agreed upon to have a progressively higher threshold in Olympic Qualifica- tion Points years (2020 and 2021) and a lower threshold in non-Olympic Qualification Points years. Tere will be Men’s and Women’s National Championship entries re-


served for one junior men’s and one junior women’s team each year, with those teams to be designated by the Junior Director of High Performance. Mixed Doubles National Championship 2019


During the High Performance Advisory Group Planning meeting held


in May, and subsequent follow-up discussions with the AAC Chairman, the following format was discussed for the 2019 Mixed Doubles National Championship. Te USCA AAC Chairman did not agree with a wildcard pick, but due to scheduling conflicts, the Director of High Performance has decided there will be one wildcard pick, made by the Director of Coaching if he deems it necessary (details below). Te winner of the U.S. Mixed Dou- bles National Championship will represent USA at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship in Norway. Host Site – Granite Curling Club, Seattle Dates – Feb. 27-March 3, 2019 Challenge Round dates – Dec. 19-23 (exact dates subject to number of


entries) Challenge Round Site - Grand Forks, ND.. Number of teams at National Championship – 12 Qualification Process: • 2018 National Champions receive a bye • 2018 U.S. Olympic Mixed Doubles Team receives a bye • Two berth bonspiels from U.S. Mixed Doubles tournaments, with the top USA team at each event qualifying. Berth bonspiels will be reviewed annually, but for 2019 we will be using the following events:


1. Madison, Wis. – Nov. 2-4, 2018 2. Duluth, Minn. – Nov. 25-27, 2018


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