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• Te top two eligible USA teams not already qualified will qualify on WCT Order of Merit rankings as of Nov. 30, 2018


• Te top two eligible USA teams not already qualified will qualify on WCT Order of Merit Year-to-Date rankings as of Nov. 30, 2018


• Order of Merit rankings will be considered first, Order of Merit Year to Date will be considered second.


• Te Director of Coaching has the right to add a wildcard team on or about Nov. 30, 2018, due to event conflicts which may prevent some of the most competitive U.S. Mixed Doubles teams from competing in other qualifying events. If the wildcard is not utilized, then an additional qualifying spot will be included in the Challenge Round.


• Tree or four teams will qualify from the Mixed Doubles Challenge Round, depending on the wildcard selection as noted above.


Also agreed upon in principle at the planning meeting were the selec-


tion processes for the following international competitions, subject to their continuation in their current format and USA receiving invitations to enter teams: • Continental Cup 2020-2022 – USA World Championship repre- sentatives from the previous season. Any changes from the original team roster/lineup will be subject to approval by the USCA High Performance Director and CEO.


• WCF Curling World Cup series – Te three highest ranked USA teams on the Order of Merit at the end of the previous season will receive the invitations. Te highest ranked teams will receive first choice of which of the initial three Cups they would like to attend, the second highest ranked teams will receive the second choice, and the third ranked teams will receive the third choice. Tis is also subject to the teams retaining a minimum of three of four original players. If any team(s) decline these invitations then the HPP will decide who the invitation(s) will go to.


• “Curling Night in America” – Te USCA and event partners (WCF and TV partners) reserve the right to invite any USA teams that they determine best suit the objectives of the event and partners, including for competitive, commercial and broadcast purposes. During the High Performance Advisory Group Planning meeting, the


following formats and timelines were agreed upon in principle for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling (subject to change with further dis- cussion and formal development of the team selection procedures). For all disciplines, the winners of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling will be nominated to the U.S. Olympic Committee to represent USA at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing (subject to USA qualifying). Men’s and Women’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials 2022


Number of teams at Olympic Trials – TBD Timelines – Trials will tentatively take place in November 2021. A Pre-


Trials qualification event will tentatively take place in late April/early May 2021 (more details below). Qualification process summary: A small U.S. Olympic Team Selection Procedures Committee will devel-


op the Trials procedures in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, and taking into consideration the advisory group’s agreements in principle: Tere would be a high qualification standard set by the committee, simi-


lar to the 2018 selection procedures. Te field would be small (2-4 teams), with the understanding that the


field could increase if more teams meet the high qualification standards. Tere would be a Pre-Trials qualification event from which one team of


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each gender would qualify for the Trials. A minimum standard of Top 100 on the Order of Merit at the end of season 2020-21 will be required for entry into the Pre-Trials. Tere would be no discretionary team selection for the Trials unless


there are extenuating circumstances. It should be noted that the USCA Athletes’ Advisory Council has stated that it is firmly against discretionary team selections. Mixed Doubles U.S. Olympic Team Trials 2022


Number of teams at Trials – 8 Timelines – Trials will tentatively take place in early March 2021.Quali-


fication Process: Top 4 teams from the 2020 U.S. Mixed Doubles National Championship


would qualify Tere would be three qualification spots from established U.S. Mixed


Doubles tournaments in season 2019-20, and the top USA team (non-qual- ified) at each event would qualify for the Trials. Tere would be no discretionary team selection for the Trials unless


there are extenuating circumstances. It should be noted that the USCA Athletes’ Advisory Council has stated that it is firmly against discretionary team selections. Non-High Performance Teams Order of Merit Opportunity 2018-19 Te USCA will provide a performance incentive bonus of $5,000 (tourna-


ment funding) to the top-ranked teams not in the USCA High Performance Program (one men’s and one women’s) on the Order of Merit Year-to-Date as of Dec. 31, 2018. Te USCA will also continue to provide $5,000 in tour- nament funding to the two teams (one men’s and one women’s) who win the National Championships for the purpose of competing in the Champions Cup Grand Slam. If the eligible team(s) decline(s) to compete in the Cham- pions Cup Grand Slam, that funding will be forfeited. High Performance Outreach Ambassador


Te USCA has appointed 2018 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Tyler George


as an ambassador for High Performance and Member Services. Tyler will spend time in an advisory capacity to assist teams just outside of the HP Program, and will also spend some time at the home club of these teams to meet with members. As part of this new role, Tyler will be attending and presenting at the USCA Members’ Assembly in Albany, N.Y., Oct. 12-14, 2018. He will also be advising the current U.S. Mixed National Champi- ons during a training weekend as they prepare to compete in the upcoming World Mixed Championship. Further opportunities have yet to be con- firmed. Q


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