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Western Region Quota Selection Procedures for
National and International Races
(From WR Handbook 2009-2010)

Western Region has quotas for the various national events including, NorAmís, National FIS Series races, U16 Nationals, as well as FIS and FISU series in the other regions of U.S. Ski & Snowboard.  The Western Region ACC has established procedures for filling these quotas.  To be considered for any of these events, racers must declare their interest in the events according to the procedure and schedule in the Western Region Intent to Compete procedure.  Additionally, racers must complete and return a Western Region Medical Release and a Western Region Team Agreement

Only current season U.S. Ski & Snowboard members who have the proper membership and are Western Region athletes as defined in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard bylaws, and only those competitors who have participated in current season Western Elite FIS Series events will be eligible for these events.  Exceptions may be granted to racers who are unable to participate due to involvement in a conflicting USST or National Development System project, injury, illness, or other extraordinary circumstances.  All racers excused for injury or illness must supply a medical clearance from a licensed physician to be included on a team.

Eligibility for quotas has prerequisites.  Racers who wish to be included in some or all of these quota selections must meet these.  Racers are responsible for knowing what these requirements are and for meeting them.  They include but are not limited to being current in financial standing for regional, NDS, and Divisional projects.

Requests to participate in other regionsí FIS races must be received by the divisional offices in time for the divisions to meet the regional deadline (21 days).  Entry fees are the responsibility of the individual competitor or team captain of a divisional development trip and must be paid according to the policies of the division or region hosting the event. 

Foreign Athlete Selection Procedures (WR Policies and Procedures Manual 2009-2010)

Foreign athletes, who compete full-time as part of a Western Region program must qualify for these events through the procedures of their host division.  These foreign athletes will count against their host divisionís quota for the event.  Western Region resident foreign athletes who do not qualify under their host divisionís selection procedures will not be allowed to participate upon penalty of loss of U.S. Ski & Snowboard race privileges.

[This means that those foreign athletes, who are members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard programs in Western Region and who also intend to race FIS races held in the Western Region of U.S. Ski & Snowboard agree to be treated in the same manner as their USA teammates in the qualification system.  They do not have to agree to this.  As members of foreign federations they have the right to enter FIS races according to the procedures of the FIS.  However, if they do not agree to an equitable qualification system, the privilege of participation in U.S. Ski & Snowboard races will be withdrawn and they will be restricted to only racing FIS in the West.  In this case entry will be accepted from their home country, which issued the FIS license.]

NOTE: This requirement is suspended for those foreign athletes who would qualify as WR automatics were they USA citizens.  All foreign athletes not competing full-time as part of a Western Region program must qualify for FIS events through the normal procedures set up by FIS, their national association, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.  An entry for these athletes is via the foreign federation of the athlete(s).  The number of foreign athletes in the event may be expanded to accommodate these athletes provided that national quotas and field-size limitations are not exceeded. 

For more information on foreign athletes racing in USA races please see page 14 of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Comp Guide.


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