Selection of Competitors
The U.S. Team Racing Championship attracts the best team racers in the country. Up to sixteen teams are selected based on resumes which are submitted to US SAILING's U.S. Team Racing Championship Committee. The winner of the championship is encouraged to apply to the Wilson Trophy, as well.
The selection committee for the U.S. Team Racing Championship (USTRC) is chosen from the US SAILING Team Racing Committee, the USTRC Committee and the general team racing population. The following procedure is used by the USTRC Selection Committee to invite participants to the U.S. Team Racing Championship. Each application is ranked by more than one person and then ranked overall. The selection committee has access to the internet. Racing results should be accurately portrayed in the team resume process.
Each team is scored using the range as listed below. Though this will be difficult in many cases, it is VERY important, particularly for the mid-ranged scoring categories.
100 - 90 - excellent chance to win the regatta
89 -80 - great team, can make it into the semi finals
79 - 70 - competitive but probably won't make the semis (bottom of Gold division)
69 - 60 - only expected to be moderately competitive, will likely loose more races than they win, but could be invited.
59 and below - not competitive at this level but has potential
The intent of the system is to accept all the teams scored 90 or above and then the next high scoring teams. If all the top teams cannot be accepted, the Selection Committee Chairman will contact the Selection Committee members before one of the teams is not accepted. Selectors should keep detailed records of decisions with respect to each applicant.
Individual scoring comments and records will only be reviewed by the Selection Committee Chairman and are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. Comments may be released if there is a challenge to the selection process.
The applications will be ranked according to the criteria listed below using the following order of importance:
• Demonstrated team racing ability
• Previous performance at the U.S. Team Racing Championship
• Performance at the Charles River Race, the MidWinters, and the PCCs
• Performance at other national team racing events including ICSA and ISSA Nationals
• Performances at regional team racing events
Each application may want be researched for ability and background by:
a. examining regatta results
b. drawing on personal knowledge
c. researching the relative difficulty of regattas held and the level of competition
While ranking applicants, the Selection Committee members will keep in mind the single most common "complaint", a team did not get accepted that regularly beats another team who did get accepted. Research and knowledge should minimize this occurrence.
AS THE NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY FOR SAILING IN THE UNITED STATES, SELECTORS MAY NOT DISCRIMINATE BASED UPON THE APPLICANT'S RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, AGE, SEX OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.