Badminton - Staff Selection Criteria

Caxias do Sul 2022

This selection policy has been agreed upon by the USA Deaf Badminton (USADB) and the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). It provides details regarding the process by which USADB will arrive at staff nominations. These nominations will be submitted to USADSF for consideration and for final selection as a staff on the USA Deaf Badminton roster for the Summer Deaflympics 2022 in Caxias do Sul, Brazil (hereinafter called the "Games").


Coaching duties and assignments may consist of one or more of the following:

• Provide training instruction drills for the athlete. This includes but not limited to:
a. Preparation for on-line/distance training activities,
b. Evaluation of athlete’s work and progress,
c. Consultation with athletes and their coaches outside of training facilities/camps and/or on-line (e-mail/chat, text, etc.),
d. In constant communication with the athletes and,
e. Ensuring the athletes are continuously in training of drills, fitness, paperwork (i.e., passports, physicals, etc.)

• Maintain accurate communication with the athlete.
• Observe, support and enforce the athlete’s training, code of conduct the USA Deaf Badminton Team.
• Provide each athlete with a written training program.
• Assist the athlete to appropriate training, video and any upcoming badminton tournaments, etc.
• Assist the athlete by providing advice on requirements for successful preparations for the Deaflympics.
• Work cooperatively with USADB President.
• Foster an environment that protects the athlete at training and tournaments.
• Foster a positive working environment that is free from harassment, prejudice and/or bias.
• Demonstrate a respect for the dignity of each individual.
• A USAB Coaching Certification a plus
• Coaching or working experience with deaf a plus.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively coach and coaching experience
• Playing experience a plus

Communication is important, and for the deaf athlete, effective communication is vital for peak performance for the USA Deaf Badminton Team.
• Ability to learn sign language by taking advantage of available online training
• Know and learn/understand the athlete's hearing level.
• Ability to utilize visual aids be part of the coaching arsenal.

Ability to communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes.


2.1 Minimum eligibility requirements for staff to be considered for selection to the roster:

2.1.1 Nationality/Passport requirements: Staff must be a national of the United States at the time of nomination. Staff must hold a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for six months after the conclusion of the Games and 6 months prior to the Games. Except for USA-hosted Games, the staff must possess a valid government-issued identity card.

2.1.2 Have the ability to work effectively with USADSF.

2.1.3 Have strong administrative, communication and organizational skills.

2.1.4 Be responsible for Team's adherence to all rules regarding discipline at the Games.

2.1.5 Fulfill all duties and requirements of the USADSF including attendance at USADSF Games related meetings.

2.1.6 Must be present at all times for the entire duration of the Games.

2.1.7 Possess high level, specific technical and tactical knowledge of the sport.

2.1.8 Have thorough knowledge and understanding of the International Sport Federation (IF) rules and regulations governing the sport.

2.1.9 Demonstrate ability to establish harmonious relationships with athletes and other Team personnel.

2.1.10 Be in good health and able to withstand the physical rigors of traveling with and working with the Team.

2.1.11 Be listed on USA Deaf Badminton's team roster and must have successfully completed all Games Registration requirements by the stated deadline.

2.1.12 Participate in U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) training as required for position (if applicable).

2.1.13 Successfully completed the U.S. Center for SafeSport awareness training and education program.

2.1.14 Sign a USA Deaf Badminton Code of Conduct for the current year.

2.1.15 Can not participate as an athlete.

2.2 Selection process for candidates to be considered as a staff member for the National Team:

To be considered for coaching position, please send the coaching resume to USADB President Christos Nicholas at Please include the following:

1. Type in a 'cover letter' in the email.
2. Attach your coaching experience and resume.
3. Phone number to call for a phone and/or online interview
4. A copy of your coaching certificate if any.
5. Provide any professional coaching references

The most qualified coach will be select to the coaching staff for the USA Deaf Badminton team.

2.3 Selection Committee:

2.3.1 The USA Deaf Badminton Selection Committee is comprised of the following members:

• Chritsos Nicholas - Badminton President

2.3.2 Any member of the selection committee that has a possible conflict of interest must disclose it. If such conflict exists, the selection committee member must recuse themselves from the committee discussions and voting. Further, the committee member shall not otherwise influence other members of the committee in the selection process.


3.1 Prior to entry by name to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Badminton has jurisdiction over potential nominees.

3.1.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Staff must submit a written letter to the USA Deaf Badminton Executive Director.

3.1.2 Failure to participate in mandatory training and/or competitions.

3.1.3 Violation of USA Deaf Badminton Code of Conduct (See file).

3.1.4 If for any reason, USA Deaf Badminton believes that it may not be safe for athletes or other staff to have this individual on the roster between the time of appointment and the event, USA Deaf Badminton retains the right to remove the staff.

3.2 Once staff entries have been submitted to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the Team rosters.

3.2.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Staff must submit a written letter to the USADSF Team Leader.

3.2.2 Failure to participate in for mandatory training and/or competitions.

3.2.3 Violation of USADSF Code of Conduct.

3.4 A staff may be removed as a nominee to the roster or from the roster for an adjudicated violations of U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and policies, as applicable.


4.1 Prior to entry by name to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Badminton has jurisdiction over potential nominees.

4.1.1 A coach who is to be nominated by USA Deaf Badminton may be removed for any of the following reasons, as determined by USADB:

• Voluntary withdrawal. The coach must submit a written letter to the USADB President.

• Injury or illness as certified by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USADB. If a coach refuses verification of his/her illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USADB, his/her injury will be assumed to be disabling and he/she may be removed.

• Failure to participate in mandatory training and/or competition as defined in the coaching staff selection process.

4.2 Once staff entries have been submitted to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the entries. The staff will be replaced at the discretion of the USADSF.

If the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), USADSF or Games Organizing Committee (GOC) requires different replacement procedures within a certain time period before the Games or after official nomination of the Final Roster to the USADSF, such procedures for replacement shall be followed.


5.1 USA Deaf Badminton will retain the approved Selection Procedures and all supporting documents, forms, and all data from the selection process for six months past the date of the Closing Ceremony of the Games.


6.1 In addition to the USADSF Code of Conduct, the following documents are required to be signed by the staff as a condition for nomination to the Summer Deaflympics 2022 and are included as attachments:

* Code of Conduct


7.1 The USADSF approved Selection Procedures (complete and unaltered) will be posted/published within ten (10) days of approval by the USA Deaf Sports Federation Board of Directors.

7.2 Information shall be published:

7.2.1 on the USADSF website (


8.1 The selection of staff form will be submitted to USADSF on or before 01 Dec 2021.

8.2 The newly appointed staff will be announced publicly only after USADSF approves the selection.


9.1 All staff have a right to obtain due process. Refer to USA Deaf Badminton's procedures below:

USADB is a small organization and does not have the resources for this process. Please refer to Section 11 - STAFF GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS below.

9.2 If the selection criteria and the grievance procedures were not followed properly, see STAFF GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS.


10.1 These procedures are based on ICSD, as applicable, and/or BWF rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in ICSD, as applicable, and/or BWF rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected staff immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Deaf Badminton. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening circumstances, and realistically may not have accounted for every possible contingency.

If any force of nature, or force majeure, should cause the altercation or cancellation of any of the selection events listed in this document, these selection procedures will be revised, pursuant to their resubmission to the USADSF.


11.1 If a staff has questions regarding their opportunity to apply that are not answered by USA Deaf Badminton, they may contact the USADSF Executive Director, Jameson Crane at If the Executive Director does not respond within 3 business days, the complaint may then contact the USADSF President, Danny Lacey at


12.1 This document certifies that USADB individuals on the Selection Committee understand the standards/criteria set by ICSD, IF, and/or USADSF and have incorporated those standards/criteria into the Selection Procedures. These individuals certify that the information provided herein regarding Staff Selection Procedures represents the method approved by USA Deaf Badminton.