Basketball - Staff Selection Criteria

Caxias do Sul 2022

This selection policy has been agreed upon by the USA Deaf Basketball (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 Basketball roster for the Summer Deaflympics 2022 in Caxias do Sul, Brazil (hereinafter called the "Games").


General Responsibilities:

The Deaflympics National Head Coach will be responsible for recruiting, training, and preparing the 2021 DEAFLYMPICS National Team. The Head Coach shall work closely with the USADB Executive Director on the following expectations listed below:

To recruit, evaluate, and select for the DEAFLYMPICS National Basketball Team according to the approved criteria.
To work and collaborate with an Athlete Evaluation Committee during Qualifying events;
To assist with team’s fundraising and meeting the deadline dates;
To prepare the DEAFLYMPICS National Basketball Team for international competition;
To provide clinics and training for potential DEAFLYMPICS National Team athletes;
To maintain and demonstrate fluent expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL) throughout his/her term as coach;
To provide the USADB International Director with quarterly written summaries of team progress and development and a final summary within 60 days of the conclusion of the International games.

3 + Years of experience in the field of coaching basketball on both international and domestic levels.
Credentials in coaching
3 + Years of experience of playing in Basketball on domestic and international levels.
Years of experience in associating with deaf and hard of hearing athletes in Basketball.
Ability to communicate in sign language
After selection as Head Coach, the coach must complete review USOC's SafeSport policy, USOC's SafeSport handbook and complete SafeSport training before they can assume any coaching duties
Have a current USA Basketball coaching certification

Have current basic first-aid and CPR

Must provide proof of current SafeSport certification. If the coach does not have a current SafeSport certification, the coach shall obtain one before assuming any coaching duties.

Have a current passport or already applied for one (confirmation receipt or letter).

Hold current memberships in USA Deaf Basketball


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 Basketball'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 Basketball 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:

Interview Process
The USA Deaf Basketball Executive Director shall select members for the committee and prepare interview instructions and questions.

Selection Committee shall consist of three (3) members, appointed by the organization of USADB for the upcoming event:

A former Domestic or International or NCAA collegiate with years of coaching and/or players experience on both domestic and/or international levels;
A representative appointed by the USA Deaf Basketball Board.
A USA Deaf Basketball Assistant Executive Director.

The Selection Committee shall review the resumes and interview each chosen applicant if necessary. The interviews may be conducted in person, via videophone or by e-mail. The Selection Committee shall make a final decision based on the interviews and qualifications.

The Selection Committee shall forward interview results to the USA Deaf Basketball Executive Director.

1. The Selection Committee shall recommend to the USA Deaf Basketball Board of Directors the name of the nominated Head Coach;
2. After approving the nominated Coach, the USA Deaf Basketball Board of Directors then shall recommend the nominated Head Coach to USADSF for Board approval.
3. The Head Coach will be overseen by the USADB Executive Director and Program Director.

2.3 Selection Committee:

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

• Touria Ouahid-Boren - Women Basketball Program Director
• Jimmy Newsome - Men Basketball Program Director
• Jeremias Valencia - Executive Director
• Jeffrey Ploederl - Assistant Executive Director

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 Basketball has jurisdiction over potential nominees.

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

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

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

3.1.4 If for any reason, USA Deaf Basketball 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 Basketball 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 Basketball has jurisdiction over potential nominees.

4.1.1 In the event of unforeseeable vacancies of Head Coach due to human/life events, the Assistant Coach will be Head Coach in the event that a vacancy occurs in the Head Coach position. The alternate selection will succeed the Assistant Coach if a vacancy occurs in the Assistant Coach position.

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 Basketball 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 18 Dec 2020.

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 Basketball's procedures below:

Any member of this organization may file a written grievance with the National Program Director and Executive Director pertaining to any matter within the cognizance of USA Deaf Basketball or alleging a violation of any provision of this Constitution, the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, or the USA Deaf Basketball Bylaws.

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 FIBA rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in ICSD, as applicable, and/or FIBA rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected staff immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Deaf Basketball. 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 Basketball, 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 Basketball.