Bowling - Staff Selection Criteria

Caxias do Sul 2022

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


1. To prepare USA Deaf bowling athletes/teams for success in the sport of bowling.
2. To recruit athletes for USA Deaf bowling.
3. To choose their own assistant coaches.
1. Years of experience in the field of coaching her/his respective sport on both international and domestic levels.
2. Credentials in the area of coaching, training, teaching and sports medicine
3. Years of experience of bowling on local, regional, national and international levels
4. Years of experience in associating with deaf and hard of hearing athletes in bowling.
5. Willingness to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing bowlers.
1. Be a current member of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC)
2. Have valid national coaching certifications in Bowling
3. Have valid basic first-aid, CPR, and SafeSport training certifications
4. Be a current member of USA Deaf Bowling


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 Bowling'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 Bowling 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:

1. All applicants for the head coach positions shall submit a letter of interest, resume, and one (1) letter of reference to the USA Deaf Bowling Team Director. The committee may ask for additional letters of reference if necessary.

2. The announcement of the USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach shall be made by the USA Deaf Bowling NSO Representative based on recommendations from the Selection Committee.

3. The Head Coach then shall select his/her assistant coaches, subject to approval by the USA Deaf Bowling Selection Committee. This approval is contingent upon submission of materials as outlined in the next paragraph.

• All applicants for Assistant Coach Positions shall submit a letter of interest, resume, one letter of reference, and a letter of recommendation from the Head Coach

2.3 Selection Committee:

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

• Robert Ellison - Team Leader

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 Bowling has jurisdiction over potential nominees.

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

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

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

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

4.1.1 In the event that the nominated staff member is unable to perform the duties of the position(s) for injury, illness, Code of Conduct violation or any other unforeseen circumstances that would result in the need to replace him/her, the replacement candidate must meet all of the applicable criteria listed in section 1 above.

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 Bowling 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 25 Apr 2018.

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