This selection policy has been agreed upon by the USA Deaf Wrestling (USADW) and the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). It provides details regarding the process by which USADW will arrive at athlete nominations. These nominations will be submitted to USADSF for consideration and for final selection to the USA Deaf Wrestling Greco-Roman Team for the Summer Deaflympics 2022 in Caxias do Sul, Brazil (hereinafter called the "Games").
1. SELECTION SYSTEM
1.1 Minimum eligibility requirements for athletes to be considered for selection to the Team:
1.1.1 Nationality/Passport requirements:
184.108.40.206 Athlete must be a national of the United States at the time of nomination.
220.127.116.11 Athlete 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-issuedntity card.
1.1.2 Have a hearing loss of at least 55db (3-tone frequency average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, ISO 1964 Standard) in the better unaided ear, as documented on a recent audiologist-certified audiogram. See audiogram regulations at http://www.deaflympics.com/pdf/AudiogramRegulations.pdf
1.1.3 Minimum International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) standards for participation:
18.104.22.168 Any competitor in the Summer Deaflympics 2022 must be a national of the country of the National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) which is entering such competitor.
22.214.171.124 For additional information regarding an athlete who is a national of two or more countries, has changed their nationality or acquired a new nationality, refer to the ICSD Regulations at http://deaflympics.com/icsd/icsd-athlete-nationality-policy
1.1.4 Minimum International Sports Federation - United World Wrestling (UWW) - standards and/or ICSD Entry Standards for participation: Not Applicable
1.1.5 Commit to participation in mandatory training and competitions.
1.1.6 Complete the USA Deaf Sports Federation National Team application packet.
1.1.7 Can not participate as a team official - coach, trainer, medic, etc.
1.1.8 Other requirements: USA Wrestling Membership Card
USA Wrestling Membership Card
1.2 Tryout Events: -USA Deaf Wrestling Trail Try-out for Deaflympic 2022.
June 18-19, 2021 at White Bear Lake Area High School, Minnesota ( 5045 Division Ave, White Bear Lake, MN)
-USA Deaf Wrestling Trail Try-out for Deaflympic 2022.
1.3 Selection process for athletes to become National Team nominees:
1.3.1 There are 8 weight classes, only one athlete per weight class.
Wrestlers must attend the trials/try-out to compete.
-Deaf Athletes must attend Trial Try-out and the athlete must win the championship of their weight bracket to get that spot.
-If a weight class is vacant, then the coaches makes the decision on who is qualified based on the athete's performance during the try outs and to secure that weight slot. They also can determine the Alternates.
-If the coaches are unable to come to an agreement, the NSO representative acts as a tie breaker.
There are 8 weight classes, only one athlete per weight class.
1.4 Selection Committee:
1.4.1 The USA Deaf Wrestling Selection Committee is comprised of the following members: • John Dolezal - Head Coach
• Donny Longendyke - Assistant Coach
• John Dolezal - Head Coach
1.4.2 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.
2. REMOVAL OF ATHLETES
2.1 Prior to entry by name to USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Wrestling has jurisdiction over potential nominees.
2.1.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the USA Deaf Wrestling Executive Director.
2.1.2 Injury or illness as certified by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USA Deaf Wrestling. If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USA Deaf Wrestling, their injury will be assumed to be disabling and they may be removed.
2.1.3 Failure to participate in mandatory training and/or competitions.
2.1.4 Violation of USA Deaf Wrestling Code of Conduct (See file).
2.1.5 If for any reason, USA Deaf Wrestling believes that it may not be safe for athletes or other coaches to have this individual on the team between the time of appointment and the event, USA Deaf Wrestling retains the right to remove the athlete.
2.2 Once athlete entries have been submitted to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the Team rosters.
2.2.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the USADSF Team Leader.
2.2.2 Injury or illness as certified by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USADSF. If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USADSF, their injury will be assumed to be disabling and they may be removed.
2.2.3 Failure to participate in mandatory training and/or competitions.
2.2.4 Violation of USADSF Code of Conduct.
2.3 An athlete may be removed as a nominee to the Team or from the Team for an adjudicated violation of ICSD, WADA, UWW, USADA and/or USADSF anti-doping protocol, policies and procedures, as well as the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and USA Deaf Wrestling SafeSport policies, as applicable.
3. REPLACEMENT OF ATHLETES
3.1 Prior to entry by name to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Wrestling has jurisdiction over potential nominees.
3.1.1 The coaches will review the roster to select alternates based on their weight class and determine who can fill that vacancy.
3.2 Once athlete entries have been submitted to USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the Team.
3.2.1 In the event a qualified Team loses one of its athletes due to illness, injury or "force majeure" then the USA Deaf Wrestling Team Leader, in consultation with the USADSF Executive Director, shall propose a replacement athlete. The replacement athlete shall be the most qualified candidate that meets the aforementioned criteria.
If the ICSD, USADSF or Games Organizing Committee (hereinafter "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.
4. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
4.1 USA Deaf Wrestling will retain the approved Selection Procedures and all supporting documents, including scouting or evaluation forms, and all data from the selection process for six months past the date of the Closing Ceremony of the Games.
5. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
5.1 In addition to the USADSF Code of Conduct, the following documents are required to be signed by an athlete as a condition for nomination to the Summer Deaflympics 2022 and are included as attachments:
6. PUBLICITY/DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES
6.1 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.
6.2 Information shall be published:
6.2.1 on the USADSF website (http://www.usdeafsports.org/sports/WG/criteria-athlete).
6.2.2 Also distributed through, but not limited to, email, affiliated Wrestling Greco-Roman organizations (USA Deaf Wrestling and USADSF), and USADSF approved Deaf-related publications. Such information shall include a reference to the entire Selection Procedure herein:
7. DATE OF NOMINATION
7.1 The Nomination of Athletes form, including replacements, will be submitted to USADSF on or before 28 Feb 2022.
7.2 The list of athletes on the Team are to be announced publicly only after USADSF approves the rosters.
8. MANDATORY TRAINING AND/OR COMPETITIONS
9. ANTI-DOPING REQUIREMENTS
9.1 Athletes must adhere to all ICSD, WADA, IF, USADA and USADSF anti-doping protocols, policies and procedures, as applicable. This includes participation in Out-of-Competition Testing as required by the ICSD, WADA, IF, USADA and USADSF Rules, as applicable.
10. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
10.1 All athletes have a right to obtain due process. Refer to USA Deaf Wrestling's procedures below:
All athletes have a right to obtain due process. Refer to USA Deaf Wrestling's procedures below:
The following is the procedure by which individuals and representatives of USADW shall attempt to discuss and resolve grievances:
1. Individuals are to discuss grievances that they may have with the staff with whom they are in contact. If a grievance cannot be resolved by the staff, the staff shall inform the individual of the grievance procedure and inform the next higher level of supervisor of the unresolved grievance.
2. If the complainant(s) wishes to pursue the grievance procedure, they must inform the staff member or staff member's supervisor of that intent in writing along with a description of the complaint. Such intent will be communicated by the appropriate personnel to the highest level of supervisor or director.
3. Within ten working days, the complainant, staff member, and director will discuss the grievance and attempt resolution.
4. In the event the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved at this point, the complainant may elect to submit the grievance to the USADW executive board. The board reviews the case and responds within ten working days.
5. If the complainant remains unsatisfied with the resolution, they may appeal the matter to the USA Deaf Sports Federation. See GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES" below.
All written grievances, USADW's response to them, and a summary of the action taken on each complaint, will be filed and results reported to USADSF.
10.2 If the selection criteria and the grievance procedures were not followed properly, see ATHLETE GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS.
11. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER
11.1 These procedures are based on ICSD, as applicable, and/or UWW rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in ICSD, as applicable, and/or UWW rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Deaf Wrestling. 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.
12. ATHLETE GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS
12.1 If an athlete has questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not answered by USA Deaf Wrestling, they may contact the USADSF Executive Director, Jameson Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the Executive Director does not respond within 3 business days, the complaint may then contact the USADSF President, Danny Lacey at email@example.com.
13.1 This document certifies that USADW 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 Athlete Selection Procedures represents the method approved by USA Deaf Wrestling.