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Team Trials and National Championship Rules For 2016/2017


by Tom Wier
Chairman - USA Wildwater
twier@usawildwater.com

April 22, 2016 -- Lake Stevens, WA

The rules for the 2016 National Championships, 2016 US Junior Wildwater Team, and the 2017 US Senior Wildwater Team have been finalized. This year, the rules were simplified and clarified to avoid confusion.

To read all of the rules in detail, follow the links at the bottom of the page. Here's a summary of the key points:

2017 Senior Team Trials Rules

There will be two team trials races, Eastern Team Trials (east of the Mississippi) and Western Team Trials (west of the Mississippi).

At each team trials location, there will be one classic race (with one run) and two sprint races (with two runs each).

Points will be assigned in each class based on results as follows: 0 for 1st, 1 for 2nd, 2 for 3rd, etc.

Points for all 3 races will be totaled.

The two racers with the lowest point totals at each location will be selected to the Sprint Worlds team and world cup team.

The 3rd racer at each trials location will be selected to the world cup team.

Ties in point totals will be resolved by selecting the racer with the faster 2nd run time from the second sprint race. If there is still a tie, it will be resolved by selecting the racer with the faster 2nd run from the first sprint race.

In addition to qualifying based on the point totals as described above, racers must finish within a specified percentage of the fastest boat in the race. For more information on this percentage, see the link below.

2016 Junior Team Trials Rules

There will be two team trials races, Eastern Team Trials (east of the Mississippi) and Western Team Trials (west of the Mississippi).

At each team trials location, there will be one classic race (with one run) and one sprint race (with two runs each).

Points we be assigned as for the 2017 senior team (see above).

Points from the two races will be totaled, and the two racers with the lowest point total will be selected to the team at each lovation.

There is no qualifying percentage requirement for junior team members.

2016 National Championships Rules

The national championships will consist of one sprint race (with two runs) and one classic race.

The sprint national champion will be decided based on the better of two timed runs on the sprint course.

The classic national champion will be decided based on the results of one timed run on the classic course.

The combined national championship will be determined based on total combined points, which will be awarded as follows:

Points will be assigned based on the results of each race: 0 points for 1st; 1 point for 2nd, 2 points for 3rd, etc.

The points each racer earns in the sprint and the classic will be added and racers ranked according to the total number of points earned.

The racer with the lowest point total in each class will be named combined national champion.

Ties in point totals will be resolved by combining the percent behind the winning boat in each class in the classic and the sprint and ranking the tied racers. The racer with the smaller combined percentage will be ranked higher.

2017 Senior Team Selection Rules

2016 U23 and Junior Team Selection Rules

2016 National Championships Rules

   

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