2018 WOC Team Selection and Team Trials Rules

Review Panel

The Review Panel that will be selecting the WOC Team and deciding race assignments will be:

  • Peggy Dickison (QOC, former Team member, ESC member)
  • Kristin Hall (NEOC, former Team member, former ESC member)
  • Tori Campbell (QOC)
  • Glen Tryson (EMPO)
  • Will Hawkins (NEOC, former Australian team member)

Team Trials Scoring

Team Selection/Team Trials Rules
v. 12/31/2017
Changes other than dates are shown in bold italics.

Events Timeline


December 1Regional Champs — none
Application and signed Athlete’s Agreement submission deadline for consideration for the Sr. Elite, Performance, and Development teams.


January 1Sr. Elite, Performance, and Development squads announced
January 1Declaration of Intent submission deadline for WOC 2018
Team TrialsThe Team Trials will be held 25-28 May 2018 during the Westchester County Challenge.
25 May - Sprint at SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
26 May - Middle at Westmoreland Sanctuary, Mt Kisko, NY
28 May - Long at Mountain Lakes County Park, N. Salem, NY

The selection process will remain the same as last year with 2 minor changes (see below).
The automatic selections announced (sprint winner and scoring list top 2).
1 week post-TTWOC 2018 Team announced with specific athlete/race assignments
2 weeks post-TTSigned Athlete's Agreement submission deadline if not currently on the National Team
August 4 – 11
WOC 2018
Riga & Sigulda,

  • 4 August, Saturday: Sprint Qualification (morning) and Final (evening)
  • 5 August, Sunday: Sprint Relay
  • 6 August, Monday: rest
  • 7 August, Tuesday: Middle
  • 8 August, Wednesday: rest
  • 9 August, Thursday: Relay
  • 10 August, Friday: rest
  • 11 August, Saturday: Long
  • 12 August, Sunday: Departure

WOC National Spots

In 2014, a new qualification system was introduced at WOC for the Middle and Long distance races, with the removal of qualification races in those disciplines. In addition, a new discipline — the mixed sprint relay — was added.

The new WOC qualification system for Middle and Long introduced a three-division ranking system in which the top eight nations in the world form the first division and get three starting spots each, nations 9-22 get two spots, and nations 23 and lower get one spot. All nations are thus guaranteed at least one starting place in the Middle and Long finals. The countries are ranked separately for men and women on the basis of the results in the Long, Middle, and Relay competitions in the past two WOCs. At the end of each year, the nations move between the divisions based on the points from the two previous years.

National spots for USA at WOC 2018

In 2018, US men are in Division 3, and US women are in Division 3.

Sprint RelaySprint Q/FMiddleRelayLong
2 men
2 women
3 men
3 women
1 man
1 woman
3 men
3 women
1 man
1 woman

WOC Personal Spots

Given that a regional championship can only be held every 2 years, there will be no personal spots awarded in 2018 for the North American region.

WOC 2018 Selection Policy


The makeup of the U.S. Team to the World Orienteering Championships (the WOC Team) is based primarily on the results of a team selection competition (the Team Trials) held during the period 2 to 4 months before the WOC. This competition can be held as part of an A-meet, or it can be a separate event, subject to the regulations of a normal A-meet, except that only the M21 and F21 categories are required.  Designation of a meet as the Team Trials will be made jointly by the Team ESC and the Sanctioning Committee. The meet must be, at a minimum, open to all persons eligible to represent the USA at the WOC. The Team Trials will have three races.

Team Trials Selection Races

For WOC 2015, there were some changes from previous years in how athletes are selected for the WOC team.  They will continue for 2018.

  1. TT Sprint winner will make the team and earn a start in at least one sprint event.  The Sprint winner must qualify in the Scoring List to run the middle or long (not including relay).
  2. There will be a scoring list using the S/M/L.  The same scoring method will be used as in previous years: all three scores will be counted.  The top 2 on the scoring list will be automatically selected.  The Review Panel will fill in all available starts, preferentially from those who have already been selected automatically. If needed, the Review Panel will select additional runners in order to fill all available starts using the results of the scoring list and taking into consideration race schedule and athlete strengths, versatility, and personal priorities.  Petitioners must clearly present evidence of performance that is superior to other candidates who have competed in the Team Trials and would be displaced.
  3. The Review Panel has flexibility in naming specific runners to each relay event vs. naming a relay "pool."
  4. The Review Panel (RP) will name an overall alternate who will be eligible to be selected to the team up to 6 weeks prior to WOC. If, for any reason, a decision is made that a member of the selected team will no longer be competing at WOC and it is more than 6 weeks prior to WOC, the Review Panel will reconvene and will fill in the opened-up spot(s) by some combination of selecting the alternate or an athlete already part of the WOC team. If the alternate is selected, this person will be notified at the latest 6 weeks before the first day of WOC. After this deadline, the spot(s) will be filled from one of the existing team members, as selected by the team leader with consideration of the RP recommendations. If no other team member is able or willing to run, then the spot will not be filled.
           In exceptional cases, the team leader, in consultation with the RP, may request a waiver of the 6-week deadline for including the alternate on the WOC team.
  5. The minimum team size is four men and four women (to cover forest relay + reserve). The maximum team size is six men and six women; however, six will only be named under unusual circumstances such as someone who has earned a regional championships spot but is not doing any other race. The Men's and Women's Teams may differ in size. It is our intent to send as small a team as is practical to cover the start slots while being as strong a Sprint team as possible. This may mean as few as four athletes of each sex are selected.
  6. At the Team Trials, the Sprint winner and the top 2 on the scoring list will be announced as having been selected to the team.  The Review Panel will announce the final team members and race assignments one (1) week after the trials.  The ESC members who are not team candidates will review the assignments prior to the final announcement to assure that all rules have been followed.

Team Candidacy Declaration

An email will be sent to TT registrants prior to the Team Trials and will be due back to the ESC two (2) weeks prior to the Trials. In his or her response, each competitor must declare:

"WOC-Eligible": whether they are eligible to represent the USA at the WOC, which is currently defined as having an OUSA membership and having a U.S. Passport by 48 hours before the first start on the first day of the Team Trials

"WOC-Candidate": if eligible, whether he/she is intending to participate in the WOC if he/she wins a slot on the WOC Team and which races they wish to be considered for and which they don’t. Please list all events so that there is no ambiguity. Also, please list them in priority order.*

For example:

  1. Middle – yes
  2. Relay – yes
  3. Long – no
    Relays will be seelcted based upon results for the sprint, middle, and/or long.

Candidates should explain themselves so that their intentions and preferences are made clear to the Review Panel.  Candidates should not assume that the RP knows their preferences.  Results, especially from out of country events, can be included.

*This preference is not a guarantee that anyone will get exactly what is listed.

Review Panel

A Review Panel consisting of a minimum of three persons and a maximum of five persons will named by the ESC and approved by the OUSA VP in charge of teams. The members of the Review Panel will be listed in the meet registration information. The majority of the members of the Review Panel will have no direct affiliation with the U.S. Standing Team (ESC members, Team members or coaching staff). The Review Panel members need not be in attendance at the Team Trials if suitable arrangements (e.g. telephone, internet) can be arranged for discussion.

Petitioning Process

In order for a petitioning candidate to be eligible for the WOC team, the following criteria must be met:

The candidate must submit a petition to the ESC requesting consideration for an exception. For a candidate who competes at the Team Trials, this petition must be submitted within one hour of the competitor's reporting to the finish on the final day of the Team Trials, and explain the circumstances why he/she was not able to produce a representative result (e.g. illness, misprinted map, other organizer error, etc.). For candidates who do not compete at the Team Trials, the petition must be submitted before the first start on the final day of the Team Trials, and explain why he/she was unable to attend. Specific information regarding to whom petitions should be submitted must appear in the meet invitation. Petitions must be signed by the petitioner, and may not be submitted on behalf of other people.

Petition content must include:

  • 5k race results from within 3 months prior to the trials.  Suggested minimum times of 17:30 for Men and 20:00 for Women.
  • Training logs for the previous 6 months either on AP or other written form.
  • Representative results from the previous year (i.e., May 23, 2016 to May 23, 2017) which the petitioner believes will qualify them for WOC. Suggested content includes all OUSA-sanctioned events, WRE event results, WRE ranking, previous WOC results, and race results vs. other recent WOC attendees (from any country) which could be useful for the committee in estimating likely WOC performance.

A petition may be submitted by anyone who has indicated they are a candidate for the WOC Team.  The Review Panel will review all petitions and has the option of rejecting the petition.  A brief explanation can be requested by any petitioner who is not selected.  Keep in mind that in order for a petitioner to be placed on the WOC Team there would need to be evidence of performance superior to other candidates who competed in the Team Trials and would be displaced.

Grievance Process

The selection of individuals to the Team described herein will be the sole decision of the Review Panel.  In cases where malfeasance or corruption on the part of the Review Panel is alleged, a grievance may be filed with the Orienteering USA Grievance Committee, which may call for a new Review Panel to be convened.

posted 24 Jan 2018
updated 6 August 2018

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