Qualification for High Plains

Eligibility

  1. A skier will need to be a registered member with the High Plains District.
  2. All High Plains fees must be paid in full.
  3. A skier must abide by the High Plains Code of Conduct.
  4. A skiers will need a minimum 3 races to qualify for the High Plains Team:  1 Classic Race, 1 Skate Race and the Next Best Race.
  5. Any race a skier competes in before the registration has been completed will not be scored.
  6. A skier represents the Division in which they reside.  USSA rule 76.4.1.
  7. An athlete must race in their age division unless they are skiing up an age group.  Age groups will be determined by the USSA Rule 78.1-78.3.
  8. Post graduate racers may choose to compete in either, the division of their primary residence or the division in which their collage is located.  
Qualification Criteria

High Plains Points:

High Plains Points (HP Points) will be calculated based upon the methods and formulas used by USSA and FIS. While HP Points are based on the USSA and FIS point calculation, it is a separate list from both the USSA and FIS lists. To closely align athletes’ HP Points with USSA points, the calculation will use athletes’ USSA points to provide the basis for the first race of the season.

HP Nationals Qualification:

Athletes will be ranked overall based upon HP Points. The lower the point number the better the ranking. The points from the best classic and best skate races plus the next best race will be averaged for the overall points.

Junior Nationals Qualifying Athletes:

  • Race in 3 High Plains Races: one classic, one freestyle and the next fastest.
  • Top 6 U20/U18 boys and girls based upon overall HP Points
  • Top 3 U16 boys and girls based upon overall HP Points

Calculating Points*

All Races Calculated by

P = ((Tx - To) / To) x F + Pn

P= Points

Tx = Time of the classified competitor

To = Time of winner

F= F-Value (a constant based upon the type of competition - see below)

Pn = Race Penalty (average of top 5 athletes points minus highest and lowest points)

The F-Value

The F-Value is assigned as follows:


  • Mass Start and Pursuit (with no break) 1400

  • Sprint, 2-day Pursuit 1200

  • All Other Competitions (including Individual Start) 800


*Modified from the “USSA Competition Guide", Chapter 2 – Points and Rankings


Still have questions? Video explanation of High Plains Points: 

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ezadcwc63JQ

Post-Graduate Skiers
  1. A skier will need to be a registered member with the High Plains District.
  2. All High Plains fees must be paid in full.
  3. A skier must abide by the High Plains Code of Conduct.
  4. A skiers will need a minimum 3 races to qualify for the High Plains Team:  1 Classic Race, 1 Skate Race and the Next Best Race.
  5. Any race a skier competes in before the registration has been completed will not be scored.
  6. A skier represents the Division in which they reside.  USSA rule 76.4.1.
  7. An athlete must race in their age division unless they are skiing up an age group.  Age groups will be determined by the USSA Rule 78.1-78.3.
  8. Post graduate racers may choose to compete in either, the division of their primary residence or the division in which their collage is located.  

Pre-Qualified Skiers

  1. Pre-qualified skiers wil be placed on the High Plains team outside of the High Plains qualification list.
  2. Pre-qualification will follow USSA rules.  They can be found in the USSA Competition guide book.
  3. These skiers will be any one who qualifies at Senior Nationals or NCAA's. (USSA rules 70.1.2-70.1.5)
  4. Pre-qualified skiers must be registered members of High Plains.

Team Size

The High Plains District will be traveling with a maximum of 20 athletes, excluding pre-qualified athletes. 
  1. The top 9 skiers from each gender on the High Plains Standings will qualify for Junior Nationals. This number will include a minimum of three J2 skiers and all skiers who meet the qualification criteria.
  2. The next best skier in each age group will be named as an alternate in case another qualifier can not attend Junior Nationals.
  3. A maximum of 2 college athletes, who do not race High Plains qualifiers, will be eligible to travel with the team. 

Auto Qualifying for High Plains

High Plains has determined an auto-qualifying mark for athletes to automatically receive an invitation to join the High Plains Junior National Team.  This auto-qualifying mark is based on data from the previous year’s Overall USSA points for each age group.  The points value for each age group will be determined by the USSA List 5 (end on January) points list from the previous season.  The mark will be taken from the 25th competitor’s points value, rounded down (“floor” in mathematical terminology) to the nearest integer value.  For example, the points value of 146.89 and 146.10 would both become a point value of 146.

 

For the 2016/2017 season, the auto-qualify marks are:

 

U20 Men:       115

U20 Women: 133

 

U18 Men:       136

U18 Women: 174

 

U16 Men:       217

U16 Women: 205

 

Any competitor who achieves this mark (or lower) (cumulative, based on 3 races-skate, classic, next best) either through High Plains points or through the Overall USSA points lists 4 and 5 would be considered automatically invited to the High Plains Junior Nationals Team.

 

The auto-qualifying mark serves three important functions: (1) Allows experienced, competitive athletes more flexibility in determining their race season. (2) Educates less experienced athletes and their families about the USSA points system. (3) Gives all athletes a goal to strive for.


*Occasionally, race results and/or circumstances need to be taken into consideration for results, rankings and team size. As always, the High Plains board and coaches will make discretionary decisions as needed.