The U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s Junior Nationals are showcase events for junior aged athletes. They are often the launching pad for future U.S. Ski Team stars and a part of the US Ski & Snowboard’s “clear path” advancement with Junior National medals markers for advancement to higher-level competitions. Organized by local US Ski & Snowboard clubs, the US Ski & Snowboard Junior Nationals, now in their 39th season, are recognized by the US Ski & Snowboard and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
2018 New England Team Junior National Selection Criteria
The US Ski & Snowboard Junior Nationals (JNs) are the official National Championships for juniors sanctioned by US Ski and Snowboard. The New England Junior National (NEJN) Team is selected and named following the final New England Eastern Cup/JNQ race.
Skiers may only compete in the JNs as part of their district or divisional team. To be eligible for the NEJN Team, a skier must be a NENSA member and have a permanent or temporary address in New England. Each skier must be a competition member of US Ski & Snowboard.
The quota for the NEJN Team is 21 males and 21 females (US Ski & Snowboard Junior Nationals rule 74.1). Within this quota, a maximum of 12 skiers may be entered per age/sex class (83.5). Quota athletes are selected according to: a) discretionary selection by the NENSA ADC; and b) performance in the New England Eastern Cup race series, specified Out-of-Region races, and/or US National Championships (Selection Criteria B below).
Athletes qualifying through Junior World Championship Trials, Biathlon or Nordic Combined Junior World Championship Team membership, U18 Team membership, and NCAA Regional Qualifying lists (Selection Criteria A below) are not counted against the quota of 21 males and 21 females (74.2).
Athletes will be selected for the NEJN Team only within their own age groups, and will race only within their own age groups in individual races at JNs.
A. Above-Quota Qualification Through National and Collegiate Results
Per US Ski & Snowboard Junior National rules, the following athletes automatically qualify for the NEJN team above the quota of 21 males and 21 females (rule 74.2) and above the age/sex maximum of 12 (83.5.1):
- Skiers ranked in the first 20 men or the first 20 women on the final ranking list at the Junior World Championships team trials (70.1.2)
- Skiers who qualify for and attend the U18 Trip with the US Ski Team (70.1.3)
- The top-5 US juniors, excluding foreign competitors, on the final NCAA East, NCAA West, or NCAA Central ranking lists (70.1.4)
- Participating members of the World Junior Championship Team in Biathlon or Nordic Combined (70.1.5)
B. Qualification Within the New England Quota
New England’s 21 male and 21 female quota athletes are selected according to placing on the final NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists, which are determined by points scored in the New England Eastern Cup race series, specified Out-of-Region races, and/or US National Championships.
Within each sex, athletes will be selected for the 21 quota positions as follows:
1. Up to 3 athletes may be named to the team as discretionary selections by the NENSA ADC. (Although rarely used, the intent of discretion is to enable the very best athletes to represent New England in cases where extenuating circumstances prevent meeting criteria in other ways.) Discretionary selections are made between January 1 and February 15th.
2. 6 U16 athletes will be selected by: a) discretion (as described In 1) above); b) rank on the final NENSA U16 JNQ Ranking List. If a U16 skier declines her/his position on the team, the next skier on the U16 JNQ Ranking List will be selected. U14’s will not be selected to the team.
3. 15 U18/U20 athletes, including a minimum of 8 U18’s and a minimum of 3 U20’s will be selected by: a) discretion (as described in 1) above); b) rank on the final NENSA U18/U20 JNQ Ranking List. If a U18/U20 skier declines her/his position on the team, the next skier on the U18/U20 Ranking List will be selected.
Determination/Scoring of U16 and U18/U20 JN Ranking Lists:
For U18/U20 JN qualifying, NENSA will rank Best of 4 EC and/or OOR races, and this will be posted on NENSA.net for current NENSA & US Ski & Snowboard competitor members only. Scored US Ski & Snowboard races will be posted for ranking on NENSA.net, as soon as we get them back from US Ski & Snowboard, usually by no later than Thursday after the race weekend. Racers without a competitive US Ski & Snowboard license will NOT be included in the rankings.
For U16 JN qualifying, NENSA will score only the Best of 3 EC races, and no OOR races. This will be done using US Ski & Snowboard Super Tour Scoring (see chart below). NENSA shall use the following tie-breaking mechanisms in order (selection races are the 8 U16 races at NENSA Eastern Cups; for sprints, the final results for the top 12 come from the heats/finals, and from the qualifying for places 13 and higher):
~Best single finish in a selection race
~Second best single finish in a selection race
~Third best single finish in a selection race
~Fourth best single finish in a selection race
US Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Scoring:
The US Ski & Snowboard SuperTour scoring system awards points to the top 20 competitors in each event.
For JNQ U16/U18/U20 rankings only – the two EC sprint race heats will be scored.
US National Championships:
The US Nationals races listed below are scored to the NENSA U18/U20 JNQ Ranking Lists using US Ski & Snowboard points. An athlete must be a competition member of US Ski & Snowboard to compete at the US National Championships.
Specified Out-of-Region Races:
The Out-of-Region races listed below score to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists as follows:
- US Ski & Snowboard points will be used for races taking place in the United States. An athlete must be a competition member of US Ski & Snowboard to acquire US Ski & Snowboard points and have them scored to the NENSA JN Ranking Lists.
- FIS points will be used for races taking place outside the United States.
- Scoring out-of-region sprint races for purposes of the NENSA JNQ rankings will use Distance points to determine the penalty, and points will be assigned based on final placement in rounds in the same manner as Eastern Cup sprint races.
2017-2018 Races Scored to the NENSA JN Ranking Lists:
Note: distances and techniques are listed here as scheduled. If conditions mandate changes to distance/technique, the race that is held will be scored.
The 8 Eastern Cup Races (over 4 weekends):
Out-of-Region Races for 2017-18 season:
US National Championships Kincaid Park. Anchorage, Alaska for U18/U20’s only:
Wednesday January 3: Freestyle Individual Start 10/15k
Friday January 5: Freestyle Sprint
Sunday January 7: Classic Mass Start Junior 5k/10k
Sunday January 28: Freestyle Individual Start 5/10km
The four races listed above will be scored to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists using USSA points for U18 & U20’s. An athlete must be a US Ski & Snowboard competitor member to compete at the US National Championships.
Please note the Final Sprint on 1/8/18 of US Nationals is not scored to JNQ Ranking List.