Modified T&T national championships qualification procedures due to disrupted 2020 competition season
posted on 03/16/2020

The Program Committee met on March 13 to discuss modified rules for the disrupted 2020 season. These rules were based on the current scenario of cancelled State and Regional Championships and Elite Challenge. Should this scenario change again, the PC will amend these further. All decisions were taken to cause the least possible additional disruption to athletes’ seasons, while maintaining the integrity of planned events.

We realize this will be additional work for State Chairs, and for this we are sorry. A verification template has been created to assist with this process. The good news is, you can get started on this task early while you may have some newly created time on your hands!

A few possible scenarios have been included to help understanding of what is required.

J.O.

  1. States cancelled after closing date, Regionals cancelled prior to closing date
    You must have registered for States only (plus competed at the required eligibility competitions). You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification score.
  2. States cancelled after closing date, Regionals cancelled after closing date
    You must have registered for States and Regionals (plus competed at the required eligibility competitions). You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification score.
  3. States cancelled prior to closing date, Regionals cancelled prior to closing date
    There is no requirement to register for either States or Regionals (plus competed at the required eligibility competitions). You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification score.

Elite

  1. Elite Challenge cancelled, States cancelled after closing date, Regionals cancelled prior to closing date
    • All athletes must have competed at the required eligibility competitions.
    • If you have registered for Elite Challenge, there is no requirement to register for Regionals to hit your 2/3 events. You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification requirements.
    • If you did not register for Elite Challenge, you must have registered for States only. You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification requirements.
  2. Elite Challenge cancelled, States cancelled after closing date, Regionals cancelled after closing date
    • All athletes must have competed at the required eligibility competitions.
    • If you have registered for Elite Challenge, you must register for either States or Regionals to hit your 2/3 events. You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification requirements.
    • If you did not register for Elite Challenge, you must register for both States or Regionals to hit your 2/3 events. You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification requirements.
  3. Elite Challenge cancelled, States cancelled prior to closing date, Regionals cancelled prior to closing date
    • All athletes must have competed at the required eligibility competitions.
    • There is no requirement to register for either States or Regionals to hit your 2/3 events. You may use any sanctioned event after August 2019 to hit the modified qualification requirements.
FAQs
Tuesday, March 17, 2020: FAQs are posted here, and will be added to as questions come up.
  1. Why do we need a modified qualification process? Why can’t we just let everyone go this year?
    We understand how disruptive and upsetting the current situation is, and are doing our best to create new rules that do not disadvantage athletes. National Championship events are run under tight scheduling and planning constraints, across several disciplines simultaneously. Eliminating qualification altogether risks significantly different numbers attending, which introduces problems in presenting a safe and effective event for participants.

  2. My athlete has completed her eligibility but has not yet recorded a qualifying score – what can we do?
    There is planned to be approximately one week between the end of the moratorium period and the final closing date for USA Gym Champs (May 11-18). “Last-chance” events will be permitted during this period for the purpose of qualification to USA Gym Champs (for both J.O. and Elite).

    Further details about this option and USA Gym Champs registration will be published in the coming weeks.

  3. My athlete has not completed eligibility due to later meets being cancelled – what can we do?
    You should apply to your State Chair: athletes registering for cancelled meets would generally be an extenuating circumstance. (Note that this option only exists for eligibility requirements, not qualification scores).

    “A State Chair may waive eligibility requirements for athletes who are unable to complete the above process. Proof of injury, illness, unforeseen or extenuating circumstances is required. The State Chair is under no obligation to waive eligibility requirements if he/she feels it is not in the best interest of the athlete.”

  4. My athlete mobilized late in the season so has not had the chance to post a qualification score in their new level – what can we do?
    You have two choices:
    • Aim to achieve the score at a last-chance qualifier (see #2 above).
    • Apply for downward mobility (to their original level) and if successful, use a score earned earlier in the year to qualify to Nationals in that level.