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Basketball - Athlete Selection Criteria

Buenos Aires 2022

This selection policy has been agreed upon by the USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) and the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). It provides details regarding the process by which USADB will arrive at athlete nominations. These nominations will be submitted to USADSF for consideration and for final selection to the USA Deaf Basketball Team for the Pan American Basketball Championship 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (hereinafter called the "Games").

1. SELECTION SYSTEM

1.1 Minimum eligibility requirements for athletes to be considered for selection to the Team:

1.1.1 Nationality/Passport requirements:

1.1.1.1 Athlete must be a national of the United States at the time of nomination.

1.1.1.2 Athlete must hold a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for six months after the conclusion of the Games and 6 months prior to the Games. Except for USA-hosted Games, the staff must possess a valid government-issue identity card.

1.1.2 Have a hearing loss of at least 55db (3-tone frequency average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, ISO 1964 Standard) in the better unaided ear, as documented on a recent audiologist-certified audiogram. See audiogram regulations at http://www.deaflympics.com/pdf/AudiogramRegulations.pdf

1.1.3 Minimum International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) standards for participation:

1.1.3.1 Any competitor in the Pan American Basketball Championship 2022 must be a national of the country of the National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) which is entering such competitor.

1.1.3.2 For additional information regarding an athlete who is a national of two or more countries, has changed their nationality or acquired a new nationality, refer to the ICSD Regulations at http://deaflympics.com/icsd/icsd-athlete-nationality-policy

1.1.4 Minimum International Sports Federation - Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) - standards and/or ICSD Entry Standards for participation:

See the entry standard at USADSF's website

1.1.5 Commit to participation in mandatory training and competitions.

1.1.6 Complete the USA Deaf Sports Federation National Team application packet.

1.1.7 Can not participate as a team official - coach, trainer, medic, etc.

1.1.8 Other requirements:

1.1 Prospect must be a national/citizen of the United States at the time of application.
1.2 Prospect must hold a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for six months after the conclusion of the Games and 6 months prior to the Games except for USA-hosted Games.
1.3 Have a hearing loss of at least 55db (3-tone frequency average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, ISO 1964 Standard) in the better unaided ear, as documented on a recent, within 2 years, audiologist-certified audiogram. See audiogram regulations at http://www.deaflympics.com/pdf/AudiogramRegulations.pdf
1.4 Meet the minimum requirements of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) standards for participation:
1.5 Any competitor in the 2022 Pan Am Games must be a current national of the country they are representing under their respective National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF).
1.6 For additional information regarding a prospect who is a national of two or more countries, has changed their nationality or acquired a new nationality, refer to the ICSD Regulations at http://deaflympics.com/icsd/icsd-athlete-nationality-policy
1.7 Minimum International Sports Federation - Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) - standards and/or ICSD Entry Standards for participation:
1.8 Commit to participation in mandatory training, competitions, meetings, events and fundraising.
1.9 Submit completed USA Deaf Sports Federation National Team application packet. 1.10 Will not participate as a team official during the Games - coach, trainer, medic, etc.

1.2 Tryout Events:

Due to the inconvenience of COVID 19 Pandemic, we are limited with resources to provide a tryout. Hence, the tryouts will be held in zoom meetings with the Pan Am coaching staff/ committee for eligible invited prospects at least two months before the event.

1.3 Selection process for athletes to become National Team nominees:

1.3.1

2.1 Tryouts will be held in zoom meetings with the Pan Am coaching staff/ committee for eligible
invited prospects at least two months before the event. (due to the pandemic, no tryouts in person is available)
2.2 Each prospective player is encouraged to submit the following information to their respective Men's and Women's Directors.
2.2.1 An application, a letter of interest to the program Director or Head Coach. 2.2.3 Personal statistics, videos, notable performances and recommendations.
2.2.4 It is recommended that prospective players have some prior organized (AAU, Club, College, High School, international etc) basketball experience.
2.3 USA Deaf Basketball will follow up with invited prospects by four months before event. 2.3.1 Prospect selections determined by USA Deaf Basketball Committee including both Men's
and Women's coaches.
2.3.2 The USA Deaf Basketball Director and/or Head Coach will send a tryout invitation letter to the top prospects for the National Team.
2.3.3 A selected prospect to the National Team will undergo further evaluation prior to the roster cut down from 18 players to 12 Official National Team Members meeting its criteria including fundraising efforts or meeting the payment schedule.
2.3.4 Interested prospects should contact USA Deaf Basketball Women's Program Director, Touria Ouahid-Boren; womens@usadeafbasketball.org and Men's Program Director, Jimmy Newsome, mens@usadeafbasketball.org in turn, they will refer them to the Pan Am Coaching staff.

1.4 Selection Committee:

1.4.1 The USA Deaf Basketball Selection Committee is comprised of the following members:

• Jamel White - Head Coach
• Leonard Gutierrez - Assistant Coach
• Gerald Brown - Assistant Coach
• Mike Kent - Assistant Coach
• Jimmy Newsome - Men's Director
• Jomar Figueroa - Youth Program Director

1.4.2 Any member of the selection committee that has a possible conflict of interest must disclose it. If such conflict exists, the selection committee member must recuse themselves from the committee discussions and voting. Further, the committee member shall not otherwise influence other members of the committee in the selection process.

2. REMOVAL OF ATHLETES

2.1 Prior to entry by name to USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Basketball has jurisdiction over potential nominees.

2.1.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the USA Deaf Basketball Executive Director.

2.1.2 Injury or illness as certified by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USA Deaf Basketball. If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USA Deaf Basketball, their injury will be assumed to be disabling and they may be removed.

2.1.3 Failure to participate in mandatory training and/or competitions.

2.1.4 Violation of USA Deaf Basketball Code of Conduct - MISSING FILE.

2.1.5 If for any reason, USA Deaf Basketball believes that it may not be safe for athletes or other coaches to have this individual on the team between the time of appointment and the event, USA Deaf Basketball retains the right to remove the athlete.

2.2 Once athlete entries have been submitted to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the Team rosters.

2.2.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the USADSF Team Leader.

2.2.2 Injury or illness as certified by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USADSF. If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USADSF, their injury will be assumed to be disabling and they may be removed.

2.2.3 Failure to participate in mandatory training and/or competitions.

2.2.4 Violation of USADSF Code of Conduct.

2.3 An athlete may be removed as a nominee to the Team or from the Team for an adjudicated violation of ICSD, WADA, FIBA, USADA and/or USADSF anti-doping protocol, policies and procedures, as well as the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and USA Deaf Basketball SafeSport policies, as applicable.

3. REPLACEMENT OF ATHLETES

3.1 Prior to entry by name to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Basketball has jurisdiction over potential nominees.

3.1.1 4.1 USA Deaf Basketball has sole jurisdiction over the removal/replacement/reinstatement of
prospects and team members as deemed necessary.
4.2 Voluntary withdrawal by a prospect must be submitted by a written email or letter or video to USA Deaf Basketball Executive Director.
4.3 If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USA Deaf Basketball, their injury will be assumed to be disabling and they may be removed.
4.4 Failure to participate in mandatory training, competitions, meetings, fundraising, public relations and events can result in removal from the team.
4.5 Failure to demonstrate satisfactory fundraising progress according to established guidelines may result in removal from the team.
4.6 Violation of USA Deaf Basketball Code of Conduct (See file), can result in disciplinary action.
4.7 If for any reason, USA Deaf Basketball believes a particular prospect does not represent the best interest of the organization, USA Deaf Basketball retains the right to remove the prospect from further participation.
4.8 Removal/Replacement/Reinstatement of a prospect will be determined on an individual basis at the discretion of the Selection Committee, including the respective Head Coach.
4.9 A prospect may be removed as a nominee to the Team or from the Team for an adjudicated violation of ICSD, WADA, FIBA, USADA and/or USADSF anti-doping protocol, policies and procedures, as well as the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and USA Deaf Basketball SafeSport policies, as applicable.

3.2 Once athlete entries have been submitted to USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the Team.

3.2.1 In the event a qualified Team loses one of its athletes due to illness, injury or "force majeure" then the USA Deaf Basketball Team Leader, in consultation with the USADSF Executive Director, shall propose a replacement athlete. The replacement athlete shall be the most qualified candidate that meets the aforementioned criteria.

If the ICSD, USADSF or Games Organizing Committee (hereinafter "GOC") requires different replacement procedures within a certain time period before the Games or after official nomination of the Final Roster to the USADSF, such procedures for replacement shall be followed.

4. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

4.1 USA Deaf Basketball will retain the approved Selection Procedures and all supporting documents, including scouting or evaluation forms, and all data from the selection process for six months past the date of the Closing Ceremony of the Games.

5. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

5.1 In addition to the USADSF Code of Conduct, the following documents are required to be signed by an athlete as a condition for nomination to the Pan American Basketball Championship 2022 and are included as attachments:

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6. PUBLICITY/DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES

6.1 The USADSF approved Selection Procedures (complete and unaltered) will be posted/published within ten (10) days of approval by the USA Deaf Sports Federation Board of Directors.

6.2 Information shall be published:

6.2.1 on the USADSF website (http://www.usdeafsports.org/sports/BK/criteria-athlete).

6.2.2 Also distributed through, but not limited to, email, affiliated Basketball organizations (USA Deaf Basketball and USADSF), and USADSF approved Deaf-related publications. Such information shall include a reference to the entire Selection Procedure herein:

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7. DATE OF NOMINATION

7.1 The Nomination of Athletes form, including replacements, will be submitted to USADSF on or before 30 Sep 2022.

7.2 The list of athletes on the Team are to be announced publicly only after USADSF approves the rosters.

8. MANDATORY TRAINING AND/OR COMPETITIONS

Commit to Training prior to Pan Am Games- October 29 to 31, 2022 either in Florida or Argentina for intensive training with coaches.

9. ANTI-DOPING REQUIREMENTS

9.1 Athletes must adhere to all ICSD, WADA, IF, USADA and USADSF anti­-doping protocols, policies and procedures, as applicable. This includes participation in Out-of-Competition Testing as required by the ICSD, WADA, IF, USADA and USADSF Rules, as applicable.

10. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

10.1 All athletes have a right to obtain due process. Refer to USA Deaf Basketball's procedures below:

10.1 All prospects have a right to obtain due process. Refer to USA Deaf Basketball's
procedures below:
Article 8: Grievance Procedure.
8.1 Filing. Any member of this organization may file a written grievance with the Program Director pertaining to any matter within the cognizance of USA Deaf Basketball or alleging a violation of any provision of this Constitution, and/or the USA Deaf Basketball Bylaws.
8.2 Requirements of a Grievance. Any grievance shall be signed under oath and shall allege with particularity the nature of the grievance and each claimed violation of the aforementioned documents by reference to specific sections thereof, stating in concise language how, when, and where the alleged violation occurred. The factual allegations shall be set forth in numbered paragraphs, each paragraph containing a single factual allegation.
8.3 Referral. Upon receipt of a grievance, the Women and Men's Program Directors shall refer it to the Assistant Executive Director, in the case of more generalized grievances, to the Executive Director. In the case of a grievance referred to the Assistant Executive Director, he/she shall make an effort to resolve the grievance himself/herself, through informal means.
8.4 Hearing. If the grievance is referred to the Executive Board or, in the event that the member filing a grievance is not satisfied with the resolution of the matter reached by informal methods, the member shall be entitled to be heard before the Board at its next scheduled meeting. The Board's determination of the matter shall be final.
8.5 Suspension and Expulsion: Any individual member recognized by the USA Deaf Basketball who violates any of the provisions of these bylaws, or any operation policy of this USA Deaf Basketball approved by the Board, be suspended by the Board until the next meeting of the USA Deaf Basketball, to which meeting said action of suspension shall be reported by the Office Operations. At such a meeting, the suspension may be removed, by a two-thirds vote of the board members to this USA Deaf Basketball, may be expelled, by a two-thirds vote of the board.
10.2 If the selection criteria and the grievance procedures were not followed properly, see ATHLETE GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS below.
10.2.1 If an athlete has questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not answered by USA Deaf Basketball, they may contact the USADSF Executive Director, Jameson Crane at crane@usdeafsports.org. If the Executive Director does not respond within 5 business days, the complaint may then contact the USADSF President, Jeff Mansfield at mansfield@usdeafsports.org.

10.2 If the selection criteria and the grievance procedures were not followed properly, see ATHLETE GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS.

11. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER

11.1 These procedures are based on ICSD, as applicable, and/or FIBA rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in ICSD, as applicable, and/or FIBA rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Deaf Basketball. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening circumstances, and realistically may not have accounted for every possible contingency.

If any force of nature, or force majeure, should cause the altercation or cancellation of any of the selection events listed in this document, these selection procedures will be revised, pursuant to their resubmission to the USADSF.

12. ATHLETE GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS

12.1 If an athlete has questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not answered by USA Deaf Basketball, they may contact the USADSF Executive Director, Jameson Crane Iii at crane@usdeafsports.org. If the Executive Director does not respond within 3 business days, the complaint may then contact the USADSF President, Jeffrey Mansfield at mansfield@usdeafsports.org.

13. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

13.1 This document certifies that USADB individuals on the Selection Committee understand the standards/criteria set by ICSD, IF, and/or USADSF and have incorporated those standards/criteria into the Selection Procedures. These individuals certify that the information provided herein regarding Athlete Selection Procedures represents the method approved by USA Deaf Basketball.

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