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2001 Deaf World Games Swimming Trials
June 23-25, 2000
IUPUI Natatorium
Indianapolis, IN
Meet information packages will be available from 
USA Swimming in January, 2000.  Information can also be
accessed at

Team selection for the 2001 Deaf World Games (DWG) is under 
the jurisdiction of the USA Deaf Sports Federation, not USA 
Swimming.  Questions about team selection and about membership 
in the U.S. Aquatic Association of the Deaf (USAAD) and the 
USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) should be directed to:

Caroline Miller
6808 40th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 616-6143 TTY

2001 Deaf World Games 
The 2001 Deaf World Games will be held in Rome, Italy, on July 
21-August 4, 2001.   Swimmers will be expected to participate 
in a 1-1 ½ week training camp prior to the DWG at a location 
TBA. To participate in the DWG, athletes will be responsible 
for raising some funds to cover training camp and DWG expenses.  
Team Selection Criteria
1.      Dates and Location.  Selection for the 2001 Deaf World 
Games will be based on performances in the finals of the 
USA Swimming Disability Championships on June 23-25, 2000, 
in Indianapolis, IN.

2.      Events.  Swimmers (men and women) will be selected from 
the following events:  50m, 100m, 200m, and 400m freestyle; 
100m and 200m backstroke; 100m and 200m breaststroke; 100m 
and 200m butterfly; 200m and 400m IM; and the 800m freestyle 
(women) and 1500m freestyle (men).

3.      Eligibility.  To be eligible for selection, a swimmer must 
be a United States citizen who is eligible to represent the 
USA in the 2001 DWG, and is a registered athlete member of USA
Swimming, USAAD, and USADSF in good standing. A swimmer must 
also have a hearing loss of 55dB or greater in the better ear 
to be eligible to participate in the DWG.  The swimmer must be 
present at the USA Swimming Disability Championships to be 
considered for the USA team.  
Consideration will be given to swimmers who are not able to 
participate at the USA Swimming Disability Championships due 
to injury.  Swimmers shall inform the USAAD Swimming 
Coordinator of their injury (10) days before the first day of 
competition to be considered for the USA Team. Swimmers shall 
include the following with their letter informing of their 
inability to participate:  

a.      Official verifying times (OVCs) signed by a certified 
official at a USA Swimming, YMCA, or NCAA competition from 
ninety (90) days prior to the USA Swimming Disability 
Championships to be considered for the USA Team.

b.      A letter from a doctor explaining why the swimmer cannot 
participate and whether the swimmer can recover from the 
injury to compete at peak condition at the DWG.

4.      Additional Requirements for Selection.  

All swimmers will be required to:
a.      Sign and abide by the USA Swimming Honor Code and 
        Commitment Declaration and conform to USA Swimming protocol 
        and policy regarding team preparation and competition.
b.      Sign and abide by the USADSF Code of Conduct and any 
        other applicable forms.
c.      Sign and abide by the USOC Code of Conduct and General 
        Release Forms.
d.      Submit her/himself without any reservation to all doping 
        control policies and procedures of the USOC and FINA.
e.      Commit to train year-around from the time of selection 
        until the 2001 DWG.
f.      Maintain contact with the USAAD coaches and keep them 
        informed about training regimens and competition results before the DWG.
g.      Exhibit good sportsmanship and character.

5.      Performance Criteria.  
The top two swimmers from each individual event shall be 
automatically selected for the USA Team provided that their 
times are better than 8th place at the 1997 World Games for 
the Deaf in that event (results are available on the USAAD 
web site at  Swimmers who are injured 
prior to the meet and are not able to compete, provided that 
they follow the procedures stated above, will be considered 
for the USA Team only if their times are better than the top 
two performers in the meet.

6.      Relay Nomination.  
All swimmers who are named to the Deaf World Games are eligible
for the relays (400m free, 800m free, and 400m medley relays).
If the number of men or women is less than four (not enough 
swimmers for a relay), the swimmer who places 3rd in the most 
events will be selected for the USA Team. If the number of men 
or women still does not total four swimmers, then the swimmer 
who places 3rd or 4th in the most events will be considered 
for the team.

7.      Addition of Swimmer(s) to the USA Team After the Trials. 
A compiled list of known swimmers shall be made and signed by 
the USAAD Director and Swimming Coordinator and given to a 
USADSF officer present on the last day of competition. Any 
swimmer not on the list who is brought to the attention of 
USAAD and/or USADSF may be considered for the USA Team during 
the time period between the Trials and the DWG.  The swimmer's 
times (OVCs) must prove to be faster than any of the swimmers 
already placed on the USA Team, then the selection committee 
shall add him/her to the roster of the USA Team.

8.      Selection Committee.  
The selection committee shall consist of the following 
individuals:  USAAD Director, USAAD Swimming Coordinator,
USAAD National Head Coach, USAAD National Assistant Coach, and 
a former DWG athlete (only if none of the above are former DWG 
athletes).  Within an hour after the final of the last event 
during the USA Swimming Disability Championships, the committee
shall decide the final roster based on the selection criteria.  The USA Team will be announced either during the evening of the last day of competition or the next day. The selection will be subject to approval by the USADSF Board.

9.      Replacement Procedures.  
Any swimmer will be withdrawn from the team if, for any reason

(including injury or illness), that he/she is unable or unwilling
 to maintain a training regimen that is necessary for his/her peak performance in the DWG or does not abide by selection criteria requirements.  Athletes will also be withdrawn from the team if they do not satisfactorily perform their fundraising duties required by USAAD and USADSF. If an athlete is withdrawn from the team, the next place athlete from the USA Swimming Disability Championships will be placed on the USA Team.

Due Process.  All swimmers have a right to obtain due 
process in accordance with the USAAD and USADSF by-laws if 
they feel the selection criteria were not followed properly.