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USLA Open National Team Selection Criteria
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With the addition of the Under 19 USLA National Team, standards for team selection have necessarily diverged. This criteria is specifically for the Open National Team selection and does not apply to the Under 19 National Team.

Background - Open National Team Selection Criteria - 2018 International Competitions - Open High Performance SquadOpen National Team Selection Panel


The USLA has been a part of international competitions for 60 years beginning with the 1956 Olympic Surf Carnival in Torquay, Victoria, Australia. In past years, the USLA National team has competed in the World Lifesaving Championships, International Surf Racing Challenge (ISRC) and Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup. Most recent the USLA National team achieved an impressive 3rd place finish at the 2017 DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge in Mount Maunganui, NZ. As each competition provides a different challenge both in terms of events and conditions, each is an opportunity to learn, grow and test abilities in in the ocean, beach and pool lifesaving events.

Open National Team Selection Criteria

Any current USLA member, if eligible and able to participate, may be considered for the national team.

Performances in regional, national or international competition within 36 months of the national team selection date, will be considered by the selection panel. It should be noted that an athlete’s entire body of work will be considered. The more events an athlete competes in provide more information for the selection panel.

The selection panel will also consider the following:

  • The status of the event being contested (regional, national, international) and applicability to the upcoming events.
  • The athlete’s potential for achieving the best result across the range of events.
  • The athlete’s potential for qualifying for finals.
  • The athlete’s previous experience of reaching finals and medaling in international events
  • The overall balance of the team required for the event.
  • The athlete’s contribution to the team overall both on and off the beach, foster a positive team culture and experience.

Athletes selected to the 2018 USLA national team must adhere to the Code of Conduct. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action and potential removal from the national team.

2018 International Competitions

For 2018, The Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup (June 22nd-25th ) and Lifesaving World Championships Rescue 2018 (November 21st-25th ) will be the international USLA National Team events.

The World Championships, Rescue 2018, will be given priority for funding and will not be used as a developmental competition for the national team.

Open High Performance Squad 

Potential national team members will develop through the USLA High Performance Squad selected on an annual basis. HPS membership is no guarantee of selection, an athlete who is not part of the HPS could be selected if their performances merit selection.

Attendance at High Performance Squad events will enable the team management and selectors to evaluate an athlete’s development, attitude and behavior which is necessary component for a cohesive and successful team. It will also allow the team management to monitor the fitness levels of those with a potential for selection.

During the year, pool and ocean training camps will be held at various venues. HPS athletes are strongly encouraged to attend these camps as it provides opportunities to learn, utilize specific equipment and develop race specific skills.

Open National Team Selection Panel

If you have any questions about these criteria or the process, please contact the USLA Open National Team Manager, Dr. Mike Barrows ntmanager@usla.org

2017 USLA Open National Team Program
ISRC 2017 Edition

2016 USLA Open National Team Program
Rescue 2016 Edition

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