The Sr Team ESC (ESC) has proposed several rules changes
that will likely be ruled on by the Board at the Dec 19 meeting. These are different from the rules changes proposed by the JTESC and approved by the Board last week. The proposed 2017 WOC team selection criteria
has also been posted with the supporting material for the Board meeting. There have been a few changes from last year's criteria (here
, for reference).
There's a note from the ESC Chair (Linda Kohn) with the Board meeting agenda supporting material that says:
ESC Chair: "Given that the IOF will be changing the WOC format starting in 2019, I anticipate the need to change the selection process to accommodate the new format. Hence, the proposed rule that would allow for that without requiring a rule change."
There are changes to five rules in the proposal. Linda, can you specify which of those five this comment is referring to, what selection process changes you anticipate we'll need for the 2019 selection, and why this would need to be done now (2 years early)? Thanks.
In the proposed change to rule G.1.6.1, the rationale given states: "Rationale: we have increased the number of committee members to give a wider range of input and allow for more participation by those who are not on the ESC."
While I agree wholeheartedly with this, the proposed changes to the text of the rule don't actually increase the number of Selection Committee members. It only gives the option
to increase the number. I'd suggest changing "three-five" to "four-five," or better still - just make it "five" and remove the following "up to" from the text.
In the proposed change to rule G.1.7.6, the ESC is requesting that the grace period for coming into compliance with the said policies be decreased from 30 days to one week. I presume this is meant to refer to the Athlete Agreement only, since the a) and b) requirements have specifically stated their respective due dates. I'll suggest moving the grace period text onto line c) since that is what it is referring to. Also, it doesn't specify when the grace period starts and it probably should (i.e. when the AA is signed).
Regarding the change from 30 days to one week, is there an actual reason for this apart from "30 days seems too long?" Coming into compliance with the Athlete Agreement involves more than just signing the paper, doesn't it? According to the proposed selection criteria, the AA has to be signed when the team is named (one week post-TT), but it could take some time for someone to get a personal coach and establish a training plan. The 2017 Athlete Agreement
itself allows 2 weeks for submitting an annual plan (Sec. 2.(d) on page 2), so the grace period should be at least that long for consistency. This is more than just paperwork. An annual plan requires some thought. I think the rule should be left as-is at 30 days.