Thanks, glad I asked. Were the ESC's planning to tell anyone that the early deadline is *the* deadline for the trials? Note that the US Trials are open to anyone meeting the eligibility requirements in the selection criteria, not just current members of the National Teams (although the Jr team is effectively restricted to the JNT by both the scoring system and the 2017 JNP application
as discussed in this old AP thread
). I also know that the Sr team and ESC considered restricting WOC team eligibility to standing team members only (i.e. themselves), but fortunately chose not to do that...this year.
I had a look at the current registration list
(as of 4/19/2017) for the TT. There are 116 total entries. 32 of those are registered as Trialers - in at least one race. Here are the Men's and Women's trialers lists as best I could parse them:
There are only 3 Canadians currently registered for the trials - 3 Sr Men.
Technically the US juniors are also eligible for the Sr WOC teams, provided they are running the same courses at the trials and/or file petitions as-per the Sr team selection criteria. I can't find any info about the intended course breakdowns for each group. I hope they are running the same courses.
Currently there are only 3 Sr women registered. If no more register and the Jrs are on a different course, its likely that these three will qualify automatically (at least 2 will, even if they DNF all the races). Only 3* of the 8 women named to the Sr National Team are currently registered for the Team Trials (*Isabel was named to both the Jr and Sr National Teams). To their credit, all 7 of the JNT and one JDT women are already registered.
There are 11 Sr Men registered, with 7 of 12 from the Sr National Team (also Eric and Wyatt are listed as intending to compete but have not registered yet, which would bring the total to 9 of 12 I think). For the junior men, 7 are registered - all from the JNT which is no surprise. However there are 12 on the JNT right now. The JNT Athlete agreement, item 6, specifically requires "prioritization of the JWOC trials over other obligations." I think the other 5 need to get registered (or risk relegation?)
I'd really love to see some Jrs who are not on the JNT running at the trials, but given the 100-point "team bonus," doing so would be utterly futile. Still, I'm hoping someone will try. I think a strong grievance case can be made even now, before the races have taken place. I never thought I'd say this, but I hope at least some of those Jrs will petition for a spot.
23 hours left to register for the 2017 team trials. Another week for non-trialers.