Aug 02, 2017

2017-2018 Women’s National Residential Goalball Program Announcement

TO:      ALL U.S. Goalball Women’s National Team, Talent Pool, Emerging and Military Athletes
From:  Mark Lucas, Executive Director
Date:   August 2, 2017            
Re:      2017-2018 Women’s National Residential Goalball Program Announcement

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) operates a long-term women’s residential goalball program in partnership with Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This comprehensive program provides the opportunity to enhance playing skills through participation in a training program geared to individual athlete needs, with the objective of developing athletes for future world championship or Paralympic teams.  Training will generally include 5 days of court time per week and a rigorous in-and-out of season individual strength and conditioning training plan.

Accepted athletes who desire to apply to enter the Resident Program must commit to the full Resident Program period. Natural break periods will be built into the Resident Program training cycles, but athletes should be prepared to commit to living and training in the program as indicated in the below listing of important tentative dates.

IMPORTANT TENTATIVE DATES
• October 1, 2017:  Start of 10 week cycle #1
• November 19 - January 6: Holiday Break and Pan Am Games
• January 7, 2018: Start of 10 week cycle #2
• March 18 – March 31 Spring Break
• April 1, 2018: Start of 8 week cycle #3 (Pre-Worlds Prep)

ATHLETE BENEFITS
Athletes accepted to the Resident Program will be eligible to receive the following benefits:
• Residence in a housing facility which includes furnishings, appliances, internet and utilities
• Weekday lunch meal support
• Goalball facility use
• Access to strength and conditioning resources
• Day-to-day training led by the coaching staff
• Athletic trainer support

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
• Be a current U.S. Citizen who is eligible to obtain a US passport
• Have completed High School or earned an equivalent degree
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Must be able to classify as a B1, B2 or B3 athlete
• Be willing to submit to a complete health profile coordinated by USOC Sports Medicine including thorough medical history and comprehensive physical examination
• Athletes will be expected to work in a paid or volunteer status a minimum of 8 hours a week or be actively taking a college, university or vocational training course while in the resident program

EVALUATION DETERMINATION
• Space availability
• Athlete’s current “home” training environment and competition activity
• Potential for the athlete to make the 2018 World Goalball Championships and 2020 Paralympic Games
• Impact of the goalball Resident Program on the athlete’s goalball potential
• Athlete’s desire and willingness to commit fully to training in the Resident Program

APPLICATION & ACCEPTANCE
All interested candidates must submit a sports resume and one page cover letter and send to USABA High Performance Director John Potts to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by August 21, 2017.  Acceptance to the Resident Program will be at the sole discretion of USABA staff and men’s national coaches. Prior to entry into the program, selected athletes will be expected to sign a contract that covers their enrollment period in the residency program and they will be expected to make a $100 refundable damage deposit.  All positions in the Resident Program may not necessarily be filled. 


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