Dates and LocationsQualifying events for the Men's Team Handball National and Development Teams will take place as follows:
AnnouncementsEach qualifying event will be advertised through deafness-related and other publications, the USADSF and USADTH websites, and by emailing all known elite Team Handball Athletes.
EligibilityTo be eligible for selection, an athlete must be a U.S. citizen who is eligible to represent the USA in the 2005 Deaflympics. Athletes must be members in good standing of USADTH and USADSF prior to participating in the qualifying event.
An eligible athlete will have a hearing loss of 55dB or greater in the better ear. Hearing aids may not be worn during tryouts or the Deaflympics, in accordance with CISS regulations.
Additionally, all Team Handball athletes will be required to:
Performance CriteriaEvaluation of athletes will be based on six factors:
Selection CommitteeThe Selection Committee for final selections will consist of the following individuals:
The Selection Committee will present the list of recommended athletes to the USADTH board of directors who will in turn make recommendations to the USADSF board for approval. The Head Coach will also notify each participant of his status on the National or Development team after each qualifying event. Players may be moved from the National to the Development team and vice versa after each qualifying event.
Athletes representing the USA at the 2005 Deaflympics will be those who are on the National Team at the end of all qualifying events.
Composition of National and Development Teams
The National team will be composed of 10 players and two goalies. The Development team will be composed of up to 14 athletes and two goalies.
Any athlete may be withdrawn from the team if, for any reason (including injury or illness), that he is unable or unwilling to maintain a training regimen that is necessary for his peak performance in the 2005 Deaflympics or does not abide by the selection criteria requirements. Athletes may also be withdrawn from the team if they do not satisfactorily meet their fundraising duties for the 2005 Deaflympics. If an athlete is withdrawn from the team, the Selection Committee may recommend a player from the National or Development teams.
All athletes have the right to obtain due process in accordance with the USA Deaf Sports Federation bylaws if they feel that the selection criteria was not properly followed. Athletes will be informed of due process procedures in writing prior to each qualifying event.