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Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

 






 

Chapter 4

1. Generalcopy link

1.1 Introduction

1.1.1 The U.S. Parachute Team officially represents the United States in international competition.

1.1.1.1 Skydivers selected for this honor are truly noble ambassadors, bearers of the American flag abroad, and champions of the U.S. competitive arena, uniting as one to challenge the world for competitive supremacy.

1.1.1.2 The official colors of the U.S. Parachute Team are red, white and blue.

1.2 Selection of Delegation

1.2.1 USPA selects the contingent to represent the U.S. in international competition.

1.2.2 U.S. Teams selected to represent the U.S. in World Parachuting Championships are also eligible for additional financial support from the U.S. Parachute Team Trust Fund.

1.2.3 The criteria for selection to a U.S. Parachute Team is determined by the Competition Committee, normally at a USPA Board of Directors Meeting in the calendar year preceding the competition.

1.2.3.1 Leadership personnel (Head of Delegation and Team Manager) are determined by vote of the USPA Competition Committee. One individual may fulfill both positions.

1.2.4 Competitive members of the delegation are selected at a USPA National Skydiving Championships unless another method is determined by the Competition Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

1.2.5 The tenure of the team (including leadership personnel) begins when they sign the team contract and ends on the last day of the international competition in which the team competes.

2. Leadership Personnelcopy link

2.1 Head of Delegation

2.1.1 Serves at the official spokesperson for the entire U.S. delegation on foreign soil.

2.1.2 Serves as the conduit for all official information and correspondence between the team leaders and the WPC Organizers, U.S. ISC delegate, and USPA Board and staff.

2.1.3 Ensures that the registration forms, entry fees, delegation travel arrangements, pre-event training arrangements, and other official delegation obligations are fulfilled by the team manager(s) in a timely manner.

2.1.4 Ensures that all bulletins, rules, registration forms and other official documents reach the team manager(s) in a timely manner.

2.1.5 Provides guidance to team manager(s) as requested to help fulfill these responsibilities.

2.1.6 Prepares after-action report on the delegation’s preparation for and participation at the event—including recommendations on how U.S. delegations could function better at future events—and submits it along with reports from the team manager(s) to the USPA Board.

2.1.7 If there is more than one team manager, establishes a functioning and comprehensive line of communication with all team members.

2.1.8 Supports and assists team manager(s), competitors and other U.S. delegation officials during the event, however possible.

2.2 Team Manager

2.2.1 Is chosen for administrative and fiscal responsibilities, logistical ability, knowledge and appreciation of competitors’ unique physical and mental requirements, ability to lead while maintaining a rapport with other delegation members, and ability to organize a governing structure for team conduct and activities.

2.2.2 Is the ultimate authority on all matters affecting the U.S. Team’s well-being, ability to compete and public image and on any other aspect of the U.S. Team sensitive to his or her mission.

2.2.3 Is responsible for ensuring the team is properly outfitted, trained, and possesses FAI sporting licenses with current stamps.

2.2.4 Is expected to reside and travel with the team, except during occasions where duties require his or her presence elsewhere.

2.2.5 Must register the team in accordance with the FAI/ISC competition bulletins and notify the USPA director of competition and Head of Delegation accordingly.

2.2.6 Formulates a team itinerary and coordinates financial requirements directly with the USPA Treasurer.

2.2.7 Makes decisions concerning procurement of team equipment, transportation, lodging, food, clothing, drop zone, recreational facilities, expenses, and competition attendance.

2.2.8 Makes policy decisions and decisions affecting team composition or itinerary.

2.2.9 Handles protests in competition, and immediately reports world records set by the team to USPA Headquarters so that processing of the world record can begin.

2.2.10 Assigns living quarters at all locations visited by the team.

2.2.11 Assigns the proper dress code.

2.2.12 Has the authority to dismiss and replace any delegation member whose presence is, in his or her judgment, contrary to the best interests of the U.S. Team objective.

2.2.13 Has the authority to alter the duties and assignments of other competitive personnel.

2.2.14 Submits status reports weekly during training and daily during competition to USPA Headquarters.

2.2.15 Assists the USPA publicity agent on obtaining any pertinent materials.

2.2.16 Is strongly encouraged to utilize USPA Group Member drop zones for U.S. Team training.

2.2.17 Will provide an American flag and recording of the national anthem per FAI/ISC requirements.

2.3 Team Coach

2.3.1 Is chosen by the Team Manager, at his or her discretion, for knowledge of competitive techniques, ability to devise proper training methods and conduct training sessions, ability to help competitors perfect their performance, and for awareness of the psychological and physiological traits of superior athletic competitors.

2.3.2 Directs drop zone operations pertaining to training jumps and oversees the training schedules of individual competitors or teams.

2.3.3 Is constantly present to conduct training sessions, devise training methods, critique and properly record training jumps, and makes every effort to provide the competitor with objective evaluations.

2.3.4 Must be constantly tuned to the personal needs and preferences of the competitors pertaining to the competitive performance.

2.3.5 Recommends competitors for specific events at schedule competitions.

2.3.6 Is responsible for availability and repair of equipment.

2.3.7 Provides the Team Manager with statistical data documenting the training performances of competitors.

2.3.8 Is present at the training site, intermediate travel locations, and the competition site.

2.3.9 Assumes the responsibilities of the Team Manager during absences.

2.3.10 Team coaches will receive no compensation or disbursement from USPA, US Parachute Team, Inc. or USTTF.

2.4 Additional Personnel

2.4.1 Additional personnel may be a Team Interpreter, Team Trainer/Physician, etc. and may be assigned by the Team Manager to the delegation as required.

2.4.1.1 These positions are subject to budget considerations and specific duties as directed by the Team Manager.

2.4.1.2 In the decision to add personnel, the Team Manager must consider the delegation size permitted by the host country.

3. Selection of Competitive Personnelcopy link

3.1 Method of Selecting the U.S. Teams:

3.1.1 Competitors and teams qualify to join the U.S. Parachute Team based on the medal standings in the open class at the most recently completed U.S. National championships.

3.1.2 The competition from which the results will be used to select the team must be held at least 60 days prior to the competition at which the team will compete.

3.1.3 In unusual circumstances, a different method may be set out or used by the Competition Committee to select competitive personnel.

3.1.4 To be considered the same team receiving a ranking from the previously held U.S. National Skydiving Championships, more than one half of the team members must remain on the team for U.S. Team status in the upcoming international competition. For the purposes of this rule, alternates shall not be included in the calculation

3.1.4.1 For freestyle, the performer must remain the same

3.2 U.S. Teams Are Selected By The Following Criteria:

3.2.1 U.S. Accuracy Landing Team

3.2.1.1 One (1) Men’s team, consisting of up to five members plus an alternate, will be formed from the highest placing male accuracy competitors.

3.2.1.2 One (1) Women’s team, consisting of up to five members plus an alternate, will be formed from the highest placing female accuracy competitors.

3.2.1.3 Two (2) Junior Males (as determined by the FAI) will be selected from the highest placing junior male accuracy competitors.

3.2.1.4 Two (2) Junior Females (as determined by the FAI) will be selected from the highest placing junior female accuracy competitors.

3.2.2 U.S. Freefall Style Team

  • Members of the U.S. Accuracy Landing Team will have right of first refusal in participation in any Freefall Style event run simultaneously with the Accuracy Landing event.
  • Should any member of the U.S. Accuracy Landing Team choose not to participate in the Freefall Style event, the committee may choose one or more interested competitors to form a U.S. Freefall Style Team.

3.2.3 U.S. Canopy Formation Team

3.2.3.1 The Canopy Formation Team is selected from the first-place teams in the 4-way rotation, 4-way sequential and open-class 2-way sequential event.

3.2.3.2 Additional or alternate teams as allowed by ISC or international meet rules for each event category are chosen from the subsequent highest placing teams in the official standings.

3.2.4 U.S. Formation Skydiving Team

3.2.4.1 The U.S. Formation Skydiving Team is selected from the first-place open teams in the 4-way and 8-way sequential events, and the highest placing all-female team in the open 4-way event.

3.2.4.2 Additional or alternate teams as allowed by the ISC or international meet rules for each event category are chosen from the subsequent highest placing teams in the official standings.

3.2.4.3 Additional female teams(s) for 4-way formation skydiving events will be chosen from the highest ranking all-female teams that meet the ISC entry requirements for the competition.

3.2.5 U.S. Artistic Events Team

3.2.5.1 The U.S. Artistic Events Team is selected from the first-place team in the open freefly and freestyle events.

3.2.5.2 Additional or alternate teams as allowed by the ISC or international meet rules for each event category are chosen from the subsequent highest placing teams in the official standings.

3.2.6 U.S. Canopy Piloting Team

3.2.6.1 The U.S. Canopy Piloting Team is selected from the gold medal winners of open Speed, Distance, Accuracy and Overall. The remainder of the team will be filled from the overall standings.

3.2.6.2 Additional competitors allowed by ISC or international meet rules are chosen from the subsequent highest placing overall individuals in the official standings.

3.2.7 U.S. Vertical Formation Skydiving Team

3.2.7.1 The U.S. Vertical Formation Skydiving Team is selected from the first-place team in the open class 4-way event.

3.2.8 U.S. Wingsuit Flying Team

3.2.8.1 The U.S. Acrobatic Wingsuit Flying Team is selected from the first-place team in open-class event. Additional team(s) allowed by ISC or international meet rules are chosen from the subsequent highest placing teams in the official standings.

3.2.8.2 The U.S. Performance Flying Wingsuit Team is selected from the first eight (8) individuals in the open-class event. Additional competitors allowed by ISC or international meet rules are chosen from the subsequent highest placing individuals in the official standings.

3.2.9 U.S. Speed Skydiving Team

3.2.9.1 The U.S. Speed Skydiving Team is selected from the open class Speed Skydiving event. A maximum of eight (8) places for a World Parachuting Championship – seven (7) places for male or female competitors and one (1) place exclusively for a female competitor.

3.2.9.2 Additional competitors allowed by ISC or international meet rules are chosen from the subsequent highest placing individuals in the official standings.

4. Team Conductcopy link

4.1.1 Competitors who join the U.S. Team agree to abide by the dictates of team leadership favoring the team’s objectives and to exert every feasible effort to provide the U.S. with a team which is unified, harmonious and prepared to represent its country in competition in a manner having the greatest possibility of securing victory and respect from its opponents.

4.1.2 All team personnel, including the Head of Delegation and Team Manager(s), must sign the Team Member Contract found in this section as a condition of their membership on the U.S. Team.

4.1.3 All equipment, clothing and emblems issued to team personnel remain the property of USPA and USPT, Inc. until the Team Manager, acting on behalf of both, releases it to the individual.

4.1.4 All team personnel will be required to purchase the most modern iteration of the uniform in accordance with the guidance of the Team Manager.

4.1.5 The Team Manager is responsible to inform the individual joining the U.S. Team that each team member is expected to abide by the letter and spirit of this document.

5. Team Advertisingcopy link

5.1.1 For each World Parachuting Championships, the Team Manager of each of the six U.S. Teams selected for these events—Style and Accuracy, Formation Skydiving (FS & VFS), Canopy Formation, Canopy Piloting, Artistic Events and Wingsuit Flying—is entitled to advertising in Parachutist Magazine:

5.1.1.1 One full-page color advertisement and one half-page color advertisement in the 12-month period preceding the world championships to promote the team and solicit funds.

5.1.1.2 Space for one third-page advertisement for the purpose of acknowledging those individuals or groups supporting the U.S. Team and its events (i.e., a “thank you” ad).

5.1.1.3 Only one U.S. Team ad, regardless of discipline, will appear in a single issue of Parachutist.

5.1.1.4 An equitable insertion schedule will be worked out between the editorial staff and each Team Manager.

5.1.2 All advertising must be in accordance with the current Parachutist rate card.

6. Financial Procedurescopy link

6.1 Scope

6.1.1 The purpose of this section is to establish procedures for receiving and disbursing money for the U.S. Parachute Teams participating in World Parachuting Championships.

6.1.2 The U.S. Parachute Team, Inc. (USPT) is separate from both USPA, Inc. and the U.S. Parachute Team Trust Fund (USPTTF). Funds distributed from USPTTF to USPT, Inc. are intended for the purpose of funding USPA-sanctioned U.S. Parachute Teams competing in the World Parachuting Championships.

6.1.3 This section will assist USPA in its responsibilities to USPT, Inc., and the U.S. Parachute Team.

6.2 Responsibilities of the Executive Director

6.2.1 The USPA Executive Director establishes and maintains a U.S. Parachute Team account for the purposes of holding money donated to the U.S. Parachute Team.

6.2.1.1 The account may have sub-accounts for the purpose of separating money for the various U.S. Teams (AL, FS/VFS, CF, CP, AE, WS, and SP).

6.2.1.2 The Executive Director disburses money from the account to team leaders as directed by the Board of Directors.

6.2.1.3 The Head of Delegation and each Team Manager appointed by USPA to serve on a U.S. Team competing in a World Parachuting Championships is given $750 each from USPA’s general funds.

6.2.1.4 At the discretion of the Competition Committee, additional funds may be allocated for the Head of Delegation and each Team Manager.

6.3 Responsibilities of the Team Manager

6.3.1 The Team Manager may establish an auxiliary account for the purpose of receiving money for the U.S. Parachute Team and for paying team expenses.

6.3.2 The Team Manager will keep accurate records of money received and disbursed.

6.3.3 The Team Manager is also encouraged to determine the effectiveness of various promotional projects by tracking money received as a result of each project.

6.3.4 The Team Manager must submit a financial report no later than 30 days after completion of the competition to the USPA Executive Director, who will forward the report to the chair of the USPA Competition Committee.

6.3.5 The Team Manager returns all unused money to the main account of USPT, Inc. within 30 days after the completion of the competition.

6.4 Disbursement from the U.S. Parachute Team Trust Fund

6.4.1 Established on October 19, 1986, the U.S. Parachute Team Trust Fund (“the fund”) was created to help defray the expenses of the U.S. Parachute Team, Inc. (the “Team”) a District of Columbia nonprofit, publicly supported corporation, in sending teams to amateur parachuting competitions.

6.4.2 The agreement created a tax-exempt fund in which the “corpus” (principal) is held perpetually in an irrevocable, charitable trust.

6.4.3 The trustees of the fund, who also serve as directors of USPA, may, at their discretion, annually distribute the Fund’s annual net income to the U.S. Parachute Team, Inc.

6.5 Procedure for Distribution

6.5.1 Annual net income from the Fund is determined each January from the IRS 1099 Forms (or equivalent) prepared by the managers of the Fund’s account(s).

6.5.2 Management fees are subtracted from gross income to determine net income.

6.5.3 The agreement stipulates that if net income is greater than 10% of the Fund’s corpus as of December 31 of the year preceding the World Parachuting Championships, then the amount in excess of 10% will be returned to the Fund as corpus.

6.5.4 These procedures assume that each year’s U.S. Team is comprised of seven separate teams competing in the seven officially recognized disciplines:

  • Accuracy Landing
  • Formation Skydiving (includes VFS)
  • Canopy Formation
  • Canopy Piloting
  • Artistic Events
  • Wingsuit Flying
  • Speed Skydiving

6.5.5 The net income will be allocated to pay the entry fees of the U.S. Parachute Team, not including alternates and leadership personnel, and teams other than the first selected team, who will attend the World Parachuting Championships that calendar year.

6.5.6 If the net income is not sufficient to pay the entire entry fees for all individuals/team, the funding shall be allocated on a proportional basis toward entry fee, not to exceed the entry fee for any individual or team

6.5.7 If the net income exceeds that necessary to pay the full entry fees of the entire U.S. Parachute Team, the excess is returned to the Fund as corpus.

6.5.8 This section may be modified at any time by vote of the trustees (simple majority vote required).

6.5.9 The Competition Committee of the USPA Board monitors the administration of the Fund and makes its recommendations known to the Trustees.

7. Team Member Contractcopy link

The Team Member Contract must be signed by all competitors and countersigned by the Team Manager. The Team Manager and Head of Delegation must sign the contract and will send copies of all signed contracts to the Director of Competition.  

Appendix A: U.S. Parachute Team Member Contractcopy link

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Appendix B: U.S. Parachute Team Manager Contractcopy link

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Appendix C: U.S. Parachute Head of Delegation Contractcopy link

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