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2018 NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION POLICY AND QUALIFYING STANDARDS

2018 NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION POLICY AND QUALIFYING STANDARDS










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Ghana Athletics Association (GAA)
November 20, 2017
2018 NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION POLICY
AND QUALIFYING STANDARDS
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Table of Contents
PREAMBLE......................................................................................................................................................1
2018 SELECTION CRITERIA .......................................................................................................................1
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom (March 1-4):...........................1
Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast/Queensland in Australia (April 4-15): .........................................1
African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria (1-5 August):.......................................................................1
ELIGIBILITY FOR SELECTION .................................................................................................................2
General Requirements.............................................................................................................................2
QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS AND PERFORMANCES......................................................................2
Recognized Competitions.......................................................................................................................2
Acceptable Performances........................................................................................................................2
Eligibility Pool........................................................................................................................................2
SELECTION PROCESS..................................................................................................................................2
Relay team selection: ..............................................................................................................................3
Selection Tie Breaking............................................................................................................................3
COMPETITIVE READINESS REQUIREMENTS......................................................................................3
Training Camps.......................................................................................................................................3
Injuries ....................................................................................................................................................3
DISCIPLINARY CLEARANCE.....................................................................................................................4
TRAINING AND COMPETITION PLAN ....................................................................................................4
APPENDIX A....................................................................................................................................................5
2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships Qualifying Standards ..........................................................5
APPENDIX B ....................................................................................................................................................6
2018 Commonwealth Games Qualifying Standards...............................................................................6
APPENDIX C....................................................................................................................................................7
2018 African Championships Qualifying Standards ..............................................................................7
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GHANA ATHLETICS - NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION POLICY, 2018
PREAMBLE
Over the last few years, Ghana Athletics has committed to developing selection criteria for senior national
teams each year. The primary bases for the selection standards are the recent relevant performances from the
previous season associated with the international competition in question; i.e., for an Olympiad or World
Championship, world rankings will serve as the basis for developing the selection criteria, whereas for the
Commonwealth Games, it will be the ranking of Commonwealth athletes. Likewise, selection criteria for the
African Championships or the All-Africa Games will be based on African rankings from the previous year.
The criteria will ensure that all events receive equitable treatment. As in past years, additional criteria include
qualifying standards set by the international body fielding the competition (IAAF World Indoor, CAA
Championships, etc.) are taken into account. These Federation criteria may include but are not restricted to
participation in specific competitions (e.g., National Circuit Championships), which will be expressly
clarified to athletes.
2018 SELECTION CRITERIA
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom (March 1-4):
The selection criteria for the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships is strictly based on the IAAF entry
standards. This means that GAA’s entry standards for World Indoor Championships are the same as the
IAAF’s entry standards (see APPENDIX B). The qualification period is from 1 January 2017 to 19 February
2018; except for combined events. Qualified athletes who achieved the qualifying standard in 2017 may have
to produce a performance/mark close to their qualifying one in the 4 weeks prior to the naming of the team
for the championships, to receive final confirmation. The team will likely be named around 20th February,
2018. To view the full IAAF entry rules/standards, including qualification for combined events, visit:
https://www.iaaf.org/responsive/download/downloadresultinfo?filename=c2e75775-f712-4c88-a8bd5e3ff607c25e.pdf&urlslug=IAAF%20World%20Indoor%20Championships%20Birmingham%202018%20-
%20entry%20rules%20and%20standards
Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast/Queensland in Australia (April 4-15):
The selection criteria for the 2018 Commonwealth Games beginning April 4, 2018 are hinged on the
performances of Commonwealth athletes at the Games. The GAA determined the qualifying standards by
comparing both the performances it took to medal and to progress to the final. As a consequence, meeting the
GAA standards stands you in good stead to qualify to the final in Gold Coast. The qualifying period for the
Commonwealth Games is from 1st April 2017 to 10
th March, 2018. Qualified athletes may have to produce a
performance/mark close to their qualifying one in the 4 weeks prior to the naming of the team for the Games,
to receive final confirmation. The team will likely be named around 11th March 2018, and qualifying after the
team has been selected will not guarantee an athlete a spot on the team.
African Championships in Asaba, Nigeria (1-5 August):
The selection criteria for the 2016 African Championships are hinged on the 2015 ranking of African
athletes; the ranking list is developed such that each country only has three athletes on it. The Federation has
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announced two sets of qualifying standards; see APPENDIX C. The A-standard is pegged at the 8
th best
performer in Africa in 2017, and a lower B-standard pegged at the level of the 16th best African performer of
2017. Adjustments to these standards, where there were only a few African performers in 2017 and where
they conflicted with the CAA standard are explained in the footnote to the Appendix. The qualifying period
for the African Championships is 1
st April, 2017 to 15th July, 2018. Qualified athletes, and particularly those
whose qualifying performance was obtained early in the 2018 year, may have to produce a performance close
to the B-standard in the six weeks prior to the naming of the team, to receive final confirmation. The team
will likely be selected in the 3 weeks prior to the competition, and qualifying after the team has been selected
will not guarantee an athlete a spot on the team.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SELECTION
General Requirements
a. Athlete must be a Ghanaian citizen by the final team announcement date.
b. Athlete must achieve the approved qualifying standard within the qualification period.
c. Athlete must prove fitness and comply with the GAA Competitive Readiness Requirements.
d. Athlete must receive disciplinary clearance from the GAA.
QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
Recognized Competitions
Performances must be achieved at the following competitions:
a. Organized by or approved by IAAF
b. Organized by IAAF Area Associations
c. Organized by IAAF Member Federations
d. Competitions in Ghana sanctioned by the GAA
e. CAA Inter-Country or Regional Competitions
f. CAA-sanctioned Area Championships
g. NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA competitions
Acceptable Performances
Hand-timed performances will not be accepted in the following events:
a. 100m, 200m, 400m, 100m/110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles and 4x100m Relay
b. Wind-assisted performances will not be accepted, although they may be used to prove fitness
Eligibility Pool
All eligible athletes achieving the A or B Commonwealth/African Championships qualifying standards
will be placed in the eligibility pool.
SELECTION PROCESS
Attaining the A-standard for the Commonwealth/African Championships guarantees an athlete selection
(pending the availability of funding, disciplinary clearance, and proof of fitness) for the respective
competitions. For the avoidance of doubt, given the availability of funding and an athlete’s fitness and
good discipline, attaining the A-standard guarantees passage to compete at the relevant competition.
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It should be noted that the B-standard is a relaxed standard used primarily to support the Federation’s
developmental goal of preparing the “next generation” of Ghanaian world class athletes. To that end, the
B-standard will be employed, primarily but not exclusively, to support the development of pipeline
prospects (i.e., young potentials, relative newcomers, etc.) with positive or promising career horizons
ahead of them. Attaining this lower B-standard DOES NOT guarantee selection. Selection of B-standard
qualifiers will be based on additional criteria including the following: number of A-qualifiers in the same
event (not more than three athletes in an individual event can be presented at most competitions),
consistency of performance, current/recent form, participation in national programs, etc.
Without prejudice to the developmental goals associated with the B-standard qualified athletes will be
ranked according to their best performances. The top three (3) A-standard eligible athletes in each event
who have also satisfied the other selection criteria will be selected onto the team. If two or fewer athletes
in any event qualify by the “A” standard, B-standard qualifiers will be ranked, with the best being
selected to make up the number in the event, dependent on funding, fitness, and discipline. Finally, Bstandard
qualifiers may have to also be ranked across events to determine the most qualified athletes.
For example, if funding constraints dictate that only 6 additional athletes can be selected to join the team
of A-standard qualifiers, then the top 6 B-qualifiers, ranked across events (and with the prior stated Bstandard
selection criteria), will be selected. In the absence of any A-standard qualifiers in an event, up
to three (i.e., 0-3) B-standard qualifiers may be selected for an event.
Relay team selection: The Federation retains the prerogative to revert to its traditional policy of not
selecting a relay team, unless at least three of the prospective team members have qualified for individual
events.
Selection Tie Breaking
Any tie will be broken in the following priority order:
a. Head–to–head results (in same competition and in same heat/flight)
b. 2
nd best performance
c. Most recently achieved performance
COMPETITIVE READINESS REQUIREMENTS
Training Camps
The Federation may mandate that athletes attend preparatory camps, and retains the right to exclude
athletes from selection or drop them from the team if they refuse to attend mandatory camps without the
express permission of the Federation. Athletes will also be expected to demonstrate their competitive
readiness particularly when their qualifying performances are from the previous year or from early in the
current season. Such qualifiers will be expected to liaise with the Federation as early as possible to be
given some indication of what further expectations there may be of them.
Injuries
The Federation fully appreciates that top-level competition and training is synonymous with the risk of
injury; in other words, injury is part and parcel of training at the highest level of sport. The purpose of
this section is not to discourage athletes from reporting injuries, but rather to ensure that Federation is
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aware of all potential performance-limiting injuries prior to competition. Athletes who are injured or ill
after selection and cannot perform at a level approaching the “B” qualifying standard for a given
competition owe Ghana the responsibility of not wasting precious national resources when they cannot
compete optimally. Thus, it is required that injured or ill athletes report immediately to the Federation,
who will determine, in consultation with medical staff, whether the athlete can be competitive at the
competition for which they have qualified. Thus, being injured or ill will not automatically disqualify an
athlete. Final inclusion decisions by the Federation will incorporate the medical recommendations. The
Federation may arrange a trial for an athlete recovering from an injury or illness at the request of the
athlete if there are no available competitions for the athlete to prove fitness. However, it is the
responsibility of the athlete who is injured to make the necessary arrangements including travel costs.
The request and trial must take place before the deadline for final team selection. The location of such a
trial will be determined in consultation with the Federation. The required level of performance for the
latter (injury) situation will typically be the same as that for proving general fitness. The Federation
reserves the right to sanction any athlete who, after being selected to the team, develops an injury but
fails to notify the Federation, and subsequently puts up a sub-par performance at a competition because
of the undisclosed injury. Athletes should keep in mind that the primary goal of the Federation is to field
the most capable Ghana national team possible for competition. Failing to report an injury and thus
performing poorly when an alternate athlete could have done much better is tantamount to undermining
the national interest.
DISCIPLINARY CLEARANCE
The Federation has determined that the honor of representing Ghana should be reserved strictly for athletes
who demonstrate good judgment and discipline, as these enhance team harmony, cohesion, and
performance. Poor judgment and lack of discipline include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Any action of gross disrespect against fellow athletes or officials.
2) Any action that may bring the name of Ghana into disrepute.
3) Any action that is inconsistent with the Federation’s fundamental principles of respect, equity,
and fairness.
4) Abusive actions (verbal or physical) against fellow athletes and officials
National resources will not be spent on athletes who demonstrate poor judgment and discipline.
Consequently, eligible athletes will only be selected after disciplinary clearance from the Federation.
TRAINING AND COMPETITION PLAN
The Federation recognizes that national athletes have their individual coaches whom they spend the bulk
of the year working with. Consequently, it is in the best interest of the Federation (and the athlete) to
have a collaborative relationship with these coaches. Athletes selected for national duty shall submit to
the Coaches or Technical Coordinators of the travel team or national camp; thus, athletes must at the
outset of the camp, share their training and competition schedules for the duration of the preparatory
period leading up to the competition with the Federation, as this will facilitate coordination of individual
and national goals. Those who do not submit their plans must subject themselves strictly to the training
regime of the team’s coaches, failing which they may be de-selected from the team.
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APPENDIX A
2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships Qualifying Standards*
Women Event Men
Indoor Outdoor Indoor Outdoor
7.3 11.15 (100m) 60m 6.63 10.10 (100m)
53.15 51.1 400m 46.70 45.00
2:02.00 1:58.00 800m 1:46.50 1:44.00
4:11.00 or 4:28.50
mile 4:02.00 1500m 3:39.50 or 3:55.00
mile 3:33.00
8:50.00 8:28.00 / 14:45.00
(5000m) 3000m 7:52.00 7:40.00 or 13:10.00
(5000m)
8.14 12.80 (100mH) 60m hurdles 7.70 13.40 (110mH)
No Standard 4X400 Relay No Standard
1.97m High jump 2.33m
4.71m Pole vault 5.78m
6.76m Long jump 8.19m
14.30m Triple jump 17.05m
18.20m Shot put 20.80m
GAA’s entry standards for World Indoor Championships are the same as the IAAF’s entry standard for the 2018 World
Championships. To view the full IAAF entry rules and standards, including qualification for combined events, visit:
https://www.iaaf.org/responsive/download/downloadresultinfo?filename=c2e75775-f712-4c88-a8bd5e3ff607c25e.pdf&urlslug=IAAF%20World%20Indoor%20Championships%20Birmingham%202018%20-
%20entry%20rules%20and%20standards
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APPENDIX B
2018 Commonwealth Games Qualifying Standards*
*See “GAA NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION POLICY 2018” for full explanation of team selection process
MEN EVENTS WOMEN
Standards standards
10.20s 100M 11.30s
20.42s 200M 23.00s
45.23s 400M 52.00s
1:45.6m 800M 2:02.4s
3:36.5m 1500M 4:07.4m
9:33.20m 3000SC
13:15.9m 5000M 15:35.2m
27:41.3m 10000M 33:27.4m
100MH 13.09s
13.48s 110MH
49.19s 400MH 55.65s
2.28m HIGH JUMP 1.87m
8.05m LONG JUMP 6.63m
16.50m TRIPLE JUMP 14.00m
5.35M POLE VAULT 4.26m
60.56m DISCUS 59.50m
19.45m SHOT PUT 15.10m
78.50 JAVELIN 59.35m
67.75m HAMMER THROW 61.46m
7911pts DECATHLON
HEPTATHLON 5850pts
38.00s 4X100M 42.65s
3.01.00 4X400M 3:30.00s
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APPENDIX C
2018 African Championships Qualifying Standards
Women Event Men
A Standard B Standard A Standard B Standard
11.35s 11.61s 100M 10.19s 10.29s
22.98s 23.59s 200M 20.49s 20.64s
51.57s 52.47s 400M 45.21s 46.05s
1:59.74 2:03.46 800M 1:45.25 1:48.02
4:04.82 4:23.80 1500M 3:34.74 3:46.39
15:17.91 16:33.06 5000M 13:13.44 14:06.00
31:55.47 35:16.46 10000M 27:48.59 29:55.98
2:31:09 2:34:12 Marathon 2:05:39 2:10:04
9:24.97 10:38.71 3000SC 8:33.59 9.11.19
13.47s 13.64s 100MH/110MH 13.93s 14.22s
58.53s 60.45s 400MH 49.56s 50.81
1.78m 1.77m High Jump 2.19m 2.10m
3.75m 3.60m Pole Vault 5.10m
6.34m 6.17m Long Jump 7.79m 7.62m
13.25m 13.02m Triple Jump 16.43m 15.96m
15.59m 14.89m Shot Putt 20.72m 17.17m
53.06m 48.83m Discus 57.14m 52.20m
62.63m 53.48m Hammer 68.09m 59.77m
52.44m 46.97m Javelin 76.45m 68.56m
5254pts 4833pts Heptathlon/Decathlon 7804pts 6847pts
The GAA’s A and B standards are the adjusted 8th ranked, the 16th ranked 2017 African performances, respectively; where there are
less than 40 African performances on the pre-adjustment 2017 rankings list (i.e., before the deletion of 4th and higher rankers from
countries), the A standard is adjusted to the 5th performance, and the B standard to the 10th performance.
Note that the B standard is primarily used to support GAA’s developmental agenda. For a more complete interpretation of how the
standards above will be applied, see the GAA 2018 Selection Policy.
All A&B standards that turned out to be higher than the Commonwealth Games standard have been revised downwards to the latter, so
that none of the African Championship standards is higher than the Commonwealth standard.
Although we do not anticipate that a subsequent revision will be necessary, a final adjustment may have to be made once the CAA
qualifying standards come out; if the CAA standard is higher than our B-standard, the latter will have to be raised to the level of the
former. It is logical that the CAA standard cannot be higher than our B-standard, because people must at minimum make the CAA
standard to participate.





Source: Ghana Athletics Association (GAA)

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