WHEELCHAIR

HIGH-PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

David Wagner

National Team
The National Team will be comprised of National American players currently at the top of the ITF rankings.  They will receive incremental funding based on their ranking.  These players will not receive a hometown visit unless the national coaching staff deems necessary and funding is available.  The impetus for success is no longer a coach, but simply results.  Below is a list of requirements to make the National Team and receive funding.  The top 4 ranked players in each division will receive National Team funding from the USTA if:

Men’s and Women’s Teams:

• They are in the top 30 in the world on the ITF Ranking List
• They are in good standing with the USTA, USOC/US Paralympics, USADA, and ITF
• Agree to play on all American teams at international events if selected

Quad Team:

• They are in the top 20 in the world on the ITF Ranking List
• They are in good standing with the USTA, USOC/US Paralympics, USADA, and ITF
• Agree to play on all American teams at international events if selected

Moving in and out of the team:

A maximum of 4 players will be funded per division.  This means that even if more than the allotted number of players are in the top 30 (20 for quads) in the world based on ITF rankings only the top 4 will be funded.  National team status will be reviewed four times per year.  This review process will occur on January 1 (or first ranking of the new year submitted by the ITF), April 1, July 1, and October 1.  The athletes who qualify by ranking on these specific dates will receive quarterly funding from the USTA.  There is no "guarantee" of maintaining National Team status.  This is based solely on ranking by quarterly review.

Incremental Funding:

Players on the National Team will receive funding based strictly on their ranking.  The higher the athlete’s ranking the more funding they will receive. 

Clean Rankings

All rankings used for Elite High Performance Wheelchair funding shall be clean rankings.  All players who have officially retired with the International Tennis Federation shall be removed from the list of players the USTA uses to determine rankings for funding based on that quarters payment.  For example, Player A is currently ranked 15 and Player B is ranked 16.  Player A, who has officially retired with the ITF, is removed from the list making Player B ranked 15 for the purposes of USTA High Performance Wheelchair Funding.  Certification of retirement will be required from the ITF in order to remove a player from the ranking list.

Development Team

The Development Team is for players who are at an age where improvement is a very "real" possibility.  They will receive a set amount of funding for the year, be required to submit monthly reports, have a working relationship with a hometown coach and a national coach, receive a hometown visit from a national coach, and interact with the National Team at warm-up tournaments.  These players will be chosen by the HP coaching staff and be approved by the department director.   These players must be in and remain in good standing with the USTA, USOC/US Paralympics, USADA, and the ITF.

For further questions or comments please email the wheelchair department at wheelchairinfo@usta.com
 
 
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