National Athlete Council

Overview

Functions

Functions

 The USAOCR National Athlete Council (NAC) is a standing committee of USAOCR that broadens communication between with elite athletes and serves as a source of opinion and advice on USAOCR policies that effect obstacle sports in the United States.


The NAC is empowered to resolve grievances, and advise committees that prepares, approve or implement programs regarding team selection for international championships and Games.


The NAC members are the representatives of the National Athlete Board (NAB), consisting of elite athlete representatives from six national regions: Northeast, Mideast, North Central,  West, Southeast, and South Central.

Functions

Functions

Functions

The NAC makes recommendations to USAOCR on issues related to the needs and concerns of the elite athletes including:


  • selection of elite athlete races; 
  • qualification procedures for the selection of members to Team USA; 
  • the establishment and maintenance of elite rankings;
  • event disciplines and formats;
  • adoption, amendment and enforcement of competition rules; and 
  • procedure for the appointment or election of elite athletes to the NAC

Members

Athlete Seats

Athlete Seats

The NAC consists of seventeen (15) voting members and two (2) members with voice but no vote:


  • The Chair of the NAC who shall be the Director and shall have the deciding vote in the event of a tie.
  •  Twelve (12) elite athletes with full voting rights, comprised of two (2) representatives from each of the six (6) national regions. At least one (1) athlete from each region must be a woman.
  • Two (2) elite para-athletes, one man and one woman, who may not be from the same region, with full voting rights.
  • The presidents and vice president of USAOCR, with voice but no vote.


The Chair and Deputy Chair of the NAC represent the United States on the World OCR Athlete Advisory Board and may be appointed to the World OCR Athlete Advisory Council (AAC).


Athlete Seats

Athlete Seats

Athlete Seats

Elite athletes may hold a seat on the AAC if:


  • Within the ten (10) years preceding an election, they have represented the United States in obstacle or related sports in the Olympic or Pan American Games, a World Championship, a Continental Championship recognised by the FISO, or an IPC-recognised World Championship in events on the Paralympic Games program; or 
  • Within the twenty-four (24) months before election, they have demonstrated that they are actively engaged in amateur athletic competition by finishing in the top half of elite national championships or team selection competition for the events above; or
  • Hold a current elite license as defined by the AAC and approved by USAOCR
  • authority for approval of applications and nominations for the AAC resides with the Chair

National Athlete Board

The USAOCR National Athlete Board (NAB) are the elite athlete representatives from six regions in the United States:


  • Northeast: CT, MA, ME, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
  • Mideast: DE, D.C., KY, MD, NC, OH, TN, VA, WV
  • North Central: CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, SD, UT, WI, WY
  • West: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA
  • Southeast: AL, FL, GA, MS, SC
  • South Central: AR, LA, MN, OK, TX


Each region provides up to two (2) delegates on the NAB. At least one (1) delegate from each country must be a woman. Approval of nominations resides with the Chair of the NAC. The NAB broadens communication between elite athletes in each region and serves as a source of opinion and advice on policies that effect obstacle sports . 


Elite athletes may hold a seat on the NAB if:


  1. within the ten (10) years preceding an election, they have represented their country in obstacle or related sports in the Olympic or Pan American Games, a World Championship, a Continental Championship recognized by the FISO, or an IPC-recognized World Championship in events on the Paralympic Games program; or 
  2. within the twenty-four (24) months before election, they have demonstrated that they are actively engaged in amateur athletic competition by finishing in the top half of elite national championships or team selection competition for the events listed in paragraph (1) above; or
  3. hold a current annual membership of USAOCR