This selection policy has been agreed upon by the USA Deaf Handball (USADTH) and the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF). It provides details regarding the process by which USADTH will arrive at staff nominations. These nominations will be submitted to USADSF for consideration and for final selection as a staff on the USA Deaf Handball roster for the Summer Deaflympics 2022 in Caxias do Sul, Brazil (hereinafter called the "Games").
1. STAFF POSITION
2. SELECTION SYSTEM
2.1 Minimum eligibility requirements for staff to be considered for selection to the roster:
2.1.1 Nationality/Passport requirements:
22.214.171.124 Staff must be a national of the United States at the time of nomination.
126.96.36.199 Staff must hold a valid U.S. passport that will not expire for six months after the conclusion of the Games and 6 months prior to the Games. Except for USA-hosted Games, the staff must possess a valid government-issued identity card.
2.1.2 Have the ability to work effectively with USADSF.
2.1.3 Have strong administrative, communication and organizational skills.
2.1.4 Be responsible for Team's adherence to all rules regarding discipline at the Games.
2.1.5 Fulfill all duties and requirements of the USADSF including attendance at USADSF Games related meetings.
2.1.6 Must be present at all times for the entire duration of the Games.
2.1.7 Possess high level, specific technical and tactical knowledge of the sport.
2.1.8 Have thorough knowledge and understanding of the International Sport Federation (IF) rules and regulations governing the sport.
2.1.9 Demonstrate ability to establish harmonious relationships with athletes and other Team personnel.
2.1.10 Be in good health and able to withstand the physical rigors of traveling with and working with the Team.
2.1.11 Be listed on USA Deaf Handball's team roster and must have successfully completed all Games Registration requirements by the stated deadline.
2.1.12 Participate in U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) training as required for position (if applicable).
2.1.13 Successfully completed the U.S. Center for SafeSport awareness training and education program.
2.1.14 Sign a USA Deaf Handball Code of Conduct for the current year.
2.1.15 Can not participate as an athlete.
2.2 Selection process for candidates to be considered as a staff member for the National Team:
Selection Process of Head Coaches
The USADTH selection committee shall review all applications and may interview the candidates, as needed which may be conducted in virtual sessions or e-mails. The committee shall make their selections based on qualifications and interviews. Finalists in order of rank shall be recommended to the USADSF Executive Board for approval.
The USADTH selection committee then shall inform the selected Head Coaches.
Selection Process of Assistant Coaches
The USADTH Head Coaches then shall select their own assistant coaches, subject to the USADSF Board's approval. Applicants for the Assistant coach positions shall submit a letter of interest, resume, and a letter of reference to USADTH Head coaches.
2.3 Selection Committee:
2.3.1 The USA Deaf Handball Selection Committee is comprised of the following members: • Stephen DaSilva - Team President
• Gene Duve - Operations
• Lynn Ray Boren - Former Athlete/Coach
• Stephen DaSilva - Team President
2.3.2 Any member of the selection committee that has a possible conflict of interest must disclose it. If such conflict exists, the selection committee member must recuse themselves from the committee discussions and voting. Further, the committee member shall not otherwise influence other members of the committee in the selection process.
3. REMOVAL OF STAFF
3.1 Prior to entry by name to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Handball has jurisdiction over potential nominees.
3.1.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Staff must submit a written letter to the USA Deaf Handball Executive Director.
3.1.2 Failure to participate in mandatory training and/or competitions.
3.1.3 Violation of USA Deaf Handball Code of Conduct (See file).
3.1.4 If for any reason, USA Deaf Handball believes that it may not be safe for athletes or other staff to have this individual on the roster between the time of appointment and the event, USA Deaf Handball retains the right to remove the staff.
3.2 Once staff entries have been submitted to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the Team rosters.
3.2.1 Voluntary withdrawal. Staff must submit a written letter to the USADSF Team Leader.
3.2.2 Failure to participate in for mandatory training and/or competitions.
3.2.3 Violation of USADSF Code of Conduct.
3.4 A staff may be removed as a nominee to the roster or from the roster for an adjudicated violations of U.S. Center for SafeSport Code and policies, as applicable.
4. REPLACEMENT OF STAFF
4.1 Prior to entry by name to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, USA Deaf Handball has jurisdiction over potential nominees.
4.1.1 In the event of unforeseeable vacancies of Head Coach due to human/life events, the Assistant Coach will be Head Coach in the event that a vacancy occurs in the Head
Coach position. The alternate selection will succeed the Assistant Coach if a vacancy occurs in the Assistant Coach position.
4.2 Once staff entries have been submitted to the USA Deaf Sports Federation, the USADSF has jurisdiction over the entries. The staff will be replaced at the discretion of the USADSF.
If the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), USADSF or Games Organizing Committee (GOC) requires different replacement procedures within a certain time period before the Games or after official nomination of the Final Roster to the USADSF, such procedures for replacement shall be followed.
5. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
5.1 USA Deaf Handball will retain the approved Selection Procedures and all supporting documents, forms, and all data from the selection process for six months past the date of the Closing Ceremony of the Games.
6. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
6.1 In addition to the USADSF Code of Conduct, the following documents are required to be signed by the staff as a condition for nomination to the Summer Deaflympics 2022 and are included as attachments:
7. PUBLICITY/DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES
7.1 The USADSF approved Selection Procedures (complete and unaltered) will be posted/published within ten (10) days of approval by the USA Deaf Sports Federation Board of Directors.
7.2 Information shall be published:
7.2.1 on the USADSF website (http://www.usdeafsports.org/sports/HB/criteria-staff).
7.2.2 Also distributed through, but not limited to, email, affiliated Handball organizations (USA Deaf Handball and USADSF), and USADSF approved Deaf-related publications. Such information shall include a reference to the entire Selection Procedure herein:
8. DATE OF NOMINATION
8.1 The selection of staff form will be submitted to USADSF on or before 15 Jul 2021.
8.2 The newly appointed staff will be announced publicly only after USADSF approves the selection.
9. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
9.1 All staff have a right to obtain due process. Refer to USA Deaf Handball's procedures below: Any member of this organization may file a written grievance with the Team President pertaining to any matter or violation within the cognizance of USA
Deaf Team Handball.
WHERE TO REPORT:
For issues or violations:
• Email Address:USADTH@Gmail.com
HOW GRIEVANCES WILL BE HANDLED
The Team President has the authority to impose penalties for infractions of the Athlete via Codes of Conduct or any behavior(s) they deem not conducive to the best interests of the program. Consequences are at the sole discretion of the coaches and may include, but aren't limited to, verbal warnings, dismissal from practice,
temporary suspension from club/program activities and expulsion. Involved parties will be informed of the processes and range of potential consequences.
1. Gathering Information: The appropriate individuals will contact the person who filed the grievance, and the person against whom the grievance is being filed, to ask questions about what happened. In addition, other witnesses may be contacted for more information.
2. Assessing Behavior: The behavior of the person(s) against which the grievance was brought, will be assessed using club/program policies and facility rules, as well as applicable local and state laws.
3. Consequences will be given and disciplinary action will be taken, if appropriate. These consequences and disciplinary actions will be decided using the following general
a. Nature of the misconduct
b. Severity of the misconduct
c. Prior disciplinary actions
d. Adverse effect of the misconduct
e. Application of the Code of Conduct
Any member of this organization may file a written grievance with the Team President pertaining to any matter or violation within the cognizance of USA
9.2 If the selection criteria and the grievance procedures were not followed properly, see STAFF GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS.
10. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER
10.1 These procedures are based on ICSD, as applicable, and/or IHF rules and regulations as presently known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in ICSD, as applicable, and/or IHF rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected staff immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to USA Deaf Handball. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening circumstances, and realistically may not have accounted for every possible contingency.
If any force of nature, or force majeure, should cause the altercation or cancellation of any of the selection events listed in this document, these selection procedures will be revised, pursuant to their resubmission to the USADSF.
11. STAFF GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS
11.1 If a staff has questions regarding their opportunity to apply that are not answered by USA Deaf Handball, they may contact the USADSF Executive Director, Jameson Crane at email@example.com. If the Executive Director does not respond within 3 business days, the complaint may then contact the USADSF President, Danny Lacey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12.1 This document certifies that USADTH individuals on the Selection Committee understand the standards/criteria set by ICSD, IF, and/or USADSF and have incorporated those standards/criteria into the Selection Procedures. These individuals certify that the information provided herein regarding Staff Selection Procedures represents the method approved by USA Deaf Handball.