Winter Deaflympics - How to join a team

We're working hard to build the next generation of deaf snow trailblazers. If you are an skilled alpine skier, snowboarder or cross country skier interested in joining our team, please read on! 

Deaflympic Regulations:

The aims of the Deaflympics include the:

  • Physical and mental well-being of deaf sports people;

  • Provision of opportunities for deaf persons to participate in elite sports;

  • Bringing together of athletes from around the world in a quadrennial sports competition; and

  • Promotion of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) principles throughout the world thereby creating global goodwill in the Deaf community.

To learn more: https://www.deaflympics.com/sports/AS/regulations

 

General Athlete Criteria:

  • Have a hearing loss of at least 55 dB (3-tone frequency average at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hertz, ISO 1964 Standard) in the better unaided ear, as documented on a recent audiologist-certified audiogram. 

  • Submit him/herself without any reservations to all doping control policies and procedures of the USADSF, ICSD and World AntiDoping Agency (WADA).

  • Commit to maintaining a consistent training regimen from the time of selection to the Winter Deaflympics.

  • Maintain contact with Team Leader + USDSSA Team coaching staff about training regimens and competition results from the time of selection until the Winter Deaflympics.

  • Exhibit good sportsmanship and character.

  • Sign and abide by USADSF’s Code of Conduct and any other applicable forms.

  • Commit to participation in a training camp if available.

  • Commit to fundraise to cover expenses for training camp and Winter Deaflympics.

  • Complete the USADSF’s Deaf National Team application packet, which includes providing proof of having or in the process of obtaining a United States passport. Note: The passport must be valid for at least 6 months past the conclusion of the Winter Deaflympics.

All athletes are prohibited from using hearing aids or cochlear implants during competitions.  To learn more about the criteria and application process, please refer to our Athlete Criteria Packet seen below.

 

 

 

Technical Regulations: https://www.deaflympics.com/icsd/deaflympics-regulations

 

For more information, please email Vicepresident@usdssa.org.

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Founded in 1968, the USDSSA promotes competition for deaf skiers and snowboarders, and provides a means for deaf people to share their love for winter sports.

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