ISSF Target Sprint Selection Policy
(May 2018 Update)
1.1. British Shooting British Shooting is recognised by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) and European Shooting Confederation (ESC) as the National Federation for international target shooting for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As such, British Shooting is responsible for selecting and entering Great Britain individuals and teams in ISSF and ESC sponsored competitions, and for making recommendations to the British Olympic Association for athlete selection to the European Games and Olympic Games.
1.2 The Purpose The main objective of the selection procedure is to select the shooters who have the best chance to win the best set of medals for Great Britain at major events. The policy describes in detail the sole process and criteria by which athletes are selected to represent Great Britain (GBR).
1.3 Applicability This document is the British Shooting policy for the process and criteria for selecting teams and individuals to represent Great Britain at all international matches in the ISSF Target Sprint events. Where total team size is restricted under ISSF rules, (ESC European and ISSF World Championships) then Olympic events should take priority.
1.4. Funding of Entries to Competitions An athlete selected by British Shooting to attend an international competition has no automatic right to any form of funding from British Shooting. Attendance at the competition will always depend on the availability of adequate funds.
1.5. Relationship with Home Countries Selection British Shooting is the sole body responsible for entering individuals and teams to represent Great Britain at, but not limited to, ISSF World Championships, ESC European Championships and ISSF World Cup matches. For international competitions where the organisers will accept entries from regional shooting federations, British Shooting will normally defer to the selection decisions of the respective Home Countries’ federations. However, British Shooting reserves the right to enter a Great Britain team at these competitions should it wish to do so.
1.6. Major and Minor Matches For the purposes of selection of teams and individuals to represent Great Britain, international matches other than the European Games and Olympic Games are divided into two categories.
- Major Matches comprise ISSF World Championships, ESC European Championships and ISSF World Cup matches.
- Minor Matches comprise of all other international matches run under ISSF rules.
1.7. Age Categories In accordance with ISSF Rule 3.3.6 Juniors are athletes who will be under the age of 21 on December 31st in the year of the competition. Therefore, athletes who become 21 in the year of competition are Seniors. The minimum age for athlete selection will be in accordance with the ISSF competition entry criteria.
2. SELECTION CRITERIA FOR INTERNATIONAL MATCHES
2.1. Responsibility For Selection Decisions
2.1.1. Selection decisions for international matches are taken by the British Shooting Selection Panel for Target Sprint. British Shooting will annually publish the Target Sprint international competitions they will be selecting for that year, along with the complete set of Ranking Events for that year, on the British Shooting website.
2.1.2. The Selection Panel will comprise of:
- GB Head Target Sprint Coach (currently Martin Beard)
- British Shooting Advisor for Target Sprint (currently Georgina Geikie)
- Three appointed Selectors (currently Mark Lodge, John Saint and Stephen Batchelor).
The GB Head Target Sprint Coach will have the casting vote in the event of the Panel being unable to reach an agreement.
2.1.3. Regarding Team size, British Shooting reserves the right to select the number of GB Target Sprint representatives competing in which age group at international matches. This will be published on their website in advance of the international matches being selected for.
2.2. International Selection Process Selection decisions for International Matches are based on:
- Attainment of the Minimum Consideration Time
- National Selection System
- Other information deemed relevant by the Selection Panel to ensure selected athletes have the best medal winning potential.
The list of accredited Selection Qualification Events, GB Final Selection Weekend and Minimum Consideration Times will be published at least annually on the British Shooting and Target Sprint websites.
It should be noted that athlete’s resident outside the UK are required to also follow the International Selection Process within the UK, if they wish to be considered for selection.
2.2.1 Minimum Consideration Time (MCT)
To ensure consistency and standards across athlete selection, Minimum Consideration Time’s (MCT) will be enforced and are based on the standard to gain a Finals placing at the previous years ISSF International Target Sprint events.
2.2.2. National Selection System
Selection Qualification Events All athletes who wish to be considered for International Selection, must participate in Selection Races at one or more Selection Qualification Event(s) and gain a Minimum Consideration Time AND/OR Top 3 (three) placing in their respective age and gender category, in order to qualify for the GB Final Selection weekend.
*If an athlete attains a Top 3 (three) placing in more than one Selection Qualification Event, their first performance placing will be recorded. At subsequent Selection Qualification Events where the same athlete attains another Top 3 placing, the placing qualification place(s) will roll down the scoreboard.
GB Final Selection Weekend Athletes will be invited to the GB Final Selection weekend who have:
- Attained the Minimum Consideration Time at one or more of the Selection Qualification Events in their respective age and gender category.
- And/or gained a Top 3 (three)* placing at one of the Selection Qualification Events
Attendance will be mandatory if an athlete wishes to be eligible for International section that year.
GB Final Selection Weekend Format: Athletes will be invited to attend one of the two days, and expected to race twice on that one day, from which their fastest time will be recorded as their Final Result. Each athletes’ final result will be listed in their respective category (Junior or Senior) on the full weekend’s results. (Saturday and Sunday).
GB Team Selection Decisions: Performances at the GB Final Selection Weekend*, athletes’ attainment of the Minimum Consideration Time and other information deemed relevant by the Selection Panel will be considered for the other place(s) available for GB Team selection.
*If an athlete who has been invited to the GB Final Selection weekend is unable to attend through grounds deemed appropriate by the Target Sprint Selection Panel, and they are viewed as having international medal potential and are eligible and available for international selection for 2018, measures will be taken to ensure a clear fair and transparent opportunity is available for selection consideration.
2.3. Selection Qualification Event Locations To be an accredited Selection Qualification Event the location, equipment and personnel present need to meet the following requirements:
- Running Course must be a single loop flat circuit
- Targetary is to ISSF standard dimensions and maintained to a high standard.
- A British Shooting representative must be present.
3. De-selection or removal from consideration for selection
3.1. The Selection Panel reserves the right to de-select, or to remove from consideration for selection, any athlete, at any time (subject to any event-specific deadlines):
- Who is medically unfit to compete as a result of injury or illness.
- Who does not comply with British Shooting’s code of conduct for team members or whose behaviour is otherwise disruptive or potentially damaging to British Shooting and the team and/or undermines, in any way, the objective of winning the best set of medals;
- Whose performance level falls following selection to the extent that the Selection Panel considers in its reasonable opinion that the athlete will not perform to the best of his/her ability at the relevant event;
- Where British Shooting does not provide full funding, an individual who fails to pay any sum required within the agreed time frames, to be paid to attend the Event. Or where there is any outstanding amount owed to British Shooting from a previous event;
- Where logistical arrangements are being made on behalf of the athlete by British Shooting, the athlete fails to provide timely organisational information and fails to co-operate in a manner that allows timely completion of competition arrangements;
- Who fails to comply with any drug-testing requirement of the Anti-Doping, or any anti-doping requirements imposed by the Event organisers or others with appropriate authority so to do, or who otherwise breaches the WADA Code or other applicable anti-doping regulations;
- Where a selection has been successfully appealed, the athlete originally selected will be automatically de-selected pending the further selection process;
- Where an athlete is de-selected, or removed from consideration for selection, written reasons will be provided within 72 hours of such removal/de-selection.
4. Athlete replacement
4.1. A reserve athlete can be selected to replace any athlete who is removed based on the above or for any other unforeseen reason. The reserve athlete will be selected in accordance with the criteria set out above.
5. Selection notification
5.2. Prior to the website announcement shooters being considered for selection will have been notified of their selection by British Shooting by telephone or email.
6. Confidentiality of selection
6.1. Selected team members are not to make any disclosure to media or general public in any form whatsoever of their selection or non-selection until British Shooting has announced the selection via the British Shooting website. Please note that where selection requires the ratification of an external partner/body, British Shooting may be obliged to delay announcing the selection until after it has been ratified.
7.1. Those shooters selected to represent Great Britain will be required to consent to the requirements of the British Shooting anti-doping policy, as amended from time to time, and any other requirements that may be imposed for the event.
8. Selection Procedure amendments
8.1. British Shooting reserves the right to amend the Selection Procedure wherever appropriate or necessary, in particular as a result of factors beyond British Shooting’s control. It is the responsibility of shooters to acquaint themselves with the Selection Procedure applicable to the event, and all related documents (as set out above). Changes to the Selection Procedure will come into effect from the date where they are shown on the British Shooting website.
9. British Shooting Code of Conduct
9.1. All selected members of GB teams are required to sign up to and adhere to the British Shooting GB Team Code of Conduct. This is a mandatory requirement and will need to be signed prior to departing for a selected event. The code of conduct is set out in a separate British Shooting document entitled “GBR Team Code of Conduct”.
- Athletes are entitled to appeal a decision by the Selection Panel not to select them under this policy in accordance with the procedure set out here. The appeal process is intended to be quick, fair and independent.
- If an athlete wishes to appeal, he or she must notify the Chief Executive of British Shooting that they wish to appeal as soon as possible, and in any event no later than 24hrs after the announcement of selection on the British Shooting website. A notification of an intention to appeal must be given in writing (an e‐mail is acceptable; this should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The athlete must, by 4pm on the second day following such notification, provide to the Chief Executive of British Shooting a written document setting out the grounds for the appeal (the “Grounds of Appeal”). The Grounds of Appeal must include the fullest explanation possible, in the time available, of the basis for the athlete’s appeal, together with any evidence that they rely on. Athletes should note that the only available grounds of appeal are either that the Selection Policy was not followed, or that the decision in question was unreasonable and/or not reached in a manner consistent with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness.
- If, in the reasonable view of the Chief Executive of British Shooting, the appeal may affect other athletes (“Affected Athletes”), then he must provide the Grounds of Appeal to any such persons as soon as possible.
- The selection appeal will then as soon as possible be referred to Sport Resolutions (UK) for determination by way of binding, confidential, arbitration. The parties agree that they will not commence, continue or maintain any legal challenge to decisions taken by the Selection Panel other than through the Appeals Procedure.
- An athlete seeking to appeal will, accordingly, be required to pay to British Shooting a deposit of £250 towards the cost of using Sport Resolutions’ services, which should be paid at the same time as the Grounds of Appeal are provided. This sum will be reimbursed to the athlete in the event that the appeal is upheld.
- British Shooting must, as soon as possible and by no later than by 4pm two days after receipt of the Grounds of Appeal, serve on the appealing athlete and on any Affected Athlete a written response to the appeal, including the fullest explanation possible, in the time available, of the basis for that response together with any evidence that British Shooting wishes to rely on.
- Any Affected Athlete may also, as soon as possible and by no later than by 4pm two days after receipt of the Grounds of Appeal, serve on British Shooting a written response to the appeal, including the fullest explanation possible, in the time available, of the basis for that response together with an evidence that they wish to rely on. British Shooting must provide this written response to the appealing athlete as soon as possible.
- The appeal will then proceed, on the earliest possible date by way of oral hearing in front of a single legally qualified arbitrator appointed by Sport Resolutions. The appealing athlete, British Shooting and any Affected Athlete are entitled to attend such a hearing, with representatives if they so wish. Sport Resolutions will be responsible for arranging the hearing and for notifying the appealing athlete, British Shooting and any Affected Athlete of the time, date and location of the hearing. Alternatively, if the athlete, British Shooting and any Affected Athlete agree, the appeal will be determined on the papers by the arbitrator. The arbitrator may set any directions in connection with such a hearing or written determination as they consider fair and appropriate, and may likewise determine how any such hearing is to be conducted in order for that hearing to be fair.
- The arbitrator will endeavour to render a decision in respect of the appeal as soon as possible. In the interests of expediency, the arbitrator may initially render a brief summary of the decision orally at the conclusion of the hearing, or in writing after the hearing, with full reasons to follow. Sport Resolutions (UK) will be responsible for notifying all participants of the decision.
- The arbitrator may either dismiss the appeal, or uphold the appeal and remit the selection decision back to the Selection Panel, with any guidance which the arbitrator may consider appropriate. The arbitrator will not have jurisdiction to select or de‐select any athlete.
- The arbitrator’s decision will be final: if an athlete’s appeal is dismissed, he or she will have no further right of appeal. Equally an Affected Athlete shall have no right to appeal the decision of the arbitrator.
- Save as may otherwise be agreed between them, all participants to the appeal process are required to keep the fact and contents of the appeal process confidential.
- Any information disclosed to athletes regarding selection, non-selection or through the appeals process is required to be confidential and should not be shared publicly. Athletes will be required to sign a non-disclosure form.
- Save as provided for above, all parties to an appeal shall bear their own costs.