Advancement through the USSA's Athlete Development Pipeline is based on tangible, objective selection criteria. At each level, from grassroots club-level events to Olympics, athletes advance based on athletic performance in events as well as on ranking or points lists. Selection criteria for different events, teams or projects may be different. Athletes, coaches and parents should read the criteria carefully to learn exactly how athletes will be selected. In some cases it may be results from specific events. In other cases it may be an athletes ranking on a USSA or International Ski Federation (FIS) points or ranking list. Most athletes are selected by specific objective criteria, but there may also be discretionary selection if noted in the criteria. Click on the tabs above to access selection criteria for specific teams or development projects.