On the heels of our announcement about
changes to Bronze-level event sanctioning, the AFP is extremely thrilled to reveal another exciting initiative that benefits younger, entry-level and up-and-coming athletes.
Early this fall, we will be implementing and launching a new Junior Rankings system for athletes 18-years-old and younger. This idea came about for multiple reasons, and following season-long conversations with leaders in the freeski industry from multiple countries, along with National and Youth Program Directors, coaches, and most importantly, the athletes themselves.
“Since the Sochi Olympics, we've spent a considerable amount of time talking with freeskiing leaders throughout the world," says Eric Zerrenner, Executive Director of the AFP. "We
kept hearing the phrases ‘athlete development’ and ‘development
process’, and through these conversations the need for a global Junior
Rankings system became obvious. Given the AFP's leadership position with
our Global Rankings system and management of the World Tour, it became
clear that the AFP should take on this initiative and bring another
valuable tool to the sport and community of freeskiing,"
Based on this feedback, the AFP has decided to enhance our Global Rankings system with the addition of the Junior Rankings, which will provide younger athletes with an accurate look at where they rank against peers and fellow competitors more closely matched to their age, ability and competitive level.
Here are the details on the AFP Junior Rankings…
• Athletes 18-years-old and younger on December 31st, 2015 will be included in the Junior Rankings.
• The Junior Rankings are not exclusive. Any athlete listed on the Junior Rankings will also be listed on the Global Rankings.
• The Junior Rankings will be calculated by taking an athlete’s top three results and associated AFP points.
• Visitors to
afpworldtour.com will have the option and ability to switch between the Global Rankings and the Junior Rankings.
In addition to all of this, the Junior Rankings will also support one of the AFP's aforementioned primary goals for the 2015/2016 season—integrating more Bronze and Silver-level events into the World Tour. By offering more value to the athletes who compete in these events via the Junior Rankings, we aim to accomplish two goals: An increased number of Bronze and Silver events, and expanding the number of younger athletes involved with the AFP.
The new Junior Rankings will launch on
afpworldtour.com this fall. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you have...
Andrew Gauthier - World Tour Manager
Eric Zerrenner - Executive Director
Jeff Schmuck - Communications Director