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The Athletics Association of Barbados (hereinafter called the AAB) is the national governing body for Track and Field Athletics in Barbados and is a full member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The Association applies the selection policy with consideration for the following:

  1. development goals for the sport and the athletes,
  2. high level performance objectives,
  3. levels of competition,
  4. available resources. 

Athletes will be required to prove eligibility, maintain and show evidence of their competitive fitness up to the time of competition, and sign a letter of intent.

The Athletics Association of Barbados reserves the right to exercise discretionary powers and may select an athlete for any competitive assignment.


The Selection Committee of the AAB shall make recommendations to the Executive Council of the Athletics Association of Barbados (hereinafter called the Council) for final ratification of selectees.



1          A. Athletes must be Registered Athletes of the AAB in good standing*, be Barbadian citizens, and possess current Barbados passports and/or proof of citizenship.

B.  To be eligible for selection for National duty athletes must compete at the National Championships and/or a designated ‘Trials’ meet unless they have been granted exemptions by the AAB in advance. Junior, Youth and Juvenile athletes must compete at the Carifta Selection Championships, National Junior Championships and/or other specially nominated selection competitions.  All applications for exemption must be submitted in writing to the AAB office at least two (2) weeks in advance of the first day of the Competition or National Championships. The onus is on the athlete to seek confirmation of receipt of this communication. Applications for exemptions for medical reasons must be accompanied by the evidence from an approved medical practitioner (ie. A Doctor’s certificate must be submitted).

  1. An achievement of the meet organizer’s entry/qualification standard for an event does not guarantee selection. The AAB shall set performance/qualification standards, through the Standards Committee, for regional and international competitions.


  1. Achievement of a performance/qualification standard set by the Council does not guarantee selection as the physical fitness, training status and current form of the athlete determined by a fitness subcommittee of the AAB, will be taken into consideration.   The AAB reserves the right to have its Medical team determine the fitness and medical soundness of any athlete considered for selection.


  1. Performances must be achieved during an official competition organised in conformity with IAAF rules. The qualifying periods will be specified by the Association.


  1. Performances achieved in competitions outside of Barbados must be supported by a certified copy of the meet results or other proof of the performances.  Only properly verified performances from a recognized source will be considered.


  1. Wind readings must be within the allowable limit for performances to be considered.


  1. Athletes who have been named to Training Squads must meet with the Squad as required by the Council.


  1. To be eligible for selection athletes must compete at the National Championships or specified selection championships/trials and must compete in the events for which they wish to be considered.


  1.  Athletes must compete in the events for which they have been selected.  


  1.   Athletes selected for the relay pool must be available when required for relay       practice.


  1.   Athletes who were injured or ill will be subject to a proof of competitive readiness test to be determined by the team’s Head Coach in consultation with the athlete’s personal coach and will be subjected to a fitness test conducted by a subcommittee appointed by the Council. This test will consist of a controlled performance such as a competition or observed test or trial. This trial will have a predetermined expected outcome.


  1.   When an athlete is injured subsequent to selection the athlete or representative must disclose the injury to the AAB. The athlete may be required to be examined by medical personnel appointed by the Council and may be required to submit to fitness testing under the auspices of the AAB.


  1.  All athletes selected for National teams are required to sign the AAB’s Code of Conduct except in the case of minors, the parents of whom shall sign on their behalf.


  1.  Failure to comply with stated criteria shall result in deselection.



* For the purposes of this document, “Good Standing” means an athlete or affiliate who is current with all applicable fees, has no outstanding reports or submissions of any kind to the AAB, has no pending disciplinary charges or processes currently not concluded with the AAB, and is not in breach of any rule of the IAAF or the AAB.







The CARIFTA Games, the premier junior athletic competition in the Caribbean, is viewed by the Athletics Association of Barbados as the first level of formal competition for athletes in the Under 17 and Under 20 Age Groups. (The age groups are determined as at December 31 in the year of competition).

As such the AAB’s standards for this competition are viewed as developmental and are geared to encourage athletes to reach a required level and to strive for excellence.



i) General Information

 The 2013 Carifta team will be confirmed by March 11, 2013.


Athletes must be Registered Athletes of the AAB in good standing, be Barbadian citizens, and possess current Barbados passports and/or proof of citizenship. Additionally, an athlete who can provide proof of residency in Barbados for a minimum of one (1) year may represent Barbados at Carifta Games.

ii) General Selection Principles for Carifta Games

  • A maximum of two qualifiers for an event may be selected.
  • The “Qualifying Period” to achieve the Standards is January 01, 2013 to March 10, 2013 (midnight local time of the competition).
  • To be eligible for selection athletes must compete at the Carifta Selection Championships in 2013 in the event(s) for which they wish to be considered, except under circumstances outlined in the Exceptions clause.
  • Performances achieved in competitions other than those administered in Barbados, must be supported by a certified copy of the meet results, or proof of the performances from a recognized source.


iii) Standard Achievement

Where more than two athletes in an individual event have achieved the standard during the Qualifying Period the selection will be determined by the top two (2) finishers at the Carifta Selection Championships.

iv) Exceptions

In the event that an athlete has been granted exemption from competing at the Carifta Selection Championships (due to injury or illness), or becomes injured or ill after selection, the AAB’s Medical designate and/or the fitness subcommittee will determine the fitness of the athlete to compete at the Carifta Games.

The Selection Committee may include in this team, athletes who in its sole discretion are considered to fulfill an AAB development objective for future participation in athletics at the local or regional level but who have not achieved the standard.

The Selection Committee may include in this team athletes who are enrolled in an educational institution outside of Barbados for the period January to March 10, 2013 and who did not compete at the Carifta Selection Championships.

 Revised February 24, 2013

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