What's New For FWQ in 2020?
With the new 2020 season we will implement a number of changes in the FWQ and FJT handbooks that affect age eligibility, season dates and Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) invitations.
The new handbooks will be updated and published shortly and will include the following changes:
1. NEW SEASON DATES
As of the 2020 season, the season, ranking and membership cut-off date will be the first day of the season, for 2020 season this will be April 20, 2019. All events as of April 20, 2019 will be part of the 2020 season and part of 2020 rankings.
2. AGE ELIGIBILITY
We have changed the age eligibility for Freeride Junior Tour (FJT) and Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) making it more flexible for athletes to move on to the next age category once they will have reached the eligible age of the next age category.
The new age eligibility rules for the 2020 season will only be effective as of June 1st, 2019. The full 2020 Rider Rules will be updated and uploaded shortly.
There will be no June 1st cut-off date anymore. The cut-off date will be the start of the season (for 2020 this will be April 20, 2019).
As of this season, riders are allowed to compete in the next age category during an active season once they reach the eligible age category, regardless if they have competed in the younger age category during the same season or not. If they do not want to move on to the next age category during the same season, they can choose to finish the season in the younger age category.
Example: 17 year old junior riders who compete on the Freeride Junior Tour are now allowed to move on to Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) during the same season once they will have turned 18 years old, allowing them to compete on 2 different tours during one season and being part of 2 different rankings if they wish to do so. If they do not want to move on to FWQ during the same season once they turn 18, they can chose to remain a junior for the rest of the season. However, once they compete on FWQ, they cannot go back to compete on FJT.
The same logic will apply to 15 year old Ski Men who turn 16 during the season (they are allowed to move to Ski Men U-18) and to 14 year old Junior riders of the other 3 categories (Ski Women, Snowboard Men, Snowboard Women) who are allowed to move on to U-18 once they turn 14 during the same season even if they competed in the younger age category already during the same season.
However, if a rider reaches the eligible birth date prior to the season, they have to move on to the next age category.
Example: A Junior Ski Women turns 14 on April 15, 2019 thus before the 2020 begins has compete in Ski Women U-18 during the 2020 season. Competing in U-14 will not be an option.
Junior riders who turn 18 during the season and decide to move on to compete at FWQ events during the same season, can use their FJT tour license to compete at FWQ event for the rest of the season if they have already competed at junior events with a current season tour license.
Riders who turn 18 during the season but decide not to compete at FJT events before turning 18 and before moving on to FWQ will need to purchase a FWQ Tour license.
4. FREERIDE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (FJWC) INVITATIONS
If you have received an invitation for FJWC and turn 18 during the ongoing season, you can only move on to FWQ after FJWC. If you participate at a FWQ event prior to FJWC, your FJWC invitation will be withdrawn and your spot will be replaced.
Example: if you have received an invitation for FJWC and turn 18 on August 2019, you cannot compete at FWQ events in NZ, then go to FJWC and then finish the season on FWQ. You will need to compete at FJT events in NZ and can only move to FWQ after your FJWC participation.
If you turn 18 prior to the season, you are not considered a Junior anymore and are not eligible to receiving a FJWC invitation.