In order to qualify for the ATQ or FTQ, you must have engaged in “Elite Athlete Participation (EAP)” at any point in your career in sport. If you meet or exceed ANY of the below conditions, you qualify.
Don’t’ qualify for the ATQ or NTQ? No problem! Anyone who is over 18 years of age and never competed in elite sport is eligible to take the NTQ.
Elite Athlete Participation means meeting one of the below conditions:
Participation on a COLLEGIATE SPORT program that is officially endorsed by a school/university. Includes DI, DII, DIII or non-NCAA. If you played on a club team, the program must be officially recognized by the university or school/University AND compete against similar programs at other schools/universities AND be recognized by the NCAA as a First Tier Sport (e.g., does not include Quidditch, paintball or PvZ; Ultimate, Judo and Speed Skating are examples of included programs as long as they meet the other conditions.
Obtained RANKING POINTS/competed in event(s) that offered ranking points or your sports equivalent to ranking points. Competed in at least one event/bracket where national or world ranking points are awarded by a sanctioned organization that is recognized as an authority in your sport (Examples of sports that work this way include boxing, bobsled, skateboard) OR competed in the most expert bracket available (e.g., Expert, pro, black-belt+) at a national, international, or world level event (e.g., Nordic combined) OR where prize money is available (e.g., MMA) by a sanctioned organization recognized as an authority in the sport (e.g., Judo, karate). Athlete does not need to win prize money; participation in the bracket or bout that offers prize money is adequate.
MEMBER OF A TEAM (e.g., US Climbing, US Gymnastics, National team, Olympic team), CLUB (e.g., swimming), OR FRANCHISE (e.g., Bowie Baysox, minor league baseball) that participates in events/games/competitions that are equivalent to an amateur or professional league (e.g., NBA, MLB).
ATTENDED THE OLYMPIC TRIALS (does not have to make the Olympic team) OR qualified for the Olympics based on a recognize ranking point system.