Cross Country Points
The ability to measure one competitor's performance against another is the heart of competitive athletics. In a country as large as the USA, it's important to have measurement tools to evaluate the performance of skiers around the nation. Performance of USSA athletes is evaluated through various ranking lists. Athletes competing in scored competitions earn points, which are calculated mathematically to allow ranking lists to be developed. Ranking lists, in turn, are used by U.S. Ski & Snowboard for selection to teams, entry into higher level competitions and for development projects.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Ranking Lists
U.S. Ski & Snowboard ranking lists utilize finishes from U.S. Ski & Snowboard scored competitions.
FIS Ranking Lists
FIS ranking lists utilize finishes from FIS competitions worldwide, including those in the USA.
To more closely align athletes’ NRL points with FIS points, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard NRL points list will be adjusted annually as follows:
- Separate modifiers are calculated for men and women in both distance and sprint.
- The modifiers are multipliers calculated as the average percent difference between NRL and FIS points for the top 20 athletes on the final points list of the season.
- the distance and print modifiers are applied to each result from the previous season to allow for proper calculation.
Calculation of the equalizer will be made by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Competition Services Department and subject to the oversight of a Technical Committee of coaches, timers and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Director. The Technical Committee will be appointed annually at U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress. The 2020-21 Equalizer is below:
|National Close||National Valid||FIS Close||FIS Valid|
|List 1||Oct. 26||Oct. 29||June 28||July 1|
|List 2||Nov. 09||Nov. 12||Oct. 11||Oct. 15|
|List 3||Dec. 07||Dec. 10||Nov. 22||Nov. 26|
|List 4||Dec. 21||Dec. 31||Dec. 20||Dec. 24|
|List 5||Jan. 11||Jan. 14||Jan. 10||Jan. 14|
|List 6||Feb. 15||Feb. 18||Feb. 14||Feb. 18|
|List 7||Mar. 01||Mar. 04||Mar. 07||Mar. 11|
|List 8||Mar. 15||Mar. 19||Mar. 21||Mar. 25|
|List 9||April 05||April 08|
|List 10||June 28||July 01|
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Ranking List is used to rank all eligible U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes in scored races based on the FIS point calculation (see Race Points and Calculating Penalties). Racers may obtain points by entering any races designated as U.S. Ski & Snowboard National Calendar Events or scored races. Competitors must be current competitor members of U.S. Ski & Snowboard at the time of the competition to be eligible for points and a competitor’s U.S. Ski & Snowboard number must appear on the official results in order to be scored. Minimum and maximum penalties, which may affect the points in each race, are applied based on quality and importance of the competition. Categories of races to be scored, and their corresponding minimum penalties are as follows:
Event Category - Minimum Penalty (1)
- World Cup, Olympic and World Championships - 0.00
- Continental Cup, NCAA Champs, American Birkebeiner (2), SuperTour - 20.00
- U.S. Championships - 15.00
- U23 World Championships - 25.00
- World Junior Championships - 35.00
- Junior Nationals - No min
- Regional Scored Events, NCAA Regional Events - 35.00
- U16 and younger competitions (3) - 100
- U14 and younger competitions (3) - 150
The National Ranking List is based on a racer’s four best results during the previous 12 months, which are used to determine his or her final score. Those athletes with fewer than four scored events will be penalized 22% (with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 26 points) of their overall score. Ranking for both sprint and distance disciplines will also be calculated, using a racer’s best three results in that discipline. While the NRL is based on the FIS point calculation, it is a separate list from the FIS list. For race points and penalty calculations, please see Chapter 2 of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Competition Guide, located in the References section.
Points List Information
To assure that your membership is processed for inclusion on any list, your membership materials must be received by U.S. Ski & Snowboard at least seven days prior to a closing date. Registrations are not considered received until they are complete. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that his or her U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership registration is received; you can contact U.S. Ski & Snowboard member services (435.647.2666) to check the status of your application.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS points are not continually being updated; they are recalculated for each new list. For more information on how points are calculated, see Chapter 2 of your .S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Competition Guide, located in the References section. Closing and Valid dates for the points list are listed above.
If you have a question regarding your National or FIS points or ranking, or an event result, please be sure to provide U.S. Ski & Snowboard with sufficient details to help you. Most notably, indicate your sport (alpine, cross country, freestyle, etc.).
- Name of athlete and U.S. Ski & Snowboard number (if known)
- Sport (alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboard)
- National or FIS issue
- National or FIS event ID (if appropriate and known) or location and date(s)
- Your specific question
Click below to send an email with your specific question or contact:
J.J. Ehlers, Competition Services Coordinator
Cross Country Points List Downloads
- 5th National Cross Country Points List for season 2019-20 - valid Jan 14 to Feb 17, 2021.
- 5th FIS Cross Country Points List for season 2020-21 - valid Jan 14 to Feb 17, 2021.
To Lookup an athlete's current points, ranking, and race results use Member History and Results under my.ussa.org. The Rankings Viewer is also found under my.ussa.org.