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Games Application Rules & Regulations

SPC “2 in 5” Rule (as of January 1, 2020)

Major Games (i.e. Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth, Pan American & Para Pan American)

Physiotherapists applying to Major Games are only eligible to be selected twice (2) in a five (5) year period within the same role (“2 in 5” rule). The 5-year period (a ‘year’ being defined as 12 months) will be calculated by counting backwards from January 1st of the year the Games are taking place. 

For example, Diploma holders selected to attend a Major Games as a Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist twice in the same role in a 5-year period would all be considered ineligible to be selected for another Major Games in the same role (Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist) in the same 5-year period, i.e. “2 in 5” rule calculation. 

*Core Health Service Team Therapists include those selected either as a physiotherapist or as an athletic therapist (i.e. SPC member who is also CATA certified and is selected through CATA)

Developmental Games (i.e. Youth Olympic Games, Jeux de la Francophonie, FISU/World Universiade)**

Physiotherapists applying to Developmental Games are only eligible to be selected twice (2) in a five (5) year period within the same role (“2 in 5” rule). The 5-year period (a ‘year’ being defined as 12 months) will be calculated by counting backwards from January 1st of the year the Games are taking place. 

For example, Diploma holders selected to attend a Developmental Games as a Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist twice in the same role in a 5-year period would all be considered ineligible to be selected for another Developmental Games in the same role (Core Health Services Team Therapist*, Chief Therapist or Assistant Chief Therapist) in the same 5-year period, i.e. “2 in 5” rule calculation.

*Core Health Service Team Therapists include those selected either as a physiotherapist or as an athletic therapist (i.e. SPC member who is also CATA certified and is selected through CATA)

**NB: The “2 in 5” rule does not apply to ’Canada Games’ nor does it apply to ‘Other Developmental Games’ (i.e. Arctic Winter Games, Commonwealth Youth Games, Gay Games, Invictus Games, Maccabiah Games, World Military Games, Indigenous Games, World Masters Games, World Police & Fire Games).

(The reason Canada Games fits in this category is to permit SPC Diploma holders to continue gaining Multi-sport Games experience while acting as Mentors to newer candidates.)