The team approval process is managed by the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT). Each year, CAT reviews applications for approval from teams operating within a certain geographic region of the United States and Canada according to the following cycle:
- April – Application Posted
- July 1 – Applications Due
- November – Teams Notified of Approval Status
- January – Team Listings are Updated to Reflect New Approval Status
Applications are due on July 1 of each calendar year. Approval is for a period of up to five years. Teams that have not been approved may reapply during the next cycle. Teams are welcome to apply at any time, but if they are approved off-cycle, they will be required to reapply when their region is up for review – which could be in fewer than five years.
There is a non-refundable initial application fee of $250. If a team is approved, this fee includes the team’s first year listing fee. There is an annual listing fee of $175 – update your team listing or pay your listing fee online.