Membership of the AFT and AFS goes hand-in-hand with international competition.  Some athletes will travel on both organized AFF tours, and others on their own training tours.  Recognising this, the Selection Policy allows athletes to submit information to the Selection Panel requesting that points be allocated to them for these events.    The Selection Panel may elect to award zero points for a competition; so long-term planning – part of the AFT/AFS underpinning – is essential. Therefore, events have to be rated for points by the Selection Commission at least three months before the competition to give certainty to the athlete attending to compete and also so other athletes will know that they can potentially earn ranking points at that particular competition.