"The core group of athletes will ALWAYS be drawn from the region where the Program Director lives. It just make sense."
I agree entirely.
What I have issues with is a training program that specifies eight events. Seven of them are in the "Golden Triangle". The eighth is a 5 day training camp on the US East Coast. No offer of any tiny monetary assistance is ever offered to offset eight trips across the continent.
The training program shrieks: "Please don't even think of trying out; we will bankrupt you!"