Montréal, PQ - November 03-04, 2001
Arthur Nault, Vice-President HPC
Marthe Cusson, Team uniforms/member-at-large
Joan McDonald, Team Selection & Criteria
Shawn Riggs, Athlete Representative
Gary Gillies, Athlete Services Co-ordinator
Guest: Kathleen Millar, FCA Executive Director
1. Opening Remarks and greetings from the Committee Chairperson
The chairman, Arthur Nault, called the meeting to order at 9:30 am. He welcomed everyone to the fourth meeting held in his home. Kathy Millar presented a revised agenda. The agenda remained open for additions throughout the meeting.
2. Reading and approval of the minutes November 25-26, 2000 as circulated
Motion #HPC01-01: To approve the minutes as circulated.
Moved by: Joan McDonald Seconded by: Marthe Cusson carried
Arthur Nault's report included the IPC World Championships
Aimé Breault, coach for the 2001 FITA World Championship, submitted his report (attached). Considerable discussion followed. Aimé's report dealt with a lack of focus on the part of some team members. Shawn commented that there were only two team meetings held during the event. The team leader's role was discussed at length. Other topics arising from this discussion were postponed until later in the meeting.
ACTION: Arthur will write to Aimé to thank him for his report and ask permission to publish it in both official languages on FCA's web site.
Joan felt that the standard team selection process had worked well in preparation for Beijing but that it was very difficult to get scorecards/results from some Excellence members. A published listing of all possible Beijing competitors caused some criticism. Archers liked to follow the score progress on the web site and the changes in averages and rankings during the qualification period and now that Claude Malouin was in possession of all the software and ranking list material, he could begin to maintain this on the web in the future. Kathy commented that the whole process seemed very, very complicated and time-consuming. Joan noted the problems with the current software codes that did not pick up cadet ages, both male and female, to capture their results properly.
ACTION: Ian Caiger to fix code and send amendments to Claude Malouin.
Future considerations with regard to team selection and criteria involve COA. So far, COA has been satisfied with FCA's move to actual score numbers representing 16th and 64th place finishes at World Championships. FCA has a new contact at COA, Mr. Brian Rahill, who appears to be very good to work with and has a great deal of experience. To date there has been no communication from COA regarding team selection standards for the 2003 Pan American Games. But Mr. Rahill indicated that they would be available in January 2002. As far as Olympic criteria were concerned, Joan had been working with Carol Asselin successfully.
Arthur mentioned the possibility of his travel to the 2004 Olympic/Paralympic competition sites this fall in conjunction with IPC. Unfortunately, there has not been a lot of information from Mr. James Larven on this topic and time is running out. The committee saw this IPC congress as an important opportunity to orient volunteer coaches and archers. Kathy handed out copies of the Archery Olympic Committee's report to FITA Congress that Al Wills brought back from Beijing.
ACTION: Kathy and Arthur will work together with IPC and CPC to insure that Arthur's travel arrangements and accreditation for IPC's annual congress are made quickly.
Discussion centered around the decrease in the number of arrows Easton was supplying worldwide to national sports organizations, and the hope that Win & Win had realised an increase in Canadian sales of their products due to the annual sponsorship. Gary would continue to work with Al Wills on this sponsorship. There is still the issue of the extra bow, and Gary provided an update. The committee agreed that this bow could be advertised as a whole unit or as separate limb/riser components. Kathy stated that for personal reasons, she would not be travelling to Nashville for the AMO Show in January 2002. Contacts with sponsors would have to be made by phone and e-mail.
ACTION: Gary will prepare again an article for the next InfoExcellence.
ACTION: Kathy will phone Diane Tone to ask about Cavalier's sponsored goods.
Marthe reported that the communications with 3D shooters seemed to be positive, but that they had not chosen to use a team selection process to IBO worlds. She was going to suggest changes to the Athlete Equipment Contract later in the meeting. She reported that Shawn had attended all the annual meetings on her behalf. She had answered all communication and concerns to date, though some of these had been very trying and required a lot of time and effort.
Shawn reported that the team uniforms for Beijing were great and all the athletes were very pleased with them. From the Athletes Can meeting, he had the impression that most of the topics dealt with government carding and funding, thereby being of little importance to elite archers and issues facing them. At the Sport Summit, only certain athletes were spokespersons, but they had not been formally elected to speak for Athletes Can. The group was told who was going to represent them at COA. There was general disappointment over the Sport Summit results and the feeling that certain sports are being excluded from the decision-making process. Shawn reported that provincial athlete reps Ed Wilson and Eric Savage had been corresponding well, but that he had no contact with the other provinces. HPC agreed that PSO's should elect provincial athlete reps, not appoint them.
ACTION: Shawn will publicize this group more often and make elected athlete reps in every province one of his goals during his term.
Kathy will send Shawn a copy of Excellence 2004 spreadsheet with all the contact information for his files, as well as all other HPC members.
Kathy will contact the Vancouver National Training Centre to acquire copies of "3 Waves".
Only 1 issue of InfoExcellence has been distributed since the last meeting. Laurier Cusson had produced a second bulletin draft but Joan could not find it in her e-mail attachments. Obviously it had been sent because she saw her address listed on Gary's message, but she does not recall receiving it. This bulletin's information is now stale-dated. Realistically, the members of the committee could not produce more than 2 InfoExcellence bulletins per year. The suggestion was to issue a fall edition as soon as possible after the annual HPC meeting took place, and a spring edition in mid-May. The summer was too busy a time for the committee members. There should be more promotional material for major events, Canada Cup, Ontario Spring Classic and the Canadian Target/Field nationals.
ACTION: Kathy will contact the organizing committees for Canada Cup and National Championships to provide camera-ready artwork (or similar quality) promotional material to distribute in both the Fall and Spring editions. Each committee would be asked to contribute $20.00 for the increased size and mailing costs of InfoExcellence.
The committee identified the need to fill this vacancy. Joan reported that she had agreed to be Archery's representative in the newly reconstituted CPCA. It was hoped the new structure would be more representative of Canadian coaches. Some sports such as swimming had raised the profile of coaches to elected Board positions. The committee felt a new person was needed to complete specific tasks (see discussion below).
ACTION: Arthur Nault will approach M. Michel Perreault of Québec with the task list to see if he is interested in working with FCA in this capacity.
The HPC committee has become task-oriented in its structure. Talent Identification, though important, was deemed to be a national/developmental issue and should be found in the realm of the new ACC position of Junior Development Co-ordinator.
ACTION: Kathy will remove this position from the HPC structure.
4. HPC composition and expansion
This topic was covered above. The HP Coach position will be defined later.
5. 2001 Budget
Kathy provided a financial report (attached). All projects were discussed. A detailed breakdown of the IPC World Championships trip provided basic information for the 2002 Junior World team budget exercise. FAFAD projects will be reviewed and per diem submissions will be paid when the next Sport Canada installment arrives. The first two installments of $5,000 each were allocated only to IPC World Championship expenses and honoraria.
ACTION: Kathy to work with Arthur regarding seminars and international events as information becomes available.
6. Excellence Programme
The success/failure of the programme can be assessed in several ways. One indication could be results from the last world championships. Shawn stated that the recurve men were very disappointed in their team ranking. There needs to be a change in attitude toward training. FCA does not have the financial resources it once had to run training camps and instill discipline. So there must be clinics/seminars during times when the high performance athletes do get together, e.g. Ontario Spring Classic, Canada Cup and the Canadian Target Championships. Again the topic of team leader role and responsibility was discussed.
ACTION: Kathy will work with Joan McDonald on her level IV task to re-create a Team Leader Handbook. Kathy will send all the files to Joan. Joan will assess the content, add what she feels has to be done and consolidate the information into one book by May 2002.
Another way to assess the Excellence programme is through participation numbers. Recruiting is working fairly well and the number of people getting involved is positive. If a comparison is made between the last year of Excellence 2000 and the first year of Excellence 2004, then for those archers submitting scores (i.e. active competitors) the numbers for senior divisions are virtually the same. Therefore, more people are joining the programme faster. There will be an attrition rate over the 4-year period, but right now figures are optimistic.
Everyone noted that communication had to be improved. But the majority of the time was spent answering the question "Why do we rank archers" and what were the reasons for continuing or altering the present structure (see attached).
ACTION: Joan will use 1 category (e.g. Senior Recurve Men) to pick up match play results and using the two best scores, turn all rounds into 18-arrow matches. She will produce the results and forward them to Excellence athletes for discussion.
As far as the current system is concerned, the new criteria for seniors would remain the same for 2002 and 2003. There would be no change until the results of the 2003 world championships were factored in. Junior criteria would not be reviewed until after the 2002 championships in Nymburk, CZE. Cadets will continue to be linked to junior scores until the championships and will be reviewed only if more data is available.
High Performance Coach Co-ordinator
The position will be defined by the tasks deemed important to the development of good team leaders and educated coaches in the priority ranking listed below:
The allocation for 2001 rankings will be made from the final list of December 31, 2001. As there are no sponsors for compound shooters, the allocation priority for complete limb/riser bows is set as:
If and when used equipment returns to the programme, it will be re-issued for a fee of the actual shipping costs between the former recipient and the new one. If shipping is necessary, the bows will be sent COD Canada Post. The former recipient will be reimbursed for shipping charges once the new recipient has paid the related costs. Since there were no Hoyt bows given under the new agreement, only Win & Win bows apply to the current policy. Used bows do not have to be returned or given as a complete set, but may be broken into limbs/riser.
ACTION: Gary will publish a list of those archers receiving bows under this new programme in every issue of InfoExcellence.
Marthe noted that the new contract has errors in it. It is possible to have 2 bows at the same time. The statement about returning bows should be retracted. An archer can not have more than two bows at any time since the bows must be the archer's primary bow or the back-up bow.
ACTION: Marthe will send the revisions to Kathy.
Discussed above. Extra shipping costs for larger issues would be absorbed by promotional programme for major events. Only two issues will be published annually.
ACTION: The committee must start immediately to prepare for the next bulletin.
The committee agreed to use actual scores from the averages of 1999 and 2001 championships. Scores are rounded off only if necessary by 0.5 to the next highest whole number. Criteria are attached.
ACTION: Kathy will send Al Wills the revised listing for the web page.
IPC Belgian Championships: There is no information available for wheelchair archers and specific events geared to them at the international level, except for the Belgian IPC Championships. This may have to be the major event for FAFAD or the group may use Championship of the Americas instead. There may not be another IPC World Archery Championship until 2003.
Kathy noted that COPANARCO has instituted ranking events as well, 3 outdoor and 2 indoor.
The COPANARCO meeting minutes suggest that Mr. Jim Easton was to offer training facilities and camps to archers and their coaches on a rotating series of dates, but FCA has heard nothing about this directly. Ten people are allowed to go per country per session and the country may send archers each year for 4 consecutive years. Once the archers and coaches arrive at the training site, Easton will pick up all related expenses.
ACTION: Kathy will contact Jim Easton regarding the intent of the camps and when they would be available to FCA Excellence members.
2002 Junior and Cadet World Championships
There are going to be world cadet championships. Standard team selection process applies for both teams. Deadline date for submission of scores is June 24, 2002.
2002 Masters Games
There are no criteria. It is an open event unless the Organizing Committee receives too many applicants. All applications must be made through the FCA office. Deadline date to notify the FCA office is August 26, 2002.
2002 World Field Championships
Interested archers need only apply to the FCA office no later than July 29, 2002.
2002 Championship of the Americas
This is a very important event vis-à-vis qualification numbers for Pan Am Games. Senior, junior and cadet archers may apply. Cadets may apply if they name a chaperone (no exceptions). A chaperone may be responsible for more than one cadet. Standard team selection process applies. Deadline date for submission of scores is July 8, 2002.
2002 IPC World Championship project in Montreal
This was a dream of Arthur's but it will not be realised. Kathy informed the committee that from her meeting with M. Coderre it was apparent that from now on all Canadian bids to hold international events will have to come through his office for approval.
2003 World Indoor Championships, March 4-9, Nîmes, FRA
The HPC wishes to recommend to ACC that scores shot at the indoor world championships be used for FCA Indoor Nationals in 2003, as there is a date conflict again. Standard team selection process applies. The qualifying period is from November 1, 2001 to the deadline date. The deadline date for submission of scores is January 20, 2003. Major events during that period of time include FCA Indoors, COPANARCO MICA, NAA National Indoor Regionals and any state championship shot under FITA rules.
Motion #HPC01-02: Effective immediately, the definition of a major event is any tournament designated as such by the High Performance Committee regardless of the number of people in the archer's equipment division at each event.
Moved by: Shawn Riggs Seconded by: Gary Gillies carried
If an FCA member wished to add an event to the HPC Major Events List, the request should be sent in writing to HPC no fewer than 8 weeks in advance of the said event. Then the event will be researched and the Vice-President will publish the decision.
2003 Pan American Games July 18 - Aug 03
COA will not have criteria ready until January 2002. COPANARCO is working on the technical package with the host country and PASO to see if the field can be expanded from 24 to 32 archers. Compound archers are not included. The number of spots that Canada earns on the Pan Am Games line will be determined by the team's performance at Championship of the Americas. COA criteria will take precedent. Only if there are more qualified archers than available spots on the line, standard team selection process will apply. The deadline date for submission of scores is June 02, 2003 (provisionally).
The FCA National Target/Field Championship dates are in direct conflict with the Championship of the Americas, but this could not be helped. FCA appreciates the late bid from SAA. The Indoor World Championships travel dates are in direct conflict with the FCA Indoor Championships in 2003.
2002 Junior World Championships
Deadline for Team Leader applications is February 1, 2002. It will be advertised in InfoExcellence and in Info.E-mail. It must be noted in the advertisement that there MAY be funding available for team leaders, but that no funding will be available for those wishing to apply for support staff positions.
2002 Masters Games N/A
2002 World Field Championships N/A
2002 Championship of the Americas
Deadline for Team Leader, and assistants, applications is February 1, 2002. It will be advertised in InfoExcellence and in Info.E-mail. It must be noted in the advertisement that there MAY be funding available for team leaders, but that no funding will be available for those wishing to apply for support staff positions.
2003 World Indoor Championships, March 4-9, Nîmes, FRA
Deadline for Team Leader applications is June 1, 2002. It will be advertised in InfoExcellence and in Info.E-mail.
2003 Pan American Games July 18 - Aug 03 and Athens Olympic Games 2004
Deadline for coach application for both positions is June 1, 2002. The coach will be the same person for both events. Full level IV NCCP certification is mandatory for Athens. The positions will be advertised in InfoExcellence and in Info.E-mail as soon as possible.
Team Leader applications for both teams, as well as applications for support staff will be advertised at the same time. These positions will be filled after the Olympic team coach has been named.
Kathy reviewed the efforts of COPANARCO to increase the size of the field at the same time as COA is trying to reduce its commitment. Joan stated that COA was less enthusiastic about Pan Am Games. There is a feeling that COA may fund only those sports that use Pan Am Games as qualifying rounds for Athens 2004. FCA will be able to advertise for increased support staff only after COA criteria are published. Certainly there will not be 3 people as there were in Winnipeg.
7. Uniform Issues
Congratulations were given to Marthe Cusson for all the work involved in finding an acceptable supplier and getting uniforms ready in time for Nymburk and Beijing. No comments, positive or negative were made regarding the change in shooting shirt supplier Coyle & Greer.
ACTION: Marthe will ask if Avalanche will put in a drawstring waist as well as the elastic and note any price changes to Kathy.
The HPC gave Kathy permission to sell the tracksuit to FCA members not in the Excellence 2004 with just the regular FCA logo on the front and omitting the word Canada on the back.
Everyone agreed that these should be produced again. Kathy will work with Coyle & Greer to manufacture them. However, she pointed out the logo on the back must be replaced.
ACTION: Kathy will work with Bradley to sell the back of these shirts as an advertising opportunity to any interested sponsors, other than the tobacco industry.
Joan will loan a shirt so that Bradley has a sample. Kathy has sent photos to Coyle & Greer already thanks to Lisa Bertoncini.
Joan and Shawn will send Bradley photos of the shirt being worn in front of the Great Wall of China and other major tourist attractions.
Kathy had included a preliminary order for the new Avalanche product and stated that this would be a good item to sell to all FCA members. But it really should be seen instead of just using photographs and the web page. Also she felt that HPC should buy shirts to raffle as well as receive the 5 promotional ones, and that all profits made through the sale of these raffled items should go to High Performance Committee events. Sales this year at the outdoor events would not be available in time to assist the junior world team leader before the event, but could supply an honorarium.
The committee is recommending that FCA order 15 shirts all the same size and colour for raffle at those indoor FCA Regional sites where the host committee wished to run this fund-raiser. Any jerseys not used during this process could be put on sale at the national outdoor events in the summer. Tickets would remain $2 each and 3 for $5.
ACTION: Kathy will ask the Executive Committee for permission to use general funds for this purpose. Costs would be recovered through the raffle process. Upon approval, Kathy will order 15 large, black shooting jerseys and begin communications with host sites. She will revise the order form.
Kathy will ask Coyle & Greer about FCA socks as another item for sale.
8. FCA Annual awards
The HPC recommends the following nominations to the Executive Committee for 2001:
Male Athlete of the Year Alec Denys
Female Athlete of the Year Dawn Groszko
Junior Athlete of the Year Kevin Tataryn AND Marie-Pier Beaudet
Coach of the Year Arthur Nault
Judge of the Year Robert Sheppard
9. 2002 HPC budget - priorities to the Executive Committee
Kathy reminded the committee that FAFAD money was given April 1 to March 31, not calendar year as FCA uses. This makes some of the budget process confusing.
2002 Junior World Championships
Preliminary estimate of expenses for 7 archers and 2 team leaders $3525.
2002 Championship of the Americas
This event provides the greatest funding challenge due to the possible team size. Preliminary estimate of costs is $6275.
Motion #HPC01-03: The FCA will pay entry fees and uniforms to members of world championship teams and the FCA will contribute to one team leader's airfare whenever possible. If additional funds are available, they will be used to contribute to appropriate additional support staff costs and uniforms for official Canadian teams to other events.
Moved by: Joan McDonald Seconded by: Marthe Cusson carried
The committee agreed that priority will be given to airfare and uniform costs for the Junior World Championship team leader and Championship of the Americas team leader.
ACTION: Joan will survey archers to ascertain the level of interest in both teams, but particularly Championships of the Americas. She will post the criteria.
ACTION: Shawn will develop criteria for selecting a team leader for these events and guidelines to assist the team leader in the selection process of appropriate support staff. He will report back to the committee by Christmas 2001.
10. Level 4/5 programme developments
Kathy advised the committee that there is supposed to be an official connection or agreement between National Sports Centres, NCI's and the NSO regarding certification of level 4/5 coaches and the implementation of projects undertaken by the candidates. This has not been done for those candidates working at the Toronto Centre.
ACTION: Kathy will contact Andy Higgins by telephone instead of e-mail to work out the details.
11. Cash incentive for medals in Athens
Kathy read the Board suggestion from the Winnipeg meeting minutes. The discussion centered on FCA's ability to find this money should Sport Canada funding be withheld.
Motion #HPC01-04: For the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the FCA will award $10,000 per top-medallist male and female, plus $5,000 extra each if these athletes belong to a registered National Sport Centre, provided funds are received from Sport Canada that are equal to the cost of these prizes.
Moved by: Joan McDonald Seconded by: Shawn Riggs carried
ACTION: Kathy will request clarification from sport consultant Gwen Prillo regarding increased funding to FCA if an archery team wins a medal in Athens.
11 a. Use of the term "national team" on the FCA web site
The FCA should change the format of the information on the web site since this is creating some confusion. Rather it should be a list of archers who may be eligible for benefits and services from Athletes Canada and National Sport Centres in their areas, i.e. Gold and Red Squad members and members of the most recent international teams. Services and criteria differ from Centre to Centre so the archer is encouraged to contact the centre(s) of choice directly. Coaches are reminded that they do not qualify for the cellular phone offer through Athletes Canada. Only those senior athletes representing Canada may apply.
ACTION: Joan will make up the new title and list and work with Al Wills.
12. Other items
Shawn proposed a network of Canadian dealers who would be interested in supplying goods and services to Gold and Red Squad members at a discounted rate. This would be a perceived benefit to Excellence members who were working their way up the ranks.
ACTION: Shawn will continue to work on this topic and report back to the committee.
Arthur outlined the safety benefits of switching from ICQ to MSN Messenger for meetings. The committee recognized the need for secure communications but have discovered in the last year that these types of meetings should be issue-driven and not just monthly events. The HPC had worked well just using e-mail and the members agreed to use teleconferencing if very pressing issues had to be discussed.
No changes were requested. Workload was discussed, not just for Kathy, but for volunteers as well. Allowances need to be made for everyone's time constraints.
There continues to be a misunderstanding regarding this event. Any province in western Canada may host this tournament. HPC has no mechanism for awarding it. It is first-come-first-served.
ACTION: Kathy will let the interested archers in Calgary know that they may proceed.
Kathy noted that other NSO's did a much better job of marketing their national team members on their web sites and that FCA should start biographies and photos of our national team members and special events. Shawn offered his web site information as a starting point (www.canarcher.homestead.com) and it was agreed that the top-ranking male and female in each division and category should be displayed first.
ACTION: Kathy will work with Bradley Hampson on this project.
Kathy provided the committee with the latest release from CCES regarding pre-Games testing for Salt Lake City since it would probably be the same policy for Athens. Shawn mentioned the creation of a new WADA "passport" which is a secured website to track each athlete test and how close the person came to the limits for each tested substance. The athlete could print off the urine results. This system will be operational in time for Salt Lake City.
The meeting was adjourned at 15:00 Sunday, November 4th until next November.
REPORTS SUBMITTED TO HPC:
VICE-PRÉSIDENT - ARTHUR NAULT
Une année qui suit les Paralympiques de Sydney donc une année un peux plus tranquille. Nost deux archers de l'équipe Canadienne ont participés au Chamionnat du Monde à Nymburk, CZE. Nous avons vécus le même scénario qu'à Sydney. Alec qui a fini la FITA en 8e place donc se prend en 8e de final avec le Coréen et Norbert lui fini en 23e et est éliminé au 16e de final pour perde après avoir tiré un 9 et l'autre un 10. Donce Alec termine la compétition en 7e place et Norbert en 21e place.
J'ai aussi travaillé durant cettee année avec 2 nouveaux archers, un qui est quadraplégique et une autre qui est amputé d'une jambe.
Pour se qui est de Norbert je crois que la saison d'hiver fut très difficule pour lui au point de vue santé mais nous avons vu qu'à la fin de la saison le tous se replacement assez bien.
Pour se qui est du comité international it est très difficile d'avoir des nouvelles. L'ancien président n'était pas fort sur les communiqués et celui la encore moins. Il répond à un e-mail sur 10. Il avait demandé qui était inéressé à participé à la réunion d'IPC et de visité les prochaines installations olympiques, c'était au milieu de juillet. J'ai répondu le lendemain et j'ai reçu une réponse le 22 octobre pour savoir si j'étais toujours intéressé. Il doit communiqur avec IPC. J'attend toujours des nouvelles.
Nous devions avoir aussi une réunion durant le Championnat du monde. Elle n'a pas eu lieu car Jim Larven n'était pas présent, elle avait été remis en même temps que celle d'IPC mais elle a été remis aussi en février. A cette réunion nous devions décidé où sera le prochain championnat du monde et à qu'elle fréquence il aurait un championnat du monde.
J'ai aussi tenté de communiqué avec le président Ernesto pour XV Panamerican Archery qui avait communiqué avec Al Wills pour savoir si l'équipe des personnes en fauteuil roulant était intéressés. Je n'ai reçu aucune réponse.
GARY R. GILLES - ATHLETES SERVICES CO-ORDINATOR REPORT 2001
Nine dozen arrows were obtained from Easton and distributed to the top two archers in each of the four designated categories, plus one dozen to the top disabled archer.
Three bows were obtained from Win & Win and were distributed to the appropriate archers.
Various small items of equipment were distributed to those archers who requested them from advertisements in InfoExcellence.
It is hoped also that Win & Win will also be willing to supply another three bows to the Equipment Programme.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S ANNUAL REPORT TO HPC 2001
It has been one year since I assumed the responsibilities of both High Performance and Archery Council of Canada committees. I have found that the HP workload follows the tempo set by major events. Some times of the year are particularly busy, depending upon the needs and my ability to provide services located in Ottawa. The only unexpected workload came from the application process for the carding of our wheelchair archers. But I will be prepared better this time around. Most Technical Director tasks can be anticipated, except for those initiated by COA and Sport Canada. Those agencies often do not allow sufficient notice or lead-up time.
I have become more involved with the politics of sport, and work with various groups of national sport administrators. Though the FCA membership is predominantly 3D-oriented, I do feel that my efforts in regard to the NSO collective and working with the Excellence Task Force group on the new Sport System are not a waste of time, nor catering to the needs of only a small number of archers. Effort and lobbying are required to ensure that archery, and smaller sports like us, remains front-and-center during this time of change. I continue to look for ways to strengthen FCA's position to benefit all archers.
In assessing the HPC's structure and its position within the FCA, it is my opinion that a much stronger link must be forged between this committee and the national coaching certification system administered through the Coaching Committee. There also needs to be an identifiable High Performance coaching "pool" to educate, provide professional development to and to draw from. The Committee has strong links with athletes, but not with high performance coaches.
With regard to finances, this is the first year that I have been responsible for budgets and forecasts. As you can see from the submitted financial statements, non-FAFAD projects ran slightly over-budget. However, my main concern is the development and promotion of products to sell to all FCA members, not just 62 Excellence members. In particular, I wish to leave this meeting with a clear idea of what I may or may not sell to the general membership, in particular what may or may not be displayed on a tracksuit. Increased revenue through product sales is essential for the future of HPC and its programmes. I will continue to work in this area, and look forward to working more closely with FCA's new VP of Administration and Marketing to develop and promote products.
Excellence 2004 continues to require specialized bookkeeping, but I feel the system I have in place now works much better. Only one Excellence 2004 member did not join a provincial archery association this year. That is an improvement. I feel that there must be consistent ranking and team selection criteria, whether that is 3 or 4 scores. Though the number of archers who joined this year (62) was quite positive, it was driven by the Beijing Worlds. I do not anticipate further dramatic growth without the aggressive promotion of the programme and its benefits. This can only be achieved through regular publications and up-to-date information on FCA's web site, to members and to clubs.
DISCUSSION ON RANKING AND EXCELLENCE 2004 PROGRAMME
Why do we rank archers
Levels gold, red and blue were important in the days when funding was possible. Gold squad received some support. Ranking was used also to determine equipment programme allocations.
The criteria change was deemed positive and COA feels comfortable with the changes made in the criteria to match actual world score levels for 16th and 64th place finishes. The standard team selection criteria of 4 scores, including one major over 2 years was supported by the committee members.
We rank archers because:
What aspects of the current system are good
What is wrong with the current system
RAPPORT AU COMITÉ DE LA HAUTE PERFORMANCE DE LA FCA
De: Aimé Breault, entraîneur chef au Championnat Mondial de Tir à l'Arc
Beijing, 15-22 septembre 2001
Tous les sujets décrits ci-dessous nécessitent des budgets plus ou moins importants. Est-ce que tous les athlètes concernés ont réellement fait une préparation sérieuse en vue d'un tel événement? Beaucoup d'espoir déçu parce qu'il y a eu une préparation inadéquate, involontairement sans doute. Résultat: médium à pauvre. Même avec le support monétaire de la FCA, ça aurait été les même athlètes, même discipline, même résultats. Il faut donc trouver et faire connaître la solution.
Le Comité de la Haute Performance a certainement des directives autres qu'avoir de bons résultats par l'entraînement. Spécialement pour les athlètes du groupe "or" et aussi le "rouge ", il devrait y avoir la possibilité de travailler avec eux/elles sur une base régulière et démontrer comment organiser le jeu avec un entraîneur, en équipe et avoir une attitude gagnante.
Spécialement sur cet item, j'insiste pour que chaque athlète développe un plan de jeu sur papier. Cela se fait à chaque moment où l'archer est sur la ligne de tir et même lors d'entraînement mental. Il doit se demander: qu'est-ce que je dois exécuter et comment? Chaque section du corps doit être identifiée et sync synchroniser le tout. . Si tout est dans votre tête, comment avoir la certitude que vous avez la bonne réponse. L'athlète ayant résolu un problème dans le passé et a écrit la solution, il lui sera facile à l'avenir de corriger la situation au lieu de recommencer à zéro. Lorsque le stress est au maximum, les points s'envolent et la concentration est nulle. Même si vous prenez une décision, vous n'avez pas confiance. L'entraîneur chef n'a pas toujours les méthodes avec lesquelles l'athlète est familier, il résulte donc une certaine confusion. Un programme permettra à ces deux personnes, l'athlète et l'entraîneur, d'utiliser le même langage et par le fait même s'installera la confiance. Et ainsi le Comité de la Haute Performance pourra juger de la qualité d'un athlète.
Chaque fois qu'un(e) athlète est nommé(e) au sein d'une équipe, deux choses sont nécessaires: son programme d'entraînement et son profil fourni par son entraîneur personnel. Ce sont deux outils essentiels à l'entraîneur chef. Je dois remercier sincèrement Joan McDonald qui m'a fait parvenir le profil de ses athlètes de sa propre initiative.
En particulier pour ce championnat du monde à Beijing, tout le personnel de la FCA impliqué a donné consciencieusement les informations nécessaires à la réussite de cette équipe. Toutefois, il faudrait être certain que toutes les personnes comprennent la langue parlée. C'est encore plus important sur le terrain. La traduction avec délai cause l'incertitude.
Lorsque l'équipe est formée, chaque membre doit être informé de ses responsabilités d'athlète: l'horaire d'entraînement, avoir une bonne conduite (explication), vivre selon son statut d'athlète, égards envers ses compagnons/compagnes d'équipe, éviter les soirées excitantes, se reposer, limiter les vacances touristiques au détriment de l'entraînement.
Tous les participants à Beijing ont apprécié la culture chinoise. J'aurais souhaité cependant un meilleur esprit d'équipe. Chacun faisait ce qui lui semblait bien, les discussions entre athlètes étaient limitées. A comparer avec l'équipe féminine, les hommes ne se sont pas amusés durant le tournoi.
Finalement j'ai eu, malgré tout, un excellent échange (feed-back) avec les athlètes avec qui j'ai eu à intervenir. Je retournerais avec cette même équipe si un meilleur programme était instauré.
REPORT TO THE HIGH PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE
FROM: Aimé Breault, World Archery Championship Team Head Coach
Beijing, 15-22 September 2001
All the topics described herein are more or less related to budget. Can athletes realistically prepare themselves for such an event? In Beijing, all eleven athletes paid for the trip themselves. There were false hopes because preparation was inadequate, though no doubt this was unintentional. Result: medium to poor. Even if the FCA had been funding, it would have been the same athletes, same discipline, same results. Therefore, we must find and make known a better solution.
The High Performance Committee has certain goals other than training to get good results. Particularly for the Gold Squad and Red Squad, it is important to work with these archers on a regular basis and to demonstrate how to work with the coach, to work as a team, and to have a winning attitude.
Specifically with this topic, I must insist that each archer develop a game plan on paper. That game plan is used each moment the archer is on the shooting line as well as during mental training. One has to ask oneself: What do I have to perform and how? Each body part must be identified and it's movements synchronized with the whole form. If everything is in one's head, how do you know you will have the correct response? If an athlete solved a problem in the past and wrote down the solution, then it is easy for the archer to correct that problem if it should reoccur in the future, rather than start back at point zero when stress is at a maximum, the points are flying away, and concentration is negligible. In this case, if you make a decision, you do not have confidence. The head coach does not possess all the methods with which an archer is familiar, and therefore, there is confusion. A training programme allows both people, the athlete and the coach, to use the same language and by that fact instill confidence. Also, the High Performance Committee can use training programmes to judge the quality of the archer.
Each time an archer is named to a team, two things are necessary: the archer's training programme and the archer profile, furnished by the personal coach. These are two essential tools for the head coach. I sincerely wish to thank Joan McDonald who provided me with her athletes' profiles on her own initiative.
For this particular world championship in Beijing, all the FCA-nominated support staff gave the team all the necessary information for success conscientiously. However, it is important that all team members understand the language spoken. This is particularly important on the tournament field. A delay in translation causes uncertainty.
When a team is named, each athlete must be informed of his/her responsibilities, to be on time for training, to have good conduct (whatever that is defined as), to live as an athlete, be considerate of other team members, avoid exciting night life, rest, and limit tourist activities detrimental to training.
All the team members enjoyed the Chinese culture. I would have liked to see better team spirit. Everyone acted singly and discussions between athletes was limited. In comparison with the women's team, the men did not seem to enjoy being at the tournament.
Finally, in spite of eveything I had excellent feedback from the athletes who I worked with. I would work again with this same team if better training programmes were in place.
Team Captain's Report 2001 World Archery Championships
As I was going to be in Beijing for the World Archery Congress, I volunteered to lend assistance to the Team Coach selected by the HPC, Aimé Breault. These appointments were made in late 2000, which gave both Aimé and I plenty of time for planning etc.
I was able to make contact with a Vancouver charter company, who was able to provide very reasonable fares for the majority of the team from many locations across Canada. From the outset, I had many inquiries as to when the team would be announced. Athletes in contention would not be receiving any compensation for travel from FCA and wanted to book their flights as early as possible. Unfortunately the system being used does not allow for this in order to give all athletes as much opportunity as possible to qualify. There was a lot of added stress on the athletes waiting until the last minute. This last-minute wait also caused a lot of work for the FCA office in getting Visas etc. I co-ordinated the last minute ordering of team shirts, which could not be done sooner. Fortunately all team members got their passports back in time, but there was a disaster waiting to happen with such last minute work.
FCA covered the cost of the entry fees for individual and team competition. This was paid very early by the office. Payment of hotels was another matter! The organizing committee (o/c), while easy to get a hold of on the Internet, was not so easy to deal with for individual bookings. Language and culture are barriers that cannot be anticipated. Because our team was travelling on their own, we tried to stay out of booking or making any payments for them. In the negotiations with the o/c on the team's behalf, I was able to make special arrangements with them for the Canadian Team only. This turned out to be a big mistake! The o/c assured me that we would be able to use individual credit cards to pay for each athlete's room and banquet separately. On arrival in Beijing, such arrangements were not available. I had to spend a day and a half (more than 12 hours) travelling to the Bank of China in downtown Beijing negotiating to try and get these individual bills paid. My work was unsuccessful and I ended up having to put more than $8500 CDN on my own credit card as a loan to many of the team members. This was most unfortunate and time consuming, but mostly my own fault. In future, teams will have to do their bookings individually or by prepaying before they leave Canada.
Upon arrival, we were met at the airport and transported directly to our hotels (I was in the FITA Congress hotel, the athletes in another hotel), approximately 45 minutes from the airport. The hotels had been mass booked by the o/c and resold to us at a premium. The cost included breakfast and supper. The meals were buffet style and included generous supplies of beef, pork, vegetables, noodles and desserts. The athlete hotel was clean, although a bit worn, but quite adequate, few complaints were heard. Most of the teams stayed there. I was able to quickly walk from my hotel daily to travel and eat with the team. The o/c had many busses available for the 30-minute trip to the range from the 3 hotels about 4 times each day.
Unfortunately there was little room or time for team meetings (different categories shooting different times). In consultation with Aimé, I scheduled a meeting every evening at 1900 in the restaurant. The meetings did not start on time many evenings due to the unavailability of tables, etc. but, Aimé, myself and most of the team members were there every evening. Some team members would only stop by for a few moments and some did not bother at all. I made contact with those that missed a meeting asking them to attend the next. It was obvious team meetings were not a priority for some. At these meetings we discussed the next day's programme and any arising situations. I was pleasantly surprised from the first meeting at how well everyone got along and how cooperative people were from the outset. There were those that stayed on their own or in small groups, but they all spoke freely at meetings and were always agreeable. In hindsight I would have insisted that both the teams talk over their plans for team shooting (who would shoot) in a formal meeting with me. The team made arrangements for touring, shopping and sight-seeing on their own and had a good time together ranging from formal tours to last minute shopping trips. Most of this was done in the days before shooting.
The day after we arrived, came the news of the disaster in New York. The team was very concerned at first, but we soon realized we were probably in the safest place in the world to be next to home. They stuck together and were especially appreciated by the NAA president for their support. It was quite easy to correspond with Canada both by phone and Internet, so comfortable that all was well at home, we got on with the task at hand.
The shooting field and practice areas were superb! Held at a shooting facility complete with archery ranges, everything was world class. There was plenty of room for practice with meals served there if desired. The tournament field was a dream, complete with a shelter running the full length of the shooting field. The o/c had rented timing equipment and the 'jumbo-tron' television set from the Olympics. All amenities were on site, including a bus that was a complete toilet system! There were hundreds of volunteers. School children who had been training for 3 weeks did the scoring. The scores were displayed on the leader board, within one end. FITA's technical delegates and staff had been working closely with the o/c for more than 2 years. Everything technical such as results went very well throughout. The o/c had few English-speaking volunteers, which meant they had a slow moving bureaucracy. But things got done and done well. Things like seeing that the field had been completely re measured and set up the evening of day one, was amazing. 6 people waiting at about 4 stations along the line to change targets at a moments notice was impressive.
Aimé and Denise worked well with the team. Aimé started out carefully and made it clear to them all that he was just there to assist them as required, by the end of the tournament some athletes were bringing their equipment along to work with Aimé between shooting sessions. It seemed to me that he got along very well with them all. He also assisted the Women's compound team in the team round.
The level of shooting was probably the best ever in all categories. Most of the team members shot near their averages, but that just was not good enough. Except on the Women compound, whose scores were closer to world class before leaving there were few surprises. Who can forget the sight of Dawn's score in first place and then for two ends Lillian # 2!! All our hearts stopped for an end as Dawn dropped to 15th because of a scoring area, it was quickly fixed much to our relief. The Women Compound especially Dawn & Lillian were up to the pressure of the qualification round, but when the elimination rounds started, the pressure (especially on Dawn) was evident, as was our lack of experience to deal with it. Lillian was the only one to make it by more than one match! The compound men shot very well and placed well in the qualifications. However the class of shooters and our lack of experience at such a level could not hold them through. The men recurve was in the hole from the first end. Although they shot very close to their average, that simply wasn't good enough. From the start they were lower than the cut off and not able to get themselves above it. With the caliber of shooting the compounds had shown we had high hopes for the team competition, but again, it was just too tough a field. The men met the mighty Australian team, who went onto Silver.
I will leave comment on how FCA can improve team performance to the experts on the HP committee. However, if something can be done to keep the spirit of the competitors and their cooperation to this level, we can be successful. This was by far the best team I have ever been associated with they were a pleasure to work with. I would make the following recommendations:
There will always be comments as to how serious certain members of the team were about being there. Yes, there were some that 'had a good time' and may not have appeared to be trying as hard as some. I did not get that impression. Certainly some did not reach their goals, but others did. In view of our athlete's performance history over the last 25 years, it would appear this team performed as well or better than any previous one!
In the past it was FCA's experience that the FITA representative job and team captain's job conflict. Knowing this I volunteered in what I thought was the best interests of FCA. I found that past experience rang true. I would not recommend that combining of these two jobs again. On a personal note, whether I am FITA rep again or not, I will not be applying to travel with teams again.
It was a pleasure to work with these athletes and support staff for this event. I thank FCA for the opportunity.
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