High Performance Committee / Comité de la Haute Performance

Ottawa, ON - December 01-02 décembre, 2007

 

In attendance:

Alain Gravel      VP High Performance               Allen Jenskey   HPC Chairperson

Shawn Riggs    Athlete rep                                Arthur Nault      AWAD Co-ordinator                 

Marthe Cusson Team Uniform Co-ordinator       Hayley Mott      Athlete Services Co-ordinator

Joan McDonald RCC                                         Gaston Bibeau Regional Coach - Québec

Bruce Savage   CCC Representative                 Susan Lemke    Regional Coach (Skype link)

 

Guests:                        Kathy Millar Executive Director

Absent:             VP 3D Jude Hooey, Regional Coaches Susan Lemke and Jeff Gunter

 

1.         Opening Remarks and Greetings from the Vice-President

Alain Gravel welcomed everyone and thanked them for their work in the past and welcomed their input in order to cover the busy agenda.

 

2.         Reading and approval of the HPC minutes

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-18:           To accept the minutes from January 20-21, 2007 as published

Moved by:        Arthur Nault                  Seconded by:    Shawn Riggs                unanimous

 

3.         Business Arising from the Minutes

Kathy reported that no progress had been made regarding this addition to the Excellence package and that it will be incorporated for Excellence 2012 and that the part-time FCA administrative assistant, Laura Kiraly, would help Kathy will the design and mailing.

 

Joan reported little progress.  Most of the material collected so far so in the HPC Policy Manual in no particular order.

 

Allen Jenskey reported that he needed a copy of the Canadian Double Elimination grid in order to complete this work.  He will look on the FCA website for an example.

 

Over the years, more Excellence members are connected electronically and this document does not serve the same function.  Info.E-mail allows for information flow every two weeks.

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-19:           That for Excellence 2012, InfoExcellence will be discontinued in its present format and an electronic version will be substituted.

Moved by:        Shawn Riggs                Seconded by:    Hayley Mott                  unanimous

 

Gaston was informed that the former staff member at FTAQ had started a Québec inventory of facilities, but when Gaston asked about it, apparently it did not exist.  So now he is working with FTAQ to adapt Susan Lemke’s inventory and produce a report before spring 2008. 

 

The original concept behind the regional facilities inventory was to create a tool for RCC to find indoor long-distance facilities across the country.  Susan’s inventory provided another level of information:  instructional equipment and local coaches.  In order to provide better information to the RCC, another tactic should be employed.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will add a question to the Excellence 2012 membership brochure regarding training facilities longer than 18m.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will survey all PSOs to find out what they have available.

 

Allen led the review of the HPC forum and its purpose and why did it not work.  The forum was supposed to solve the complaint of too many e-mails and length of communication threads.  Its real use, Allen explained, was to track tasks more efficiently.  The forum will stay for this purpose but communication is still a real issue.  Kathy made a suggestion to follow the same system used between the office and the FCA President.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will arrange for monthly teleconferences with Alain Gravel and Allen Jenskey on Monday evenings.

 

ACTION:          Allen will send the forum link to all HPC members.  Members will need to do the password recovery themselves.

 

Joan McDonald reviewed her work and budget to date for the Olympic/Paralympic preparation & training system.  The selection system includes the top 5 able-bodied recurve archers (men & women), plus personal coaches, plus Paralympians and personal coaches. 

 

She had sourced out several options for communications for a virtual training centre including Glance at $40/month, 8 cents per minute through Ontario Sport Alliance Centre, and a new platform available from Bell & COC. But she is still waiting for acceptance of the virtual training concept from Bell.  Conference call number 1 will discuss team selection. She is not sure if Olympic team will have a staging camp.

 

ACTION           Kathy will send DADA mail on Sunday that Olympic trials process is on the website.

 

Other PET specialist possibilities were a Media person from COC for media training, a Sport Psychologist out of Winnipeg, CCES’ John Smith for Doping control education; and past Olympians for their input including Rob Rusnov, and teaching respect from COC.  In terms of communications, there was a communication style preference on-line test to determine each person’s preferred way of working in order to speed up response time, whether you are more creative, details-oriented or a decision maker.  There is a price to do the actual test and she's trying to get it lowered.  The one problem that she has encountered with the virtual competition concept was the fact that there was no internet access for everyone at their training venue, so this will be more difficult to do than she thought.  Gaston advised Joan of a new product called Nomad that is portable.

 

ACTION:          Joan will send an electronic version of her training budget to Kathy so that she can alter the draft budget in time for the Executive Committee meeting package in mid-January.

 

ACTION:          Susan will let Kathy know about her available time for the CPC sport specific meetings if the Staff and head coach are required.  It should be done by teleconference.

 

4.         Planning

·        HPC Plan to 2012 – progress report

Kathy led the group through the 3-year report card.  Each item was discussed in detail. 

a)               Hosting a COPARCO or world ranking event – Kathy went over the highlights of her trip to Toronto to look at venues and hosting providers connected with the Toronto Tourism Board.  Joan McDonald and Gary Gillies were asked if they would consider turning the Ontario Spring Classic into an international event within the next several years.  Joan had contacted all the volunteers involved with the 2007 national championships and they were very enthusiastic.  The problems of staging are:  i) finding a venue with a main field of 400m x 150m, and ii) finding a location that has accommodations within walking distance of the venue.  She is looking at the University of Waterloo and the Equestrian Centre at Centennial College.  She will report back on this later, but plans right now would be to host a World Ranking Event as a trial event in 2010 (or Championship of the Americas) and a World Cup in 2011.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will add World Cup to each reference to WRE in the plan.

 

b)               Talent Identification – The operative word here is “system”, and all that it entails.  The RCC should be looking at the Canada Games programme and participants as well as provincial games and championships.  The implementation of a talent identification system included two information booths at the 2005 and 2006 national championships and one presentation by RCC members in 2005 to personal coaches.  Kathy reported that 50% of PSOs responded when asked when their next Board meeting would take place so that RCC members could attend to explain the process and work with personal coaches.  There has been no RCC follow-up.

c)               Ranking list Software Upgrade – This can be removed now that the new ranking system is ready to change.  Greg Durward is looking after this.  It will be seamless eventually so that clubs can enter their scores onto the website and the system will take Excellence scores and add them to the database.  The new ranking system will take those scores posted on the FCA website only and that use the FCA scoring template. 

 

ACTION:          Kathy will ask Greg to add a pop-up reminder that the look-up list has to be sorted each time a new archer is added in order for the programme to pick up the names.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will add this component to all FCA/PSO agreements in the future in order to formalise it.  Kathy will address this issue at the Board level, particularly with the FTAQ.

 

d)                         Recurve & Compound funding structure – This task was assigned to Allen Jenskey and Shawn Riggs.  It has not been formulated so all further references to implementation in the plan can not be fulfilled.

e)                         Fitness – This can not be “increased” since it has not been defined.  There is no action plan for this item so it can not be implemented.

f)                           Working with National Coach Institutes – This item should really be given to FCA’s Coach Certification Committee to make sure that level 3 coaches are aware of the services and educational opportunities. 

 

ACTION:          Bruce Savage to bring this item back to CCC.

 

g)                         National Training Centres – this should be taken out of the plan as the NTC offer limited services only to carded athletes.  Some specialists can be beneficial such as massage therapists.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will edit the plan and add NTC information to athlete carding information packages.  Also the plan should state “subject to the rules of NTCs.

 

h)                         COPARCO event participation to ranking system – this has been dealt with indirectly through the new ranking system with the inclusion of 70M match play to the new structure.  For gold and red squad, one of the match play scores has to come from a major event, such as WREs.

i)                           Promotion of Recurve Archery – This strategy has not been formulated so all follow-up goals and implementation can not occur.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will add the cost of free accommodation for one recurve archer for the Winnipeg nationals to the HPC budget for 2008.  HPC will have to design criteria for earning this grant.

 

·        RCC - activities and how to move on from here

There has been no RCC activity as a group since March 2007.  There has been no strategic plan.  Unless and until this is done, HPC will not allocate operating and travel funds.  HPC is willing to set aside funds when there a plan so that money could be allocated based on a projected result. The people who are now in these positions want to coach individuals and since there is no money for travel to where coaches are working with archers, they stay working in the same areas as they service as personal coaches.  Susan felt that there was no structure, and that she felt that this was a bigger stumbling block than lack of money.  There was no formal way to work with the PSO. 

 

Leadership is again the big issue and without that leadership and a strategic plan there can be no progress. Where does HPC go this structure in the future? It is time for a separate sub-committee and to pare down the HPC meeting numbers, having RCC report back to the HPC.  RCC must be clear where they are going and what the priorities are and monitor the progress.

 

ACTION:          Allen Jenskey will ask Jeff Gunter where he is going with as RCC chair. 

 

ACTION:          Alain will ask Al Wills if he would be willing to become RCC chair.

 

Bruce asked about the level of coaches the RCC are supposed to be working with. The original intent was to work with Canada Games coaches, and level 3 coaches; but in practice certification level did not matter as much as RCC working with coaches who had interested archers.  Bruce felt that RCC rather should be looking at coaches in the new NCCP Instructor Intermediate for regional coaches to work with as they had the initiative to go to the new NCCP and are not necessarily known already to RCC members. Can the CCC help? It was agreed that the CCC would need direction from a RCC plan first.

 

Working with coaches requires RCC members to perform administrative duties and active coaching of coaches, not archers.  In his experience to date in Québec, Gaston found that most clinics were unsuccessful because coaches did not want to learn to coach; and it takes time and repetition to build the network.

 

·        FCA Operational Plan 2004-2007 – progress report

Kathy reported on the review process undertaken by the Board of Directors in August.  It extends the Plan past 2009.  The updated version will be available by the end of December 2007.

 

·        HPC Task List

The task list was reviewed and will be updated after this meeting.

 

·        LTADM impact on HPC

From Joan’s perspective all the planning done to date was going to impact on high performance archery in a positive way.  It will provide HPC with working guidelines.  It will be a huge job to implement at the grass roots level and work still needs to be done to complete the structure so that there is a logical progression for athletes and parents to see.  Kathy reported that Paul Jurbala will have the next draft version ready by the end of December 2007. 

 

Going forward, it will be up to the PSOs and clubs to implement the plan and there is an anticipated workload increase for some HPC members, but not all. 

 

HPC felt that adherence to the LTAD should be included in all future FCA/PSO agreements in order for the structure to work.

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-20:           That the need to implement FCA’s LTAD, in its finished bilingual format be included as an addition in the 2010 PSO/FCA agreement.

Moved by:        Hayley Mott                  Seconded by:    Gaston Bibeau              unanimous

 

·        Excellence 2012 – fees, structure, welcome package for parents

The whole topic of Excellence and its fees and services is under review by ERC.  There is a perception among athletes that many are paying for the few who make international teams.  If the fee structure is disbanded, Kathy advised that there would be serious financial consequences regarding expenses for team uniforms and shirts, and perhaps entry fees as well.

 

ACTION:          The Excellence structure will be reviewed by Allen Jenskey and Joan McDonald along with ERC members in order to unveil the Excellence 2012 programme no later than September 2008.

 

5.               Implementing the HP Plan to 2012

·        Size of HPC and travel to future meetings

Allen and Alain discussed paring down the meeting size - one athlete services to attend; RCC has to be working before it can be separated.  Are separate meetings needed for RCC and have just a report; whole RCC for next meeting?

 

A review of the proposed 2007 HPC structure from 2005 brought about some changes. 

 

Athlete Services Co-ordinator Committee will change.

The Anti-Doping Education Co-ordinator will sit as a member, not as HPC.  The InfoExcellence editor will be removed from Communications Co-ordinator and the word “co-ordinator” will be added to “Team Ranking”.  The uniform/shirts programme, Excellence and the Equipment programme would stay under this member’s leadership.

 

The Regional Coaches Council and the Athlete Council will remain the same. 

3-4 regional representatives      FCA Athlete rep                        AWAD Programme Co-ordinator

CCC representative                  Research Chair

 

ACTION:          The ERC sub-committee in place unofficially should its structure defined and be created by a vote-by-mail. 

 

The Excellence Review Committee members would include the VP 3D and the Olympic and Paralympic Coaches from the time of their appointment until the Games, VP International, at least 1 RCC, team ranking co-ordinator, at least one athlete representative.

 

The 8 sitting members for face-to-face HPC meetings were proposed as:

1 VP HPC         1 Chairperson   1 RCC rep        1 AWAD Co-ordinator    1 athlete services

1 ERC              1 athlete rep     Staff

 

·        Leadership, Communication and meeting deadlines

See above – Business Arising from the Minutes

 

·        Regional Coach activity since January 2007

Gaston Bibeau submitted his report before the meeting; Jeff’s did not arrive in time for the meeting but was sent in later (attached).  Joan gave a verbal report on activities.  She outlined her work with the Ontario government’s Quest for Gold programme.  She felt that the time had come to step aside from this position.

 

ACTION:          Allen Jenskey will send a reminder to Susan Lemke.

 

ACTION:          Kathy Millar will advertise for a new RCC – Ontario in the next Info.E-mail.

 


·        Regional Coach work plan January 01 to December 31, 2008

This item was tabled until leadership issues have been addressed and RCC plan have been submitted to HPC for approval.

 

6.         Finances

·        2008 budget draft – all teams (KM & HPC)

Kathy presented a draft budget that included some of the details listed in Joan McDonald’s Olympic/Paralympic preparation programme.  Kathy will re-adjust the general HPC budget to include the events listed in Joan’s file.

 

The new general ledger system is very specific regarding sources of funds and disbursements related to the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines supported by Sport Canada, and those that were depended upon FCA-generated funds only such as 3D and all compound archers.  Kathy produced pie-charts as requested.  Revisions will be made for future meetings.  It was obvious from the forecast that the Junior/Cadet world championships were going to be very expensive.

 

·        2008 Junior World Target Championships & team leaders

Criteria: A small HPC sub-committee reviewed results from the 2006 trials and Merida world championships – Cadet women had been Blue squad level but not all divisions trialed last time for cadet; Junior women were blue squad, too.  

 

Policy:  For the 2008 junior/cadet world championships, FCA will allocate $2000 to the 1st place qualifier or trials winner and $1000 2nd place qualifier or trials placer for all divisions and ages.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will re-adjust the budget for this event.

 

Policy:  Effective for 2010, all future youth team participation and funding will be determined based upon FCA’s LTAD guidelines.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will advertise for Team leaders again with the new template (see attached) in both official languages and published in Info.E-mail on December 21.  Coaches who had applied when the first call was made will be sent an individual notice to re-apply using the new template.

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-21:           To accept the qualifying scores for 2008 trial to Junior/cadet worlds as submitted and post the criteria on the FCA website as soon as possible.

Moved by:        Gaston Bibeau              Seconded by:    Allen Jenskey               unanimous

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-22:           That the 2008 junior/cadet world championship trials be held in conjunction with the national championships in Winnipeg in August 2007.

Moved by:        Allen Jenskey               Seconded by:    Bruce Savage               unanimous

 

ACTION:          Kathy will include team leader travel funds to go to the national championships.  She will inform the 2008 host committee that a meeting for team members and the team leader should appear on the formal championship schedule of events.

 

·        2008 Pan American Championships & leaders

The trials need to be early so at same time as Olympic/Paralympic Trials but HPC policy states that the trials will use the same round as the event.  How do you hold FITA & 70m at the same time?

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-23:           That the 2008 Pan American Championship team trials be held in conjunction with the 2008 Paralympic/Olympic trials and use the same selection process as published on the FCA website for the Olympic Trials.

Moved by:        Bruce Savage               Seconded by:    Joan McDonald             unanimous


ACTION:          Kathy will advertise for Team leaders again with the new template (see attached) in both official languages and published in Info.E-mail on December 21.  Coaches who had applied when the first call was made will be sent an individual notice to re-apply using the new template.

 

·        2008 COPARCO event for B Team & leaders

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-24:           That the trials for the 2008 B Team to the July COPARCO event to be held in Costa Rica by held in conjunction with the Pan American Championships trials.  The B Team will be chosen from the archers who do not make the Pan American Championship team.

Moved by:        Joan McDonald             Seconded by:    Marthe Cusson             unanimous

 

ACTION:          Kathy will advertise for Team leaders again with the new template (see attached) in both official languages and published in Info.E-mail on December 21.  Coaches who had applied when the first call was made will be sent an individual notice to re-apply using the new template.

 

·        2008 Olympic Qualification Event

The qualification process was explained in the document now before the FCA Board as a vote by mail.  FCA continues to wait for FITA’s notice regarding female participation in Boé, FRA.  The 3 top women from the Olympic Trials will attend the event if Canada is allowed to send any women.

 

·        2008 FITA World Cup events

The Boé event will have archers chosen at the trials. There will be no trials for the other events. 

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-25:           If more than 4 archers in the same equipment division apply for 2008 World Cup events, team members will be selected from the final FCA 2007 Ranking List with the exception of the archers chosen to attend the Boé World Cup as part of the Olympic/Paralympic preparation plan.  .  Interested archers must apply in writing 6 weeks prior to the event.

Moved by:        Marthe Cusson             Seconded by:    Alain Gravel                  unanimous

 

·        2008 7th University Archery Championships

Kathy has received inquiries from some post-secondary student archers.

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-26:           That any archer may attend the 2008 university archery championship who is CIS eligible and achieves Red squad as of the final FCA 2007 Ranking List.

Moved by:        Alain Gravel                  Seconded by:    Arthur Nault                  unanimous

 

ACTION:          Kathy will post CIS document on web in Info.E-mail.

 

7.               Carding Criteria for 2008-2009

Kathy presented the updated version of carding criteria which is subject to HPC approval and Sport Canada approval.  She expects to receive Sport Canada comments by mid-December.  The bilingual criteria must appear on the FCA website by the end of January 2008.

 

ACTION:          ALL HPC comments need to be sent to Kathy by January 07, 2008.

 

8.               2008 Trials format

·        Discussion of process and changes to date

The document was reviewed briefly with no changes.  Kathy reported receiving a bid already.  The trials date for the Junior/Cadet championship was determined and the other events trials should be held in late May or early June at the latest.

 


·        Call for host clubs

 

ACTION:          Kathy will send a special DADA mailing on Sunday, December 2nd calling for bids to host the Pan Am Championships & Olympic/Paralympic Games trials.  She will change the deadline to submit bids to December 20th due to the late approval of the Olympic selection process document.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will write to the 2008 target championship host committee, explaining that moving the FCA national championships to the end of July avoids a conflict with the US target championships, and may increase Winnipeg’s participation numbers.

 

9.               Ranking Proposal – presentation/review/discussion

The Background section of the document was accepted

 

ACTION:          Direction to ERC that Subsection 2.3.7 should read 2880 not 2280

 

Policy:  Direction to ERC that in subsequent years the inclusion of 6 match play scores should be used instead of using a mathematical formula so that the total works out to 6 scores.  Match play has to be at a major event. 

 

Direction to ERC that in subsequent years the two scores used for the match play could not be from the same event.

 

MOTION #HPC 2007-27:           To accept the Excellence Review Committee’s draft ranking proposal in principle, and that the final document, which will include AWAD criteria, will be available for publication on the FCA website no later than January 15th, 2008.

Moved by:        Arthur Nault                  Seconded by:    Shawn Riggs                unanimous

 

ACTION:          Arthur Nault will work directly with Joan McDonald to design the AWAD criteria.

 

10.       Committee Work

·        Reports (attached)

o   Vice-President of HPC                    Alain Gravel

o   Athletes Representative                  Shawn Riggs

o   Reports from major events 2005      See below

o   Vice-President 3D                           Jude Hooey

o   Vice-President International             Al Wills (submitted electronically)

o   Score & Selection co-ordinator        Joan McDonald

o   Disabled Archers co-ordinator         Arthur Nault

o   Athletes Services co-ordinator         Hayley Mott

o   National Team Uniforms                  Marthe Cusson

o   Promotion & Communication-          (Laurier)

o   Regional Coaches                           Gaston, Susan, Jeff and Joan

o   Coaching Certification Committee    Bruce Savage

o   Doping Control Education                Allen Jenskey

o   Executive/Technical Director           Kathy Millar

 

Business arising from the reports

 

3Di criteria submitted by Jude Hooey is attached.

 

ACTION:          All HPC members will review the criteria and comment directly to Jude Hooey by the 3rd week in January, 2008.

 


Uniforms and Team Shirts

Kathy reported that the team uniform survey was inconclusive. HPC has time for a new supplier.  Shorts were commented upon, but since they are not compulsory, it was not an issue.  Marthe reported that Avalanche may not renew.

 

Kathy informed HPC that a shooting shirt design for the Olympic team that must be sent to IOC for approval no later than February 15th, 2008.

 

ACTION:          Kathy gave the Coyle & Greer shirt samples to Joan.  Joan will talk to JD to get another design for Olympic team shirts January 1st. 

 

ACTION:          Marthe will arrange with Brodex to send samples to JD Burnes

 

ACTION:          Kathy will survey CWSA’s uniform and shirt suppliers.

 

ACTION:          Hayley will send some samples from work for trials.

 

-        2007 FITA World Indoor Championships

Kathy and Bruce reviewed the progress of the self-evaluation and peer evaluation process to date based upon partial reporting.  CCC submitted its report and gave recommendations.  Kathy revised the communication segment of the document and it was used for the IPC world team support staff.  Neither Bruce nor Kathy knew if all support members for that team had responded.  It appeared that not all of the HPC members received the CCC report.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will re-send CCC report to all HPC members for discussion of recommendations.

 

11.       COC/CPC requirements for internal nominations/selection 2008

·        Update for Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Joan reported that the COC had the document and was waiting for the decision.  Kathy reported that CPC has the document and that the review panel would meet on December 14th, 2007.  She would update the committee after notice was received.  No difficulties were anticipated for acceptance.

 

12.       Other Business

Tabled

 

Two bids were received in time for the meeting, but one was contingent upon also hosting the trials.  As the call for bids had not been public for very long, the Canada Cup vote was tabled. 

 

ACTION:          Kathy will write to Tracy & Al to see if Victoria Bowmen will bid for trials alone.  She will write to Phil Betts to explain the delay.

 

ACTION:          Kathy will organise a Vote by mail for the Canada Cup no later than January 31, 2008. 

 

Al Wills wanted to know if there were any specific projects that HPC wished to apply for.  Joan thought that this offer was made only to targeted sports.

 

ACTION:          Al Wills to send criteria including what sports are allowed to apply to all HPC members for review and comment on.

 


  • Change in Date for annual FCA Board of Directors meeting & AGM

Kathy advised the committee members that the FCA Executive has adopted a change of date for the 2008 Board meeting in order to allow a full weekend of business, discussion of the LTAD, provincial involvement, e.g. new Grass Roots Programme, and opportunities for professional development.   

 

Joan McDonald suggested that FCA attempt to hold this event in smaller centres in order to get local support and build it into a separate special event that include a dinner and fund-raising as well.

 

13.       Setting next meeting date and adjournment.

The meeting was adjourned at 14:00.  The next meeting date was tabled for discussion at the first teleconference.


Creating a Talent Identification “System” - Overview

a)         Designing an Instrument to develop a Profile

Components should include:

1.         Psychological Profile (with parent input).  See FCA Level 3 manual for examples.

2.         Anthropometrical measurements        See FCA Level 3 manual for examples.

3.         Hand-eye co-ordination test (simplistic enough to be used in remote locations)

4.         Body Awareness a) Kinesthetic; b) Spatial

5.         Balance

6.         Hamstring to Quadriceps ratio

7.         Alpha Waves on release

8.         Concentration exercises

 

All elements of the evaluation profile should be suitable for use in schools, recreation centres and local clubs.

 

ACTION:         Further action is required for all 8 profile components.

 

ACTION:         Carl Georgevski at the University of Toronto Track Club should be contact for a sample of talent identification inventory used to determine runner distance preferences.

 

b)         Designing the System – Grass Roots Programme (GRP)

Events such as Canada Games and provincial games can be used only if there is programming available so that these archers can fit into a system after the Games training and competition are over.

 

Who needs to be involved?

1.     Parent involvement and commitment with young archers

2.     FCA Board of Directors

3.     PSO Boards and committees

4.     Club network – establish regional clubs to host programmed events (see below)

5.     FCA’s Regional Coach Council

 

Building the Missing Link – PROGRAMMING – Developing the Base using LTAD

Clinics will have the following elements:

-        Fun

-        Intensive tuning sessions

-        Form sessions

-        “hands-on”

-        Theory

 

c)         Role and Importance of the PSO

The PSO is the key to link the Grass Roots Programme with archers and regional clubs and the RCC and establish a communication network.  A feeder system will work only if PSO commitment and action guides the process.

 

ACTION:         Kathy and Alain will bring this issued to the Executive Committee for discussion and a future Board of Directors agenda item in March 2008.

 

ACTION:         Joan will provide samples of the NAA’s JOAD programme material for the HPC.


Calendar Decisions From Last Meeting

 

 

1.     2007 World Indoor Championships March 13-17 Izmir, TUR

Team criteria will include results from Aalborg World Championship

 

2.     2007 World 3Di Championships  June 6-10 Sopron, HUN

Team criteria as posted from 2005

 

3.     2007 World Target Championships, July 7-15 Leipzig, GER

Trials format?

 

4.     2007 Pan Am Games July 23-28 Rio, BRA

Trials format?        COC criteria as well as COPARCO qualification.

 

DOES FCA SEND ITS BEST ARCHERS TO BOTH EVENTS?

 

5.     2007 Olympic Test Event August 20-26  Beijing, CHN

Does Canada send archers?  Does FCA fund archers?

 

6.     2007 IPC World Championships September 28 – October 8  Cheong-ju, KOR

Team criteria will include results from 2005 World Championship

 

7.     2008 Olympic Games August 08-16 Beijing, CHN

Trials format?

 

8.     2008 Paralympic Games September 06-13 Beijing, CHN

Team criteria?

 

9.     2008 FITA World Field Championships September 07-13 Llwynnpia, GBR

Team criteria?

 

10. 2008 FITA Junior/Cadet World Championships October 11-19 New Delhi, IND

Trials format?

 

11. 2008 7th  World University Championships July 07-10, Tainan, TPE

Trials format?

 

12. 2009 FITA World Indoor Championships March Rzeszow, POL

Team criteria will include results from Izmir World Championship?


FCA Vice-President High Performance – HPC Report Fall 2007

 

Since last meeting in January 2007, I attended two executive meetings (February and August).  The Executive was willing to adopt all the recommendations from the High Performance Committee, but one, that the EC asked us to revisit and to make sure that it is what we really want because it meant spending a lot of money (“full team of female recurve archers in Leipzig”). You know how it went; the HPC maintained its position, giving the rationale this time.  The Executive approved the recommendations and we moved forward.  It’s sad that no women qualified then for the Olympics, but on the other hand a full team of men recurve archers qualified in Leipzig, and Dietmar Trillus won the World Compound Archer title. Some shot their personal best, etc.

 

The Executive Committee’s request to revisit one of HPC recommendations was the first occasion I had to really act as a VP HPC.  Lots of e-mails were exchanged and through this, I got to know a very dedicated group of people better. The first reaction was, of course, natural “who do they think they are to question our recommendation”. After a while the HPC went back to business and gave rationale to support the recommendation. The “they”/“us” was something of the past.  After all we are all working for the athletes as FCA is proud to claim that it is athlete centered. 

 

When one sees the final product (FITA World Championship criteria, team selection process, etc) it seems easy to do.  But if we do not want to have “protests” at trials in particular, everything needed to be analysed.  “Act” rather than “react”. For the first time I was involved in the working progress of the HPC sub-committee.  After many hours of writing reading, proofreading, correcting and translating the many versions that were produced, the information documents were ready to be voted on by the entire HPC and posted on the FCA’s website in both official languages.  At some point, I was under the impression that my personal task, with so little experience I had on the technical aspect of it, was more to make sure all the archers got the information at the same time, no matter what their language is.  This effort demonstrated that FCA/HPC is fairness-conscious. The information package being posted on the website; the athletes knew well in advance what they had to do to qualify to attend, to be selected on the teams and what support they can expect from FCA. 

 

In conclusion, I was very pleased to witness such a group of dedicated workers in action, everyone having a tremendous knowledge on their own field of responsibility, the group working as a whole, everyone having a job to do to make the entire picture brighter.

Personally, at times, I was feeling more helpful as “VP-bilingualism” even if it doesn’t exist, than VP-HPC. But the job of a Vice-president is to make sure all the committee members do their job, not to do everything. I was very pleased to feel part of the team!

 

Respectfully submitted

Alain Gravel


FCA Vice President International - HPC Report Fall 2007

 

I have represented FCA at two international archery meetings this year; FITA and COPARCO congress plus two meetings with the Canadian Olympic Committee.  As usual, our physical presence at the meetings allowed for a Canadian, and in the case of COC, archery voice to the proceedings.

 

At FITA Congress the main controversial item was the increase in dues for ‘have’ countries to further assist ‘have not’ countries.  This was a complicated matter, which could have cost Canada a significant increase in our yearly dues to FITA.  Because the majority of Canada’s archers are not high performance users of FITA services, I was able to get the COC to verify FCA’s approximate number of FITA archers; this number enabled FCA to avoid this increase. There have been a number of items that have required FITA clarification concerning rules and procedures.  In each case I have been able to communicate and get answers to our proper committees.  We have a very good working relationship with FITA.  I am not aware of any outstanding issues with FITA.

 

I wish it were the same for COPARCO.  This organisation continues to run in a ‘hap-hazard’ manner.  I have managed to get somewhat better communications in the past year; however, there still is a long way to go.  I have volunteered to run their website for them, so we hope this will help in some small way.  I am also running the MICA tournament again this year; last year was very successful with medals delivered in May rather than November.  At COPARCO congress this year delegates were able to set up the majority of WREs that work for our northern calendar.

 

FCA was quite amazed to see a Canadian coach, who is not a part of our coaching system, selected by COPARCO and endorsed by FITA for a South American Olympic solidarity seminar.  I investigated this situation and have received a sincere apology from the committee chair. Suffice to say the coach had done a good job of selling himself and therefore, they thought it not necessary to ask us for a recommendation. I have provided the office with a disc containing the forms necessary should FCA want to host such seminars in Canada.

 

The COC continues its successful role for Canada. They are increasing their budget yearly and as you know, finally announced compensation for medals won in Canada. To clarify the question I have been asked most often, this does not apply to athletes who make more than $100,000.00 /year.

 

In the past year the COC has undertaken an initiative to streamline its decision-making and meeting procedures. With 80 odd sports as members, and other elected positions, their board certainly was unwieldy; however, all sports were represented. I and the reps of many other ‘small’ sports were concerned that our voice would be lost in this re-organisation. It took a lot of effort and communication, and with the new structure approved last weekend, we were successful in retaining our representation and voice.  While the structure changes to incorporate their executive into the board, all sports are still represented at all meetings. The one change that will affect us is that of our 5 class “A” members, FCA must have 1 coach and 1 athlete in this pool. 1 member will still be supported to all their meetings.

 

There was a great deal of discussion on the new ‘Youth Olympics’ (this was also discussed at length at FITA and COPARCO congress). There is a lot of apprehension amongst the sports concerning this push to younger athletes without a lot of planning and information presented before hand.  This is a pet project of the IOC President, Rogge and follows the youth sport model in Europe.  The host city must cover the cost; the IOC pays for travel and accommodation.  All sports are to be contested in the host city with no new venues to be built. Dates will be between August 6 and 29, 2010.  The programme is to include education and cultural activities, where they will ‘question and debate the place of sports and Olympic values in society’ - whatever that means?  Athletes must stay in the Olympic village.  The candidate cities are: Athens, Bangkok, Moscow, Singapore, and Turin.  Archery will have 3 events with 64 participants.  FITA has already announced another world championship (probably in the US) after India.

 

There will again be a vote of sports on the Olympic programme at the IOC session in 2016, to take it from 26 to 25, which will be the core number from then on. 1 sport will be dropped in 2012 and then sports can only be dropped for serious breaches of the IOC codes such as doping infractions. Archery is looking good for retention; however, the sport must not stop its lobbying until the votes are final.  FITA is doing a lot of work in this area.

 

The COC is investigating a bid for the 2015 Pan Am games in the so called Golden Triangle area south of Toronto. They are also considering a summer Olympic bid.

 

The real news was the announcing of the COC’s foray into television programming a 30 million dollar project. This network would be a subscription type (not internet) and have Olympic and other sport programming.

 

I would challenge the HPC to give me some ideas of equipment or research that could be done with ‘Own The Podium’ funds. I could investigate the possibility of funding for such projects, such as a high speed video camera etc??

 

I trust this has brought you up-to-date on our international issues.  Should you require any further information on any, please let me know.  I am here to work for you!

 

Respectfully submitted,

Al Wills


Vice President 3D - HPC Committee Report Fall 2007

 

I accepted this position in August.  Since that time there have been issues that have arisen.  The primary issue involves the requirement of having non-shooting chaperones at the 3D Nationals.  From the forums and comments that I have received the majority of 3D archers do not want to see this rule put into effect at this time.  I will be having more discussions with the 3D Reps prior to and at the next meeting in Manitoba next summer.

 

Another issue is the use of crossbows at the Nationals.  At this point, there has not been a proposal made from the OAA which brought it up at the last 3D Meeting.  The question of liability and insurance is being looked into.

 

A team of four archers attended the FITA 3Di World Championship in Sopron, Hungary in June of 2007.  The athletes did very well, placing in the top 25.  In the Qualification rounds, Cody Draper placed 5th, Bud Howard was 23rd, Dennis Hooey placed 17th, and I was in 7th place.  Cody and I advanced to the 1st elimination round. Cody shot 107/120 (seven points from the top score of 114) and was placed 10th.  I ranked 3rd after this round and so continued to the 2nd elimination round.  After a frustrating round, I finished in 8th position. 

 

The competition was difficult because of the targets that were used.  They were European targets that many of the archers (not just the Canadians) had not seen before.  The Organizing Committee did an excellent job in setting up the courses and running the event.  Judging the distances to the targets was challenging to say the least.

 

The team was supported to a small degree by the FCA.  Uniforms and registration fees were provided.  Mano Navarro acted as team leader.  It is hoped that there will be more funding for the 2009 3Di World Championship.

 

I am at present working on a format for choosing a team that is more in line with the other Excellence Squad Criteria.

 

Preliminary 3D Ranking Criteria

“The policy for Ranking Criteria is set by the FCA's High Performance Committee.
Criteria are calculated using an average of the two most recent world Championships using the following benchmarks.
Gold squad = 16th place, Red squad = 64th place, Blue squad = 93% of Red squad.  Unless:
1.         There are fewer than 75 competitors for a specific age/sex/equipment division in both of the past two world championships, then Red squad = 97% of Gold squad and Blue squad = 93% of Red squad.
2.         There are fewer than 16 competitors for a specific age/sex/equipment division in both of the past two world championships, then no average will be used and 8th place will be Gold squad and Red squad = 97% of Gold squad and Blue squad = 93% of Red squad.
3.         Rule change occur between the last 2 world championships and it is not possible to average the past 2 world championships for a specific age/sex/equipment division, then instead of an average, the actual scores shot in the year with the rule change will be used.” (from the FCA)  

 

Compound Men

Long Bow Men

Bare Bow Men

Instinctive Men

 

Gold

87%

 

Gold

59%

 

Gold

66%

 

Gold

67%

 

Red

85%

 

Red

57%

 

Red

64%

 

Red

65%

 

Blue

81%

 

Blue

55%

 

Blue

61%

 

Blue

62%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compound Women

Long Bow Women

Bare Bow Women

Instinctive Women

 

Gold

70%

 

Gold

58%

 

Gold

60%

 

Gold

40%

 

Red

68%

 

Red

56%

 

Red

58%

 

Red

39%

 

Blue

65%

 

Blue

54%

 

Blue

56%

 

Blue

37%

 

Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. In 2005, there were only three categories ( Long Bow, Recurve, Compound).  The Bare Bow and Instinctive category criteria are based on the 2007 scores only.

 

2. The above formulas were used to calculate the percentages.

 

 

 

3. Because the 2005 Championship used 20 targets per course and the 2007 used 24 targets per course, finding an average was only possible using percentages of perfect.

 

4. The Compound Men and Long Bow Men are based on 16th place.  The rest are based on 8th place.

 

5. Because of the nature of the competition and the variety of courses, it is considered preferable to consider percentages rather than scores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using 4th place for all categories:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compound Men

Long Bow Men

Bare Bow Men

Instinctive Men

 

Gold

97%

 

Gold

69%

 

Gold

80%

 

Gold

70%

 

Red

94%

 

Red

67%

 

Red

78%

 

Red

68%

 

Blue

90%

 

Blue

64%

 

Blue

74%

 

Blue

65%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compound Women

Long Bow Women

Bare Bow Women

Instinctive Women

 

Gold

75%

 

Gold

59%

 

Gold

65%

 

Gold

50%

 

Red

73%

 

Red

57%

 

Red

63%

 

Red

49%

 

Blue

70%

 

Blue

55%

 

Blue

60%

 

Blue

47%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average of the two charts above:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compound Men

Long Bow Men

Bare Bow Men

Instinctive Men

 

Gold

92%

 

Gold

64%

 

Gold

72%

 

Gold

69%

 

Red

89%

 

Red

62%

 

Red

70%

 

Red

67%

 

Blue

86%

 

Blue

60%

 

Blue

67%

 

Blue

64%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compound Women

Long Bow Women

Bare Bow Women

Instinctive Women

 

Gold

73%

 

Gold

59%

 

Gold

63%

 

Gold

45%

 

Red

70%

 

Red

57%

 

Red

61%

 

Red

44%

 

Blue

68%

 

Blue

55%

 

Blue

59%

 

Blue

42%

 

 

3D archers will be ranked using:

  1. an average of 2 major events one of which may be from the previous year plus
  2. an average of 4 regional events

 

Major Events will include: Indoor 3D Nationals, Outdoor 3D Nationals, IBO Worlds, Triple Crown events

 

This is preliminary only.  If you have any suggestions, please forward them to me.

 

It is necessary to establish a process by which clubs are able to register their 3D events so that the archers may use the scores for ranking purposes.  This will be another issue that I will be working on.  It will also be necessary to contact clubs/PSO’s to encourage them to register their events.

 

I will be involved with the 2008 Spitz Indoor 3D Championship as Co-chair of the Organizing Committee, President of the Host Club, and FCA 3D VP.  At the present time, everything is progressing smoothly.  This event as well as the Outdoor 3D Nationals will be considered major events for the ranking of 3D Excellence archers.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jude Hooey


Athlete Representative - HPC Committee Report Fall 2007

 

As I’ve been doing this role for quite some time, the last year has been comparatively a very positive one.  Certainly, the earning of three Olympic spots by the Canadian Recurve Men has been a very significant achievement.  Congratulations to the three archers that earned the spots.

 

This year a number of people have stepped up to be athlete advocates in a number of capacities, which is an improvement over previous years.  Although they were actively solicited, it was fantastic to see the input given by a variety of athletes through the LTAD process.  I look forward to the finished product that will be produced through LTAD, as I am sure, athletes will benefit from the resource this document will become.  Although, I am sure controversial, I believe strongly that the document will help clarify the line between competitive and recreational archery.  I also believe that it will be a useful tool to help drive high performance forward.

JD Burns attended this year’s Athletes Can annual conference.  The conference has been a good catalyst to get archers excited about sport governance and the sport system as a whole, and from JD notes, this year was no different.  His notes also point out some issues that other sports are having that archery has evolved past.   His notes clearly show discussion about team selection processes that evolve, have published criteria and significant athlete input.  I feel strongly that these three things have clearly been achieved by the HPC.  Certainly these have not been achieved by accident but through an athlete-centered thought process from the core.

 

Team selection continues to be a significant topic for the HPC.  I would hope that all athletes can understand the amount of effort that has been put forth to develop and then adjust the format to best suit the needs of each team.  Regardless of the process that is ultimately arrived at, the result will always be a challenging balance.  Hugh MacDonald, Greg Durward and I have all contributed to having the processed refined from an athlete’s perspective.  I look forward to the outcome of the ranking system review that the group is currently undertaking.

 

Certainly at the national level, this issue of athlete-centered approach is already well ingrained within our organisation.  Certainly, the ambition should now be to insure that the same is the case at the provincial level.

 

Respectfully submitted

Shawn Riggs


Chair – HPC Co-ordinator – Anti-Doping Education Report Fall 2007

 

Chair Duties

My primary focus over the last year has been the Excellence Review Sub-Committee.  This committee worked on items such as trials procedures, ranking, and associated items. 

 

Communication in the HPC has been minimal, and only when a specific issue has come up.  After spending a fair bit of time getting the HPC forum set-up, attempts to get the committee to use the forum were not successful, and that is a disappointment.  The activity report below from the administration site shows that most members are not visiting the site regularly or posting.  Some have never signed on since their initial sign up.  Unless there is a commitment from the HPC members to use this tool, I feel it should be abandoned.

 

 

I have heard little from the RCC in terms of their activities and plans going forward.  Last year my report contained this statement:

 

“Communications and the RCC are the keys to the 2012 plan.  In the coming year we must focus on developing a nationally focused plan for the RCC group to move forward with their key items.  I believe we need to rethink the way this group is structured and how it functions to increase communications and drive the group forward as the current situation does not appear to do that well.  Certainly good work is being done in each region, but I feel the group lacks the national focus needed to bring all areas of the country up to the same level, although Susan Lemke in particular has made some efforts to kick start that process.”


I don’t see that this situation has changed in the last year.

 

I believe our change to team trials is bearing fruit.  Certainly our international results this year were fantastic, and all the archers should be applauded for their dedication.  I believe our team selection system is basically set now, and will hopefully not require anything but minor tweaking as time goes on.

 

Anti-Doping Education

In my role as the Anti-Doping Education Co-ordinator, I answered several requests from archers and coaches through the year on doping related issues.  The WADA Code has recently been updated, and I offered opinion to the CCES on the FCA’s behalf while the consultation process was going on.  Now that the new code has been adopted, I will be reviewing the changes to see what the implications are for the FCA and our athletes.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Al Jenskey


Gestionnaire du programme des Archers ayant un handicap – l’Automne 2007

 

Je suis heureux d’écrire que nous terminons la meilleure année pour l’équipe paralympique de la FCA.  Tout d’abord pour le nombre de participants au Championnat Canadien, avec 5 archers dont une femme ARW2, est le plus grand dans ma mémoire.

La tenue de la clinique pour certifier les juges et une autre pour la formation de classificateurs ont été bien reçus par les participants.

 

Nous avons eu la plus imposante équipe pour le dernier championnat du monde en Corée Sud, soit huit personnes dont quatre archers qui ont parfaitement fait le travail.

1e  Kevin Evans, qui a remporté la médaille d’or pour le Championnat du Monde pour OPEN COMPOUND.

2e  L’équipe d’hommes OPEN COMPOUND composée de Kevin Evans,  Bob Hudson & Rob Cox qui ont remporté la médaille de bronze par équipe.

3e  Norbert Murphy qui a terminé en 5e position de sa catégorie.

Je  voudrais remercier Susan et Larry Lemke ainsi que Roger Murray qui ont fait un très bon travail à ce même championnat.

 

Il y a des changements majeurs au niveau de l’organisation mondial du tir à l’arc pour les personnes ayant un handicap.  L’organisation IPC a conclut une entente avec la FITA pour lui transférer la responsabilité du dossier des archers Paralympiques.  Depuis la FITA m’a demandé de faire parti du comité de transition jusqu’à la prochaine élection qui aura lieu durant le prochain championnat du monde en 2009.  Cette transition servira pour harmoniser la réglementation l’IPC et la FITA.

 

Suite aux dernières annonces de Sport Canada concernant les montants versés aux athlètes qui remporterons des médailles aux prochains jeux Olympiques, j’aimerais bien que le Comité de la Haute Performance demande à l’exécutif de la FCA d’envoyer une lettre à Sport Canada pour savoir pourquoi les médaillés paralympiques ne sont pas considérés; ils représentent le Canada au même titre que les athlètes Olympiques et je crois sincèrement qu’ils méritent eux aussi les mêmes considérations.

 

En terminant j’aimerais remercier les personnes qui ont organisé et travaillé à l’organisation le tournoi FITA1440 du 24 & 25 novembre à Burnaby pour permettre à certains archers paralympiques de faire leurs critères pour accéder au prochain paralympique. À cette compétition Kevin a obtenu un record mondial avec un pointage de 1389 battant ainsi le  précédent record qui était de 1377.  Bob Hudson a obtenu un record personnel de 1329.  Ce résultat le classe temporairement en 14e place au niveau mondial de l’IPC.  Rob Cox et Lyne Tremblay devront se déplacer aux USA en janvier s’ils désirent être en mesure de se classifier au niveau mondial.

 

Respectueusement soumis

Arthur Nault

 


Ranking Co-ordinator – HPC Report Fall 2007

 

The outdoor ranking list for 2007 was first published in mid-June and then once a month for the remainder of the season.  Results are taken from results published on the FCA web site. 

 

There were more problems than usual this year first with payment for registered FITA’s in 4 provinces.  Again, results were absent from Québec.  After repeated requests from both Kathy and I, results were eventually sent to Al Wills for the FCA web site.  However, Québec declines to use the FCA scoring template.  There were many changes in both the Alberta and Saskatchewan provincial organisations with new people involved who did not know that FITA results needed to be sent to the web site and it took many e-mails and phone calls to get results posted.

 

The final version of the proposed new ranking system, which will take effect for 2008, has been sent for translation and I will have copies for HPC approval at the HPC meeting.  The new ranking system (See Appendix 1) stipulates that results will only be taken from results posted on the FCA web site for events shot in Canada.  I will look for results from international events when I know that Canadian athletes are attending them.  Since a new database will have to be developed for the ranking system, I would like to suggest that they must be posted using the FCA scoring template.  That means that the scores can be loaded directly into the database without having to enter them individually.  Perhaps this requirement should be put into the FCA/PSO agreements.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joan McDonald

 


FCA Coaching Committee Representative – HPC Report Fall 2007

 

New NCCP - Implementation Status

The replacements for the former level 1 and Level 2 Coach Certification programmes have been completed.  Each province has a trained MLF certified to deliver the new programs.

 

The new Certification titles are: 

Instructor of Beginners (former level 1) – approved by CAC

Instructor of Intermediates (former level 2) – conditional approval by CAC

 

The replacement for the former level 3 certification is currently under development.  The material in the former level 3 plus additional material will be divided into 2 coaching certification under the new NCCP system

The new certification titles are:

Competition Coach

Advanced Archery Coach

 

Transition from the former NCCP to the new NCCP

A transition chart has been produced to guide coaches with existing NCCP certification as to how they can become certified under the new criteria.  At this point, coaches holding certification under the former system will not loose their certification.  They will not however be able to advance their coaching certification without making the transition to the new system, with the exception that the coach can still pursue level 4/5 status.

 

Communication

On the FCA web site is a link to a site containing information about the current coach certification process.  It is recommended that all PSO’s and clubs with websites create a link to the coaching web site to assist in getting the Coach Certification information out to the provinces and clubs. 

 

In the Future

There are 2 additional levels of certification in the New NCCP program:

High performance Coach

Specialist Coach

 

Currently archery coach certification beyond the former level 3 is facilitated through the Level 4 and Level 5 task programs at NCI’s and universities.  The Coaching Committee has not considered, in detail, how the New NCCP terminology will connect to the current Level 4 and Level 5 programs.  The tasks the Coaching Committee will be looking are the Sport Specific tasks.  It is likely that these sport specific task descriptions will require more detailed descriptions outlining the skills needed and the methods by which the skills can be obtained and evaluated. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Savage


FCA Regional Coach for Québec – HPC Report Fall 2007

 

-        I gave one more level III technical clinics , 4 registered, one cancelled just days before and one dropped half way through (too much work required since his experience was not that high and that he was organising the summer 2007 Québec games site) . I had a couple on the waiting list for this fall, but not enough for justify a new group.

-        I am still into the process of creating the Montréal regional training centre. I had my latest meeting novembre 16th 2007, where lots of the requirements have changed and I have more or less to re-do everything!

-        I held a compound clinic with Dietmar Trillus at my club, opened to all on November 24-25th 2007, with the help of Pierre Gremeaux.  Over 22 shooters are registered at this point. It is held on the behalf of the regional center

-        I held a clinic with Mrs Madeleine Hallé, a level IV course conductor on sport psychology, in Trois-Rivières in May 2007, on request of the High performance committee from Québec

-        I keep on give mini-seminars at my club and invite the coaches from around town. They will be included into the future regional center.

-        I have been actively involved with the “Maison de l’Arc”, a 5 M$ project near the Claude Robillard Center

-        I have taken part at the LTAD meeting in Toronto in the first week-end of December 2006

-        I have attended the 2007 trials and the Leipzig World Championships with head coach Kathy Millar along with Joan Mac Donald and Jean-Pierre Lafleur

-        I have attended the Nationals in Toronto and have helped some coaches from the province of Québec, as well as support Mrs. Danielle Juteau as Québec team’s manager.  She is the mother of Virginie Chenier who won the cub Recurve girls categories (field, target and open). I believe she will become one major asset in archery.

-        I was supposed to be involved with the week of the coaches in 2007, but the FTAQ decided not to participate…

-        The provincial federation is under big changes. The administrative director left in September 2006 and the office employees have been laid off in September this year, all helping to refund the FTAQ debt. With only one full time employee (the volunteers don’t show up to help, as wished), everything is in “emergency mode” at all times. So very little planning ahead is done…. It is sad.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Gaston Bibeau


FCA Regional Coach for Manitoba/Saskatchewan – HPC Report Fall 2007

 

RCC began 2007 with attempts at meeting via conference call.  Following two calls, for which there was not full attendance, the efforts dwindled, as all three members other than I began preparations for major team events this year.

After reflecting for some time, I feel it must fall to HPC to look at the some serious questions.

 

  1. Does the current structure of RCC continue to meet the needs that it was designed to meet?
  2. Does it make sense to have some of the busiest coaches (Joan, Gaston and Susan) as the RCC?  This is not meant to be critical of the individuals - these three people have been the nucleus of all the major National teams in 2006, 2007, and it is presumed that hey will continue in 2008.
  3. Can HPC better achieve its goals for Coaching in other ways?
  4. Can a group like the RCC function effectively at such great distances, without an actual dedicated budget?

 

I pose these questions for purposes of discussion only.   Not to negate or make light of contributions by each member of the RCC.

 

Respectfully submitted

Jeff Gunter


FCA Regional Coach for Ontario – HPC Report Fall 2007

 

An archery Coaches Conference was held in January 2007 with funding provided by the Quest for Gold programme.  The programme included a presentation on exercise and the development of a coaching strategy for Ontario.  It was moderately successful.  The main issue will be in the implementation.

 

I was requested twice to do seminars for teachers on PD days but was unable to do so as the dates were when I was away at international competitions.  I was unable to find another coach who was willing to do the seminars.

 

I have however, worked directly with coaches in 4 Toronto schools and the level of expertise of the school coaches and the archers has improved noticeably.

 

The regional coaches maybe working in their regions, but they do not work as a group to develop plans and strategies for the country as a whole.  A leader is badly needed.

 

Respectfully submitted

Joan McDonald


Excellence Equipment Programme HPC Report Fall 2007

 

At the end of November 2007 I will begin the process to hand out equipment again for this year.  The equipment will included Easton Arrows and Win and Win bows.

 

Easton Arrow Sponsorship

There were 11 dozen arrows given out last year to our elite athletes.  Easton Arrows gave the FCA 12 dozen arrows.  Easton also privately sponsors about 7 of our athletes directly.  When offering the sponsorship to our athletes I always ask if they are sponsored by another arrow company.  If so then they are not eligible for this programme.  This year one of our athletes accepted the sponsorship and then did not complete the thank you letter.  After trying numerous times to get the thank you letter for Easton, he admitted that he was sponsored by someone else.  This was unfortunate as his arrow size and type had been ordered and another athlete missed the chance to be a part of this program.  As a result I held an arrow lottery for those in the Excellence Programme who were interested.  The FCA office had another set of arrows from a previous year so both sets were given away in the arrow lottery.

 

Win and Win Bow Sponsorship

Three bows were given away last year.  This was a difficult process as many athletes who qualified for the bows turned them down.  Throughout the year Win and Win contacted me to find out which tournaments our sponsored athletes were attending.  Unfortunately when our sponsored athletes did attend international events, Win and Win were not present, and when Win and Win attended the international events our sponsored athletes were not there.  As a result Win and Win told me that they would not be sponsoring us for 2007 as they wanted to sponsor athletes that were attending international events.  I then gathered information on our sponsored athletes, results over the last two years and we sent pictures of our athletes shooting the Win and Win gear.  The FCA office did a press release and for a while I heard nothing back.  After about 6 months I felt we had lost this sponsorship as I had heard nothing from Win and Win.  They contacted me about two months ago saying they were interested again.  I have submitted a proposal which has since been approved by HPC to change the way FCA gives out the Win and Win bows.  I am hoping that over the next few years HPC can expand the Win and Win programme.  I think it would be a shame if we lost it again.

 

My goal for this year was to try and bring on other manufacturers to sponsor our archers.  With Kathy’s help, I have done all of the ground work but did not get a chance to contact the companies.  I am hoping to achieve that this year.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Hayley Mott


National Team Uniform Co-ordinator – HPC Report Fall 2007

 

We had over thirty uniforms made this year.  Therefore we have close to one hundred and fifty uniforms manufactured by Avalanche since the beginning of this programme in 2000.  At the present time, FCA has in stock a small inventory of six uniforms of different sizes. The manufacturer still requests that the order should be sent at least six to eight weeks prior to the delivery date; and the orders should be of at least six uniforms. 

 

There is always some minor problem with a few orders; Avalanche made all the necessary alterations.  There was one incident where the athlete had to pay for the repair.  All measurements should be taken by a tailor or qualified seamstress.  Since their enterprise was expanding, Avalanche ruled that an RA number will be required before returning a uniform with the specification of corrections to be made, but this rule was never applied.

 

Avalanche has maintained their sponsorship; however this year was a little difficult to get them to comply with the original agreement.  This problem was resolved this week and FCA will receive the shirts sometimes next week.

 

I still maintain the importance of a special letter or note of emphasis should go to the athletes to inform and make them aware that as soon as they intend to make a team they should send in their name, the order form for their uniform and measurement chart must be included.

 

I also inquired to companies for new team shirts, shorts and uniforms.  This was done while keeping in mind that the Avalanche contract will end in 2008. I believe this committee should discuss or look into the possibilities of changing the uniform because of all the discussions arising about the present uniform.  HPC might want to check with other suppliers for a new uniform.  HPC should not wait till the last minute to inquire about new uniforms, if this was the case.

 

Respectfully submitted

Marty (Marthe) Cusson 


FCA Executive/Technical Director HPC Report Fall 2007

 

The pre-Olympic/pre-Paralympic year always requires more staff time and involvement than other years in the cycle, and 2007 has been no exception.  Preparations for both events require hours of time and communication, which can be extremely frustrating and filled with delays.  Staff changes at both COC and CPC have not helped this process either.  There is a certain minimum level of involvement regardless of team size, e.g. IOC is enforcing its dress regulations aggressively for coaches and athletes.  I would like to thank Susan Lemke and Joan McDonald for their support in trying to anticipate the workload and answer questions quickly.  As soon as IPC publishes its ranking list in February, and FITA informs Canada of the women’s ranking for quota prior to the Boé event, FCA will know exactly how many archers will be attending the Games.  Then the internal nomination process can start.  The date and site of the Olympic/Paralympic trials needs to be set and published.

 

Along with domestic programme, product and services duties, I have invested quite a lot of time during the year with AWAD and able-body team preparation, travel and follow-up.  These events involved members of HPC in whole or individually during 2007:  Canada Winter Games, team trials, FITA World Indoor, World 3Di and World Target Championships, Pan Am Games, IPC World Target Championships, Beijing Test Event, CQT/WRE tournament, AWAD qualification tournaments, 3 domestic major events, and all registered tournaments.  In terms of the men’s programme and the AWAD programme, this was an exceptional year; the women’s result at the Pan Am Games was encouraging.  FCA’s attempt at a fund-raising Athlete Calendar that celebrates the 3 world champions in the past 12 months is a small attempt to recognise just how successful Canadian archers have been lately.  The fact that Canada may not have a spot on the women’s Olympic line is worrying and the Boé trip will require extra expenditures in 2008.

 

HPC budget decisions and plans made during the January 2007 meeting were approved by the FCA Board of Directors, and have been acted upon.  By the end of November, all event reimbursements will have been issued to athletes and coaches for all events.  By the middle of January 2008, all coach honoraria will be paid in full.  Sport Canada installments have not been received at auspicious times and I will work with FCA’s Sport Consultant to change the percentages of payments received to match their preferred cheque run dates in order to avoid the cashflow crisis that FCA experienced this year.  Also, I pursued CPC and COC Podium funds much more actively this year in order to receive installments when it was important for FCA to have funds.  COC has one remaining payment of 20% in order to complete its contract; CPC forwarded its contribution in full already.  Podium funds were used to purchase Dartfish software, pay for the 2 extra COC quota to send 3 women to Pan Am Games, cover partial expenses to 3 major A/B events, and covered travel expenses for Kevin Evans to major events and Susan Lemke to Korea.

 

After the lengthy 2002-2003 negotiations with COC in advance of the Athens Games, it was hoped that the system would be useful for the Beijing Games.  The HPC Excellence Review sub-committee was forced to revisit COC Schedule “A” and “B” procedures due to the acceptance of IF standards.  Unfortunately, this took a great deal of time and energy again, but the new process incorporates the 2006 trials format, and is transparent and fair to all recurve archers, regardless of ranking.

 

The Regional Coaches Council has stalled and, in my opinion, that this is due to lack of sufficient funding for RCC members to travel to where the coaches are working.  There is a leadership vacuum also, which HPC as a whole must address.

 

Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Programme (AAP) has been frustrating due to the internal quota system that is imposed on all sports.  The next AAP quota review will not take place until 2010, leaving Canadian archers with very little opportunity to obtain carding beyond the 4 able-bodied and 2 AWAD senior cards and equivalents until then.  The 2008-2009 FCA carding criteria need to be discussed and approved during the meeting.  AAP is offering pre-Games preparation carding again for a limited number of months leading up to the Games, which is not restricted by Sport Canada’s quota system.

 

In terms of AWAD athletes, there were 3 major developments:  1. IPC Archery will join FITA and this should improve communication and tournament registration, as well as the maintenance of an up-to-date ranking list; 2. FCA’s AWAD programme now includes a female archer for the first time since the 1980’s; 3. FCA held an IPC technical delegate training seminar in between the national 3D and Field championships in Toronto that allows FCA the possibility of registering more IPC tournaments.  Hopefully, FITA will combine all of its events with IPC Archery so that the fee will register events for world records and awards with both organisations at the same time.

 

FCA’s Long-Term Athlete Development Model process has added another “dimension” to the workload and there has been continued follow-up with HPC members since the initial December 2006 meeting.  Reports and discussions will be part of the HPC agenda.  Competition structure and rounds may change quite noticeably after the document is approved, and there may be specific policy statements affecting young athlete participation at the international level.  This document will be available in its latest form around the end of December 2007.

 

I supported all HPC activities in 2007, from CCES, WADA code changes and athlete whereabouts forms, to uniforms to AthletesCan mobile phone programmes.  I implemented, and revised a team support staff self-evaluation survey to be completed after every event.  This has not been 100% successful because not all support staff members participated.  The process worked well, though, and FCA’s CCC did a very good job in its first involvement.  I drafted a new team member agreement as part of my report to HPC from the FITA world target championships.  I hope that this will be considered and implemented in some form for future teams.  HPC needs a standard application form for national team support staff applicants.

 

In terms of looking further into the future, HPC must consider the national team uniform contract renewal and Excellence 2012 fees, and any changes to the ranking system.  It must address also the HPC Plan to 2012, and update/revise where necessary. 

 

In summary, the workload has been very difficult to keep up with.  It has been very challenging at times to monitor all the discussions and projects that the Excellence Review sub-committee has undertaken.  As HPC devolves further, requiring fewer full committee meetings (according to the Plan), it will be very important that volunteer leaders to ensure that there is open, regular communication among the various groups dealing with their specific tasks. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kathleen Millar


Report from the Olympic Test Event – Beijing, China August 20, - 26, 2007

 

This event is only open to recurve archers – 3 men and 3 women.  The team from the World Championship was asked if they would like to attend.  The women declined.  The three men wanted to go.

 

The team was composed of:

Duenas, Crispin          Lyon, Jay         MacDonald, Hugh       McDonald, Joan – Coach

 

Joan managed the entry process, which was not easy and took considerable time.  Getting responses from China was difficult – Juan Carlos Holgado at FITA was a great help in getting the Chinese to respond as well as getting them to fix their web site so that the entries could be entered electronically.  The timing to get Hugh and Jay’s passport to Toronto to get visas for China was tricky and thanks to Crispin for picking their passports up from me, taking them to the Chinese consulate, picking them up again and returning them.

 

It took several hours for my little bank to figure out how to do the bank transfer to China but it eventually worked.  The hotel we booked was demolished and we were moved to a different one, but at least I got an e-mail about that before we arrived. 

 

Crispin, Jay and Hugh traveled on the same flight from Vancouver on Thursday, August 16th (during the Canadian Championships).  I left on Saturday, August 19th.  Believe me, the flight is LOOOONG.  We were met at the airport by young people in orange shirts – they were everywhere and so anxious and excited to see us, it was almost funny.  Three of them met my flight and guided me past all the line ups and through immigration and past customs.  They were horrified when I tried to pick up my luggage. 

 

We were assigned a young Chinese “orange” volunteer to help us with anything we needed.  He was with us all day, every day.  It turned out he was quite a good table tennis player and he and the guys put several tables together and water bottled across the middle as a net and killed many hours in the athletes lounge playing table tennis.  At the end of the tournament we gave him a Canadians hat and a set of pins and we thought he was going to cry when we gave it to him.

 

The hotel was excellent – the rooms were small but quite adequate.  The food was definitely Chinese but still quite good despite the labels in “Chinglish”.  Chef’s intestinal mud with cream was the best of them all.  We don’t know what it was and didn’t try it.

 

Hugh’s back did not survive the flight and he was quite crippled when I arrived.  He shot the ranking round with difficulty – not even able to bend enough to look through his spotting scope.  The British team had a physiotherapist with them and they kindly permitted her to work on Hugh which made quite a difference. 

 

The archery facility is permanent and completely finished, grass and all.  There are two “courts” for match play, which caused quite a bit of confusion during the competition.  In one case Jay had a match in court B immediately followed by Crispin’s match in court A.  The match in court A had to be delayed until Hugh (acting as agent) and I had time to move to the other court.  In our team round match, a Chinese person was our agent and disappeared with the arrows after the last end.  It took about an hour to get them back.

 

The Olympic schedule will be changed to put the team competition first which will mean that medals will be given out on the 2nd day of the Olympics when there are very few other medal competitions.  The theory is that archery should get more press. 

 

Jay Lyon finished 21st in the ranking round shooting 321 (placed 44th) and 335 (placed 6th) total 656.  Crispin Duenas finished 25th in the ranking round shooting 326 (placed 29th ) and 330 (placed 20th ) total 656.  Hugh finished 51st in the ranking round shooting 315 (54th place) and 315 (51st place) for a total of 630.   First place was Sky Kim of Australia with a 334 (10th place) and 344 (1st place) total 678.  There were 4 scores over 340.  All three archers slowed their timing down at the end of their matches as they “tried hard” to shoot better.

 

In match play, Jay won his first match against Morillo of Spain 107 to 99.  He lost his second match against Brady Ellison of the US 113 to 110.  His final placing was 20th.  Crispin’s lost his first match against Wang Cheng Pang of Chinese Taipei 112 to 108 and finished the competition in 36th place.  Hugh lost his first match against Sulaiman Muhammad of Malaysia 109 to 107 and finished in 39th place. 

 

Gold was won by Kim Ha-Neul aka Sky Kim of Australia.  He had a bye in the first round and then shot 115 110, 110, 111 and 111.  Cheng Chu Sian of Malaysia was second and Takaharu Furukawa of Japan was third.  Both the bronze medal and gold medal matches finished in a tie, with the gold medal match taking 3 arrows to break the tie.  I sure hope the finals of the Olympics next year are as exciting as this one – it’s what the sport needs.

 

The team finished the ranking round in 12th place and competed again the 13th place team Italy and lost the match 218 to 213.  I think they were a little intimidated coming up against the Italians which included Frangilli, DiBuo and Galiazzo.  The team finished where they started in 12th place.

 

This was a delightful team to work with.  All three archers got along very well and enjoyed all aspects of their trip.  The camaraderie of the team and their ability to “play” when there was time to kill on the range and in the hotel actually drew compliments from the manager of the team from Holland. 

 

We did some tourist trips, one to the silk market where the guys had a great time buying clothes for Jay and a black pearl for Hugh’s wife Peg.  Several people from the Canadian Olympic Committee were in town and invited us and some other athletes to a great Chinese dinner hosted by the COC’s Chinese liaison in Beijing.  They also arranged a driver and a trip to the Great Wall of China where the three guys ran the whole area of the wall where tourists are allowed while I walked.  It was an awesome day.

 

The air quality was terrible and so was the traffic and the driving.  Jay was sure that we would not survive the driving.  Many archers were wearing masks over their noses and mouths during the tournament.  I had a metallic taste in my mouth most of the time I was there, but the three guys did not seem to be otherwise affected.  Jay had a bad cold which caused him to stay in bed for one day.  I caught a cold/flu the day we left and had a miserable time on the flight home and for about a week afterwards.

 

Everyone agreed that this trip was worth every penny spent on it.  They all felt that being familiar with the facilities and the culture will be a help to them next year – I have heard both Hugh and Crispin mention this several times to others since their return.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joan McDonald
                                                           

Report from the IPC Archery Championships – Cheong-ju KOR, 2007

 

The World IPC in Cheong-ju Korea for Canada was a great success.  The team is Canada largest AWAD team to date on the international stage.  As a result the support for this team was also the largest with Larry Lemke the assistant, Roger Murray the Performance Enhancement Team member and me.  Also added to this was Robert Cox’s personal aid Patty Tole.

 

The team came together in a staging area in Vancouver two days prior to leaving for Korea, with the exception of Norbert.  This was a great opportunity for the three members of the Men’s Compound Open team to do some team building.  Further to that the members got to work on the team round sequences and strategies.  It was time well spent enabling the team members to become comfortable with ability and the rules.

 

The team had some experience on the international field, but there were a couple of new members.  There was a pretty good mood of the team as the experienced members allowed the newer members to be comfortable and supported.

 

Travelling via Singapore Airlines we were well taken care of.  We were met by the organising committee and bussed to the hotel 3 hours south of Seoul.  We arrived at the 5-star hotel that we were booked into with the rest of the teams.  It was noticeable, however, that the Korean team was not staying in the same hotel.  They were in a motel 5 minutes from the field, very low profile and away from everyone else. 

 

The organising committee had a great venue, great accommodation, but had a strict transport schedule that did not take into consideration the number of wheelchairs needing to be transported to the shooting venue.  The hotel was 15 minutes from the shooting field and a bus was to run every half hour from the hotel to the field.  The problem was that only 4 to 6 wheelchairs could be accommodated per trip.  The feeling was that the wheelchair athletes would be able to transfer from their chairs and sit in the bus seats.  This in many cases was correct, but then what about the chairs?  Many of the wheelchairs did not fold up, this whole loading and unloading added time to the transportation issues.  It was only after the IPC Technical delegate stepped in and demanded that the buses kept coming until no one was left to travel to and from the field that things improved.

 

Other than the transport the organising committee had this event well in hand, a great venue, with excellent instant coffee, lots of volunteers and support folks.  The only one negative item to report is that the volunteers (university students from all over the country) were often responsible for injuring wheelchair athletes as they wanted to help.  They reached out and pushed the chairs with no notice, causing arms and hands to be at risk.

 

One of the interesting things was watching the support staff fill-in and then step back as they were needed.  Near the end of the week there was less and less for everyone to do, but there is no doubt that number of support was also a good contribution to the success of this team, with Kevin taking the Gold medal, and the compound open men’s team taking the bronze.  Canada secured one Paralympic spot by having a top three finish.  The men’s team bronze finish did not secure spots as there is no compound open team event at the Paralympics. It is my belief that with some TLC and direction this team and its members can continue to improve in their ranking and accomplishments. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Susan Lemke, 2007 IPC Head Coach


Report From the Olympic Continental Qualifying Tournament / World Ranking Event

El Salvador, October 9 – 13, 2008

Team Members

 

Recurve Men                          Recurve Women                    Compound Men

Crispin Duenas                       Marie-Pier Beaudet                 Wayne Fleet

Hugh MacDonald                    Kateri Vrakking                        Murray Peacock

J. D. Burnes                            Kristen Niles

 

The women’s team was chosen using the team selection process that was published on the FCA web site.  I e-mailed all the recurve men, compound men and women registered in Excellence to see who wanted to attend the World Ranking Event. 

 

I co-ordinated the travel arrangements, the team registration and accommodation and again challenged my little branch bank to transmit all the fees.  They want to know where we are going next so they can be ready.  The flights worked well and we were able to have everyone arrive and leave at about the same time.  Terry Niles, Kristen Niles’ father also came to the event, pitched right in to help and was great during the week.  He was a great help on the field and around the card table and I appreciated his help and smiling face.

 

The event was held at the archery facility that is part of a large multi-sport training centre run by the Olympic Committee of El Salvador.  There is a small hotel in the centre where almost all the athletes were housed.  It’s quite new and the accommodations were very good.  The hotel was only about 50 meters from the archery range and being able to go back and forth whenever we wanted and not worry about bus schedules sure makes an event easier to manage.  Meals were cafeteria style with usually only one choice of food and it was generally OK but not great.  One archer had some food allergies and this was difficult to manage with what was offered.  But peanut butter and Nutella saved the day. 

 

The competition took place in the morning only as it rained every afternoon without fail – and often in the morning as well.  By the end of the week the tournament field was in pretty tough shape. 

 

The ranking round was a FITA:

Recurve Women

(33 Competitors)

 

Recurve Men 

(31 Competitors)

 

Compound Men

(26 Competitors)

 

1.  Karen Scavotto, USA 1333

2.  Katuna Lorig, USA    1332

3.  Janeth Garcia, MEX    1328

6.  M-P Beaudet, Can      1309

11 Kateri Vrakking, Can 1279

15. Kristen Niles, Can     1247

1.  Luis Velez, MEX       1335

2.  Crispin Duenas, Can 1328

3.  Juan R Serrano, MEX                                      1312

7.  J. D. Burnes, Can     1264

8.  H MacDonald, Can   1262

 

1.  Jorge Jimenez, ESA 1399

2.  R. Hernandez, ESA  1382

3.  Ruben Ochoa, MEX 1381

9.  Wayne Fleet, Can    1345

14.Murray Peacock, Can                                      1326

 

 

These FITA results are very good for Canadians with all but one of the recurve archers shooting their average and Crispin Duenas shooting a new Canadian record.  The compound men were not happy with their results.

 

In Central and South America, medals are given for each distance.  Marie-Pier won bronze for 60m, a bronze for 50m and a silver for 30m.  Crispin Duenas won a full set of medals, bronze for 90m, silver for 30m and gold for 70 and 50m. 

 

In the CQT, Kristin Niles won her first match against a woman from Ecuador 98 to 97.  Her second match was against Leydis Brito of Venezuela and she lost the match 97 to 87.

Marie-Pier shot a great score in her first match against Norma Escalante of El Salvador winning 112 to 96.  Her second match against Nadia Ruiz of Puerto Rico was a tough one and she lost 104 to 102.  Kateri won her first match against Fatima Rocha of Brazil 106 to 91, but lost her second match against Aida Roman of Mexico 109 to 107.  Aida went on to place third in the competition.  So, all three women were out in the second round – they were certainly a disappointed crew. 

 

Women recurve

1.    Janeth Garcia MEX

2.    Karen Scabotto, USA

3.    Aida Roman, MEX

9.    Kateri Vrakking, Can

11.  Marie-Pier Beaudet, Can

16.  Kristen Niles, Can

 

In the World Ranking Event they did better – they were much more relaxed.

1.    Karen Scavotto, USA

2.    Aida Roman, MEX

3.    Kate Anderson, USA

4.    Kateri Vrakking

9.    Kristen Niles

11.  Marie-Pier Beaudet

 

Recurve Men

1.    Juan Carlos Stevens, Cuba

2.    Juan Serrano, MEX

3.    Hugh MacDonald

4.    Crispin Duenas

9.    J. D. Burns

This was a good result for the men. 

 

Compound Men

1.    Nelson Torres, Venezuela

2.    Roberto Hernandez, El Salvador

3.    Jorge Jimenez, El Salvador

15.  Wayne Fleet

19.  Murray Peacock

Wayne and Murray were not happy with their results, but they both felt that they had gained valuable experience from the event and would do it again.

 

The men’s recurve team had a bye in the first round.  In the second round they shot against Brazil and were behind going into the last end.  But on the last end they shot a spectacular 59 points to win the match 219 to 212.  That put them in the Gold medal match against Mexico where they took an early lead.  But on the last end the tables were turned and the Mexicans shot a great end, tying the match at 214.  Canada lost the tie breaker which quite tee’d them off, but they still had a silver medal.

 

This was by far the best results we have had from an international competition.  We did not earn an Olympic place for the women, which was disappointing, but there are many bright spots for the future in the event.

 

The team managed well.  Initially we started to find some tourist things to do in the afternoon, but when it’s pouring rain there wasn’t much incentive.  The entire team spent many hours playing cards in the cafeteria and joining in activities with other teams.  There was a large indoor 50m range and many of them shot there in the afternoon. 

 

The organisation of the tournament was good but the leader boards did not work although the system of getting the scores from the field seemed to be OK.  But those pesky computers did not do their job. 

 

Wayne and Murray were the best possible cheering squad that any team could have.  They were a delight to have on the team.

 

Respectfully submitted

Joan McDonald, Team Leader


APPENDIX 1

Outdoor Target Ranking List Process

Effective January 1st, 2008

 

1.0 Background

The method for ranking outdoor target archers in Canada was first developed in the early 1980’s and has remained largely the same for more than 20 years.  However, target archery at the international and national level has changed dramatically.  The introduction of the 70m round and single elimination match play at the 1995 World Championships and the 1996 Olympics began this shift.  Since then the 70m round has been used sporadically in place of the FITA round as the ranking round in other world level tournaments.  In 2005, the USA decided to use the 70m round for their USAT events in even numbered years and the FITA round in odd numbered years. 

 

A World Cup circuit was introduced in 2006 with some events using the FITA round and others using the 70m round.  In the fall of 2007, FITA adopted the US system for the World Cup circuit which means that in even numbered years the World Cup will use the 70m round and in odd numbered years the World Cup will use the FITA round.  The FITA round continues to be the ranking event at World Championships.  

 

Single elimination match play was introduced at the 1995 world championships and has remained the system for determining champions at world championships, Olympic Games and all other international events.  Canada subsequently adopted a double elimination system for Canadian major events including the Canadian Championships, which gives Canadian archers more opportunities to practice the match play format. 

 

However, neither the 70m round scores, nor elimination round scores are used in the FCA ranking process which still uses only FITA scores.  If the ranking system remains unchanged, Canadian archers will have a limited number of major events using FITA rounds in even numbered years and their scores in match play will also remain outside the system.  It is well past the time for the Canadian ranking system to be updated to reflect the reality of the current rounds shot both nationally and internationally.

 

The FCA Ranking list does or could serve several purposes including:

 

The following is the new method for creating the annual FCA ranking list.

 


2.0 The FCA Ranking System

 

2.1 Current system

 

The current FCA ranking system produces two kinds of ranking lists.

1.   An overall ranking by gender and equipment division for everyone who shoots the same distances. 

2.   A list divided by gold, red, blue and development ‘squads” and further broken out by gender and age categories and equipment divisions.  Generally gold squad reflects 16th place in the world, red squad reflects 64th place in the world and blue squad is 93% of red squad.  Development is composed of archers in the Excellence program but not yet at the blue squad level.  

 

Currently the Outdoor Ranking system uses the average of an archer’s top three FITA scores shot during an outdoor season.  Classification in the Gold Squad requires that one of the scores in the average be from a designated major event.

Details on the current system are available on the FCA web site http://www.fca.ca/ex/criteria/OutdoorCriteria2005-2007.htm

 

2.2 Rationale for the New System to be introduced in 2008

 

The new ranking system incorporates 70 metre rounds and match play scores in addition to the FITA round to determine ranking. One of the reasons for this is that the 70 metre round is rapidly becoming a standard ranking round in even numbered years, and by including this in the ranking it will give FCA athletes a chance to use scores from events around the globe in any year.

 

The HPC encourages clubs across Canada to register and host 70m rounds for 2008 and beyond in order to provide Excellence members the opportunity to practice these rounds and obtain ranking scores. The 70m round can also be used for archers who are just learning how to shoot longer distances as a stepping stone to a 90m FITA round at some point.

 


2.3 New Outdoor FCA Target Ranking System

 

2.3.1    The ranking list will be published regularly throughout the season using data available. The final annual ranking list will be compiled as soon as possible after the end of the Outdoor season (December 31) and will be calculated based on scores shot only during the current calendar year.

 

2.3.2    Gold and Red Squad archers’ ranking score will be the sum of:

·        The average of the archer’s best two FITA scores (possible 1440), plus

·        The average of the archer’s best two 70m Round scores (possible 720) plus

·        Six times the average of the archer’s best two 12-arrow match play scores (possible 720)
This is a 50-25-25% weighting.

 

2.3.3    Blue Squad archers’ ranking score will be the sum of:

·        The average of the archer’s best two FITA scores (possible 1440), plus

·        The average of the archer’s best two 70m Round scores (possible 720)
There is no requirement for Blue Squad archers to have match play scores.

 

2.3.4    The FITA and 70m scores must be from rounds registered with FITA, the FCA or another FITA National Affiliate country.  There is no requirement for them to be from a major event.

 

2.3.4    The match play scores must be from a designated major event.  Two scores can be used from the same major event.  Each year the HPC will publish a list of designated major events on the FCA web site in the Excellence and High Performance section.

 

2.3.5    Archers who are missing one or more of the six component scores will be ranked using a zero for the missing scores.

 

2.3.6    Results of all FITA, 70/60m rounds and match play scores shot in Canada must be published on the FCA web site to be used for ranking purposes.

 

2.3.7    The total ranking score is out of 2280. Archers’ ranking scores will be published as a total score and as the components making up the total score.

 

2.3.8    To obtain a ranking for a given year, an archer must have been an Excellence member on the last day of the season for that discipline. There will be no retroactive ranking for previous years.

 


2.4 Calculating Outdoor Squad Levels

 

2.4.1 Seniors

Component

GOLD

RED

BLUE

FITA

The average of the 16th place scores in the Qualification Round at the previous 3 World Championships

The average of the 64th place scores in the Qualification Round at the previous 3 World Championships

93% of the Red Squad FITA component.

70/60m

The average of the 16th place scores in the 70m Ranking Round shot at all the World Cup Events in the most recent year in which the World Cups used 70m Rounds.[*See note re 2008]

The average of the 64th place scores in the 70m Ranking Round shot at all the World Cup Events in the most recent year in which the World Cups used 70m Rounds.[*See note re 2008]

93% of the Red Squad 70m round component.

Match Play

The average of the top 8 match play scores in the 1/8th Elimination Round at the previous 3 World Championships.

The average of the bottom 8 match play scores in the 1/8th Elimination Round at the previous 3 World Championships.

N/A

.* Starting in 2008 and every other year after that, the World Cup events will use a 70m Ranking Round. The above provision for calculating the 70m Round component will be used to calculate the Squad levels starting 2009. For 2008, the 70m Round component will be twice the average 16th (Gold) or 64th (Red) place 70m score from the FITA ranking round in the previous three World Championships.

 

2.4.2 Cadets/Juniors

Component

GOLD

RED

BLUE

FITA

The average of the 16th place scores in the Qualification Round at the previous 3 World Championships.

The average of the 64th place scores in the Qualification Round at the previous 3 World Championships.

93% of the Red Squad FITA component.

70/60m

Twice the average 16th place 70m score in the previous three World Championships.[*See note below]

Twice the average 64th place 70m score in the previous three World Championships. .[*See note below]

93% of the Red Squad 70m (Jrs) or 60m (Cdt) round component.

Match Play

The average of the top 8 match play scores in the 1/8th Elimination Round at the previous 3 World Championships.

The average of the bottom 8 match play scores in the 1/8th Elimination Round at the previous 3 World Championships.

N/A

* Since 60/70m Rounds are not shot at the World Cup for Cadet and Junior archers, the 70m scores shot as part of the FITA Qualifying Rounds of the Junior Worlds will be used to establish the Squad rankings for those archers. Twice the 70m (Juniors) or 60m (Cadets) distance score will be used to simulate a 70m Round score.

 

2.4.3 Incomplete Competitive Fields

FITA and 70/60m Rounds

In some cases, there may be fewer competitors than required for the above calculations.

If there are fewer than 16 competitors for a category (age/sex/equipment) in the FITA Round or 70/60m Round in an event used to calculate Gold Squad level, the 8th place score will be used as the 16th place score in the calculations.

 

If there are fewer than 80 competitors in a category in the FITA Round or 70/60m Round in an event used to calculate Red Squad level, the 64th place score will be taken to be the greater of the actual 64th place score and 97% of the 16th place score.

 

Match Play

In cases where there are fewer than 16 competitors in the 1/8 Elimination Matches, the average of the top half of the scores will be used to calculate the Gold Squad match play component and the average of the lower half of the scores will be used for Red Squad.

 

2.4.4 Rule Changes

If there are rule changes, which significantly impact scores for the events used for calculating Squad levels for a category, then adjustments will be made at the discretion of the HPC to account for the expected impact of the rule changes. Where rules have been constant for two of the previous three World Championships, scores from those two championships will be used in calculations.

 


 

Squad Levels

 

Squad Levels

 

Total=FITA Component (50%) + 70/60m Component (70/60m score X 2)(25%) + Match Play X 6(25%) except no Match Play for Blue Squad

 

Total=FITA Component (50%) + 70/60m Component (70/60m score X 2)(25%) + Match Play X 6(25%) except no Match Play for Blue Squad

 

 

 

 

 

Men Recurve

 

Men Compound

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

Gold

1321

665

655

2642

 

Gold

1368

686

686

2740

 

Red

1280

640

628

2548

 

Red

1332

667

665

2664

 

Blue

1190

595

0

1786

 

Blue

1239

620

0

1859

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women Recurve

 

Women Compound

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

Gold

1323

645

647

2615

 

Gold

1360

669

666

2696

 

Red

1271

615

612

2497

 

Red

1319

646

638

2603

 

Blue

1182

572

0

1753

 

Blue

1227

601

0

1828

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Men Recurve

 

Junior Men Compound

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

Gold

1260

619

653

2532

 

Gold

1319

657

678

2654

 

Red

1214

600

615

2430

 

Red

1279

637

651

2567

 

Blue

1129

558

0

1687

 

Blue

1190

593

0

1782

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Women Recurve

 

Junior Women Compound

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

Gold

1267

606

641

2515

 

Gold

1276

606

655

2537

 

Red

1229

588

589

2406

 

Red

1238

588

615

2441

 

Blue

1143

547

0

1690

 

Blue

1151

547

0

1698

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cadet Men Recurve

 

Cadet Men Compound

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

Gold

1259

594

645

2498

 

Gold

1302

623

677

2602

 

Red

1221

576

607

2404

 

Red

1263

604

648

2515

 

Blue

1135

536

0

1671

 

Blue

1175

562

0

1737

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cadet  Women Recurve

 

Cadet Women Compound

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

 

FITA

70/60

MP

 

 

Gold

1270

606

647

2523

 

Gold

1251

605

659

2514

 

Red

1232

588

606

2426

 

Red

1213

587

626

2426

 

Blue

1146

547

0

1692

 

Blue

1128

546

0

1674