MINUTES OF HPC MEETING DECEMBER 4/5 1998

In attendance: Alain Gravel, Chairman; Arthur Nault, Disabled Archers Coordinator; Bruce Savage, High Performance Coaching Coordinator; Marthe Cusson, Athletes Representative;

Assistant: Pascal Colmaire, Technical Director.

Location: Arthur’s place

Budget meeting: $0, i.e. all the participants attended at their own expense.

Congratulations for their dedication! Meeting called to order: at 9:47 a.m.

Alain thanked the participants for attending with a $0 budget for this meeting.

January ‘98 HPC minutes.

Adopted.

Reports.

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* HP Coaching Coordinator / Bruce. Sent to all the members before the meeting. * Score & Selection Coordinator / Joan. Report was handed out at the meeting. Several issues are highlighted and proposals are reported. * Disabled archers coordinator / Arthur. Sent to the members to all the members before the meeting. * Athlete Services Coordinator / Gary. Proposals have been sent to all the members before the meeting. * Athlete Representative / Marthe Sent to the members to all the members before the meeting. * Promotion & Communication Coordinator / Caroline. Sent to the members to all the members before the meeting. * Talent Coordinator / Jim Not provided. A new volunteer is needed. * President / Alain As this time of the year is very busy for our Chairman, he apologizes for the current low level activity in archery, and reports orally.

Note: the reports of the HPC members will be attached to this meeting report for only the FCA office and the Executive Committee members. If you want a copy of one or several of these report(s), just request them from the FCA office.

‘98/99 Budget

Very little money was allocated: ‘98 World Junior Championship and some operational budget (Info-Excellence, ....). HPC has a very small budget, most HPC projects have been run with $0.
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HPC structure & Operation

* A call will be organized for up to two assistant(s) for the Athlete Representative, who will attend some meetings, like Athlecan, COA, ...this person(s) will attend the meetings on behalf of Marthe CUSSON the current Athlete Representative. Marty will chose the assistant(s). Marty will take care of the call.              * Some people must be more active or proactive. Alain will contact Jim SAITO. * Electronic meetings are fine but some members cannot be connected on ICQ. If no technical solution is founded by the end of this year - Arthur and Joan will take care of this - Arthur will open the network on MERC for ‘99. HPC Election for Athlete Representative

Marty’s term will end on August 1999. A call will be made in the February issue of Info-Excellence. Marty will write down the election process to be followed, and E-Mail it to the HPC members and the FCA office.
 
 

Excellence Program.

Info-excellence

* Production.

Collection of the content -
Caroline does a great job - no change.
Translation: Alain needs the content as soon as it arrives to find enough time for translating. HPC members are requested to:translate themselves, as much as possible.
provide their articles, as soon as possible - don’t wait until the cut-off date.

Page layout: if Caroline needs the Quark software it will be provided to her, but the quality of the page layout is not important. Any software and page layout is fine. Joan will contact Caroline to identify her needs (if any).
Copies and mailing:: Gary will take care of this task.

Addresses: Joan will provide the labels.

* Info excellence posted on the web site? It is up to each Coordinator to provide to Al the information to be posted on the FCA website, but the Info-Excellence should not be displayed entirely, as Excellence members pay for getting this information.

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Excellence ranking(s).

* Adult vs. Youth Categories.

Recommendation: Be consistent with FCA / FITA Junior age categories, and change the age of the Youth category of the Excellence Program accordingly, i.e. 18 in the calendar year (or no more than 17 years old on January 1).

Will be announced "under approval of the FCA Executive Committee".

Pascal will forward the recommendation. Alain will take care of the follow-up.

Note: this process is valid for all the following recommendations.

* Squad 2000.

Will be changed in an alphabetic list of "up comers" or "cubs". Reserved for those who do not shoot the adult distances. Joan will be in charge of this task.

* Compound squad criteria for Outdoor Target event.

As planned at the ‘98 January meeting, after the first year of re-introduction of the "inner" ten:

Recommendation: adopt the revised compound squad criteria, as shown in ‘99 column of the chart below.

After one year of operation of these criteria the committee will set scores for the next years. Joan will be in charge of the revision process of the Excellence Squad criteria.
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  98 99
Men    
Gold 1330 1335
Red 1290 1310
Blue 1250 1250
Junior Men    
Gold 1290 1310
Red 1250 1250
Blue 1200 1200
Women    
Gold 1320 1325
Red 1260 1265
Blue 1220 1220
Junior Women    
Gold 1260 1265
Red 1210 1220
Blue 1170 1170
* Olympic squad criteria for Outdoor Target event. Recommendation: Adopt the revised Olympic squad criteria, as shown in ‘99 & 2000 columns of the chart below.

The 2001 criteria will be revised in 2000.

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98
99
2000
Men      
Gold
1285
1285
1285
Red
1250
1240
1240
Blue
1155
1170
1170
Junior Men      
Gold
1240
1240
1240
Red
1200
1170
1170
Blue
1105
1105
1105
Women      
Gold
1240
1240
1240
Red
1200
1195
1195
Blue
1105
1125
1125
Junior Women      
Gold
1195
1195
1195
Red
1145
1125
1125
Blue
1055
1055
1055
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  No change for Wheelchair & Indoor. * Field Criteria Pascal has consulted several Field experts, and organized a survey. Due to the small population involved in this discipline, and the complexity of getting a fair ranking, the HPC makes the following recommendation:

Recommendation: Discard the Excellence Field Ranking.
 
 

Athlete Equipment Program. * New priority order.

- For arrows.

Recommendation: The arrow program be limited to those who are on the ranking list in the outdoor target categories. The arrows will be given out automatically to the top ranked archers based on the final ranking list for the year. Since there are 16 dozen arrows, the top 4 ranked archers in each of the Ladies Olympic, Men Olympic, Ladies Compound and Men Compound categories will receive arrows. They should not have to apply for them.

If an archer refuses arrows, then they will be offered to the next highest ranked archer in the same equipment category. Only archers Red Squad and above are eligible.

If there is more, or less than 16 dozens of arrows, the Athlete Equipment Coordinator will allocate the extra arrows.

We will try to get additional arrows for the wheelchair archers. Pascal will ask Easton.

- For bows

Recommendation: The bow program be limited to those who are on the ranking list in the outdoor target categories and given automatically to the top ranked archers based on the final ranking list for the year. Using the Olympic category as an example, in 1999 starting with the men Olympic first then Women Olympic then back to men again - as the ladies got the three bows last year, that's why we start with men first - we'll start with women the year after (2000).

If a bow is refused, or a part of the bow, it is offered to the next person on the ranking list in the opposite gender.

No one below Junior Red Squad will be offered bows. If there are bows remaining and no archers in a category, the bow will be offered to the next ranked archer in the other category. In 2000, this will reverse, with 2 bows being offered to the Women’s Olympic category and 1 to the Men Olympic category.

One bow will be allocated to a wheelchair archer the year following the Paralympic Games, as long as the archer is at least Red Squad.

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Reminders about the FCA-Excellence member agreement, regarding equipment allocation:

. The bow must be used as either primary or backup equipment. By using the bow, the archer should shoot enough tournaments to achieve an Excellence average. When the equipment is offered, it will be stressed that if the archer already has two bows and they want a third, that he / she will have to justify to the Athlete Services Coordinator why they need that bow. The decision on whether they get a third bow will be made by the High Performance Committee.

. All people receiving bows will be asked to sign a document stating that the bow belongs to the FCA and if it is not being used, it will be returned to the FCA for redistribution. After 2 years, the bow becomes the property of the archer.

Gary will make sure that the contract is updated.

- Other Equipment, called soft equipment

Recommendation: Each Info-Excellence should list what equipment is available. It will be proposed to:

- in 1999: 1) the first Cpd men; 2) the first Cpd women; 3) the first Olympic men; 4) the first Olympic women; 5) the first Wheelchair of the latest final ranking list for the year, and start over.

- in 2000: 1) the first Cpd women; 2) the first Cpd men; 3) the first Olympic women; 4) the first Olympic men; 5) the first Wheelchair of the latest final ranking list for the year, and start over.

- in 2001: as in 1999 - and so on.

to those that apply for it, by a pre-determined deadline. The allocations are made on ranking basis inside each division.

All Gold, Red and Blue squad members are eligible for this equipment.

A list of this equipment and who it was given to should be sent quarterly to the Athlete Services Manager. George is in charge of this task.
 

Promotional Document of the Excellence Program. A sub-committee composed of Caroline, Alain and Pascal will take care of this.

A document should better explain what is the Excellence program to the archers who do not have any knowledge of this program.

An ICQ meeting will be held on Tuesday December 8, 1998, for this purpose.

Pascal will contact Caroline to see if she can attend the ICQ meeting.

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‘98 REVIEW

Done through the report and analysis. AWARDS of the YEAR 1998 Suggestions: Angela CRAMER / Female Athlete of the year

Junior Cpd men team of the ‘98 World Championship / Junior of the year

                                 - Alternate (if the Junior team cannot been awarded): Patrick PREGENT Andy FOCHUK / Male athlete of the year

Pat UKRAINETZ / Judge of the year

Ron MYSSIABY and Wendy ROSS / Volunteers of the year

Bruce SAVAGE / Coach of the year

Al WILLS / Don LOVO award - for exceptional contribution.

DOPING. Test will be proposed to the following events: Ontario Spring Classic - Canadian Championship. Alternate tournament: Canada Cup International Tournaments and National Teams. Selection criteria. The current method, which uses the Excellence ranking average shows its limits. Another method should be developed. Also the selection period based on the calendar year, is not appropriate.

Recommendation: Adopt from the ‘99 Outdoor season the following STANDARD SELECTION PROCESS, which over 2 years (in fact, one complete season and a part of the second season up to 6 weeks before the event), selects the archers based on 4 scores over this period, including at least one score achieved at a major event. No more than 2 scores can be achieved in the previous season.

The minimum status will be the equivalent of Red Squad of the year of the in which the championship will be held.

This selection method will be used for the championship for which no criteria have been announced yet.

Valid for Junior and Senior age categories, and for Indoor and Outdoor disciplines.

TEAM Uniform. We need a volunteer who will take care of getting one Team Uniform package for all the tournaments in the year. Pascal will ask to Caroline to make a call in Info-Excellence, to Al to display the call on the Website, and to Kathy to add the call in the FCA news. ‘99 World Indoor Championship on March 7-12, in La Havana (CUB) Criteria are already set. Team leader is appointed: Pascal COLMAIRE. There is one potential assistant: Gary GILLIES (who will probably lead the team, as Pascal should not be able to go with the team). No team uniform yet, Pascal & Gary will take care of the uniforms. Only one archer has confirmed his intention to attend. ‘99 World Outdoor Target Championship on July 22-29, in Riom (FRA) Joan is in touch with several archers regarding travel and uniform.

Information from France, regarding cost is required. Pascal will contact the FFTA.

Recommendations regarding the ‘99 Outdoor Target World Championship

#1. Olympic men will be totally chosen from the new STANDARD SELECTION PROCESS as recommended above, i.e.:

achieve at least the ‘99 Red Squad status - based on 4 scores over the entire year 1998 and a part of the ‘99 year up to June 14, including at least one score achieved at a major event. No more than 2 scores can be achieved in 1998. Although all 4 scores could be from 1999 or 3 from 1999 and 1 from 1998.

The top 4 archers with the highest average will be selected.

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#2. If the Female Olympic team is not completed under the current criteria, the team will be completed by using the new STANDARD SELECTION PROCESS as recommended above, i.e.:

achieve at least ‘99 Red Squad status - based on 4 scores over the entire year 1998 and a part of the ‘99 year up to June 14, including at least one score at a major event. No more than 2 scores can be achieved in 1998.

Reason of these 2 recommendations: the need to have a maximum number of Canadian Olympic archers the ‘99 World Outdoor Target Championships for more chance to win spots to the 2000 Olympic games.

Important: No one who has qualified by the original criteria can be bumped from the

team by someone achieving the NEW criteria. Team selection for the Compound archers remains unchanged. The only way that for the team to change is for someone to shoot 3 scores plus a major in 1999 that is better than one of the top 4 from the 1998 list.

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‘99 Olympic Test Tournament on September 23-26, in Sydney (AUS) the team manager is Joan McDonald.

Recommendation: Pending the number of entries allowed by the Organizing Committee, the archers will be selected according the following priority order:

1. Archer(s) winning an individual or a team spot.

2. Archers who have the highest number of COA selection scores.

3. Archer(s) winning individual or team medals at the ‘99 Pan American Games.

4. The best ranked athletes of the ‘99 Excellence ranking by September 1.

Athletes will participate to this event self-funded, unless a ... miracle happens!

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‘99 Pan American Games on August 4-8, in Winnipeg (CAN) The team leader - Joan McDonald - has chosen the following assistants: Lisa Bertoncini & Gary Gillies. Criteria have already been set.

‘99 IPC World Championship / Test Tournament to the 2000 Paralympic Games.

Selection: Select the wheelchair archers with the new STANDARD SELECTION PERIOD as recommended above, i.e.:

achieve at least the ‘99 Red Squad status - based on 4 scores over the entire year 1998 and a part of the ‘99 year up to 6 weeks before the tournament, including at least one score achieved at a major event. No more than 2 scores can be achieved in 1998.

A call for Team Leader will be made. Minimum requirement: Level 3 certified archery coach. Application deadline: February 28, 1999.

The team leader will choose the person to be on the support staff, those who are interested to be on the support staff, will be invited to apply

‘99 Continental Qualifying Tournament to the 2000 Olympic Games - October 19-24 in Mexico.

Recommendation: The Canadian archers who have won a spot at the ‘99 World Championship - if any - will not be allowed to attend this tournament, as they cannot win another spot for their country.

1. Select the archers who have the highest number of the COA criteria, as long as they are Red Squad.

2. Complete the team with the new STANDARD SELECTION PERIOD as recommended above, i.e.:

achieve at least the ‘99 Red Squad status - based on 4 scores over the entire year 1998 and the ‘99 year up to September 6, including at least one score achieved at a major event. No more than 2 scores can be achieved in 1998.

Valid for men and women, from the Olympic and Compound divisions.

Team members candidates to apply by September 6, 1999.

A call for Team Leader will be made. Minimum requirement: Level 3 certified archery coach. Application deadline: February 28, 1999.

The team leader will choose the person to be on the support staff, those who are interested, will be invited to apply

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‘99 Major events.

See attachment. Pascal will provide the list to Caroline and Al to inform Excellence members.

2000 World Field Championship on July (2nd week) in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA)

Recommendation: All Excellence members are eligible to apply to attend the World Field Championship on a self funded basis, if there are more than the maximum archers per division allowed by FITA (3), they will be selected according to their score and rank at the latest Canadian Championships.

Team members candidates to apply by June 6, 1999

A call for a team leader will be made. Minimum requirement: Level 3 certified archery coach. Application deadline: September 1, 1999.

The team leader will choose a person to be on the support staff, those who are interested, will be invited to apply

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2000 World Junior Championship - date ? - in Belfort (FRA) Selection: Junior archers will be selected according to the new STANDARD SELECTION PERIOD as recommended above, i.e.:

achieve at least the 2000 Red Squad status - based on 4 scores over the entire year 1999 and a part of the 2000 year up to 6 weeks before the championship, including at least one score achieved at a major event. No more than 2 scores can have been achieved in 1999. Valid for boys and girls, in the Olympic and Compound divisions.

Team members candidates to apply by 6 weeks before the 2000 WJC.

Reminder: As per FITA rule #4.2.3. A competitor may participate in a Junior Class in tournaments when the competition takes place in the year of his/her 18th birthday. A call for Team Leader will be made in Info-Excellence. Minimum requirement: Level 3 certified archery coach. Application deadline: September 1, 1999.

The team leader will choose the person to be on the support staff, those who are interested, will be invited to apply
 
 

2000 Junior and Senior Championship of the Americas on June 2nd half in Columbia Recommendation: Select the archers according to the following priority:

1. Those who have completed the COA criteria for the 2000 Olympic Games.

2. Those who have completed a part of the COA criteria for the 2000 Olympic Games, according the number of criteria they have achieved.

3. To the best of the "new" selection process, i.e.:

achieve at least the equivalent of the 2000 Red Squad status - based on 4 scores over the entire year 1999 and a part of the 2000 year up to May 3, 2000 - including at least one score achieved at a major event. No more than 2 scores can have been achieved in 1999. Valid for boys and girls, men and women in the Olympic and Compound divisions.

Team members candidates to apply by May 3, 2000

A call for Team Leader will be made. Minimum requirement: Level 3 certified archery coach. Application deadline: September 1, 1999.

The team leader will chose the person to be on the support staff, those who are interested to be on the support staff, will be invited to apply

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2000 Indoor Championship of the Americas on November (?) in Guatemala Recommendation: Select the archers who have achieved at least the equivalent of the 2000 Red Squad status - based on 4 scores over the entire year 1999 and a part of the 2000 year up to 6 weeks before the championship - including at least one score achieved at a major event. No more than 2 scores can have been achieved in 1999. Valid for boys and girls, men and women in the Olympic and Compound divisions.

Team members candidates to apply by: 6 weeks before the championship.

A call for Team Leader will be made. Minimum requirement: Level 3 certified archery coach. Application deadline: September 1, 1999.

The team leader will chose the person to be on the support staff, those who are interested to be on the support staff, will be invited to apply

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2000 Olympic Games on September 15 / October 1 in Sydney (AUS)

See Schedule B (attached). Pascal will make the following changes (done on the attachment):

* Change the date of the Trials to June 17-18, 2000.

* Change in 2.4 "... is hold ..." with "... is held ..."

* Change 2.1.: add the athletes who have the potential to fulfill the COA criteria at the end of the trials, i.e. archers who have achieved at least 3 out of the 4 COA criteria according to schedule ‘A’. Keep in mind:: if necessary for a wild card, right after the CQT. Joan will "watch".

Joan will contact the top 6 men & top 6 women, to get their input to develop the final format of the Olympic trials, by October 31, 1999. Joan will provide the ‘96 format to the archers, as it seems to have a good basis.

Outside support staff: if two or more athletes are selected, we go and try to have one support staff.

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2000 Paralympic Games on October 16-24 in Sydney (AUS)

Same as in ‘96. Will be picked the best 24 of the world, who have achieved the top personal score at FITA Star over two years, 1999 and 2000. But 3 spots are allocated to the host country, and also some wild card are also allocated.

We still are waiting for confirmation of the process from CPCA.

The Team Leader is Arthur Nault. Support staff is required.

The team leader will chose the person to be on the support staff, those who are interested, will be invited to apply. Application deadline: September 1, 1999.
 

2001 World Games on August 16-24 in Akita (JPN) Recommendation: All Excellence members are eligible to apply to attend the 2001 World Games on a self funded basis, if they are more than the maximum archers per division allowed by FITA (to be announced by the organizer), they will be selected according to their score and rank at the latest Canadian Championship.

Team members candidates to apply by June 6, 1999

A call for a team leader will be made. Minimum requirement: Level 3 certified archery coach. Application deadline: September 1, 1999.

The team leader will chose the person to be on the support staff, those who are interested to be on the support staff, will be invited to apply
 

World University Archery Championship As it seems a valuable experience for our young archers, the committee will try to incite archers to attend.

Recommendation: Can apply to the Canadian team any Excellence member who is eligible according to the International Sport University Federation.

If more applicants than available spots, we will select the archers according the latest Canadian Indoor Championships.

Deadline: TBA (probably 6 weeks before)
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2008 Olympic Games. Toronto is the Canadian candidate to host the 2008 O.G.

The HPC does not recommend the Caledon archery facilities, but a more central location, to get a better exposure during the Games and a valuable legacy for the archery community for after the Games. The HPC would like to avoid the Joliette experience.

Recommendation: The FCA HPC should work with the Bid Committee to develop what is the best for archery in this area.

Bruce, Joan, Gary (the Torontonians) and Alain (COA Director) are the HPC spokespersons and will keep the other members of the HPC informed of any development on that issue.

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High-Performance Coaches. Discussion and suggestions are made to identify the active High Level coach, Bruce will continue to take care of this matter. The committee hopes to involve more coaches in HP.

Bruce needs a updated list of level 3 coaches. Pascal will try and get one.

Reminder: The policy is that coaches have to accomplish the required number of practical hours every two years to keep an "active" status.

Candidates with a fully certified NCCP Level 3 standing will be given first priority for the Team Leader positions. Support staff personal are not required to have NCCP qualifications, but will be encouraged to pursue certification courses.

Suggestion: Joan proposes that at International tournament, Team Members are charged beforehand for what will be provide to the archers during the tournament (food, drinks, ...), and the support staff takes care of this supplies.

Ski-arc.

* Information was given regarding a promotional week-end on February 12-13, 1999 on Montreal island. * ‘99 World Championship on March 19-21 in Bessans (FRA) At the moment only one archer seems willing to attend. As we are unable to set any criteria yet, any candidate can go. Back to top
NAC.

* ‘98 Results (some of them) - see attachment. Great achievements with quite few members!

* Membership - a bit low.

- Permanent members are Hayley MOTT and Stephen WOOD.
- Part-time members: Caroline LABRECQUE, Norbert MURPHY and Eric CHARON.
- Contractual member: Archers and Bowhunters of Manitoba, for training its Target and 3D teams, on monthly basis.
- Other: Some occasional members, like Eric SAVAGE, Marie-Pier BEAUDET, Hugh McDONALD, Patrick PRÉGENT, Shawn RIGGS, Michel PROULX, ...and the Archery club of Etobicoke (ON).
- Soon: A group of archers from Toronto area.

* Budget: As the NAC received a financial assistance from the Quebec government ($10,000) and from the Montreal Multisport Center ($10,000), and as the NAC membership revenue is a way above $10,000, the NAC has a minimum revenue of $30,000, by consequence the NAC is totally self-funded. The HPC regrets the confusion created at the ‘98 FCA AGM in this matter.

 
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Internal Communication.

See above.

The ICQ meeting is scheduled on the second Monday of each month.

99/2000 BUDGET.

The HPC wish some clarification regarding the use of the Excellence membership, and the Olympic Grant. Alain will take care of this.

Talent Detection.

See above.

Recommendations to other FCA Committees.

To ACC: * the Nationals Outdoor Target Championship format.

The HPC recommends to change the format, the archer’s input is necessary.

The HPC also recommend to Bruce SAVAGE to go ahead with the ad-hoc committee.

Recommendation: To run the Field and the Outdoor Target Canadian championship back to back, but not any longer merged as they are. Target first and Field at the end.

* Revision of the 2003 Canada Games.

Bruce will assist Pascal to revise the Technical Package. Pascal to send the package to Bruce.
 
 

Recommendations: To FITA Too late, as the meeting has been re-scheduled several times. COPANARCO

No recommendation.

Just some information:

- COPANARCO is preparing for the next Outdoor season new award-pins, equivalent of FITA Star pins, more information will follow.

- The ‘99 World Ranking events are: Pan Am Games - CQT - Arizona Cup - Carabobo in Venezuela.
 
 

MISCELLANEOUS. * Joan get $2,000 coaching development grant.

* Possibility for Arthur of Professional Development Grant for Coaches of athletes with disability. The project is to combine this project with the use of Alec Denys’ unused airfare for the ‘98 IPC worlds, to go to a Ski-Archery event in Italy.

* The projects regarding the Wheelchair program funded by FAFAD MUST be implemented before March 31, 1999. Arthur will contact Kathy to know what is the remaining budget, and will conduct the implementations of the project.

* The FCA Coaching committee is still looking a chairperson.

* According to Marthe, Sport Canada has some funding available to the "non-funded" sport federations. What funding? It should be the "New Funding for Sport - Professional Development for Coaches", to which the FCA can apply for support for coaches of athletes with disability - see above.

WRAP-UP / Alain

Alain adjourned the meeting on Sunday at 12:37 p.m., he underlines the excellent job made by the committee which was able to find solution to quite old issues. The previous communication made by E-Mail has helped a lot.

Thank you Arthur for hosting the meeting.



 
 

REPORTS

Athur Nault:
Consernant le nombre de personne en fauteuil rouland le nombre est demeurÈ le mÍme que l'an derniÈr mais nous avons …ric Ö..qui avait dÈbutÈ l'autonne dernier qui travail au centre National cette annÈe et qui semble faire de bon progret
 

Pour se qui est du Championat Mondial de cette ÈtÈ  il est vraiment domage se qui est arriv ? Alec car sa prÈsence aurait ÈtÈ surement marquante. Je voudrais fÈlicitÈ Norbert pour son excellance performance soit une 6e place a sa premiËre participation ? une compÈtition international

A cette mÍme compÈtition j'ai agit comme DÈlÈquÈ Technique de la compÈtition et suivi un cour pour Ítre en mesure de mieux clasifiÈ les archers qui sont handicapÈ dans la bonne catÈgorie.
 

Cette hiver il devrait se tenir en Itali une clinique pour le Ski-Arc pour personne handicapÈ, cela devrait se dÈroulÈ au mois de fÈvrier. J'attend toujours des nouvelles car le prÈsident pour le Tir-? l'arc internation a eu certain problËme avec la trÈsorie de IPC mais cela est du passÈ depuis la fin de novembre, ce qui explique les dÈlais dans la prÈparation de se stage

Le prochain Championat du Monde se dÈroulera en Australi sur le site des Paralympique et comptera pour le classement des archers Èligiblent au Jeux Paralimpique de 2000



Bruce Savage Dec 1997
For HCP Committee
REVISED

The project to do identify active Archery coaches in Canada has not progressed much this last year.  My volunteer time has been taken up with being the Team leader for the Junior World Championship in Sweden.  A very rewarding experience, but too costly from a personal perspective.
 A Database of level 3 and 4 coaches has been compiled. A few coaches responded to a questionnaire sent out with the initial letter.  The response was not large enough to come up with any indication as to the services the HPC could or should be providing to coaches.  The list of NCCP coaches is still too large - many coaches listed are no longer active.  The NCCP policy of removing names that do not file their practical hours every 2 years may make our job easier to identify the active coaches.

 One of the original reasons for wanting to create a master list of active coaches was to provide information and support for them to develop national level athletes.  At the present time the FCA cannot support this effort with funds for mailing costs.   Another reason for the project was to increase the participation of coaches as Team leaders and support staff for International Team.  With the current financial limitations, we have nothing to offer the coaches.  To be a team leader means volunteering your time and spending a lot of your own money.  Until the FCA has recovered from its financial difficulties, it may be best to put this project "on the shelf".

 The success of the FCA web page may afford an opportunity to open a "coaches corner".  A page where coaches could list email addresses and start a bulletin board form of communication.  It will only access those online, but may be a low cost way to start some dialogue.

 There has been some response to the call for support staff for the Pan Am Games.  The offer of financial assistance has certainly accounted for this response. There are 4 applicants -  David Kungel, Lisa Bertoncini, Gary Gillies and Jenn Brenner. There have been 2 volunteers for the support staff to Senior Worlds.  The applicants are Pascal Colmaire and Gary Gillies.

It is encouraging to see new faces on the list, but it poses a problem.  If the new people are not encouraged, the HPC may be seen as a "closed shop" and discourage others from applying in the future.  On the other hand, there are people on the list that have volunteered many hours and lots of money in the past that may feel taken advantage of if not selected for an event that has some money associated with it.  "Damned if we do and damned if we don't" eh!!

Bruce Savage



Report of the HPC communication coordinator.
 

 I’ve been  an HPC member only since February.  I did 3 Excellence Info since then.  The fourth one is waiting since last September...

 As a communication coordinator, my duties are to produce an ExcellenceInfo every odd months. At the beginning everything was fine.  The paper was sent on time  and the archers had the information on time . I’m very disappointed that since July, the ExcellenceInfo have been sent late to the archers and I’m not talking about the last one. I always had a good collaboration from the other HPC members who had to send me some articles.  I thank them for that. The problem is with the traduction and the edition of the paper.

I know those two people work hard and are really busy.  That’s why I want to suggest two things :
1)  People who can write in French and English should send me the English and French versions of their articles.
2)  I can traduce myself the articles that are not based on laws or selection criterias.  Alain will only have to make sure the English writing is OK.  I don’t have problem to translate English articles in French, so it will be faster if I do it by myself.

What I’ll be really strict about is that I want to review all the articles before sending them to the FCA office.  I’ve seen some mistakes in the ExcellenceInfo received by mail, but strangely, those mistakes were not on my ExcellenceInfo version... I care about the archers and I care even more about writing in a proper way.  Teachers hate to see mistakes on a sheet of paper...

However, I want to say that I really appreciate working with the other HPC members and I think that we make a good team with good people who want to help our sport.
 
 

Caroline Labrecque
HPC member



 Report - Athlete Services
Gary Gillies

1998 seems to have been rather a complicated year as far as the equipment program went.  I think the only part of it that went fairly well was the part that dealt with equipment other than arrows and bows.

I think the arrows and bow programs need a thorough review.

Arrows
I recommend the arrow program be limited to those who are on the ranking list in the outdoor target categories.  They should be given out automatically to the top ranked archers based on the final ranking list for the year.  Since there are 16 dozen arrows, the top 4 ranked archers in each of the Ladies Olympic, Men Olympic, Ladies Compound and Men Compound category will receive arrows.  They should not have to apply for them.
If an archer refuses arrows, then they are offered to the next highest ranked archer in the same equipment category.  Only archers Red Squad and above are eligible.

Bows
I recommend that the bow program be limited to those who are on the ranking list in the outdoor target categories and given automatically to the top ranked archers based on the final ranking list for the year.  Using the Olympic category as an example, in 1999, 2 bows will go to the Ladies Olympic category and 1 to the Men’s Olympic category.  If a bow is refused, it is offered to the next person on the ranking list in the same category.  No one below Red Squad will be offered bows.  If there are bows remaining and no archers in a category, the bow will be offered to the next ranked archer in the other category.   In 2000, this will reverse, with 2 bows being offered to the Men’s Olympic category and 1 to the Ladies Olympic category.

The bow must be used as either primary or backup equipment.  When the equipment is offered, it will be stressed that if the archer already has two bows and they want a third, that he / she will have to justify to the Athlete Services Manager why they need that bow.  The decision on whether they get a third bow will be made by the High Performance Committee.

All people receiving bows will be asked to sign a document stating that the bow belongs to the FCA and is not being used, it will be returned to the FCA for redistribution.  After 2 years, the bow becomes the property of the archer.

Before any equipment is offered, a list of who it will be offered to will be submitted to the High Performance Committee for approval.   All offers of equipment will be made in writing and if it is declined, the archer will be requested to put that in writing too.  After the equipment has been distributed, a list of who received the equipment and who declined the equipment will also be submitted to the High Performance Committee.

Other Equipment
Each InfoExcellence should list what equipment is available.  It will be given out on a first come/first served basis to those that apply for it.  A list of this equipment and who it was given to should be sent quarterly to the Athlete Services Manager.  All Gold, Red and Blue squad members are eligible for this equipment.



Report - High Performance Committee
Joan McDonald - Athlete Selection

1998 - Team Selection
Championships of the America - Havana, Cuba
Athletes were selected according to our criteria.  Those at the top of the ranking list were chosen first - if they could not attend, the next person was selected until there were no more Red Squad athletes.

There were no difficulties with this process - except that it was not started soon enough.  All eligible athletes should have been asked for their intentions rather than going down the list one by one - which took far too long.

Junior World Championship
There were several problems with Team Selection for this team.
1. There were quite a few juniors that did not know what the process was and were not members of Excellence and thus ineligible.

 Reommendation:
(a) Team selection criteria should appear in every InfoExcellence
(b) Criteria and short description should be posted on the FCA Webb page
(c) Criteria and short description should be sent to every province with a request to publish in provincial newsletters.

2. There was a request to change the criteria for selecting the team after the closing date for Team Selection.  After considerable discussion amongst the HPC by email, a decision was made not to modify the criteria at such a late date.

Recommendation
Please see item ( ? ) below

1998 World Field Championships
There was no interest in this tournament and Canada did not send anyone.

The Ranking List
An Access97 database was created to better manage the ranking list.  This slowed down the regular production of the list during the summer, but since it was completed, it has improved it’s accuracy as well as dramatically reducing the amount of time taken to enter scores.

Every score received for every archer is entered into the database, regardless of whether they are members of Excellence or not.  As well, the database contains every archers address, phone number, email address, coach, and date of birth (if we have received this information).  When the ranking list is printed, of course, only those who are members of Excellence are shown.

An initial attempt has been made to put this list on the webb site.  I don’t think this has been successful.  The method used was too time consuming for the Webbmaster and I am not satisfied with the format.  This will receive more work over the winter ? with the goal being for me to enter new scores in the database and have them up on Webb site with no more than an hour’s work by me and the Webbmaster.

The creation of the database has pointed out several potential problems with the ranking list.   For instance, suppose a junior is Junior Gold Squad (average has a major event) and is ranked 10th overall.  However, if the average is calculated without the major event, this archer could be Senior Red Squad and ranked 6th overall.  This discrepancy could make a difference in team selection and whether he/she receives equipment.
 

I think it is time to make some changes to the Ranking procedure and made the following suggestions for discussion by the HPC:

(a) Senior vs Junior Categories
(i) Change the age for Juniors from 21 to 18.  The age of 21 was selected many years ago for 2 reasons ? first, it was the Canada Summer Games age and secondly we seemed to loose most archers between 18 and 21 perhaps because they could not be competitive with those over 21.

There are no more Canada Summer Games for archery.  We don’t seem to have a problem with 18  21 year olds ? they are pretty competitive with the seniors.  As well, 18 is the FITA age for juniors and for the FCA for everything except the ranking list.  This would make the ranking list more consistent with the rest of archery.   I realize that there will be a Canada Winter Games in the future, but it would probably be less confusing to have that one exception.

(ii) Remove the junior category completely and rank all archers together.  If this is the choice, we might consider lowering the blue squad average.

(iii) About 5 or 6 Cubs and Cadets have joined Excellence over the summer, expecting their scores (shot at cub and cadets distances) to be displayed on the ranking list.  Some time ago we had a category call Excellence 2000 for those shooting short FITA’s.  Should such a category be re-instated?  If so, for what distances?  It should be the job of the provinces to rank archers at this level, but the provinces don’t do it, should we?

(b) Squad Averages
(i) Compound averages were estimated last year for the change to no inner 10.  I think the Gold squad averages are too low and need adjustment.
(ii) I would like some discussion on the senior Gold squad averages.  When do we stop raising them?  In the senior categores, would we be better off if we did not raise the average every year, but did it every second year and try to build a larger pool of people who could make the average?  Would this help to encourage people to strive for that score?   I recognize that our Gold Squad averages are not even close to world class scores, but do we need to build a volume of archers at that level and then try and raise the level?

Team Selection ? 1999 and Beyond
There is clearly a problem with team selection for the Olympic category for The World Championships and PanAm Games.  There are no men in Gold Squad and only 3 women.  Our criteria state that team members must be Gold Squad.  If we do not send Olympic archers to the World Championships, we cannot earn medals and spots for Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games.  Since this is the only category and can get our funding restored, it is shooting ourselves in the foot not to send them.

If we change the criteria at this late date, the change cannot affect the three women or the compound archers who have already met the announced criteria.
 
 

I have two options that we can discuss to solve this problem.   But, I am out of time to do it in this report and will describe them to you at our meeting.

Thanks for your understanding.

Joan


                       ATHLETE  REPRESENTATIVE REPORT

As all the previous years this has been a very active year.  As an athlete’s rep. I attended several meetings such as COA congress, Athlete’s Can Forum held in Vancouver this passed October.  I  am receiving the weeklly news bulletin from CNMM which I must return by fax to the athlete’s representative to the center since he does not have e-mail.  Maybe HPC should ask the athlete’s representative at CNMM  for a report, since his position had to be approved by HPC Chairman.

I had many meetings with the athlete’s group, among those there was one at the Arizona Cup, where the athletes express their displeasure and grievance regarding equipment allocation, and their expectations from a Team Leader.  They brought forward solutions to these problems, which in turn I brought to the HPC meetings on ICQ.  As for the equipment matter everything has been said! ! ! One must understand that I am merely bringing forward the athlete’s opinon and suggesstions.

Among other meetings there was the National Championship, where there were discussions regarding the Canadian Championship format.  I went around talking to as many athletes and members of FCA as I could from all the Provinces present, asking them to send me their suggestions regarding this matter.  I received only ONE answer and suggestions from Andrew Webber.  One must wonder are the athletes really interested?

During this mandate I participated to many ICQ meetings during which many subjects were discusted. Also as a National athlete’s rep. I liaised a lot with the Provincial Federations.

But now you see the time has come where I beleive I have done more than my share. I was told at one time I had done and was doing a lot of good for Archery, and I beleive I did, and I still do.  I have always been truthful to my organization, and I will remain so!  There is a time where one must step out before it is to late.  I beleive I might have reached this point.  This is going to be my last mandate, unless there is none else to asssume this position.  I will stay on to the end of my term, which will end in July or August whenever the Canadian Championship is held.

But let me make some suggestions:  first of all this position consist of three positions in one and even more.  By saying three position, I beleive it should be held by two or three persons.  First of all the Athele’s rep. at HPC has to be voted in by athletes, and this person has to attend HPC meeting on ICQ, FCA bord meetings and yearly HPC meetings plus reports.  Also has to attend COA Congress which is three days including traveling plus a report has to be turn in.  The Athlete’s Can Forum, which also is two to three days plus a report afterward.  These two latter do not have to be the official athlete’s rep. it could be someone else appointed as a replacement or alternate to the Athlete’s rep. and could even be a different person at each meetings.  As long as we have an Athlete’s rep. voted in by the athletes and sit on the FCA board as a voting member of this board; COA, Sport Canada and Athlete’s Can know by now that FCA is well managed, this would not affect our organization in any way if we were to receive fundings.

Now with all these tasks, time spent traveling, writing reports, answering e-mails, talk to athletes, promote FCA.  This implicates lots of time and money that an athlete could well use for his/her training and competing.  For some one who is studying or/and working and training full time, there is no time for all this work.

Marty Cusson


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