BC Athletics

2006 BC Athletics AGM Resolutions

Category - Promotion and Public Relations

#1

Moved: Gerry Swan
Seconded: Jason Swan

Whereas the accomplishments of BC Athletics member athletes and clubs is in competition with many other sports for space in the media and whereas our sport seems to be struggling to receive its fair share of positive publicity in the major media and whereas it is vital that our sport receives equitable coverage in the media;

Be It Resolved: That BC Athletics contracts for remuneration (on a part-time or event by event basis) with a professional that understands our sport and understands how to gain publicity for the sport of Athletics in the print, radio and TV media.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board supports this resolution in principle subject to further study and financial feasibility.

Category - Athletics Canada/IAAF Rules

#2

Moved Frank Stebner
Seconded Roger Brownsey

Whereas BCA actively currently encourages the BCA membership to Participate in non-sanctioned road race events by promoting these non-sanctioned events in its BCA calendar of events at no cost to the organizers;

Be It Resolved: That BCA will no longer enforce the following Athletics Canada Rule #007 (b) for eligibility of athletes to compete in a sanctioned road running event. A person is ineligible to be a competitor under the Athletics Canada and the IAAF rules if he:
007b) "Has taken part in any Competition which is not sanctioned, recognized or certified by Athletics Canada or the National Sports Governing body of the country in which the Competition is held"

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

As BC Athletics is a Branch Member of Athletics Canada and compliant with Athletics Canada and IAAF rules, the Executive Committee of the Board cannot support this resolution.

Category - BC Athletics Rules on Sanctioning

#3

Moved Geoffrey Buttner
Seconded Frank Stebner

Whereas BC Athletics has been sanctioning recreational walking events that for the most part are not competitions, are not accurately measured, do not provide awards, are not timed and do not meet the AC/BCA requirements for sanctioning;

Be It Resolved: That BC Athletics will no longer seek to sanction organized recreational walks that are not competitions. As a result participants will not be required to be members of an IAAF sports governing body in order to participate in the recreational walk. (BCA can however offer optional insurance to these recreational walks that is competitive with outside insurance.)

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board does not support this resolution. All components of a BC Athletics sanctioned event must meet the membership requirements of BC Athletics.

Category - BC Athletic Policy for Calendar of Event Listings

#4

Moved Frank Stebner
Seconded Clifton Cunningham

Whereas Organizers of BCA sanctioned events that are not BCA member clubs will now be required to pay a $10 fee to get their events listed in the 2006 BCA Calendar of events;

Be It Resolved: That organizers of BCA sanctioned events that are organized by groups other than BCA member clubs will no longer be required to pay the additional $10 fee for the listing in the BCA Calendar of events. (This listing in the calendar to promote sanctioned events is supposed to be a major benefit of sanctioning.)

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board does not support this resolution. The charging of a $10 fee for listing sanctioned events by non BCA member clubs was a policy put in place to reflect a benefit of being a member club of BCA.

Category - Membership Fees and Benefits

#5

Moved Maurice Wilson
Seconded Frank Stebner

Whereas One of the principal benefits of a Non-Competitive membership in BC Athletics is stated to be the Calendar of Events; and BC Athletics has repeatedly been unable to publish the Calendar of Events in a timely manner;

Be It Resolved: That Non-Competitive members of BC Athletics not receive the Calendar of Events, and their annual membership fees be reduced by $5 accordingly.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board does not support this resolution but does agree that the Calendar of Events must come out in a more timely fashion. This is being addressed. The contents of this publication provides information to the membership and the public (in addition to the Calendar Listings) and does due diligence in publishing BCA Policies such as Codes of Conduct and Harassment.

Category - Policy on the Publication of information to the membership

# 6

Moved Maurice Wilson
Seconded Frank Stebner

Whereas: The members of BC Athletics are governed by the Bylaws and Policies of the Association;

Be It Resolved: That all current Bylaws, Policies and Board Meeting minutes be published on the Association website for the membership to view.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board agrees with this resolution and this will be done.

Category - Rules for participation in sanctioned events

#7

Moved Frank Stebner
Seconded Roger Brownsey

Whereas BC may be the only province in Canada to enforce the IAAF requirement that all participants in a sanctioned road race event be members of an IAAF sports governing body and that since much of the world also does not abide by this rule (at least for road races) without penalty to the athletes or race organizers from Athletics Canada or the IAAF;

Be It Resolved: That since this rule appears to be no longer enforceable, that in the interests of creating a national sanctioning policy whereby all races are treated equally on a provincial and national level, BC Athletics will no longer require that all participants in sanctioned road races be members of an IAAF sport governing body.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board cannot support this resolution in that the IAAF, Athletics Canada and BCA current rules require that all participants in sanctioned events be members of an IAAF Sport Governing Body. BCA will be compliant with these rules until such time that they are changed. BCA is a partner in the process to review sanctioning policies and rules of Athletics Canada.

Moved Ron Parker
Seconded

The main objective for BC Athletics in its Strategic Plan is: "To improve the quality and effectiveness of athletics programs at all levels of participation and competition."
The Junior Development age groups focus on the Learning to Train age and the time of life when physical literacy is easily gained and the Development of Skill and Speed are of primary importance.

The following resolutions are intended to further enhance the competitive event selections available to Junior Development athletes to aid in their Long Term Development.

Category - Junior Development Program

#8 a, b, c, d

Whereas the Long Term Athlete Development Plan and the Introduction to Competition Part A course both recommend that sustained maximal efforts between 20 seconds and 1-2 minutes not be done by athletes up to 12 years for girls and 13 years for boys because of an undeveloped Anaerobic Lactic energy system;

a. Be It Resolved: That the 200 metre event be eliminated for ages 9, 10 and 11.

b. Be it Resolved: That the 400 metre event be eliminated for ages 9, 10, 11 and 12.

c. Be it Resolved: That the 200 metre hurdle event be eliminated for ages 11 and 12.

d. Be it Resolved: That the medley relay be eliminated for ages 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board recommends these resolutions be referred to the JD Committee and Juvenile/Junior/Senior Track & Field Committee in collaborative sessions because:

  1. The Long Term Athlete Development Model is still in the development stage with Athletics Canada and has yet to be ratified at an Athletics Canada AGM; and
  2. There is need for review and consultation with the key stake holders in the
    Athletics community (with regard to the LTADM and any changes to the events for athletes.)

#9

Whereas the Long term Athlete Development Plan and the Introduction to Competition Part A course both recommend that prolonged efforts of Aerobic Stamina not be done by athletes up to 13 years of age for girls and 14 years of age for boys;

Be it Resolved: That the 1500 metre event be eliminated for ages 9, 10 and 11.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board recommends this resolution be referred to the JD Committee and Juvenile/Junior/Senior Track & Field Committee in collaborative sessions because:

  1. The Long Term Athlete Development Model is still in the development stage with Athletics Canada and has yet to be ratified at an Athletics Canada AGM; and
  2. There is need for review and consultation with the key stake holders in the Athletics community (with regard to the LTADM and any changes to the events for athletes.)

#10

Whereas the Long term Athlete Development Plan identifies a Window of Trainability for Speed acquisition for athletes from 7 to 9 years of age;

Be it Resolved: That the 60 metre event be added for ages 9, 10 and 11.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board recommends this resolution be referred to the JD Committee and Juvenile/Junior/Senior Track & Field Committee in collaborative sessions because:

  1. The Long Term Athlete Development Model is still in the development stage with Athletics Canada and has yet to be ratified at an Athletics Canada AGM; and
  2. There is need for review and consultation with the key stake holders in the Athletics community (with regard to the LTADM and any changes to the events for athletes.)

#11

Whereas the Long Term Athlete Development Plan identifies a Window of Trainability for skill acquisition for athletes from 10 to 13 years of age;

Be it Resolved: That the pole vault event be added for age 13.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board recommends this resolution be referred to the JD Committee and Juvenile/Junior/Senior Track & Field Committee in collaborative sessions because:

  1. The Long Term Athlete Development Model is still in the development stage with Athletics Canada and has yet to be ratified at an Athletics Canada AGM; and
  2. There is need for review and consultation with the key stake holders in the Athletics community (with regard to the LTADM and any changes to the events for athletes.)

#12

Whereas the Long term Athlete Development Plan identifies a Window of Trainability for Aerobic endurance for female athletes at age 15;

Be it Resolved: That the 1500m Steeplechase event be added for age 15 females.

Note: This event is currently part of the 15 yr old female program.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

That this resolution be withdrawn.

Category - Combined Events Resolutions

#13

Whereas the IAAF recognizes the Octathlon as the championship event for the Youth (15-17) age group and the Octathlon is contested by the Juvenile Men (16-17) at the Nationals Legion meet;

Be it Resolved: That the Combined Events championship for Juvenile Men in British Columbia be contested with the Octathlon beginning in 2006.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board supports the alignment of Provincial Championship events with National and International Championship events.

#14 a, b

Whereas combined events athletes often do not have enough recovery time between the BC Team selection meet and the National Championships;

a. Be it Resolved: That the Combined Events Championships and selection meet for Juvenile, Junior and Senior athletes in the Heptathlon, Octathlon and Decathlon be held together on one weekend.

b. Be it Resolved: That the date of the BC CE Championships be on either the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July annually beginning in 2006.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

The Executive Committee of the Board supports the concept of these resolutions but feels there should be flexibility to avoid potential conflict with other National, International or Regional Championships.

(a) The Executive Committee recommends a friendly amendment to the resolution:
Add "whenever possible" at the end.

Recommended Friendly Amended Resolution:

a. Be it Resolved: That the Combined Events Championships and selection meet for Juvenile, Junior and Senior athletes in the Heptathlon, Octathlon and Decathlon be held together on one weekend whenever possible.

(b) The Executive Committee recommends a friendly amendment to the resolution:
Add "whenever possible" after "that"

Recommended Friendly Amended Resolution:

b. Be it further Resolved: That whenever possible the date of the BC CE Championships be on either the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July annually beginning in 2006.

Category - BC Athletics Annual Awards

#15

Moved Diana Hollefreund
Seconded Tom Dingle

Whereas the current BC Athletics Annual Awards Categories for Athletes with a Disability (4 awards - M/F in Mentally Challenged and Physical/Sensory) are no longer appropriate;

Be it Resolved: That the present BC Athletics "Athletes with Disabilities" awards be changed to have 1 Male and 1 Female Athlete of the Year in the Athletes with a Disability Category.

Recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

Based on a report and recommendation presented to the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Board supports this resolution.

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