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ISSUE #41-2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007

Questions or comments? Ph: (604) 737-3177 Email: jolfert@bcathletics.org

Highlights from this issue:

  • Athletics Canada March Training Camp
  • Kamloops Track and Field Winter Training Camp CANCELLED
  • Kamloops Indoor Track meet cancelled

FROM THE BCA OFFICE

2008 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting
January 25, 26 & 27 2008
Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond BC

2008 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet
January 26, 2008

As in past years the BC Athletics office will use the website to provide information, forms and details regarding the upcoming 2008 BC Athletics Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet. Information will be updated regularly. www.bcathletics.org/main/agm.htm 

Please pay particular attention to the deadlines listed:

  • January 4, 2008 - 2008 AGM Resolutions
  • January 18, 2008 - BC Athletics Guest Rate - Hilton Vancouver Airport
  • January 23, 2008 - 2008 Awards Banquet tickets
  • January 25, 2008 - Voting Delegate Registration Forms must be submitted to the BC Athletics office
  • January 26, 2008 - 2008 Board of Directors Nominations

Long Term Athlete Development - A Sport Parent's Guide

This guide is an indispensable tool for any coach, club or association looking to introduce parents to good sport for their children. The latest (but not the last) of Canadian Sport for Life publications includes A Sport Parent’s Guide, a look at LTAD (long-term athlete development) from the parent’s perspective. Introducing concepts such as physical literacy, the five S’s (stamina, strength, speed, skill & suppleness (flexibility), this guide introduces the seven stages of athlete development and demonstrates how parents can support their child as they move through these stages. A must have for any parent of active children; available to download from www.ltad.ca


Is the Purchase of Track and Field Equipment From the USA In Your Near Term Plans?

Then Perhaps You Should Take Advantage of Current Exchange Rates

As the Canadian dollar approaches $1.09 in comparison to the American dollar, for those contemplating purchasing track and field equipment from a United States supplier, this might be the ideal time to do so. Even if you do not wish to make the purchase for a few months, perhaps it would be wise to convert some Canadian dollars to American dollars and place them in an American interest bearing account.

There is no certainty that the Canadian dollar will not appreciate further against its USA counterpart—predicting the future trend of currencies is a hazardous occupation. But one thing I have learned in the past is that whenever an asset appreciates very quickly, as has the Canadian dollar, there is a very good chance that a top in its value is fast approaching and that drop in value is very possible.

For those who intend to make a purchase but not for the next three to six months, perhaps a good method would be to establish the cost of the purchase and place half that amount in a USA account. By doing so, you have hedged against a fall in the Canuck buck with at least 50% of the purchase price.

Contact me if you need any further information or a few tips on purchasing from a US supplier.

Gerry Swan
Email: gswan@uniserve.com 


Children's Fitness Tax Credit Information

The Children's Tax Credit is an initiative put forth by the Government of Canada to provide some financial relief to parents to pay for the rising cost of organized sports, in order to keep our children involved in physical activity. The form can be found on the BC Athletics website at www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/cftc_form.doc 

Below are the instructions (also available from the above link) for filling out the form.

Receipt Number:

The receipt number includes the child's BC Athletics membership number preceded by the applicable year – example: 2007-95-24187

Calculating eligible fees:

Registration and membership costs can include the costs of administration, instruction and the rental of facilities. If the fees charged to parents include part for accommodation, travel, food, or beverages then this part must be deducted when calculating the part of the fees that qualify for the tax credit. For example if club membership fees total $400 and includes a charge of $50 for travel and $50 for a club uniform then the eligible amount would be $400 - $50 - $50 = $300.

Description of Eligible Programs:

Eligible activities must include the following in order to qualify. Make sure descriptions of club programs makes mention and details all of the following:

  • Ongoing (either a minimum of eight weeks duration, with a minimum of one session per week or, in the case of children's camps, five consecutive days;
  • Supervision;
  • Activities suitable for children; and
  • Substantially all of the activities must include a significant amount of physical activity that contributes to cardio-respiratory endurance plus one or more of: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, or balance.

If you have any further questions please contact Sam Collier – Manager, Registration & Membership Services at (604) 737-3177 or sam.collier@bcathletics.org.

Athletics Canada

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
MARCH TRAINING CAMP - 2008

OBJECTIVES:
This partially funded camp is designed for development level athletes to focus on planning for success in the outdoor season and the future. Top 5 Juniors for 2008 (born in 1989, 90, 91) and Team 12 named athletes may apply. After the 1st registration deadline (January 25) other aspiring athletes may apply if space permits. The camp will take place March 8-16 2008.

Athletes will be supported in the execution of their present programs. Coaches are encouraged to attend with their athletes.

Athletes and coaches will have access to current information to enhance results, with presentations in recovery techniques, biomechanics (Dartfish), training theory and planning, strength training, and relays.

LOCATION:
The National Training Center, Clermont Florida
1099 Citrus Tower Blvd.
Clermont, Florida 34711
Phone: 352-241-7144

The center is a comprehensive sports training center with access to all track and field training and event specific equipment. The center has at your disposal an aquatic center, strength facility, and numerous trails for endurance athletes.

Accommodations will be at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott (1760 Hunt Trace Boulevard beside the NTC).

TRAINING CAMP STAFF:
Hugh Conlin: Camp Director, Sprints and Hurdles Coach
Glenroy Gilbert: National Relay Coach
Bruce Pirnie: National Throws Coach

- Stay tuned, more information will follow -

COSTS:
$200.00 - Included in the cost is accommodations and training center expenses. This does not include transportation to Florida.

Please click here to view the registration form
http://athleticsca.sitepreview.ca/files//NationalTeamPrograms/
Events/2008/MARCHTRAININGCAMP08REGISTRATIONFORM.PDF
 


Athletics Canada Update

(Notes from the ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION May 27 2007 - Ottawa as part of the Athletics Canada Governance Congress and AGM)

Following up on the Round Table discussion held as part of the 2007 Athletics Canada AGM and Governance Congress, please refer to the link and related sections in the Bulletin for the summary from these discussions. These four round table discussions held simultaneously focused on 4 key areas for Athletics in Canada and Athletics Canada, all of which are included in the next four year phase (2008 to 2012) Athletics Canada Strategic Plan. These round table discussions were focused on:

  1. Club Development
  2. Road Running
  3. Run Jump Throw
  4. Membership Framework

For a complete review of the summary notes from these four round table discussions please see the following link: www.athletics.ca/files///ROUND%20TABLE%20DISCUSSION%20NOTES.PDF 


2007 Athletics Canada Award Winners

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce the 2007 Award winners. The winners were presented with their awards at an Awards Gala on Saturday in Toronto coinciding with the 2007 Technical Congress. Congratulations to all recipients, finalists and nominees.

For more information on Athletics Canada’s Awards, please visit: www.athletics.ca/page.asp?id=54 

For full list of Award Recipients, visit www.athletics.ca/display_news.asp?newsid=454 

-AC-


Athletics Canada finalizes 2008 Olympic Qualifying Standards

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today the final qualifying standards for the 2008 Olympic Games which will be held in Beijing, China. The 2008 qualifying period begins on April 1 and concludes with the Canadian Championships on July 6. The 2008 Canadian Championships will serve as the trials for the Olympic Games.

www.athletics.ca/files//NationalTeamPrograms/NationalTeams/
SelectionCriteria/OGSTANDARDSREPEATABILITYCHARTFINALNOV28.PDF
 

-AC-


2008 National Cross Country Program – Preliminary information

Due to unforeseen NACAC XC delays, Athletics Canada (AC) is unable to publish full details about the 2008 Cross Country National Team Programs at this time. In order to allow coaches and athletes to adequately prepare for the Canadian Cross Country Championships, AC wishes to minimally offer the selection guidelines since the event is just a few weeks away. Further details will be made available by AC staff at the championships in Guelph.

Selection Guidelines as of Nov. 13, 2007 - www.athletics.ca/files//NationalTeamPrograms/Events/
2008/2008XCSELECTIONGUIDELINESNOV13EN.PDF
 


The Gold Standard

The December/January edition of the Gold Standard is now available. This month's newsletter includes:

  • The 2007 Athletics Canada Award Winners
  • The Canadian Cross Country Championship Results
  • The 2008 Olympic Qualifying Standards and Repeat Performance Schedule
  • Information on the 2008 Legion Coaching Academy
  • And Much More

Please click here to view the December/ January edition of The Gold Standard. http://athletics-ca.sitepreview.ca/files//GoldStandard/
THEGOLDSTANDARDDEC07.PDF
 


Results from around the Track (and Field)

December 10 - www.athletics.ca/display_news.asp?newsid=462

Track and Field

Kamloops Track and Field Winter Training Camp CANCELLED

Location: 

Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, BC

Date & Time: 

Thursday December 27, 2007
9:30 Welcome and General Overview of the Camp
Friday December 28, 2007
Saturday December 29, 2007
Finishing up by noon on the last day

Sessions in Training for all event areas

Camp Activities include:

Drills and Skills Analysis; Sport Medicine Clinics on Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning and Mental Preparation; Daily Relay Carnival and a mini meet on the final day; Video analysis for individuals

FEES AND REGISTRATION: $150 + $9.00 (GST) = $159 Payable to BC Athletics

More information - www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/camp_dec07_kamloops.pdf 
Registration form - www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/camp_dec07_reg.pdf 


Meet Cancelled

The December 15th Kamloops Indoor Track and Field meet has been cancelled.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


BEST IN THE WEST HIGH SCHOOL SPRING BREAK CAMP 2008

The 2008 Spring Break Camp will be in San Diego, and features many of the top coaches in Western Canada, including Stephanie McAnn (Olympic finalist, pole vault), Tom Nielsen (coach of Canadian Jr. javelin champion), and Graeme Fell (Canadian record holder, steeplechase).

There are still FOUR spots remaining for the 2008 Spring Break Track and Field Tour to San Diego. For information on coaching and a tentative itinerary, go to:

www.thunderbirdstrack.org 


Spring Break Vertical Jumps Camp - Arizona

Hey Leapers! If you are a high jump or pole vault enthusiast, here is your chance to a get a jump on your competitors. Join us in the Arizona sun for some spring training and competition.

Pole Vaulters: Train with vaulting guru Todd Lehman, jumps coach at Paradise Valley College and Sky Athletics. Vaulters at Sky Athletics include 2000 Olympic Champion Nick Hysong and former world record holder Stacy Dragila. Vaulters from around North America visit Todd for his advice.

High Jumpers: Train with Team B.C. Jumps coach Greg Peters. Greg coaches the top two junior women pole vaulters in Canada and has coached several of the top high jumpers in B.C. in the past 20 years.

Cost: $1900
Includes:

  • Local Transport
  • Accommodation (based on three per room)
  • Facility rental and Coaching fees
  • Transportation from Vancouver
  • Meet Entries

ACT QUICKLY TO ENSURE YOUR SPOT IN THE CAMP!
We have placed a limit of 6 vaulters and 6 high jumpers for the camp to ensure a high quality training environment.

For information and camp registration call
Greg Peters: 250-847-9696 or 250-877-9413 (cell), email: gregpeters@monarch.net 

CROSS COUNTRY

Coolsaet and Douma-Hussar win national cross country running titles

GUELPH, Ont. – Reid Coolsaet of Guelph, Ont., and Carmen Douma-Hussar of Cambridge, Ont., endured freezing temperatures to win the men’s and women’s senior titles on Saturday at the Canadian cross country running championships.

In the senior women’ seven kilometre race, Douma-Hussar earned the victory in 23 minutes and 46.8 seconds. Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton was second in 23:55.1 and Alexandra Becker of Guelph third in 23:58.1.

Douma-Hussar is one of Canada’s top middle distance runners on the track. She was a member of the 2004 Olympic team and this year’s world championship squad. She posted a personal best time in the mile this season at the IAAF Golden League stop in Brussels.

In the other three races Saturday, last year’s runners’-ups all took the gold this time.

In the senior men’s 10 kilometre race, Coolsaet won a close battle for the gold in 29:55.7. Eric Gillis of Guelph was second in 29:56.2 and Dylan Wykes of Kingston, Ont., third in 30:12.7.

Coolsaet was second at last year’s cross country nationals and this season took the men’s 5,000-metre title at the Canadian track and field championships. He set a personal best times this summer in the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metre races on the track this season.

‘’It was a similar race to last year for me except Simon wasn’t there,’’ said Coolsaet referring to Simon Bairu of Regina who won the previous five cross country nationals. ‘’It would have been interesting to have him in the race. But Eric and I really battled it out. I stayed patient and pushed hard at the end and that really dwindled the pack.’’

In the junior women’s five kilometre race, three-time Saskatchewan high school champion Kendra Schaaf of Saskatoon collected her fist national title in 16:53.7 after last year’s second place. Lindsay Carson of Cambridge was second in 17:07.6 and defending champion Danelle Woods of Ottawa third in 17:29.0.

‘’The cold didn’t bother me too much, compared to home it wasn’t bad,’’ said Schaaf, 17, who led the entire race. ‘’I was happy with my race. Everything went well especially the middle part which can be tricky when you start to feel tired.’’

In the junior men’s eight kilometre race, Matt Leeder of Brockville, Ont., improved one position this year winning in 25:09.3 with Kyle Boorsma of Guelph second in 25:16.3 and Matthew Hughes of Toronto third in 25:51.2.

‘’I really nailed this race,’’ said Leeder, 17, a first year student at Florida State University. ‘’It was a real battle with Kyle and I’m pleased with how I finished in the last 300 metres and survived this weather. I certainly did have a better race than last year. I’ve really put in the miles this season and it paid off today.’’

The competition served as the junior and senior selection trials for the 2008 NACAC (North American and Carribean) Cross Country Championships and 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Great Britain.

Full results at www.guelphrunning.ca 

Road Running

Road Running - Athletics Canada Update – notes from the Road Running discussions held as part of the Round Table Sessions held May 27 2007 in Ottawa as part of the Athletics Canada Governance Congress and AGM

Following up on the Round Table discussion on Road Running held as part of the 2007 Athletics Canada AGM and Governance Congress, “the BC Athletics Road Running Committee supports this Athletics Canada initiative and will assist AC in trying to meet these Objectives,” said Frank Stebner, Chair, BCA Road Running Committee. The summary of the Road Running discussions follows:

Q: How do we (AC) integrate with the Canadian Road Running Community?

Benefits to the road running community – new website;

  • Rankings (Open, age group)
  • Results (2nd highest priority)
  • Events calendar (Highest priority)
  • Athlete profiles (top 20 elite, as well as the average joe/joan)
  • Profile events
  • Awards
  • Tips (i.e. nutrition, training, etc.)
  • Surveys, focus groups, etc. for corporate partners
  • Direct access

Q: How do we (AC) grow our base?

  • Membership – join your branch, portal to AC
  • By having the benefits, easier sell to get people to join – however don’t want it to look like a money grab (money used to benefit road running community)

Q: How to create a renewed focus on high performance road running in Canada?

  • Recruiting
  • Coaching
  • Media
  • Clubs
  • Event Groups

Road Running and the other 3 key areas of Club Development, Run Jump Throw and Membership Framework included in the AC Round Table Sessions in May ’07 are included in the next four year phase (2008 to 2012) Athletics Canada Strategic Plan.

officials

Club Officials Needed

BCA Officials provide a valuable service to Clubs, there is a great need to recruit new, young, energetic officials, as many of the current officials have been contributing service to BCA for a very long time.

The BCA Officials' Committee would like to invite all Clubs to place a Link on their website to BCA Officials' web page through BCA's site. On this link please list the number of officials that are associated or belong to your Club. If there are no officials in your Club, please let your members know that a recruitment drive is on for new officials.

If all Clubs encourage at least one member to become an official, the number of officials would increase dramatically and a lasting service would be provided to our athletes.

Jacqueline Barrington

Job / Volunteer opportunities

Job Opportunity at the National Coaching Institute–British Columbia

Director, NCI-BC

Located on the University of Victoria campus, the National Coaching Institute–British Columbia (NCI–BC) offers advanced coaching programs to achieve its mission: to develop world-class professional coaches who are capable of preparing athletes for podium performances in sport and for life outside sport.

Due to the retirement of the incumbent, the NCI is seeking a Director to lead the development and delivery of programs aimed at improving the quality of coaching.

To download the job description, go to http://coach.ca/eng/story_details.cfm?ID=422


For job opportunities with specific BC Athletics member clubs, please see the BC Athletics home page under "What's Happening."

Resources

2007 USOC Olympic Coach E-Magazine, fall issue

View the USOC Coach E-Magazine as a Web page:
http://coaching.usolympicteam.com/coaching/kpub.nsf/v/1107 

Contains:

  • Message from the Performance Services Managing Director
  • COACHING CONVERSATIONS - A WAY OF FOSTERING ATHLETES TO PEAK PERFORMANCE
  • SPORTS DRINKS FOR ATHLETES
  • LEGACY OF AN OLYMPIAN: TRANSITIONING FROM OLYMPIAN TO COACH
  • USOC SPORT PSYCHOLOGY’S “TOP TEN” GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR MENTAL TRAINING
  • RPE - RATE OF PERCEIVED EXERTION

SIRC Newsletter - Female Participation

Females that participate in sport and fitness have better self-image, higher self-esteem and decreased likelihood of depression. However the Canadian Strategy on Sport and Physical Activity for Girls and Women indicate that girls and women are underrepresented in all areas of sport. Many barriers keep women from participating including time and comfort level however there are ways to motivate women to participate including role models and creating a welcoming environment.

SIRC would like to thank the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and Women in Coaching (Coaching Association of Canada), for their assistance with this issue of the SIRC Newsletter.

Featured Articles:

  • Developing Female Leadership in the Canadian Sport System
  • Physical Activity and Women 55–70
  • Females' Constraints in Physical Recreation Participation
  • To Coach or Not?
  • Girls, Sport and Becoming Active
  • Fit Female

To read these articles, visit www.sirc.ca/ 


New Sport Science articles are posted to the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre website every Wednesday. Access can be found at www.athleticscoaching.ca either through the "Sport Science Articles" link on the main page or through the sport science page. You can also access the articles listed above through the weekly "Top Stories" link.

REMINDERS and Quick Links

Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC Press Releases

To find ASRA News such as Press Releases, Employment Opportunities and Important Reminders, visit www.asra.ca


PODIUM - Canadian Olympic Committee's Newsletter Vol. 5, Issue 5 is now available.

www.olympic.ca/EN/newsletters/42e.shtml


Managing Risk - Keeping our Sport Safe

In the continuing effort to provide information and tools to assist member clubs in managing risk and providing a safe environment for children, youth and adults to train, participate and compete in Athletics (Road Running, Track & Field, Race Walking, Cross Country Running, Marathons, Ultras, Trail and Mtn Running), please find below the link to the Sport BC website and information on:

  • Harassment and Abuse in Sport
  • Safety in Sport
  • Screening Staff and Volunteers

www.sport.bc.ca/Content/Risk Management/ Risk Management Main.asp


New Online Drug Database Helps Canadian Athletes Compete Doping-Free

www.cces.ca/pdfs/CCES-MR-DIDGlobal-E.pdf


Back issues of the BCAB are available at www.bcathletics.org/main/bcabulletin.htm.