General AOA Club Updates 

 

January 21, 2016

Thanks for your patience this week in regard to schedule changes.  The weather is just not supportive of ski racing at the moment.

1.       U16 Nationals preliminary information is attached.  Please pass on to your U16 coaches.

2.       Jan 20-Version 3 of the AOA Program Guidelines can be found here.  Most changes are found in the SOD Appendices and U16 Can-Am Selection.

3.       Please send your clubs estimated OCUP participation numbers for U14 and U16 OCUP Finals to admin@alpineontario.ca by Monday Jan 23rd.  We are trying to determine realistic field sizes for these races.

4.       For those athletes interested in attending the U19 Nationals, please confirm you intention to be considered for selection by sending confirmation to mmarshall@alpineontario.ca ASAP as per the selection criteria in the Program Guidelines posted above.

5.       For those clubs who use Measures for race management software, a new version is available for download on www.mectiming.org.  Changes include the following: If Run 2 time is present in dTris data it will be put in even if Run 1 was DNF/DNS/DSQ/NPS when imported into Measures.  If Run 2 time is present in Measures the data will be outputted to XML for ACAPoints when race type is NAT.

6.       Devils Glen has posted race notice changes for the U16 OCUP events this weekend.  Please go to the Full Calendar on the AOA website to view the changes.

7.       Craigleith has re-scheduled the U14 OCUP SG for Feb 2 – click here for the race notice.

 

January 18th, 2016

A few quick updates for this week so far:

1.       Please find some preliminary information on the AOA U14 Finals attached.  More information to be updated at the following website:http://ncd.ca/ocup-finals/

2.       U14 OCUP training at Craigleith Thurs Jan 19 – Due to snow conditions, and the weather Craigleith will not be able to host any teams for training tomorrow/Thursday prior to the Race Friday. We will be using all of our resources to do everything we can to host a great event on Friday, however we will make a call tomorrow by noon if that decision will be changed by the ROC.  Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding with this.

3.       U16 OCUP at Craigleith Sunday January 22 – please see updated race notice here: – the TC meeting is Sunday morning no Saturday.

4.       OCUP Points and leader bibs – OCUP Points are posted on the FIS, U14 and U16 pages of the AOA website in Related Documents – Click here and here.  FIS are posted here. We will endeavour to have them posted as quickly as possible after each OCUP event. U14, U16, and FIS will have leader bibs for those athletes leading the OCUP series – male and female.  Leader bibs are to be passed on from host to host – athletes are not to keep the bibs.  Please either leave them in the bib set you are passing on coordinate with the next venue for pickup or drop off.  This is an exciting new element to the enhance the OCUP series and we appreciate your work to help us circulate the bibs to the next venue.  The leaders are still entered into the draw as per normal.  They just get to wear the leader bib.

5.       AOA Club Call Minutes from Wed Jan 11 are here.  Next AOA Club Call will be Wednesday Feb 1, 2017 at 5pm.  An agenda will be circulated the week prior.  There will be an SOD Club call tonight at 5pm as scheduled.

 

December 23rd, 2016

A few updates before the holidays begin below:

1. AOA Program Guidelines version #2 can be found here.  This version includes OCUP host paperwork requirements and some other minor clarifications.

2. Password reminders on the AOA registration website are not working.  If a member of your club requires a password re-set to access the registration system, please have them send an email to admin@alpineontario.ca.  We will endeavour to re-set on the same day as the request.  Apologies for the problem.

 3. For those clubs who are hosting OCUP’s, race notices can be uploaded to our website.  Instructions here.

4. AOA and SOD are going to separate club calls for the remainder of the season so the focus of content is most relevant for those on the call.  The remainder of the season’s club call dates can be found below:

 

AOA

SOD

January

11th

18th

February

1st

8th

March

1st

8th

April

5th

12th

Agenda’s will be distributed 1 week prior to the call.

5. See AOA Membership benefits detail by clicking here.

6. December 29th, 2016, join Canadian National Ski Team Member Phil Brown, and CAST alum Kate Ryley for the 4th NZ Cup at Craigleith Ski Club.http://staticapp.icpsc.com/icp/loadimage.php/mogile/1067683/282f7ada5340b64496c55fd45c4f7114/image/jpeg

The NZ Cup, is an event held in recognition of the late Nik Zoricic and his exceptional impact and accomplishments within the alpine ski racing and ski cross communities in Ontario. The timing of the event is designed to showcase Ontario’s elite level athletes including Canadian Ski Team, NCAA, and Ontario Team athletes, while also creating an excellent environment for our developing racers both male and female in a holiday environment.  To register, or for more information, please click here.

7. Please read the December Ontario Ski Team update by clicking here.  Many early season podium finishes for the OST.

8. AOA office will be closed Dec 24-27 and Dec 31-Jan 2.  Emails will be monitored during the office closure.

Happy Holidays and see you at the first races of the season!

November 29th, 2016

Despite the balmy temperatures, the Farmer’s Almanac and The Weather Network are still predicting a cold, snowy winter.  “Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-January, late January, and late February, with the snowiest periods in mid- and late December, early January, and mid-February.”

Winter is coming!  We just need to wait a little bit longer.

 

Updates for this week below:

  1. AOA will be uploading AOA athlete registration data to www.acapoints.ca weekly starting Monday Dec 5th and subsequent Monday’s at 9am until all 2016-17 athletes are registered.  An athlete cannot be added to a start list and collect points until they are registered with AOA and have been uploaded to www.acapoints.caClick here for information on how to use www.acapoints.ca.
  1. AOA has created a direct link to our officials page on our website – officials.alpineontario.ca.  Please bookmark this page on your phones for easy access on-hill for rules and forms.
  1. AOA has created a Club Information Page on the AOA website.  All club emails since June are posted here. Please refer to this page for answers to some of your questions.
  1. AOA will be hosting a club call on Wed Dec 7th at 5pm.  An agenda will be circulated to you by the end of the week.  Please let us know if there is anything you would like added.  Participation is strongly encouraged.  The purpose of these calls is for AOA to pass on updates to member clubs and answer any questions or concerns.
  1. Please click here for Para Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program 2016-17 Athlete Selection Criteria.
  1. AOA will be publishing the 2016/17 Program Guidelines on Friday Dec 2nd.
  1. Another reminder to pass on to your members the new helmet and back protector rules for the upcoming season.  Please see the Nov 23rd posting on the Club Information page.

 

 

November 23rd, 2016 

Please be advised that as per the New International FIS standards, ACA now requires FIS compliant helmets for ALL U14+ racing.  More specifics can be found in the 2016-17 National Rules and Policies.  This information was included in our AOA renewal club letter sent on June 3, 2016 to each club and contained in Appendices E in the 2015-16 Program Guidelines.

The FIS rule reads as follows from the FIS Specifications for Competition Equipment and Commercial Markings page 8, 6.2.1 Crash Helmets/GS/SG/DH

GS/SG/DH

Requirements:

  • Helmet model to fulfill and to be certified under both ASTM 2040 and EN 1077 (class A)-
  • In addition Helmet model to pass an additional specific test under EN 1077 test procedure but at higher test speed of 6.8m/s
  • Additional test to be effected through CEN laboratories. The laboratory shall issue a test protocol showing that the tested model passed the EN test requirements at the increased speed.

Label attesting conformity with FIS specifications for racing helmets (GS/SG/DH):

Fulfilment of requirements is to be attested by a specific standardised conformity label affixed in a non-removable way at the back of the helmet in a location which is and shall remain visible. The label shall in particular not be covered by the goggle strap.  The conformity label is shown in the attachment (see page 44 and below). It shall include the following text: «Racing helmet conform to FIS specifications 2013». Labels affixed by manufacturers shall comply with the specifications set forth in the attachment.

The conformity label attests that the manufacturer has obtained the required certifications (EN 1077 A and ASTM 2040) and obtained a test protocol confirming that the concerned helmet model fulfils the requirements set forth above under 6.2.1. Upon request, the certification documentation and test protocol shall be provided to the FIS.

 

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Also, please be advised that back protectors (properly fit) are strongly recommended for any speed racing and AOA will be considering adopting a mandatory rule for the 2017/18 season.  ACA and FIS do not mandate back protectors for speed racing yet but we anticipate this will be the case for the 2017/18 season.

Both regulations can be found detailed in the soon to be released 2016-17 AOA Program Guidelines and will be enforced during the upcoming season.  Retailers across the province will also been sent a memo with these specifics listed as well.

 

 

 

November 10th, 2016

We most certainly were not skiing at this time of year last year but snow was in the air!  The US election must have created so much hot air it’s effected our start to ski season!  With that now behind us, we can get onto ski business!

 

  1. If your club would like to purchase any Split Second timing software licences, please let me know by Friday Nov 18th.  25% off will be offered and remember that this prices are in US dollars and will include a small amount of shipping fees.  Pricing can be found here.
  1. Pierre Ruel (CSCF Senior Alpine Coach & Master Facilitator) will be in attendance at the AOA Mt. Tremblant camp Dec 4-9, 2016 to provide mentor and certification opportunities for staff in attendance at the camp.  AOA is still looking for 4-5 DL trained coaches to attend this project.  Please get in touch with Nick Kwasniak nkwasniak@alpineontario.ca for more details.
  1. Able bodied Quest for Gold criteria is posted here. The intent of the program is to provide funding to individual athletes in the sport’s Train to Train and Train to Win categories based on their demonstrated commitment to high performance sport, allowing them to continue to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition.
  1. AOA Club Call Minutes from the Nov 2 meeting are posted hereThe next AOA Club call will take place on Wednesday Dec 7th at 5pm.  An agenda will be sent out 1 week prior – please forward AOA any topics you would like covered.
  1. AOA has been contacted by the Abby Award foundation abbyaward.com.  Last year, in early December, you may have heard about a 9-year-old girl who died from severe injuries sustained from an accident while skiing with her team at Nakiska, near Calgary, Alberta. The Abby Award Foundation was launched on February 27, 2016, Abby’s 10th birthday. The Foundation has been set up to distribute award packages to each U-10 ski race team throughout Canada to honor one athlete, like Abby, who has great fun, truly loves skiing, is always smiling and puts in 110% every time. This award is intended to recognize someone who may not necessarily get the opportunity to win a ski race yet is there week after week having fun, trying their hardest, and supporting their team. The Foundation is there to ensure there is no cost to any team or club. They will be able to handout this award with very little effort. The Foundation is there to ensure that Abby will be remembered by many and she will keep making young athletes smile and be happy.
  2. Updated 2016/17 ACA National Competition Rules and National Rules and Policies are posted at the top of this page on the AOA website.  AOA Program Guidelines are delayed and we hope to have the Athletic Committee sign off on them shortly.
  1. AOA Racer Chaser will be hosted at Alpine Ski Club, Saturday January 14th.  Please Save the Date!  More details to follow. 
  1. Each year Karbon generously donates two prizes of $2500 each to one male and female athlete. This year athletes from U14 through to FIS can apply for the bursary.  Selection for the award is based on:
  • Athletic performance
  • Financial need
  • Commitment, attitude, work ethic, dedication and goals

Peter Schure, from Karbon said: “Karbon has always been a proud supporter of alpine skiing; the pursuit of excellence through hard work, persistence and clear intent is just as important on the course as it is in business. We feel the values celebrated by the Karbon bursary are the same values intrinsic to our company.  ”  For more information please check out the Alpine Ontario Alpin Website.

  1. Tom Tario was honoured Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta at the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) Technical Delegates’ meetings upon his retirement as an active FIS Alpine TD.  Technical Delegates (TDs) represent the sanctioning body at skiing competitions and chair the race jury for each competition.  Tom has given 30 years of service to officiating at ski races at all levels from local Nancy Greene League in the Northern Ontario Division of Alpine Ontario Alpin to the FIS World Cup. He was TD for numerous Ontario championships, a jury member at Collingwood-hosted FIS races, a Section Chief at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the TD at the 2015 Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek. Tom served as the Ontario Officials Chair for five years and the National Officials Chair for two other years.  Tom’s quiet, efficient leadership of race juries was occasionally punctuated by his signature response to anyone who spoke negatively about some happening during a race “Can you show me the rule about that?”  Thank you Tom, you will be missed inside the fences.  John Lambert, Chair, ACA National Officials Committee

Peter Dyson (AOA Officials Chair), John Lambert (ACA Officials Chair), Tom Tario, Bradford Lashley (FIS TD), Dr. Glen Maltby (FIS TD) and Marc Neilson (NOD Officials Chair)

October 28th, 2016

Thank you to all of you for attending the AOA Education Summit last weekend including the Annual General Meeting.   Some updates below for you:

  1. Please let me know the number of your directors at your club by Nov 1st.  ACA is requiring the this information to update the Directors and Officers insurance coverage policy.
  1. AOA Education Summit was a great success with some amazing speakers.  A wrap up to come in Raceline however please provide us with feedback even if you didn’t attend.  Link here.
  1. A reminder that AOA will host a Club Call Wed Nov 2 @ 5pm.  Email was sent earlier today with the call in details.
  1. A reminder that coaches no longer need to register with AOA. They must pay their dues, sign the code of conduct and complete education/risk management credits with the CSCF.  It is then up to each employer to ensure all coaches are up to date with the CSCF.

 

Attached are 2 documents from ACA outlining their recommendations for managing coach qualifications.  All coaches employed by AOA (OST, AOA Camps, AOA Trips (U16 & U14 Can AM’s) must provide a Criminal Record Check or Vulnerable Sector Check (as deemed necessary) and be fully up-to-date with CSCF certification requirements in order to be qualified.  ACA is mandating this for coaches attending Rising Star Camps, Whistler Cup etc.   

 

  1. A reminder that all athletes U14 and up will require a helmet that complies with FIS standards ie FIS label incorporated into the back of the helmet as per manufacturer’s directions.  2016-17 ACA Competition Rules and Policies are about to be launched however through consultation with the province and ACA, we know that this rule has now officially been adopted.  Also, back protectors are mandatory for all age group participating in speed racing (SG/SX/DH) in Ontario.

 

 

October 20th, 2016

Short update this week.

 

  1. AOA will be starting monthly club calls on the first Wednesday of every month starting November 2. We will send out an agenda in advance of the call however if there are any questions or items you would like added to the monthly calls please let us know.  Topics may include race schedule, officials and coaching courses, new initiatives, upcoming fundraisers and events, Ontario Ski Team updates, Finals and Nationals qualifications, camps etc.
  1. In advance of the Coaches Conference and Annual General Meeting I would like to share with you the Alpine Ontario Alpin Annual Report.  There will be hard copies available on site for every club.
  1. As well, AOA has a new logo!  If you would  like to use our logo on any of your marketing collateral, please feel free.  I have attached a vector file and a jpeg for your use.

 

 

October 8th, 2016

Hello Ontario Clubs!

 

Please find the attached club letter for renewal for the 2016/17 season.  The letter outlines the following:

Ø  Latest Risk Management Manual, Coach Vulnerable Sector Check, equipment updates and action items required by July 1, 2016

Ø  Fees:  While AOA has committed to once again keep our fees frozen, the same cannot be said for Alpine Canada.  AOA is awaiting final confirmation on what the fee increase will be at the NSO level and as soon as that information is provided we will of course be passing it along to you.

As summer is just around the corner I thought I would take the opportunity to update all our member clubs on some of the projects that the folks here at the AOA office have been working on, and will continue to focus on over the summer.

Athletic Director: As some of you have heard by now Nigel Cooper has accepted the position of Director of Operations at the National Ski Academy and will begin at NSA in August.  Nigel will be staying on until July 1st with AOA to finish off most of the provincial athletic planning for next season. I wish Nigel the very best and commend him on the job he has done here at AOA in a few short months!  For anyone wishing to apply please click here:   http://www.alpineontario.ca/job/athletic-director/

Division visits:  This past season AOA endeavoured to formalize its relationships with all four divisions and establish a Memorandum of Understanding between LSDA, NCD, NOD and SOD.  The contracts outline the roles and responsibilities of what AOA and each division are responsible for from an athletic planning and scheduling perspective, coach and athlete development, Financial Reporting, Communication, and governance procedures, etc.  I will be visiting each region over the next 30 days to update these contracts. Some of the new updates will include divisional funding, Provincial Championship ROC Support, a new four year event calendar, and further clarity around the next years’ provincial race series.

SOD/AOA Delineation: At the AOA Athletic Summit I spoke briefly about the need for AOA to continue to work towards one of its main strategic goals: One Province and One Program. In order for AOA to continue on its path towards excellence and fulfill its obligations and requirements as a high functioning Provincial Sport Organization it was decided that further clarity and transparency was required from an operational standpoint between what AOA is, and is responsible for, compared to SOD.  As we move forward in strengthening the SOD a major component of that will be the new role of the SOD committee!  I’m happy to report that over 10 applications were received to replace Scott Mikalachki on the committee and once the nominating committee has decided on a suitable candidate to join the SOD committee they will then elect its next chair. In the meantime, AOA has appointed an interim SOD Program Manager, Nick Kwasniak, who has begun SOD specific planning and supporting the SOD Ski Team.  While more information will be provided by Nick and the committee in the coming weeks, there is a tentative plan to host an SOD Summit in September to further engage the membership on the future of SOD.

2015/16 Annual Report: Upon completion of AOA’s annual financial audit, which will take place over the next 6 weeks, we will be distributing our Annual Report. Please expect this report to come directly to your club before August 15th.

OST Interface: The primary focus of the Ontario Ski Team (OST) is to assist in the growth and developments of elite athletes within our sport. One of the key strategies for developing these athletes is to develop a strong and unified group of coaches at all development levels. In an effort to provide education and development opportunities for coaches in the province, the OST and AOA are offering an interface position for one Ontario coach to join them at their first on-snow project in Saas Fee, Switzerland in August. This is a great opportunity to work together and learn from each other while being exposed to training environments with current and graduated OST athletes and coaching staff .

An ideal candidate for this position would be a coach currently working with an Ontario racing program, preferably with U14-U18 aged athletes. They should be self-motivated with a strong desire to learn and develop as a coach. As this is a development opportunity, previous knowledge and experience is not necessarily important but will be considered. Additionally, physiology, kinesiology and/or sports therapy education is an asset.

 

Please find the details and information for the project below.

Dates:  August 9-31 (18 days on-snow)

Duties/Responsibilities:  Assist the OST staff with the operation of the camp both on hill and off hill. Exposure to SL, GS, and SG training, team dryland, video sessions, and other activities

Air Travel:  Arranged by the OST  – flight from Toronto to Zurich return. (Further flights can be arranged depending on the location of the candidate)

Lodging:  Staying with the OST at Hotel Alpin in Sass Fee (3 meals/day provided by the hotel)

Cost:  To be determined based on candidate’s circumstance

DEADLINE: Response by June 10 with full confirmation and commitment by June 24.

For further questions and information please feel free to contact OST coaches Cameron McKenzie (cmckenzie@alpineontario.ca) or Mike Necesanek (mnecesanek@alpineontario.ca) or Executive Director Scott Barrett (sbarrett@alpineontario.ca).

 

To follow in the coming weeks:

  • 2016-17 Program Guidelines
  • 2016-17 AOA fees
  • FIS registration will be postponed slightly as we have yet to receive the fees from ACA.  Please click here and here for the updated forms (Medical & FIS Declaration) that will have to be submitted by ALL FIS athlete registrations.

 

Please return all forms to Robyn Skinner at: rskinner@alpineontario.ca

 

 

September 23rd, 2016

A few updates this week from AOA.

 

  1. Please find attached the updated minutes from the Sept 14th OCUP meeting posted here. There were some minor changes made from the original distributed on Sept 16th.
  1. North American FIS Technical Delegate Update is being hosted in Calgary on Oct 28-30, 2016.  If your club will be hosting a FIS race during the 2016/17 season, it is highly recommended that someone from the club attend the update.  This is the source for all rule changes and updates for the upcoming season.  AOA will have representatives there who will disseminate updates to the clubs as well.  For more information on the Update please click here.
  1. AOA has added a timing session and an NCCP course to the Education Summit agenda.  For more on the entire weekend agenda click here.  Please pass this information on to your timers and coaches.  Registration for both sessions is open on the AOA website.
  1. The timing session will focus on the outside set up (setting up start wand’s, eye’s posts, willy Bags, cables).  Precision Timing and MEC Timing will be present at the session.  Please bring your equipment for set-up and testing.  Session will take place in the President’s Loft, South Lodge, Craigleith Ski Club from 9:30am-approx 2pm Sunday October 23rd.
  2. NCCP course Basic Mental Skills will take place on Sunday Oct 23rd in the South Lodge, Craigleith Ski Club from 9:30am-12:30pm.

 

 

September 9th, 2016

Welcome back to the alpine ski racing world to most of you.  Our social media handles are flooded with pictures and videos of teams training all over the world right now – race season is just around the corner.

 

Updates on this email include the following:

  1. AOA Fee schedule – click here to view.  A few notes in regard to the new schedule.
  2. Coaches no longer need to register with AOA. They must register with the CSCF and pay their dues.  It is then up to each employer to ensure all coaches are up to date with the CSCF.
  3. ACA has increased their fees by almost $20 per age category.  See attached information from ACA outlining the rationale.
  1. Please see club letter sent out in June attached.  If you still have items outstanding please complete ASAP including a signed copy of the letter, payment of club fee, EAP’s and club contact update.
  1. AOA has created an FAQ insurance page on the AOA website.  Click here to view.  We hope this page will answer many common questions we receive.
  1. Please submit your season club event calendars with updates when available.  Click here for the document.  Events include weekly dryland, camps, social events etc.  Once we have on file, your regular club events will be covered under the ACA CGL policy.
  1. First officials courses are booked onto the calendar – Oct 22 (Level 1) and Oct 23 (Level 2) at Craigleith Ski Club in Wylie’s.  Please check the calendar for more courses and updates to be posted in the coming weeks and on the officials page of our website.  If you are interested in scheduling an officials course at your club this season please email me at minimum 3 weeks prior to your proposed date for consideration.  AOA will then coordinate with your division.
  1. AOA Education Summit – October 21-23 at Craigleith Ski Club – including the Coaches Conference, AGM, officials courses, timing sessions and NCCP courses – see the Calendar on the AOA website for more details.
  1. AOA Fitness Testing – October 1 at Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University in Toronto – please click here for more information.  Please note that any athlete planning to attend the 2017 U14 or U16 Provincials/Finals must submit fitness test data to AOA, dated between Sept 1-Dec 31, 2016, in order to be eligible to participate.  All data must be submitted by Dec 31, 2016.  Please find the protocol here and here. Testing does not need to be facilitated by AOA.  A club, gym or a parent can facilitate the testing.
  1. AOA Annual General Meeting – October 22 in the afternoon – exact time TBD at Craigleith Ski Club.  Notice of 2016 AGM & Proxy to follow on AOA’s website shortly.
  1. Next OCUP Meeting – Wed Sept 14th at 5pm.  Please see the latest OCUP Steering Committee minutes attached.  I will send another calendar invite as well.

 

 

June 28th, 2016

AOA 2017-16 registration is still on hold while ACA works to re-launch the fees.  If any of your athletes will be starting club activities such as training or camps on or shortly after July 1, please let me know so we can ensure proper insurance coverage is in place.  2015-16 coverage ends on June 30th.  Please refer to the AOA home page for more updates in the coming days.

 

Please find 2 updates from ACA attached.

  1. As many of you are aware, ACA has been working to improve, wherever possible, various policies respecting the hiring of coaches within our program.  2 documents attached Policy-ACA-Coach-Screening-en and FINAL PSO letter-Coach-Screening-June 2016 – The first is a copy of an ACA Supplemental policy that will be added to the ACA & CSCF websites shortly.    The second document is a letter from ACA, strongly encouraging your Association, and its member clubs, to adopt a comparable policy regarding the employment of Coaches.  This is a follow up to the AOA Club letter sent June 3, all members clubs must sign including a section on vulnerable sector screening.
  1. The need for Sport Accident Insurance Policy(SAIP) is ACA memo reviewing the history, need and reason for the program.

 

 

June 23rd, 2016

AOA would like to provide an update in regard to FIS, Sport Accident Insurance Program (SAIP) and age group season registrations for the 2016/17 season as many of you have been inquiring.  As the new season starts July 1st and club activities such as camps and dryland begin, all members of your clubs will need to register and/or purchase SAIP if they will be leaving the country.

Alpine Canada provided a fee schedule in the last few weeks that has raised many concerns for AOA and the other provinces.  ACA and the provinces are working through these concerns and thus registration is delayed until these issues are addressed.  AOA wants to ensure fees are balanced, fair and of value for our members.  We appreciate your patience and we will work the ensure everyone is covered for upcoming club activities.  Please stay tuned for an update early next week.

 

 

June 3rd, 2016

Please find the attached club letter for renewal for the 2016/17 season.  The letter outlines the following:

Ø  Latest Risk Management Manual, Coach Vulnerable Sector Check, equipment updates and action items required by July 1, 2016

Ø  Fees:  While AOA has committed to once again keep our fees frozen, the same cannot be said for Alpine Canada.  AOA is awaiting final confirmation on what the fee increase will be at the NSO level and as soon as that information is provided we will of course be passing it along to you.

 

As summer is just around the corner I thought I would take the opportunity to update all our member clubs on some of the projects that the folks here at the AOA office have been working on, and will continue to focus on over the summer.

 

Athletic Director: As some of you have heard by now Nigel Cooper has accepted the position of Director of Operations at the National Ski Academy and will begin at NSA in August.  Nigel will be staying on until July 1st with AOA to finish off most of the provincial athletic planning for next season. I wish Nigel the very best and commend him on the job he has done here at AOA in a few short months!  For anyone wishing to apply please click here:   http://www.alpineontario.ca/job/athletic-director/

Division visits:  This past season AOA endeavoured to formalize its relationships with all four divisions and establish a Memorandum of Understanding between LSDA, NCD, NOD and SOD.  The contracts outline the roles and responsibilities of what AOA and each division are responsible for from an athletic planning and scheduling perspective, coach and athlete development, Financial Reporting, Communication, and governance procedures, etc.  I will be visiting each region over the next 30 days to update these contracts. Some of the new updates will include divisional funding, Provincial Championship ROC Support, a new four year event calendar, and further clarity around the next years’ provincial race series.

SOD/AOA Delineation: At the AOA Athletic Summit I spoke briefly about the need for AOA to continue to work towards one of its main strategic goals: One Province and One Program. In order for AOA to continue on its path towards excellence and fulfill its obligations and requirements as a high functioning Provincial Sport Organization it was decided that further clarity and transparency was required from an operational standpoint between what AOA is, and is responsible for, compared to SOD.  As we move forward in strengthening the SOD a major component of that will be the new role of the SOD committee!  I’m happy to report that over 10 applications were received to replace Scott Mikalachki on the committee and once the nominating committee has decided on a suitable candidate to join the SOD committee they will then elect its next chair. In the meantime, AOA has appointed an interim SOD Program Manager, Nick Kwasniak, who has begun SOD specific planning and supporting the SOD Ski Team.  While more information will be provided by Nick and the committee in the coming weeks, there is a tentative plan to host an SOD Summit in September to further engage the membership on the future of SOD.

2015/16 Annual Report: Upon completion of AOA’s annual financial audit, which will take place over the next 6 weeks, we will be distributing our Annual Report. Please expect this report to come directly to your club before August 15th.

OST Interface: The primary focus of the Ontario Ski Team (OST) is to assist in the growth and developments of elite athletes within our sport. One of the key strategies for developing these athletes is to develop a strong and unified group of coaches at all development levels. In an effort to provide education and development opportunities for coaches in the province, the OST and AOA are offering an interface position for one Ontario coach to join them at their first on-snow project in Saas Fee, Switzerland in August. This is a great opportunity to work together and learn from each other while being exposed to training environments with current and graduated OST athletes and coaching staff .

An ideal candidate for this position would be a coach currently working with an Ontario racing program, preferably with U14-U18 aged athletes. They should be self-motivated with a strong desire to learn and develop as a coach. As this is a development opportunity, previous knowledge and experience is not necessarily important but will be considered. Additionally, physiology, kinesiology and/or sports therapy education is an asset.

Please find the details and information for the project below.

Dates:  August 9-31 (18 days on-snow)

Duties/Responsibilities:  Assist the OST staff with the operation of the camp both on hill and off hill. Exposure to SL, GS, and SG training, team dryland, video sessions, and other activities

Air Travel:  Arranged by the OST  – flight from Toronto to Zurich return. (Further flights can be arranged depending on the location of the candidate)

Lodging:  Staying with the OST at Hotel Alpin in Sass Fee (3 meals/day provided by the hotel)

Cost:  To be determined based on candidate’s circumstance

DEADLINE: Response by June 10 with full confirmation and commitment by June 24.

For further questions and information please feel free to contact OST coaches Cameron McKenzie (cmckenzie@alpineontario.ca) or Mike Necesanek (mnecesanek@alpineontario.ca) or Executive Director Scott Barrett (sbarrett@alpineontario.ca).

 

To follow in the coming weeks:

  • 2016-17 Program Guidelines
  • 2016-17 AOA fees
  • FIS registration will be postponed slightly as we have yet to receive the fees from ACA.  Please click here and here for the updated forms (Medical & FIS Declaration) that will have to be submitted by ALL FIS athlete registrations.

 

Please return all forms to Robyn Skinner at: rskinner@alpineontario.ca