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This webpage illustrates the timeline associated with the ACA becoming the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic sports of slalom and sprint and the Paralympic sport of paracanoe.

 

 

 

October 22, 2017

 

The ACA Board of Directors are pleased to announce that as of Sunday morning, October 22, 2017, the ACA membership has voted to approve the revisions to the ACA Bylaws and the ACA is now the official National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic sports of slalom and sprint and the Paralympic sport of paracanoe!  The ACA would like to acknowledge the significant dedication of USACK volunteers and coaches throughout this process.

 

 

October 19, 2017

 

The ACA receives the official letter of acceptance of NGB status from the US Olympic Committee.

 

  • Read the letter (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 14, 2017

 

The ACA has just started the hiring process for our Competition Department:

  • Director of High Performance & Competition (full-time)
    • Slalom High Performance Manager (part-time)
      • Slalom National Team Coach
      • Slalom Development Team Coach
    • Sprint High Performance Manager (part-time)
      • Sprint National Team Canoe Coach (part-time)
      • Sprint National Team Kayak Coach (part-time)
      • Sprint Jr. Teams Manager (part-time)
    • Paracanoe High Performance Manager/Coach (part-time)

*Slalom Positions will be posted shortly.

 

ACA Competition Department Staff Structure (PDF)

 

To learn more, or to apply, please visit www.americancanoe.org/Employment

  • then click on 'Search Openings'
  • then select either 'ACA National Office Staff' or 'Competition'

 

October 13, 2017

 

The USOC Board of Directors, at the Olympic & Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, CO approved the ACA's NGB application with a few minor tweaks and contingent upon membership ratification on October 22nd.

 

 

October 9, 2017

 

The current timeline for the ACA's NGB application.

  • October 12-13
    • USOC CEO Scott Blackmun presents the ACA's NGB Application to the USOC Board of Directors for their vote
  • October 16
    • Last day for ACA members to login and change or rescind a previously cast electronic vote
  • October 21-22
    • Board of Directors & Annual Membership Meeting at the National Paddlesports Conference
    • Members may cast their vote in person (or change a previously cast electronic vote)
    • The Board Secretary also casts the overall electronic proxy vote

For additional information, please click here.

 

  

September 21, 2017 

 

The ACA Board of Directors is recommending to the membership that the ACA bylaws be revised to comply with certain requirements from the U.S. Olympic Committee(USOC), the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and New York state law.  These revisions should allow the ACA to comply with the requirements to become the National Governing Body(NGB) for the Olympic sports of Slalom and Sprint and the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe in the United States as recognized by the USOC and the International Canoe Federation(ICF). 

*You will need to log into your ACA member profile to vote online

 

 

 

September 13, 2017

 

The ACA Board of Directors unanimously approved the following motion in regards to the ACA becoming the new NGB for Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports.

 

Motion: To approve the revised ACA Bylaws, including rationale, as of 8/24/2017 and present to the ACA membership for a vote.

 

The ACA membership will have the opportunity to vote online for these Bylaw changes starting on Thursday, September 21st.  The voting will conclude at the ACA Annual Membership Meeting in conjunction with the National Paddlesports Conference on October 22nd at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Byrson City, NC.

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2017

 

After additional discussions with USOC attorneys in New Orleans earlier in the week, the USOC workgroup tasked with reviewing the ACA's NGB application expressed 100% support on a conference call in presenting it to Scott Blackmun, USOC's Chief Executive Officer. Consequently, the ACA's NGB application should be presented to the USOC Board of Directors for a vote at their next meeting in October. In late September, this webpage will be updated with:

  • the proposed revisions to the ACA Bylaws
  • the new Competition Council Operating Procedures
  • the Bylaw voting process and timeline for ACA members

 

 

July 25, 2017

 

The ACA's second and final Hearing Session as per the Ted Stevens Act occurred at USOC headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO.  Wade Blackwood and Chris Stec were present in person and ACA board member Kirk Havens attended electronically.  The hearing was open to all and several ACA members called in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2017

 

ACA Executive Director Wade Blackwood and Chief Operating Officer Chris Stec presented the ACA's 2018 High Performance Plan(HPP) to the USOC High Performance Staff in Colorado Springs, CO.  We would like to extend our thanks to all of the volunteers, athletes and coaches who contributed their thoughts, insights and time to this inaugural ACA HPP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2017

 

At the USOC's request, the USACK Board of Directors wrote another letter in support of the ACA's NGB application and reaffirmed the resolution to relinquish USACK's status as NGB.

 

 

 

July 1, 2017

 

ACA hosts Open Forums for Slalom and Sprint High Performance Plan (HPP). As part of the ACA’s efforts to develop a comprehensive HPP for the Olympic Sports of Sprint and Slalom, we are seeking input and advice from all interested individuals. Join us on Monday, July 3rd for a conference call and Go-To-Meeting:

 

  • July 3: Slalom specific - Open Forum (Go-to-Meeting / conference call #3)
  • July 3: Sprint specific - Open Forum (Go-to-Meeting / conference call #4)

 

June 30, 2017

 

The ACA's second and final Hearing Session as per the Ted Stevens Act is on Tuesday, July 25th at the USOC Office from 10:30am - 12:00 pm (MT) in Colorado Springs, CO. Interested individuals in the ACA's NGB Application may participate in person or by conference call.

 

June 29, 2017

 

ACA senior staff met with 10 representatives from the USOC in Colorado Springs, CO as part of the ACA's first Public Hearing on it's NGB Application.  

 

 

 

June 26, 2017

ACA seeks Athlete input for Olympic High Performance Plan.

 

As part of the ACA’s efforts to develop a comprehensive High Performance Plan for the Olympic Sports of Sprint and Slalom, we are seeking input and advice from current and former athletes. Join us on Monday, June 26th for a conference call and Go-To-Meeting:

  • Slalom Athlete input (Go-to-Meeting / conference call #2)
  • Sprint Athlete input (Go-to-Meeting / conference call #1)

 

June 12, 2017

 

Friday, June 30, 2017 will be the last day for USACK members to join or renew online at the USACK website.

 

After June 30th USACK members will need to conduct all join and renewal services via: www.americancanoe.org/USACKJoinRenew

 

 

 

June 7, 2017

 

The ACA is in the process of updating the 2018 High Performance Plan (HPP) for the Olympic sports of Slalom and Sprint.

 

As per the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), this plan is designed specifically for the elite athletes currently competing at an international level in slalom and sprint.  In addition, the HPP also outlines the athlete development program leading up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

 

The ACA encourages paddlesport coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers to contribute to and provide guidance and feedback on the HPP.

 

Be a part of the discussion: www.americancanoe.org/HPP

 

 

 

June 1, 2017

 

The USOC sets the first of two Hearing Sessions as per the Ted Stevens Act for Thursday, June 29th at the USOC Office from 2:00 - 3:30 pm (MT) in Colorado Springs, CO. Interested individuals in the ACA's NGB Application may participate in person or by conference call.

 

 

 

May 31, 2017

 

ACA's Chief Operating Officer met with the USOC High Performance Team to discuss the ACA's 2018 High Performance Plan (HPP) for the Olympic disciplines of Slalom and Sprint.  The ACA will be announcing a timeline, including an open comment period, for developing the 2018-2020 HPP in mid June.

  

 

May 25, 2017

 

The ACA met with senior USOC leadership in Washington DC to continue to refine the draft ACA bylaws prior to presenting them to the USOC Board of Directors and ACA membership for discussion and input.

 

 

 

 

 

May 12, 2017

In response to recent membership based questions:

 

If you are competing in a sanctioned Team Trials, Nationals, or international race, you must be a current member of USACK. If the Team Trials or Nationals is using ACA insurance, a competitor must also be a member of the ACA.

 

Once the ACA is recognized by the USOC as either the temporary or official NGB, then a competitor must be a member of ACA in order to compete in a sanctioned Team Trails or Nationals.

 

Hopefully we will be able to post an update on the processing of the ACA's NGB application by the middle of June.

 

 

 

 

 

May 3, 2017

ACA Board President Peter Sloan, former Board President Kirk Havens, along with senior ACA staff, and Olympian Casey Eichfeld met with eight representatives from the USOC in Denver, Colorado to discuss ACA's NGB application. Additional information will be available in late June as the application process continues to move forward.

 

 

April 11, 2017

USACK Board Chair, Adam Van Grack provides an update to USACK members

 

March 9, 2017

The ACA submitted a 359 page NGB application to the USOC to become the new NGB for paddlesports in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2017

The USACK Board of Directors wrote a letter to the USOC supporting the ACA's bid to become the new NGB. (PDF)

 

 

 

March 5, 2017

The ACA Board of Director's passed a motion at the winter Board meeting in Fredericksburg, VA to submit the ACA's application to the USOC to apply for NGB status for paddlesports.

 

 

February 13, 2017

Due to feedback from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) staff late last week, the process and timeline has been changed.

  • February 17
    • ACA will submit it's application to become the National Governing Body(NGB) for paddlesports
    • USOC senior staff will review
  • March 9
    • USOC Board of Directors will review NGB application

Potential next steps moving forward:

  • If the USOC provides initial approval of the NGB application:
    • There will be a formal Comment Period on the application and revisions to the ACA Bylaws
    • There will be an ACA Membership Vote (online &/or mailed ballot)
  • If the USOC does not initially approve the NGB application:
    •  ACA and USACK will remain separate entities and the ACA will reevaluate our current management agreement with USACK

We will keep the ACA membership updated via this webpage as additional information becomes available. 

 

 

January 31, 2017

Timeline for next steps in the NGB process announced.  Please visit: www.americancanoe.org/BylawRevision (no longer the current process - see post from February 13 above)

 

 

January 25, 2017

A timeline for comments on revisions to the ACA Bylaws to become the National Governing Body (NGB) for paddlesports will be posted on January 31.(no longer the current process - see post from February 13 above)   

 

 

October 25, 2016

If you have questions about ACA / USACK membership or insurance coverages for 2016 and 2017, please click here.

 

 

September 7, 2016

There will be two USACK open membership & Board of Director Meetings this fall:

 


September 2, 2016

The ACA Board of Directors, membership and staff wish our Paralympic athletes fast lines in Rio!

Athletes:

  • Kelly Allen
  • Alana Nichols
  • Ann Yoshida 

Staff:

  • Debby Page - Team Leader
  • Shaun Caven - Coach

Learn more about these amazing athletes in an exclusive ACA interview.

Rio Paralympics:

  • Rio Overview
  • Paracanoe
  • Team USA 
  • TV Schedule
  • Paracanoe events:
  • September 14th

    • 8:00 AM EST - Women's KL1 Heats (Kelly Allen)
    • 8:20 AM EST - Women's KL2 Heats (Alana Nichols)
    • 8:40 AM EST - Women's KL3 Heats (Ann Yoshida)
    • 9:15 AM EST - Women's KL1 Semifinal
    • 9:29 AM EST - Women's KL2 Semifinal
    • 9:43 AM EST - Women's KL3 Semifinal

    September 15th

    • 8:00 AM EST - Women's KL1 Final
    • 8:16 AM EST - Women's KL2 Final
    • 8:52 AM EST - Women's KL3 Final

 

 August 1, 2016

  • USACK Newsletter (PDF)

 


July 26, 2016

The ACA Board of Directors, membership and staff wish our Olympic athletes fast lines in Rio!

Sprint

Slalom 

Rio Olympics


 

April 14, 2016

 

Wade Blackwood remains the CEO for USACK and the ACA staff will continue to provide administrative services to USACK as the two organizations focus on the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil.

 

 

April 7, 2016

The ACA will issue a reply shortly.

 

 

March 31, 2016

Letter from USACK Board President Bob Lally, ending the merger (PDF)

 

 

February 1, 2016

The board of directors of USA Canoe/Kayak and the ACA are pleased to announce that they have agreed to restart their partnership and to move forward with plans for a merger of their organizations.  Communication updates will be provided as they become available.

In the meantime, the ACA has reaffirmed its commitment to provide the following services to USACK: membership, database, insurance, website, financial services, competition planning and support, and all matters related to USOC compliance.

 

 

January 29, 2016

An open letter from Bill Endicott (online / word)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2016

The USACK Board of Directors has decided to end the partnership with the ACA and no longer utilize the administrative services offered to it by the ACA. Consequently, the ACA staff will no longer be providing Membership, Database, Insurance, Website or Financial services to USACK.  Although the ACA is saddened by this decision by the USACK Board, we wish the organization well. On behalf of the ACA membership, Board of Directors, and staff, we wish all of the coaches, volunteers and athletes training and competing for spots in the upcoming Rio Olympics and Paralympics all the best and fast lines!  

 

Please direct all future USACK related inquiries and correspondence to USACK Board President Bob Lally at bob@usack.org 


 

December 2, 2015

Steps for current USACK members on how to transition to the ACA Insurance program for clubs, affiliates, and members. 

 

November 30, 2015

(Fredericksburg, VA) - Insurance for USACK Clubs & Events

As part of the combination process, USA Canoe/Kayak will offer a variety of insurance programs for athletes, clubs, coaches and officials through the ACA. The ACA will be a provider of insurance services for clubs, events and hulls.  As of December 1st, USACK will no longer have an insurance program for clubs and events. In order to apply for ACA Insurance, clubs must be an ACA Paddle America Club (PAC) and club members must also be a member of the ACA.  This is the same system / process that was utilized by USACK.  The ACA Insurance Program has not changed. On December 1, 2015, all current USACK members, clubs and affiliates will be given a complementary 1-year membership to the ACA in order to ensure a continuation of insurance coverage.  An email will be sent from USACK describing this process.

We realize there might be some transitional challenges associated with this insurance process. Please contact us if a club or an individual member needs assistance.

For additional information, please contact the USACK Insurance Coordinator based out of the ACA National Office.

 


November 2015

(Fredericksburg, VA)Next steps in the combination process of the ACA and USACK

Once both Board of Directors agree on the revised bylaws of the combined organization, information will be provided to both memberships for review and comment prior to any official voting.

 

A timeline for next steps in this process will be published in the near future.

We will keep the ACA membership up to date on this process via this webpage: www.americancanoe.org/USACK

 

Please direct all questions about the ACA / USACK process to: Wade Blackwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 23-25, 2015

(Charleston, SC) - Board of Director Motions

In conjunction with the ACA Instructor Trainer Conference, USACK held it's annual Coaching & Leadership Assembly at the same facility.  In addition, the USACK and ACA Board of Directors held a joint meeting in which the combination of the two organizations was discussed. The USACK Board passed the following motion on October 24, 2015: Be it resolved that the USACK board approves ACA applying for NGB status for sprint, slalom and Paracanoe to the United States Olympic Committee's Board of Directors, which shall be subject to USACK approval of the draft amended and restated bylaws of ACA and also subject to USACK member approval. (6-0 vote) The ACA Board passed the following motion on October 25, 2015:

Motion 102515.03 – ACA will apply to become the National Governing Body for Olympic Paddlesport in the United States.   

 

 

February 7, 2015

(Oklahoma City, OK) - Partnership Announced

The ACA and USACK Board of Directors have just announced a joint partnership. ACA Executive Director Wade Blackwood has been named Chief Executive Officer of USACK and will lead both organizations.

  • News Release (PDF)

 

 

 
 
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