RACE TEAM QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

Club members have asked how the coaching staff determines who will race, what seats they will be assigned to and what canoe they will ultimately be placed in on race day. These are very important considerations for all of us and with this in mind, we will share our thoughts regarding these important questions. Coaches look for:

 

1.    Consistent participation in club activities, including not only race practices but active involvement in as many Club activities as possible. This includes weekly recreational practices, Club General Meetings, and events hosted by the club such as the Pineapple Races, Leadership events, and, of course, races. This is said with the understanding that not all of us can attend everything because of family and work commitments. I also understand and support those of you that choose to participate in the 7-month racing program but expect active participation during that time.

2.    Keeping up to date on Club dues. The Club depends upon timely payment of dues to pay for insurance costs, SCORA membership, equipment maintenance and purchases, contingency reserves and other expenses important for the continued financial health of this non-profit corporation.

3.    A willingness to listen, learn and improve your paddling skills. And then apply those skills whilst in the canoe. This is a sport that seems so simple at first glance but requires skill, teamwork and determination over the long-term to excel.

4.    A willingness to commit to a high degree of teamwork and to never talk down to or disrespect a fellow team member. Ever.

5.    This is an endurance sport. A consistent improvement in physical ability and conditioning is necessary to perform at a high level.

6.    The effort and ability to blend with the other paddlers in whatever canoe you are placed in or what seat you are assigned to.

7.    A willingness to learn to paddle in every seat in a canoe. This includes basic steering skills.

8.    Consistent participation at race practices.

9.    Years of racing experience counts. But not as much as some my think. Coaches evaluate people on what they see now. With that said, ocean experience counts but is not the final determining factor of who will be in what seat or what canoe.

10.         Intelligence. The ability to think clearly, wisely and respond appropriately to steering person commands and to communicate and act quickly to a hazard.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Activities that coaches will require race team participants engage in may include individual and team time trials (OC-1, OC-2 or OC-6). Coaches constantly evaluate individuals and groups of paddlers as they participate in workouts out on the water. Through observation and evaluation the coaches soon gain insight into the individual qualifications, abilities and motivations of their team. And most importantly, how well they blend and match other prospective paddlers assigned to a specific canoe. Some of the more detailed items that the coaches evaluate as they build individual crews include blending ability, consistency, paddle technique, height, body weight, strength, steering ability/skill/experience, conditioning, and comfort level of individual crew members regarding the race conditions that they will encounter (i.e. weather, length of race, sea conditions, etc.). Outrigger canoe hulls and their crews are highly sensitive to individual crew placement in a variety of conditions.

 

Your coaches always welcome input from their fellow club members. Respectful and thoughtful conversation can be very helpful in maintaining a fun and competitive racing program.

 

Your coaches have some important questions/comments for you. They are:

 

1.       Have we missed any important points that you would like to share with the group?

 

2.       We need your input on how we should crew the canoes: i.e. should ages and skill sets, how should we determine what age bracket a given canoe is entered into, i.e. masters, golden masters, open?

 

3.       We plan on training for distance and doing intervals. Discussion.

 

4.       We very well may require racers to do time trials. Discussion.

 

5.       Are you willing to race the long course or not?

 

6.       We need for you to tell us if you are sick, injured or otherwise unable to give your team your best effort. You need to know that we have the responsibility of pulling you from a practice or a race if we feel that you are sick/injured or otherwise unable to support your team                     adequately.

         

7.       The Club may require a medical release from a licensed physician if you suffer an injury and/or other medical condition (chronic or otherwise) before you can participate in paddling activities. It is your responsibility to inform a Coach if you have a physical issue that may               require said release.

 

7.       We need you to communicate with us during the season and let us know if you have concerns.

 

8.       We need you to always be aware that this is a team sport and that every individual counts. Do your best!

 

9.       We require that you come adequately prepared to attend practices and races. Physically, mentally and wearing proper clothing. Always bring water with you in the canoe.

 

 

RACE TEAM QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

How the coaching staff determines race crew placement:

 

1.    Consistent participation in club activities.

 

2.    Keeping up to date on Club dues.

 

3.    A willingness to listen, learn and improve your paddling skills.

 

4.    A willingness to commit to a high degree of teamwork and to never talk down to or disrespect a fellow team member. Ever.

 

5.    A consistent improvement in physical ability and conditioning.

 

6.    The effort and ability to blend with the other paddlers.

 

7.    A willingness to learn to paddle in every seat in a canoe.

 

8.    Consistent participation at race practices.

 

9.    Years of racing experience counts, but not as much as some might think.

 

10.         Intelligence.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Activities that coaches will require race team participants engage in may include individual and team time trials (OC-1, OC-2 or OC-6).canoe hulls and their crews are highly sensitive to individual crew placement in a variety of conditions.

 

Your coaches always welcome input from their fellow club members.

Your coaches have some important questions/comments for you. They are:

 

1.       Have we missed any important points that you would like to share with the group?

 

2.       We need your input on how we should crew the canoes: i.e. ages and skill sets, how should we determine what age bracket a given canoe is entered into, i.e. masters, golden masters, open?

 

3.       We plan on training for distance and doing intervals. Discussion.

 

4.       We very well may require racers to do time trials. Discussion.

 

5.       Are you willing to race the long course or not?

 

6.       We need for you to tell us if you are sick, injured or otherwise unable to give your team your best effort. You need to know that we have the responsibility of pulling you from a practice or a race if we feel that you are sick/injured or otherwise unable to support your team                        adequately.

 

7.       We need you to communicate with us during the season and let us know if you have concerns.

 

8.       We need you to always be aware that this is a team sport and that every individual counts. Do your best!

 

9.       We require that you come adequately prepared to attend practices and races. Physically, mentally and wearing proper clothing. Always bring water with you in the canoe.

 

HOT WEATHER ISSUES

 

Summer brings on very strenuous conditions that include high HEAT in excess of 100 degrees (sometimes much higher), danger of dehydration, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, high winds, rough water and other hazards. The Club coaching staff met and discussed this issue and adopted the following guidelines:

 

1.       If a local Heat Advisory from the weather service is called (105 degrees or above temperature) PM practices may be canceled, or an alternative session will be called that does not include strenuous physical activities.

2.       PM or AM practices may be cancelled by a Coach due to local Thunder Storm activity (lightning/high winds).

3.       If a local Wind Advisory is called by the weather service or a Coach determines that the weather conditions on the lake are hazardous, a Coach my cancel a practice session, limit the area on the lake that the canoe(s) may paddle, and/or select paddlers that have rough water paddling/steering experience.

 

 

Paddlers, it is your responsibility to follow the following guidelines:

 

1.       Know your own limitations!! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate well before paddling and every few minutes whilst paddling. Call your seat out if you need to and get that H2O down!

2.       Wear protective clothing, including a HAT!

3.       Stop paddling if you feel lightheaded, dizzy, sick and tell your steersperson.

4.       IMPORTANT! In high heat or other adverse conditions, your coach and/or steers person may tell you not to paddle and/or cancel a practice.

5.       IMPORTANT! During high heat or other conditions, the Club may cancel PM practices due to safety concerns. Please don’t argue or get upset about it. Being healthy and safe is much more important than practicing in adverse conditions that may hurt you!

6.       IMPORTANT! Do not paddle if you feel the conditions are too much for you. Make a personal decision that is important to YOU and your health!

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND PARTICIPATION!

 

Your Coaching Staff