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Sprint News Bulletin: Feb 7, 2022

Re: Expectations

Recently coaches have noticed a growing trend for lower practice attendance from some of our team. Understandably, motivation for summer sports can fade in the middle of winter. It’s important that we review our expectations regarding training commitment and notification if practices will be missed.

In some cases, partial attendance for training sessions is in sync with an athlete's commitment level and goals. In other cases, the athlete has communicated high-performance aspirations; and therefore, we feel poor attendance does not match the stated goals. Many athletes have committed to the Florida provincial training camp, and CCC coaches have endorsed these athletes with the understanding that they have committed to being well prepared. ASRCA has contributed a $15,000 subsidy to the athlete cost for camp with this understanding of commitment to training for camp preparation.

In all cases, coaches ask that athletes strive to match attendance and training commitment with the athlete’s aspirations. Coaches also ask to be notified if a training session will be missed or if the expectations (goals) have changed.

It is essential to revisit the expectations of training groups and athletes within the CCC team from time to time. Coaches strive to communicate a consistent message that contains the following critical elements:

  • CCC Sprint is a competitive racing team containing athletes with various goals and commitment levels. Some athletes enjoy the fitness and social aspects of the sport, and some dream of the Olympics. We do not see any conflict with the various levels of commitment and believe all athletes can support each other, even if their individual goals differ. 
  • Athletes communicate their individual goals to the coaches, and together they set expectations and interact in sync to pursue those goals. Coaches understand that goals may change, or you may adjust your commitment at certain times of the year. Discuss this with your coach at the earliest opportunity.

  • All athletes are expected to align their training commitment with their goals. 

  • Coaches support young athletes participating in activities and sports outside paddling-related training. 

  • The default expectation for training attendance is that athletes will attend the training sessions they have committed to. 

  • Coaches are to be notified if athletes will miss training sessions; this will help avoid any conflicts such as a planned team discussion or a particular activity. With prior notification, coaches may be able to make alternate plans or adjust training for the athlete.
  • Coach/athlete communication occurs in person and with the athlete’s WhatsApp chat group. If coaches plan activities outside the regular schedule, parents are notified with the ccc newsletter or direct email.
When expectations and actions are in sync between the athletes and the coaches, the capacity to operate productively, positively, and respectfully is improved. We understand this works both ways, so please feel free to reach out to your coach when you feel we are not in sync. We want to continue to grow and improve as a team.

Thank you, 
CCC Coaching Team 

** Our team takes pride in creating a friendly, supportive and competitive culture. Thanks to all athletes and parents and volunteers for the effort this takes, it is worth it **



Parents – Basic information and announcements posted on the CCC web page.
Paddlers – WhatsApp groups for practice specifics from coaches and for paddlers to support each other.

Calgary Canoe Club Grievance Process
The CCC Board and staff encourages feedback from all members. Feedback will help us improve the programs, educate staff and clarify expectations. We realize these may be difficult conversations for members to bring to our attention. We strive to set up a process in which members are comfortable to initiate grievance conversations. There will be no reprisals for the member(s) putting forth a grievance. Please note that all Board members and key staff personnel (Managers and senior coaches) have signed a confidentially agreement and agree to abide by this agreement.
Please go here to see the policy. 

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