Canadian Para-Archery National Team Selection Policy

Archery Canada

Canadian Para-Archery National Team Selection Policy

1) Statement of Selection Philosophy

This policy will apply to the selection for Archery Canada's (AC) Para-Archery Canadian (National) Team (individual and team events). It is the objective of the AC Para-Archery Canadian Team selection policy to outline a clear, fair and transparent process to select para-athletes to represent Canada at international competitions. AC is committed to selecting those athletes to represent Canada, who are qualified to support the strategic goals and objectives of AC's high performance program as described in the Addendum related to a particular event and its selection of athletes to that event.

The goals and objectives of AC may change depending on the event for which selection takes place (e.g. major event such as World Championships and multi-sport games or an event targeted at athlete development).

2) Statement of Responsibility

AC recognizes the importance of having a clear team selection policy and communicating the selection criteria to all athletes in a timely manner. AC is committed to a fair and appropriate implementation of this policy, which is guided by AC's High Performance Committee (HPC).

It is the intent to provide athletes with timely information if any amendments are made to the selection policy. The general timeline is a three (3) month notification period before any amendment is adopted; this timeline may be amended by AC's HPC. Archery Canada will publish an Addendum to this policy for the purposes of communication of the specific selection criteria for the event. Any Addendum will be published a minimum of four (4) months prior to a selection date. This timeline may be amended by AC's HPC.

3) Selection Eligibility

All athletes who wish to be eligible for selection to any Archery Canada (AC) Para-Archery Canadian Team must meet the following standard eligibility criteria:

a) Be a Canadian citizen and have a Canadian passport or, for some events, be a permanent resident of Canada.

b) Have a World Archery international classification as ARW1, ARW2 or ARST.

c) Be eligible to compete for Canada under Archery Canada and World Archery rules (most recent addition).

d) Hold the status of good standing with Archery Canada.

e) Be eligible to participate as per the rules of the applicable event.

f) Submit all required paperwork as published by AC.

g) Comply with the Archery Canada Athlete Agreement and submit a signed Archery Canada athlete agreement to Archery Canada by the specified deadlines noted in the selection policy Addendum specific to each Para-Archery Canadian Team event.

h) Demonstrate a positive and professional attitude towards teammates, coaches, support staff and AC.

i) Comply with the CCES' Canadian Anti-Doping Program and where applicable comply with the World Archery Athlete Whereabouts Program.

j) Complete the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) online anti-doping education module ('True Sport Clean 101') requirements at least two (2) weeks prior to departure for a national team event or to any international event where registration for the event must be through Archery Canada. Failure to do so will result in the athlete being suspended from participation in the national team event or international event until the requirements are completed.

k) Pay any and all required fees to AC by the timelines communicated by AC.

l) Have met any prerequisite selection criteria set by AC within this selection policy or a selection policy Addendum specific to a particular Para-Archery Canadian Team event.

m) Have shot any applicable qualifying scores for eligible competitions under governance by the following organizations:

• Archery Canada

• World Archery

• Member organization of World Archery

4) Selection Authority and Process

AC's selection will be guided by a combination of objective and subjective criteria. It is AC's intent to provide as much information as possible related to the application of the selection criteria in order for the athlete to be provided with the best opportunity to understand and to achieve selection.

The two (2) top archers by classification category on Archery Canada's Para-Archery Red / Gold Squad ranking list will automatically be selected. Depending on the size of the team the remaining athletes will be recommended for selection by the volunteer Para-Archery Program Coordinator and approved by a qualified 3-member Selection Approval Panel, appointed by the AC's HPC. Approval is to be completed by the date noted in the selection policy Addendum specific to each Para-Archery Canadian Team event.

Under the guidance of the HPC, the volunteer Para-Archery Program Coordinator is accountable to provide the Selection Approval Panel with appropriate background information, any applicable background data and a justification of recommendations for selection.

5) Selection Criteria

The most current Canadian Para Archery ranking list will be the key selection criteria used to select a Para-Archery Canadian Team for each specific Canadian Team event. However, AC may in addition use one or more of the following subjective criteria. In cases where subjective criteria may be used for Canadian Team selection, the criteria will be weighted. The subjective criteria and assigned weighting will be outlined in the policy Addendum specific to each Para-Archery Canadian Team event.

5.1) Past Performance

• Athlete performance is tracked to enable a performance review over the previous four (4) years of competition.

• The level and quality of a selected event will be taken into consideration for weighting of past performance indicators.

5.2) Team Dynamics

• Individual strengths that may contribute to team performance, such as the ability to effectively work in a team environment and demonstrate leadership.

• In particular, archers targeted for competition in team events will be assessed on the ability to contribute to the performance of our teams.

5.3) Future Potential

• Consideration may be given to an athlete's future potential with respect to talent, commitment and performance metrics.

• Depending on the event, athletes may be selected who, in the opinion of the selectors, have the potential to represent Canada in international competition and would benefit from exposure to international competition.

5.4) Physiology

• As an important aspect of high performance, physiological standards are deemed as an indicator of performance potential.

5.5) Individual Performance Plan

• As agreed with the volunteer Para-Archery Program Coordinator or HPC designate, athletes will be evaluated on the fulfillment of their individual training and performance plans.

6) Exceptions and / or Exemptions

6. 1) Conditional Selection

• Conditional selection of an athlete may be made based on circumstances where the athlete is provided an extension to meet the required selection or eligibility criteria, other than qualifying scores.

• Any such circumstance shall be reviewed and approved by the Selection Approval Panel, under their discretion.

6.2) Extenuating Circumstances

• These may include any number of circumstances and prohibitive causes by which an athlete is unable to meet the requirements in this selection policy within the defined timelines.

• Based on the circumstances and the discretion of the Selection Approval Panel, the athlete may still be eligible for selection to an AC Para-Archery Canadian Team based on an evaluation utilizing the selection criteria as stated in section 5.

Selected circumstances taken into consideration, but not limited to, are as follows:

a) Significant injury or illness where AC may request appropriate documentation of the medical issue from the athlete's physician. Archery Canada may request a physician of AC's choosing to review and qualify the documentation with the athlete's physician.

b) Travel delays

c) Lost or stolen equipment

d) Family bereavement (spouse, parents, siblings)

e) Personal misfortune, or other factors, which may be considered by the Selection Approval Panel to be extenuating circumstances.

7) Requirements after selection

Following selection to an AC Para-Archery Canadian Team, all team members are required to comply with the following requirements.

• All requirements laid out in this selection policy or any applicable AC Para-Archery Canadian Team Addendum.

• All requirements in the AC Athlete agreement and the minimum standards of behavior for team members while assembled, travelling or training as part of the team.

• Immediately inform the volunteer Para-Archery Program Coordinator of any illness or injury that reasonably impacts on the athlete's ability to perform at the level expected for the applicable Canadian team.

• Comply with and meet AC's code of conduct requirements.

• Provide AC all required documents by the timelines noted in the selection policy Addendum specific to each Para-Archery Canadian Team event.

• Participate in all team events, activities and meetings.

• Ensure proper equipment, clothing and funds.

For any disciplinary action resulting from a breach of the athlete agreement (or other related policies, e.g. Code of Conduct), AC's disciplinary policy may be implemented. 

8) Athlete removal from a selected Canadian team

Any Athlete may be removed from an AC Para-Archery Canadian Team, who:

• Breaches AC's Articles, Bylaws and/or Policies;

• Breaches the requirements in the AC Athlete Agreement.

• By reason of illness or injury, is unable to perform to the required standard in the opinion of the volunteer Para-Archery Program Coordinator or Selection Approval Panel (after having received advice from a medical practitioner).

• Has failed to sustain his or her performance and/or attitude to a satisfactory level, provided that the required performance levels had first been discussed and documented between the volunteer Para-Archery Program Coordinator and athlete and the athlete's personal coach, and the athlete had been given the opportunity to attain those performance levels.

• Has failed to satisfy the minimum training standards set out by the Head Coach for the competition.

• Voluntarily withdraws.

• Provides fraudulent or misleading information.

9) Unusual or Unforeseen Circumstances

• In the event of unusual or unforeseen circumstances, as related to the implementation of this policy, and as determined by Archery Canada's HPC, the HPC has full discretion to resolve the matter as it sees fit, taking into account factors and circumstances that it deems relevant.

Note: Any such exercise of discretion shall be subject to the Canadian administrative law of principles of fairness.

10) Appeals

a) Any eligible athlete wishing to appeal against their omission from an AC Para-Archery Canadian Team, must follow the standard Archery Canada appeal policy

NOTE: Under clause 15.0 of the Archery Canada appeal policy, modification of the standard timelines for the appeal process is permitted. In cases where this might apply, it will be noted in the selection policy Addendum specific to the Para-Archery Canadian Team event.

b) Any appeal must be accompanied by payment of an appeal fee of $150.00 Canadian funds. If the appeal fee is not received at the same time as the appeal, the athlete is assumed to have withdrawn their appeal.

c) Any challenges related to language interpretation between English and French versions for any Canadian team selection, shall see the English version take precedence over the French version.