Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Statement from the Canadian Yachting Association

CYA Position on Equipment
The Canadian Yachting Association has worked diligently for 18 months on establishing every detail that contributes to the development of a sailor from childhood entry to Olympic and International Podium achievement and lifelong involvement. These details were determined by means of national and international expertise and confirmation of best practices. The CYA’s Long Term Athlete Development group of experts is made up of the following persons:
 Ken Dool – CYA High Performance Director
 Brian Todd - Canadian Sailing Team Coach
 Tine Moberg-Parker (BC) - Olympian, Executive Director - BC Sailing
 Rob Fox (ON) - High Performance Coach
 Marie Gendron (QC) –  CST Alumni, Leader at CYA, FVQ & Club
 Peter Macdougal (AB) - Executive Director - Alberta Sailing, Development Coach
 Istvan Balyi – International LTAD expert
 Andrew Moss - Canadian Sport Programming and Development Expert
 Sarah Case-Moscrop - CYA Training and Competitions Manager
 Eric Cartlidge – Ontario Sailing Program Director
All items were brought together into an extensive matrix of components making up the stages of the Long Term Sailor Development (LTSD) framework. The LTSD was presented; items were debated, and at the 2009 CYA AGM the LTSD was approved as the backbone to set in place not only the updating of programming and standards for sailor and coach training and evaluations, but also the pathway of development though competitive experiences. Decisions on what classes of boats fit at each stage in competition were made according to what the Olympic and Paralympic development classes are, and classification of boat types as Race Development equipment or Performance Race equipment.
As a child develops in sport, age and stage appropriate activity applies to equipment as well as programming. Sailing is a very cognitive sport. Young sailors are still developing cognitive sailboat racing skills through their mid-teen years. The CYA is therefore setting a U17 competition event in the boats that are deemed as Race Development. At the U19 category, once athletes have developed in physical and cognitive race skills, a sailor is ready for competition in Performance Race equipment.
The clear development pathway for a single handed sailor readily exists evolving from the Optimist Dinghy thorough developmental equipment to Olympic Equipment.
For the double handed sailor the LTSD outlines a sailor pathway including developing skills in the Opti before transitioning to appropriate development equipment that is size and skill appropriate. The Club 420 is deemed the stepping stone for developing all skills required to be a successful competitor before moving on to high performance related equipment. It is after this developmental stage that the LTSD recognizes performance equipment such as the 29er, ultimately leading to progression into Olympic class equipment or the other Sailing for Life choices.
A similar pathway is created for a board sailor, where fundamentals are acquired through the Opti before moving to the appropriate event specific equipment (Bic 293) to further enhance required skills, before then moving to Performance equipment in this discipline (RS:X)
The equipment pathway as set by the CYA is outlined in this diagram.
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