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Alberta BMX News – Job Opportunity and Provincial Team Program

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February 10, 2009 – Here is the latest BMX news from Alberta, including a contract job posting for Alberta BMX Head Coach. Interested candidates should apply on or before March 13th, 2009 at 4:00pm MST. Also in this update are the details of the 2009 Alberta Provincial Team Program.

ABA Provincial BMX Coach (Contract Position)
The Provincial BMX Coach is responsible for the Alberta Bicycle Association Provincial BMX Team.

Supervision Reporting Relationships:

The Provincial BMX Coach reports to the Executive Director of the ABA, works closely with the Sport Coordinator (Mountain Bike/BMX) and the ABA the Provincial Head Coach.


This position may be based anywhere in Alberta, however the Provincial BMX Coach will be required to travel within the province and nationally. Travel is inherent to the nature of the position, and thus a willingness and ability to travel is a condition of the position.

Key Responsibility Areas:

The key responsibility areas (KRAs) are the major outputs for which the position is responsible and are not a comprehensive statement of the position activities

1. Provincial Team

The Head Coach is responsible for the ABA’s provincial team programs. The ABA sends provincial teams to selected out-of-province and national events. The ABA does not develop international level athletes but works with the CCA to ensure that opportunities are available to highlight the talents of provincial athletes who may be good candidates for CCA projects or teams.

– Develop annual and long-term objectives for provincial team program
– Maintain a talent pool of athletes eligible for provincial team projects, and maintain contact with those athletes (and their coaches) on an ongoing basis to advise them of upcoming provincial team projects. The – Head Coach will also assist athletes’ coaches to ensure that the athletes’ programs prepare them to excel at provincial team racing projects.
– Coordinate provincial team camps, and, in areas where the Head Coach is an expert, provide coaching at those camps.
– Establish selection standards for provincial teams.
– Make recommendations to the Racing Committee for the provincial team program in each year. Development of riders to compete at Canada Games and Western Canada Games is a part of this program.
– Recommend provincial team candidates to the Racing Committee for all projects.
– Coach athletes at provincial team projects in disciplines where the Head Coach is an expert.
– Select coaches for provincial team projects. If not acting as the coach on a provincial team project or camp, the Head Coach will be responsible for the contracting of the selected coach(es) with relevant expertise, and their performance at the provincial team project or camp.

2. Athlete development

The development of high level BMX athletes in the province requires a pool of athletes at all levels to provide competition for current and future provincial team athletes. While development of such athletes will be primarily provided by their clubs and individual coaches, the Provincial BMX Coach is to manage this process by:

– Developing a program of provincial camps to assist athletes develop specific skills

SECTION C: Key Selection Criteria

A suitable candidate for the position will have a post-secondary degree in Sport or Recreation, or related BMX experience. Candidates must be comfortable working with computers; experience with Microsoft Excel is desirable. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator, and bring a high level of energy to the position. An security check will be performed on all potential candidates.

Experience / Qualifications / Attributes: Required by the incumbent to successfully perform the positions key responsibilities.

Candidates must be registered in or have completed Introduction to Competition Level A (BMX) or international equivalent. Previous experience in coaching / instructing / teaching BMX and other cycling disciplines in Canada, Alberta or other jurisdictions will be considered and asset.

Closing Date: Interested candidates should apply on or before March 13th, 2009 at 4:00pm MST. Late applications will not be considered. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Submit Resume to:
Kipp Kaufmann
Executive Director
Alberta Bicycle Association
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3K6

Alberta Provincial BMX Team Program
The Team will consist of two sub groups. These two groups will be known as the Alberta Development Team (Devo Team) and the Alberta Performance Team as outlined below. There will be a total of 40 positions on the team. The team is a potential opportunity for riders of an Expert level, residing in Alberta, and that hold a current CCA/UCI license obtained through the Alberta Bicycle Association.

Alberta Provincial Youth Development Team
The Alberta Youth Development Team to consist of two riders of each male and female in all age groups from age 9-14 inclusive for a total of 24 riders.

Team Objective: To prepare riders for national and international competition, identify future talent, and improve rider’s bike skills, and to prepare riders for placement onto the Performance Team.

Value to Athletes: Each rider will receive a Team Alberta Jersey to be worn at minimum, at team projects. As well each rider will be invited to attend a series of camps each of two day’s duration. These are camps run by Performance Team athletes and are open to the public with limited spaces available. Any and all monies generated from the sale of spots for the camp to non team riders will go back into the overall Alberta Provincial BMX Team budget.

Selection Criteria: Athletes will receive a combined points score from each of the following events:

– AB Championships (this event will serve as the tie breaker, if needed)
– AB Cup series (Final ranking)
– Riders with the highest number of total points will be invited to join the team

Placing – Points
1st – 10 points
2nd – 8 points
3rd – 7 points
4th – 6 points
5th – 5 points
6th – 4 points
7th – 3 points
8th – 2 points

Alberta Provincial Performance Team
Team to consist of two riders of each male and female in all age groups from age 15 to 18 inclusive for a total of 16 riders. Nationally carded riders are not eligible for placement on this team. This is the peak of Alberta’s High Performance BMX Program. Rider’s will be expected to carry themselves will class, maturity and decorum.

Objective: To prepare riders to win the National Championships, be competitive at a high level national and international competitions, and eventual placement onto the Canadian National Team.

Value to Athletes: Each rider will receive a Team Alberta Jersey to be worn at minimum at team projects. Each rider will have entry fees paid at select UCI races and the Canadian National Championships. Each rider will receive a personalized training program as well as weekly team practice sessions with team coach. Riders will also receive funding for travel and accommodation to team projects consisting of Canadian National Championships, select UCI races, and training camps. In 2009 the Performance Team will have an exclusive high intensity 5-6 hour session with Ken Cools, Marc Willers, Bubba Harris and Mike Day in Airdrie June 5, 2009 in advance of the Camp Cools MegaCamp.

Selection criteria: The top ONE rider from each male and female based on the point total from the table above. The higher finish in the Alberta Championships will be used as the tie breaker for any ties in points. This will make up half of the team. The remaining 8 spots will be Performance Team Coach’s selection upon consultation with the AB Bicycle BMX Committee. Coach’s Selection athletes may be selected based on dedication to the sport and other intangible results as well as results from UCI and other racing sanctions in Canada or abroad at the national and international level such as World Championships. Athlete must apply to be considered for Coach’s selection. The application period for the 2009 season will take place from Jan 1, 2009 to March 31, 2009. The application period for the 2010 season will take place from September 20th to November 1st, 2009. These applications with take the form of a written request letter and resume of race results and history per a typical application for corporate sponsorship.

Coach’s selections will be based on a minimum application/selection criteria of: (must meet one)

– Top 3 Finish at National Championships
– Top 3 Finish in Western Series
– Top 3 Finish at AB Championships
– Top 3 Finish in AB Cup Series

If an invited rider declines the invitation to join the team then the BMX Committee and coach will pick from their pre-determined “˜short-list’ to fill that spot. If that spot was initially offered as one of the 8 “˜point-spots’ then the committee is requested but not bound to invite the next rider using the points system. If a team member declines to attend two team projects (for reasons other than injury) that rider forfeits his or her position on the team.

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