January 17, 2004-- Atlanta, GA
USA Wildwater Team Committee Minutes 1/17/04
Martin Bay, John Pinyerd, Michael Beavers, Chris Hipgrave, Tyler
Dyer, Geoff Calhoun and Ben Sandiford
Tom Wier and Chris Norbury
agrees to distribute minutes of this and future meetings to USACK
and to post on usawildwater.com (JP)
- Review of
agenda (JP) and open floor to general questions before starting.
o (BS) Is
there a sprint at the Canadian Nationals, which is part two of
the North American Championships? No one knew. CH will contact
o TW to send dates of the 8 or 9 PNW 2004 wildwater events to
Chris Wiegand and MB
o BS expressed the need to keep USACK in touch with the dates
of all events in 2004.
o (JP) USACK has re-launched their web site. MB will work on syncing
usawildwater with new usack site.
o Usawildwater.com needs links updated, cut out old clutter, update
info on races and clinics.
o All race and clinic info will be sent to Chris Wiegand and MB
by the end of January.
o (CH) The next NRC clinic is 2/21/2004
o BS will approach Dan Murn about running a camp with the Canadians
at the Salmon around Nationals
o Beth Karp has asked for help introducing wildwater to the Cornell
paddlers. CH has volunteered, but we may be able to roll this
into the Salmon clinic.
o BS will work on a Garmish specific clinic.
o Bob Bofinger is doing a great job introducing kids to wildwater.
How can we help him and his kid? CH to make contact.
o We need more clinics and clinic organizers.
o GC thought a pre Team Trials clinic on site would be beneficial.
o Colorado clinic are on going thru Chris Wiegand.
o TW will attempt to tap into the PNW paddling scene for wildwater
o Race schedule will be updated asap
o Links will be verified and updated asap
o Hand off of site from Micheal Beavers to Martin Bay should be
o Updated site material needs to be sent to MB asap.
o We need more articles. Paddlers need to start writing or it
will be the same people submitting.
o After races and clinics BS suggested that a single point of
contact get info back to web site to save us having to chase for
o Beavers suggests that the web site could be done better and
offered his companies services at cost if we choose to make any
o JP suggests that we may be able to find a programmer within
the wildwater community that could make these changes. JP will
take the lead and see what surfaces.
o Race schedule will be updated by the end of January.
o The committee needs to approximate numbers traveling to Europe
this summer. We estimate a complete K1 team, complete C1 team,
no K1W and maybe one C2. Again, these are only working guesses
for administrative purposes.
- Team Selection
o How do we select the team going to the Can-Am? CN points out
that the selection criteria established in the by-laws are used.
o A review of selection criteria will be done headed by JP
o CH has met with Layers Inc concerning uniforms and has reached
a verbal agreement to supply uniforms. Discussions are ongoing
by CH feels confident he can pull in the uniforms needed for the
2004 senior and junior teams.
o (BS) CH will stay in contact with USACK regarding uniforms so
we have a consistent message.
o CH will deliver uniforms to team trials.
- Increasing international participation of other countries
o The committee will look for was of increasing opportunities.
- Team Trials
o CN will email the selection criteria and by laws to all committee
o In a straw pole the committee does support the Czech letter
to the ICF in support of separate classic and sprint teams.
o Selection criteria will be sent to Donnie Hudspeth.
o A complete review of the selection criteria is underway by JP.
o The committee as received word from Middy concerning his training
in France. He moved there in November and is training hard. He
may not be able to afford to come back for trials and then fly
o Is there are way to grant Middy a spot on the K1 team without
opening up a can of worms.
o Committee agrees that further discussion is needed on the matter
but does completely understand the problem and wants to help.
o The committee will work on a solution and contact Middy.
- Next board
o (JP) Saturday February 21st at 7pm at the NOC.
o CH will work to find conferencing abilities so we can call in
o The next meeting will be over team trials.
- New Business
o TW is completing the 2003 rankings. They will be available shortly.
* There were fewer races in 2003
* There are no Colorado results as no one will send them in or
respond to contact
* There were 50% less juniors.
o BS updated up on the 2008 Kernville bid.
o BS updated committee on the complexities going on inside the
ICF wildwater committee.
o BS will draft a letter to the ICF wildwater committee asking
for more accountability.
- At Large
o Chris Norbury has agreed to be an at large as is customary for
the exiting Chairman.
o We need a team manager for Garmish and beyond. Three possibilities
exist and JP will work on resolving the best path.
* Jim Ingram and Ben Sandiford
* CH connections at Garmish
* Mike Beck
o BS then presented a list of other suggestions for the remaining
four at-large positions. JP will contact them and ask if they
want to do the job. The committee will then vote on the positions
at the next meeting.
Pinyerd is Chair of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a C-1 Wildwater
racer living in Atlanta. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.