Team Saskatchewan
High Performance (HP) Development Program


revised January 15, 2014

On this page you will find information about:


HP Development Program Mandate

The mandate of the SCA HP Development Program is to support the efforts of dedicated cyclists to gain the discipline, knowledge and skills to progress through the Western (WCG) and Canada Games (CG) Programs and achieve success at a National level of performance.

The High Performance program methodology is intended to include coaching, development camps, fitness testing, equipment and Sport Science and Medicine programs for Youth to Elite athletes.

To accomplish this aim, HP's primary focus is to develop both NCCP Level 3 or equivalent coaches, and cyclists in the U17 to Elite categories, as well as exceptional U15's, including para-cyclists training full-time to compete at National and International events.


2014 Development Trips and Camps

Following is a list of projects under consideration. 

TBA

Road event; Mountain Bike events; Cross events; Camps

 Criteria for selection for High Performance Team trips or funding:
·        All necessary forms for participation in HP program must be completed and sent to the SCA office
·        The HP program fee paid.
·        Participation at in-province races and camps

 The SCA-HP committee reserves the right to cancel any scheduled trip subject to participant pre-registration payment deadlines and availability of coach/manager/mechanic


HP offers 4 levels of Development Programming and Funding:

1) cyclists age-eligible for Western Canada Summer Games (WCG) 2015
All participants are expected to join a local club and obtain a minimum NCCP Level 1 or equivalent personal cycling coach registered with the SCA office; participate in the entire Sask Cup Race Series in Mountain Bike and Road; and attend all organized camps and training opportunities. Exceptional U17's and Jrs may be selected for subsidized out-of-province van trips, and Jrs may be selected for National level competitions. Subsidized cyclists must wear Team Sask jerseys when racing on specified Team Sask projects.

2) cyclists age-eligible for CG (Canada Summer Games) 2017
All participants that have completed the SCA Cup Series in both Road and Mtb and have a NCCP Level 3, or equivalent in-progress, cycling coach registered with the SCA office, are invited to participate in HP-subsidized, out-of-province van trips, and specified camps. High performing cyclists may be selected to National level competitions and will be considered for Athletes Assistance. Cyclists lacking experience in either road or mountain bike will be allowed to participate in van trips in their strong discipline while developing their weaker discipline in-province. Subsidized cyclists must wear Team Sask jerseys and shorts when racing on specified Team Sask projects.

3) U23 cyclists not age-eligible for CG 2017 and Elite age athletes training and competing full-time to achieve National Team status
Development of this group of cyclists, particularly road athletes, is mostly beyond the resources of the SCA HP Dev program, as these cyclists will need to race and train outside the province to achieve a higher level of competence. HP will continue to fund high performing, full-time cyclists in this group who have a minimum NCCP Level 3, or equivalent, coach registered with the SCA office, and that race a minimum of 2 specified in-province races in their strong discipline, i.e., Road cyclists are expected to race at Bikes on Broadway and Provincial Rd Championships; Mtb cyclists are expected at an early season Sask Cup race and Provincial Mtb Championships. CX cycling specialists must also race either Rd or Mtb in-season, with the same expectations listed for Road or MTB, to be considered for funding. Some funding will be reserved for approved U23/Elite cyclists selected to race for Team Sask at National-level or other Team Sask events. Subsidized cyclists must wear Team Sask jerseys, shorts and Skinsuits when racing on specified 'Team Sask' projects.

4) HP Dev Program for Masters-age athletes training to compete at National or International events and Para-athletes
Athletes in this age-group are expected to be fully autonomous in their preparation for National-level events and are not a priority for inclusion in the HP Dev Program trips and camps. HP may offer other 'support' benefits including access to Sport Science counseling in areas including Mental Training, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, and other topics listed on their webpages; access to HP equipment available for loan; and other support in the PSO's power to provide. Partial funding could be provided to race at National Rd, MTB or CX Championships if supporting data indicating high potential to medal can be provided through out-of-province race results, approved testing, or by invitation from National CCA coaches. Additional funding may be available for para-athletes depending on Grants the SCA receives from Sask Sport and the National office.

As per Group 3, you must have a NCCP Level 3 or equivalent coach registered with the SCA office, and race a minimum of 2 specified in-province races in your discipline, i.e., road cyclists are expected to race at Bikes on Broadway and Provincial Rd Championships; mtb and/or cyclocross cyclists are expected at an early season Sask Cup race and Provincial Mtb and/or Cx Championships. Partial funding could be provided to race at National Rd, MTB or CX Championships if supporting data indicating high potential to medal can be provided through out-of-province race results, approved testing, or by invitation from National CCA coaches.

***Race and Camp fees, travel, equipment and clothing expenses are additional and at the athletes expense. Cyclists must find a family member or friend who will agree to provide volunteer services, take officials courses for local club events and participate in fundraising initiatives as requested by HP.


Benefits for HP Development Program cyclists:

General Benefits:
1
) assistance in accessing certified cycling coaches
2) subsidized Easter training camp near Penticton, B.C.
3) selection-based access to partially-subsidized Dev camps and out-of-province race trips from May to October.
4) performance and age-based selection to 'Team Sask' projects including: Western Canada Games (2015); Canada Games (2017); annual selection to National Road, Mountain Bike, and Cyclo-Cross Championships; and Western Regional Team for Abitibi Stage Race, a UCI event for Jr Males.
5) priority-based loan of available cycle training equipment
6) subsidized 'Team Sask' cycle clothing
7) Tier-specific benefits including: Athletes Assistance (U25's and under); SCA webpage personal profiling; invitation to HP Dev trips; priority selection to National events; Sport Science counseling on Mental Training and Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, etc..


Requirements for HP Development Program cyclists:


1) submit registration e-form by Jan. 31st to be considered for Athletes Assistance and HP Program planning. By the same date, all other forms requiring signatures should be mailed to the SCA office including: application form; medical form; code of conduct; athlete agreement; and $150 fee for programs 1, 2 and 3 or $100 fee for program 4.
2) your personal coach must have a minimum NCCP Level 1 (U15, U17); or NCCP Level 3 or equivalent in progress (JR, U23); or provide full season training program for review (Elite)
3) purchase and wear Team Saskatchewan race gear, jersey minimum, when participating in HP organized out-of-province Dev race trips.
4) full kit including skin suit and shorts must be purchased and worn at National-level or special Team Sask race events.
5) have completed or progressing through the SCA Cup Series in both MTB and Rd
6) race a minimum of one race in the Sask Cup Race Series and Provincial Championships in your priority cycling discipline of Rd or Mtb (Jr/U23/Elite) in the previous season. CX specialists must also race either Rd or Mtb.
7) participate in the Sask Cup CX Race Series in your geographic area.


Athletes Assistance

Athletes Assistance (AA) is funded by Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation. The Sport funds are administered by Sasksport to provide direct financial assistance to Saskatchewan High Performance cyclists. The Sasksport-directed intent of AA is to provide funding to individual athletes based on their demonstrated commitment to the highest level of sport performance and development, allowing them to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition.

How does it work?

The SCA is required to apportion a minimum of 10% of the 35% spending requirement on the HP or ‘Excellence’ budget towards AA. Those funds are to be spent at the sole discretion of the athlete, from a list of suitable expenditures. In most years, the minimum amount required, approximately $4500, will be directed to AA.

How is it determined who receives funding?

All interested and age-eligible (under 25) athletes will submit their application for AA at the conclusion of the race season and no later than - March 31, 2013 - of that same year.  These applications include information on race histories and results, both in and out-of-province, personal goals, and training programs.  These interested athletes are then ranked or tiered in order to make a fair and equitable decision. 

Why is race season evaluation for ranking purposes difficult?

This process is very difficult given the unique Saskatchewan race scene.  Our specific concerns:
1)      due to the small number of racers in several age/skill categories, in-province race results are in many cases not overly significant in determining skill and potential to medal at National-level events.
2)      very few athletes race out-of-province to establish their own race credentials, or these results have not been reported to HP.
3)      the Saskatchewan terrain does not provide exposure to a wide range of racing experience necessary for developing riders.

What can HP do about this?

1)      Communicate to racers in all categories they should attempt to race out-of-province if necessary to establish their race credentials and improve their tiering.  This may be at their own expense, and/or the racer should participate in partially-funded, out-of-province dev trips.
2)       In MTB, only the U15, U17, and JR Exp Male category results are considered significant. ‘Elite’ athletes must hold an Elite license.
3)      In Road, JR M must race Cat 3 and U23/Sr M race Cat 1/2 to be considered Elite.
4)      Womens’ results suffer the most from low category numbers.  It is the intent of HP to assist in out-of-province dev trips and recruitment efforts for women, where possible.

The HP committee applied the following selection criteria for funding and tiering.

1)      must hold current SCA license
2)      can’t be nationally carded
3)      priority order of funding is category based: 1)Jr/Espoir 2) Sr Elite (U25) 3) outstanding Cadets (must race Sask Jr) and 4) Sr Elite (25+).
4)      30+ athletes racing Sr Elite with several years race experience may be eligible for SCA funding in the form of logistical support.
5)      Significant race results to be awarded HP Points include race categories with 5 or more racers and finishes within 5% of 1st place. National events must have 3 provinces or territories present and 5 or more racers to be considered.
6)      Significant race results include: Provincial Road Race, Time Trial and MTB Championships; Provincial Road and MTB Series winners; and Top 10 National Race finishes, including Canada Summer Games. Out-of-province race results usually out-rank in-province race results.
7)      Injury cards can be provided to maintain a previous Tier level for 1 season only.


HP Tier Description and Benefits

LTAD

Tier

Mountain Bike

Road     

Athletes
Assistance
(U25)

Intro
trips
or camps

Advanced  trips or Nationals

Train to Train

W11-15+/-
M12-16+/-

Under 15/Under 17

 

Tier 4

Under 15

 

 

4th priority

 

 

Tier 3

Under 17

 cat 5

 

3rd priority

 

 

Tier 2

Expert Under 17

cat 3,4
Women B

2nd priority

2nd priority 

 

Learn to Compete

W15-17+/- M16-18+/-

Junior  

 

Tier 3

Junior Expert

cat 4,5
Women B

 

3rd priority

 

 

Tier 2

Junior Expert

cat 3,4
Women B

2nd priority

2nd priority

3rd priority

 

Tier 1

Junior Expert

cat 2,3 
Women A   

1st priority

1st priority

1st priority

Train to Compete

W17-21+/- M18-21+/-

Under 23  

 

Tier 3

Under 23

cat 4,5 
Women B

 

3rd priority

3rd priority

 

Tier 2

Under 23

cat 3
Women A

2nd priority

2nd priority

2nd priority

 

Tier 1

Under 23

cat 1/2
Women A

1st priority

1st priority

1st priority

 

 

Senior  

 

Tier 3

Senior

W B

 

3rd priority

 

 

Tier 2

Senior Elite

cat 1/2
Women A

2nd priority

 

2nd priority

 

Tier 1

Senior Elite

Pro/1/2 Women A

1st priority

 

1st priority

National Team Program  

Learn to Win

19-23 +/-

Elite

Pro

 

 

 

Train to Win

23-25 +/-

Elite

Pro

 

 

 

Tier 4:
oUnder 15/Under 17 - cyclists that may be ready for developmental camps in Road or mountain bike.
oPara-Athletes - all ages

Tier 3: Under 17/ Junior/ Senior - cyclists that have established an in-province race history in Road or mountain bike and are ready for developmental race opportunities in Western Canada. These athletes are eligible for:
o Out-of-province dev trips and camps in Western Canada with partial-funding in order of priority ranking shown in chart.

Tier 2: Junior/ Under 23/ Senior Elite and exceptional Under 17 cyclists (must race Junior nationally) with a solid coaching plan and an established in-province race history; are top performers at Provincial Championships and Series and are ready for further development opportunities in Western Canada and likely National events. These athletes receive:
o Athletes Assistance, at a varying rate depending on ranking
o Opportunity to compete for Nationals events or if non-selected to participate on a self-funded basis with logistical support provided by the SCA (must pay own travel)
o Out-of-province dev trips and camps with partial-funding

Tier 1: Junior/ Under 23/ Senior Elite that are likely top Saskatchewan performers at the Provincial Championships and Cup Series; have established a successful out-of- province race history in Western Canada and at National-level events; and are considered to have the current or future potential to 'medal' at National events. These athletes receive:
o Priority-selection to National events at a maximum partial funding rate
o Athletes Assistance at the maximum rate (must be Under 25)
o Out-of-province dev trips and camps with minimum partial funding
o Personal profile and Rider Diary on the SCA-website 
o Access to Sport Science nutritionists, mental training, etc.


Other Athlete Considerations