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April 14, 2016

Wade Blackwood remains the CEO for USACK and the ACA staff will continue to provide administrative services to USACK as the two organizations focus on the Olympic Games in Brazil.


April 7, 2016

The ACA will issue a reply shortly.


March 31, 2016

Letter from USACK Board President Bob Lally, ending the merger (PDF)


February 1, 2016

The board of directors of USA Canoe/Kayak and the ACA are pleased to announce that they have agreed to restart their partnership and to move forward with plans for a merger of their organizations.  Communication updates will be provided as they become available.

In the meantime, the ACA has reaffirmed its commitment to provide the following services to USACK: membership, database, insurance, website, financial services, competition planning and support, and all matters related to USOC compliance.


January 29, 2016

An open letter from Bill Endicott (online / word)


January 28, 2016

The USACK Board of Directors has decided to end the partnership with the ACA and no longer utilize the administrative services offered to it by the ACA. 

Consequently, the ACA staff will no longer be providing Membership, Database, Insurance, Website or Financial services to USACK. 

Although the ACA is saddened by this decision by the USACK Board, we wish the organization well.

On behalf of the ACA membership, Board of Directors, and staff, we wish all of the coaches, volunteers and athletes training and competing for spots in the upcoming Rio Olympics and Paralympics all the best and fast lines!  

Please direct all future USACK related inquiries and correspondence to USACK Board President Bob Lally at 


December 2, 2015

Steps for current USACK members on how to transition to the ACA Insurance program for clubs, affiliates, and members. 


November 30, 2015

(Fredericksburg, VA) - Insurance for USACK Clubs & Events

As part of the combination process, USA Canoe/Kayak will offer a variety of insurance programs for athletes, clubs, coaches and officials through the ACA. 

The ACA will be a provider of insurance services for clubs, events and hulls.  As of December 1st, USACK will no longer have an insurance program for clubs and events.

In order to apply for ACA Insurance, clubs must be an ACA Paddle America Club (PAC) and club members must also be a member of the ACA.  This is the same system / process that was utilized by USACK.  The ACA Insurance Program has not changed. 

On December 1, 2015, all current USACK members, clubs and affiliates will be given a complementary 1-year membership to the ACA in order to ensure a continuation of insurance coverage.  An email will be sent from USACK describing this process.

We realize there might be some transitional challenges associated with this insurance process. Please contact us if a club or an individual member needs assistance.

For additional information, please contact the USACK Insurance Coordinator based out of the ACA National Office.

November 2015

(Fredericksburg, VA)Next steps in the combination process of the ACA and USACK

Once both Board of Directors agree on the revised bylaws of the combined organization, information will be provided to both memberships for review and comment prior to any official voting.

A timeline for next steps in this process will be published in the near future.

We will keep the ACA membership up to date on this process via this webpage:

Please direct all questions about the ACA / USACK process to: Wade Blackwood


October 23-25, 2015

(Charleston, SC) - Board of Director Motions

In conjunction with the ACA Instructor Trainer Conference, USACK held it's annual Coaching & Leadership Assembly at the same facility.  In addition, the USACK and ACA Board of Directors held a joint meeting in which the combination of the two organizations was discussed.

The USACK Board passed the following motion on October 24, 2015: 

Be it resolved that the USACK board approves ACA applying for NGB status for sprint, slalom and Paracanoe to the United States Olympic Committee's Board of Directors, which shall be subject to USACK approval of the draft amended and restated bylaws of ACA and also subject to USACK member approval. (6-0 vote)

The ACA Board passed the following motion on October 25, 2015:

Motion 102515.03 – ACA will apply to become the National Governing Body for Olympic Paddlesport in the United States.   


February 7, 2015

(Oklahoma City, OK) - Partnership Announced

The ACA and USACK Board of Directors have just announced a joint partnership. ACA Executive Director Wade Blackwood has been named Chief Executive Officer of USACK and will lead both organizations.

  • News Release (PDF)



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