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Slalom Nationals. Photo Courtesy of John Thompson

Overview

 

The ACA is committed to developing and promoting athletic competition in paddlesport at the local, regional and national levels. In order to maintain consistent rules and safety standards for paddling events throughout the United States, the ACA provides governance for several non-Olympic paddlesport disciplines through the Competition Council. The ACA uses the term "discipline" to refer to the type of paddling activity, which is determined by the type of paddle craft and the waterway on which it is used.

 

Olympic

 

The ACA Board of Directors is recommending to the membership that the ACA bylaws be revised to comply with certain requirements from the U.S. Olympic Committee(USOC), the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and New York state law.  These revisions should allow the ACA to comply with the requirements to become the National Governing Body(NGB) for the Olympic sports of Slalom and Sprint in the United States as recognized by the USOC and the International Canoe Federation(ICF).

Learn more at: www.americancanoe.org/Olympics

  

 

 

 

Paralympic

 

The ACA Board of Directors is recommending to the membership that the ACA bylaws be revised to comply with certain requirements from the U.S. Olympic Committee(USOC), the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and New York state law.  These revisions should allow the ACA to comply with the requirements to become the National Governing Body(NGB) for the Paralympic sport of Paracanoe in the United States as recognized by the USOC and the International Canoe Federation(ICF). Learn more at: www.americancanoe.org/Olympics

 

 

 

 

Non-Olympic

 

Through an extensive network of local volunteers, and partnerships with other organizations, the ACA sanctions over 200 races and produces 6 national championships each year.

 

 

 

Race Calendars

 

USA Canoe/Kayak

 

Since February of 2015, the ACA has partnered with USA Canoe/Kayak(USACK), the current National Governing Body(NGB) for Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports in the United States. The ACA would like to acknowledge the significant dedication of USACK volunteers and coaches throughout this process. To learn more about this transition, please visit: www.americancanoe.org/USACK

 

 

 

 

International Canoe Federation (ICF) Disciplines:

 

International Va'a Federation

  • Outrigger (IVF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Center for SafeSport

 

The U.S. Center for SafeSport works collaboratively with sport organizations to ensure a culture of safety through our awareness, education and training programs, so that every athlete is safe, supported and strengthened through sport.

Once the ACA becomes the National Governing Body(NGB) for paddlesports in the U.S., certain membership types (Racing, Officials, Coaches, Staff, Board members) will need to adhere to the ACA's SafeSport Policies and complete a free online training.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

 

Additional information will be forthcoming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Competition Council Governance:

  • New: Competition Council Operating Procedures (PDF)
    • When approved, these will replace the below two documents
  • Competition Council webpage
  • National Competition Council Bylaws (PDF)
  • National Competition Council Voting Protocols (PDF)

 

 

more Event Calendar

10/18/2017 » 10/22/2017
ACA National Paddlesports Conference - 2017

10/20/2017 » 10/22/2017
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ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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