ACPSA, as the sanctioning body for both boccia and powerchair soccer in Alberta, sets the parameters under which athletes may compete as a member of the provincial boccia team. We are also a member of Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) and Powerchair Football Canada, the national bodies for boccia and powerchair soccer (respectively) that sanction our events, national events, select athletes to the national team and send these players off to out-of-country competitions, including World Cups, Para Pan-American games, and the Paralympic games.
Our goal is to promote grass roots participation, a dynamic training environment, offer competitive opportunities, and foster excellence for the individual, the province and the country.
Alberta Provincial Team Eligibility
To be eligible for Team Alberta selection, and to receive financial support, athletes must:
1. Adhere to the Athlete Code of Conduct
2. Be an up to date member in good standing with ACPSA.
3. Demonstrate commitment by having minimum 75% attendance at local practices and in-province games/competitions*
4. Participate in the sport for at least one year
5. Attend ACPSA's Provincial Boccia Championships, regardless of location**
6. Volunteer 8 hours/year for ACPSA. This can include ACPSA Casino, sport demonstrations, recruitment, marketing, etc.
7. Not be currently prohibited from competing locally, provincially or nationally due to disciplinary sanctions (i.e., banned due to sexual harassment; use of banned substances)
*We really are still in infancy regarding the offering of competitive opportunities in Alberta, and are working to change that.
** Only for boccia athletes
Qualifying for the team does not entitle anyone to be on it. It means you are now eligible to be considered in comparison to your fellow athletes achieving the same basic standards. Athletes must demonstrate sportsmanlike behaviour and be seen to be promoting the sport, supporting fellow athletes and acting as a steward of ACPSA overall.
In order to ensure you have the best opportunity to compete at the highest level, building a well rounded set of competitive skills in a group training setting is the best starting point. It is the best way to prepare to compete against unknown entities in other cities, provinces and countries.
Once the above criteria have been met, athletes may then be named to the Provincial Travel Team and sent by us to compete at National Championships.
Once selected to Team Alberta, athletes must:
Adhere to the Athlete Code of Conduct
Maintain an up to date membership in good standing with ACPSA
Demonstrate minimum 75% attendance at our Advanced Sport specific training sessions and clinics