STAC National Team Policy
CANADIAN NATIONAL SEPAK TAKRAW TEAM POLICY
1. Regional Qualifying Tournaments for Nationals:
1.1. Teams/regus coming to compete in the nationals must be no less than the 1st or 2nd ranked teams/regus in their city/area/province, decided by an advertised qualifying tournament.
1.2. The STAC office should be informed of each city's/area's/province's qualifying tournament at least two months in advance, by receiving their completed tournament check list form & poster.
1.3. All participants in qualifying tournaments must be members in good standing of STAC and a copy of all membership registrations must b sent to the STAC office with the fees enclosed before the tournament date.
1.4. The organizing committee for the respective qualifying tournaments are required to fax/email a list of media contacted for their event (name, position, company, phone No., fax No.) at least 2 weeks before the tournament.
1.5. The organizing committee for the respective qualifying tournaments are required to fax/email the tournament results to the listed media and the STAC office ASAP after the conclusion of the final match of the tournament.
1.6. The STAC office should receive a copy of any media coverage (newspaper, radio, TV) as soon as possible after its release.
2. National Team Eligibility Requirements (final decisions by STAC Board & National Team Committee):
Basic Criteria for players to be eligible for national team selection:
2.1. STAC member in good standing;
2.2. Gold medalist, or at least among the top three teams/regus, at the national championships;
2.3. Well-disciplined in training, co-operation and communication;
2.4. Reliable and dependable;
2.5. Displays high standards of play and skill;
2.6. Can easily play and get along with anybody;
2.7. Appropriate height, weight and fitness.
3. The STAC Board and National Team Standing Committee shall appoint team managers and coaches.
4. If only 2 or 3 players from the national team/regu may attend an event, the team may choose from the eligible list provided by STAC who their 3rd or 4th player will be (must be a member in good standing and must be playing Sepak Takraw regularly).
5. If the national team/regu, for unforeseen circumstances, is unavailable to represent Canada in an event, then players of the silver and bronze medalist teams will have first option to play in their stead, providing they are members in good standing and have been playing regularly.
6. If only one player from the national team/regu is available, the team/regu will be considered unavailable, but that one player may be considered to be the reserve player for the team/regu that plays instead.
7. Each individual player of the national team/regu must notify the STAC office in writing (signed letter sent by fax) whether or not they are available to represent Canada in an event within one week of being notified of the event.
8. To secure their participation, players that indicate that they are available must send a certified Cheque of $250 to the STAC office within 2 weeks of being notified of the event.
9. The confirmation Cheque will be returned to players after their commitment has been established (i.e. they show up for the event).
10. If a player fails to honor their commitment, their $250 deposit will not be returned, but will instead be deposited into the STAC account (unless the board feels that the reason for not being able to keep the commitment is one that can justify returning it).
11. Because of a very limited budget, STAC is typically not responsible to pay up front costs on behalf of players. However, in the case that monies are spent on behalf of a player and then that player does not follow through with his/her commitment, he/she must pay the money back, or face STAC’s disciplinary and/or other legal consequences.
12. National Team Training:
12.1. Each player must be actively training in Sepak Takraw (indoor and/or outdoor):
12.2. Personally - 5 to 7 days per week doing: flexibility stretches, exercises, body conditioning and fitness training, goal setting, basic Takraw skill development.
12.3. Team Training - 2 to 3 days per week: doing drills and activities for defensive and offensive skills development, playing practice games against other teams.
13. National Team/Regu Conduct On the Court during International Events:
13.1. The team/regu should arrive at the game facility at least 1 hour before each game to properly warm up.
13.2. Positions/substitutions/time-outs will be decided by the coach & team manager with player input - in the case there is no team manager or coach, the designated team captain makes the final decision.
13.3. The highest level of good sportsmanship and respect to teammates, coaches, team managers, officials and opponents is expected.
14. National Team/Regu Conduct Off the Court during International Events:
14.1. After each game the team/regu is expected to meet to analyze and evaluate all aspects of their play (including watching themselves on video if recorded and if proper facilities to do so are available).
14.2. The team/regu should meet over breakfast each morning to go over the events, games or activities of the day.
14.3. All team members are expected to attend scheduled events that they are invited to as a team by their hosts.
14.4. The team/regu is encouraged to do things together in their free time to build up a positive team spirit and unity.
14.5. In all the team/regu does off court, their conduct is expected to be in accordance to the law, respecting the culture of the host country, and displaying behavior that is conducive to good sportsmanship and integrity.
14.6. Each team member is expected to be well-rested before games, adhering to any curfew that team officials may feel necessary to set and/or using their own common sense.
15. Disciplinary Action:
15.1. Failure of national team members to comply with what is expected of them in the above mentioned policies will result in disciplinary action determined by the STAC board of directors and national team committee.
16. Medical Procedures:
16.1. The team manager shall be responsible for bringing a small first aid kit to any tournament or game events.
16.2. The team manager is also responsible for confirming the kind of medical support and services provided by the host country and what the procedures are in case of a medical emergency.
16.3. Each player is encouraged to take out extra travel insurance ($1.00/day with CAA) and insure all their immunization shots are up to date.
16.4. In situations where Visas are required, the STAC office will assist team members in the application process if it would prove to be more efficient, otherwise each individual should look after their own.
17.1. Until STAC can budget for it, the purchase of gifts to exchange with other countries will be the responsibility of the team members themselves, although the STAC office will help with ideas.
17.2. Gifts received, therefore, will be divided up among team members, but any significant, major gifts will be reserved for sponsors and/or the STAC office to display.
18.1. National Player's Reports: Each player is responsible for filling in and faxing training reports to the STAC office (provided by STAC) on a monthly basis, and will include: daily training routine, weekly training schedule, games, tournaments, training facility, injury status, PR activities, and pictures & video footage if possible.
18.2. The Team Manager's Report: The team manager shall be responsible for submitting a report to the STAC office ASAP after any tournaments or events that the national team participated in, and should include: game results, technical information & changes, events, food & accommodations, recognized achievements, media coverage, general comments & event evaluation, and pictures and video footage if possible.