The ACA is committed to developing and promoting paddlesport athletic competition at all levels, and in cooperation with other organizations, including serving as the National Governing Body (NGB) as approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as that term is defined in the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act and as the National Federation in the United States responsible to the International Canoe Federation (ICF). In order to maintain consistent rules and safety standards for competitive paddling events throughout the United States, the ACA also 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.
Through an extensive network of local volunteers, and partnerships with other organizations, the ACA sanctions hundreds of races and produces numerous national championships each year.
International Canoe Federation (ICF) Disciplines:
From February of 2015 to October of 2017, the ACA partnered with USA Canoe/Kayak(USACK), who was the National Governing Body(NGB) for Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports in the United States, during the NGB transition process.
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
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