ECSA 2018 Junior Sailing Director Meeting 

*** SAVE THE DATE & SIGN UP ****


Wednesday the 28th of February from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, 19 Novelty Ln, Essex, CT 06426

Please use this link to let us know who can attend and who we should be contacting about junior sailing at your club this year.

Be prepared to address your needs around the ECSA calendar, and discuss further improvements around summer sailing in the ECSA!

*** TENTATIVE 2018 ECSA Junior Calendar ****

https://ecsajuniors.com/ and click on events/calendar or use the direct link below:
https://teamup.com/ks28e981c38e50381d/

If you would like to suggest a change or add details to your event added to the calendar, please email director@ecsajuniors.com.  All dates will be reviewed at the annual planning meeting.

*** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ECSA JUNIOR BOARD ***

Huge thanks to Megan Raymond (Team Racing Coordinator), Josh Gleason (420 Scorer) and Harvey Demovick (Opti Scorer) for agreeing to stay on in the roles they started and to Abbie Park for taking on the Social Media Chair role.

We are looking for three volunteers to step up into the following board positions.  Please honestly consider helping, with just a bit more effort we can really make next summer special for our area kids.
Communications Coordinator – Can you help out with collecting information to send out to ECSA once per week.  If your working in an office with regular access to email and have 30 minutes a week this would be a huge help!

Champion Coordinator – Helpco-ordinate and advise qualified teams around the Midget Mid Atlantics, Midget Challenge, SUNY Challenge, Sears Cup, All-Stars.

Awards Coordinator – Track down all those awards we gave out last summer!  Promote and oversee picking the winner of the Paul Rousseau Sportsmanship Award, Coach of the Year, and Regatta of the Year awards.  Order and proof all the end of season trophies for next year’s junior banquet!

*** HIRING COACHES AND GUIDELINES ***

Please share with your staff the educational opportunities at US Sailing.  These courses fill up fast, and club insurances require your instructors to be certified.  http://www.ussailing.org/education/sbinstructor/

It’s the time of year where most program directors are wrapping up commitments and contracts with next year’s core staff.  *Suggestion – offer a bonus if coaches commit to you early (it gets paid after they work the first week next year).

Around the ECSA the largest pool of instructors, of course, comes from our base of sailors.  This is not unique to just to our area, but what is VERY unique is that we all tend to hire kids that are 17, 16 or even 15 years old!  When these kids leave and start coaching it causes a real talent drain on our race courses.  At this year’s CJ Buckley National Team Racing Championship, the average age of the top teams was 17 – average!  We had very few 17-year-olds register in the ECSA this year!

We understand programs need staff and these kids need jobs.  All we ask is that as a director, please try to promote the fact that your coaches CAN and SHOULD still race in the ECSA some and try to make your staffing able to accommodate that.  * Full time paid sailing instructors may sail in the All-Star Regatta and Team Racing provided they are legitimate members of the club or association they represent and cannot reach 19 years of age in the current calendar year.

Respectfully,

Brandon

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