Sport Selection Criteria
The process of adding a sport to the Alberta Games is initiated
by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation
(ASRPWF), and the result is a sport technical package is used
to organize and regulate the sport for the games.
Approximately 20 months prior to an Alberta Games, the ASRPWF
invites provincial sport associations to submit a proposal for
participation in the games.
Proposals for the sport technical package are reviewed and
evaluated based on the following criteria:
- The sport's Alberta Game Plan ties into the Long-Term Athlete
Development model. This model offers a continuum of athlete
development opportunities prior to the Alberta Games and beyond,
including competition at the provincial championship level, Western
Canadian, National, and Canada Games.
- The technical package is designed for the Training to Train*
athlete, generally eleven to seventeen years of age. The actual age
level of the athletes should take into consideration the overall
athlete development model for that sport.
- The sport demonstrates a plan for coach and technical official
selection that aligns with their Alberta Game Plan and long term
athlete development model.
- The sport has demonstrated organizational abilities and a
commitment to the philosophy and policies of the Alberta
- The sport is able to have meaningful playoffs in at least four
zones. For individual sports, "meaningful playoffs" implies that
there are more athletes potentially able to try out than positions
available on the zone team, as specified in the proposal. For team
sports, the number of potential teams at the specified
age/competition level is greater than the number of team[s] that
will represent the zone.
- Canada Games sports that do not meet the above criteria may
make special application to the ASRPWF to participate in the
- Sports that are very facility-dependent may also make special
application to the ASRPWF to participate in the Alberta Games,
contingent upon a facility being available in the host
If necessary, follow-up meetings are held before a draft of the
competition package is prepared.
Approximately ten months prior to the games, there is a final
review of the technical package, and a final recommendation is made
to the ASRPWF Games Committee, who then decides which sports will
*Training to Train, as defined by the Long-Term
Athlete Development model, states: "age is growth spurt dependent,
males 12-16, females 11-15."