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IKA class AGM agenda

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The agenda for the 2011 IKA class AGM to be held in Murcia, Spain next month has been published.



2011 IKA Annual General Meeting

Agenda

I. Welcome and Apologies

II. Previous Minutes

III. Chairman's Report

IV. Executive Secretary’s Report

V. Financial Statement

Note on any voting to be held:
All voting to be done by simple majority, in other words the option with the most votes wins, and abstentions are irrelevant. This means an absolute majority is not necessary.
For voting which is changing class rules or constitution, an absolute 2/3rd majority is necessary, which means that 2/3rd of the votes must be “yes”. Abstentions virtually are “no’s”.

VI. Elections
Four seats on the Executive Committee become vacant this year.
Nominations received are:

a.       Olivier Mouragues, President FRA association

b.      Bruno de Wannemaeker, President BEL association

c.       John Gomes, USA

d.      Adam Szymanski, POL association

VII. Any other matters including those concerning Class Rules

(1) Age Categories (14 and under) on Professional Tours (a submission from the BKSA)

Submission part a)
To introduce a separate division and championships for children under 14 years old in all disciplines
Submission part b)
Only children over 14 and over are allowed to compete in the tours (PKRA and KTE/KTA/ KSP) or any IKA sanctioned events in Men's and Ladies Divisions – with a guardian present at all times

(2) Course Racing Equipment  - Class Rules (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To approve the class rules changes for course racing as decided on the 2010 AGM with the following change:
The maximum number of kites to be used is… (voting decision)

a)    The number of kites to be used per event shall be limited (YES/NO) – if this option receives a majority vote of NO, then no vote will be held on items b) to e) NOTE: This vote for option a) requires a 2/3rd majority !

b)   The number of kites to be used per event shall be changed from currently 3 to a number as decided in a later stage (YES/NO) – if this option receives a majority vote, the number of kites to be used per competition is decided in options c) to e) – majority of votes wins. NOTE: This vote for option b) requires a 2/3rd majority !

c)    The maximum number of kites to be used per event shall be 4. (YES/NO)

d)   The maximum number of kites to be used per event shall be 5. (YES/NO)

e)   The maximum number of kites to be used per event shall be 6. (YES/NO)

(3) Course Racing Equipment  - Class Rules (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To approve the class rules changes for course racing as decided on the 2010 AGM with the following change:
Maximum kite size: this limitation should be dropped, as it is impossible to control during events, and there is no advantage anymore in using kites bigger than 19m

(4) Course Racing Equipment  - Class Rules (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To approve the class rules changes for course racing as decided on the 2010 AGM with the following change:
Hull appendages: No part of the hull appendages shall have the sole function to create vertical lift (e.g. foils to lift the hull out of the water)

(5) Course Racing Equipment  - Class Rules (a submission from the PKA)
No construction changes of a hull (outline, rocker, volume, position fin boxes and inserts)

(6) Course Racing Equipment  - Availability of equipment (a submission from the PKA)
The equipment registered to IKA within last 6 months availability. All gear should be available upon written order and prepayment submitted to a vendor within max 60 days from a day of registration by IKA. If a board is not delivered within the time limit a rider should submit a complaint to IKA. If the board is not sent within another 30 days – the board will be excluded from the production boards’ list.

(7) Course Racing Equipment  - Class Rules (a submission from the PKA)
To approve the class rules changes for course racing as decided on the 2010 AGM with the following change:
Minimum amount of production boards to be lowered to 30 as per submission 18 from 2010 AGM.

(8) To approve the class rules for a new foilkiting class (name to be determined) which is administered by the IKA (a submission from the Executive Committee)
IKA can administer more than one class, each with individual class rules (to be distributed). A sub-committee shall be formed to regulate the specific demands of the class. The sub-committee shall be chaired by a member of the Executive Committee.

The class rules for the foilboarding class will be circulated separately

(9) Qualification system for major events – course racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To introduce a qualification system for major events in course racing – world and continental championships – to avoid beginners taking part disturbing racing on the top level. The NoR shall state the maximum number of entries and the qualification requirements.

(10) Participation in Disciplines with elimination systems (with only one single or double elimination) (a submission from the Executive Committee)
Participation of foreigners in national events (international open) with elimination (especially freestyle and wave) is very difficult to handle, as foreigners could throw out top locals in early rounds.
Participation in events with elimination systems therefore shall be regulated as follows and the definition of “international open event” changed accordingly: In national and continental events, only competitors are allowed to participate which are either citizens of the country/continent, or have their permanent residence in the country/continent.

(11) Prize money split men/women (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To introduce a different prize money split for events directly controlled by IKA (and preferably through tours as well).
The participation of women is still low – the current prize money split tries to encourage women by offering a comparably high percentage of the prize money in relation to the participation level. Other prize money splits make the amount of prize money for women dependant from the number of participats.
pro: more fair to the main number of competitors
con: no gender equality to achieve, competitors do not know how much they might win when signing up for the event.
The prize money split on IKA controlled events shall be as follows:

a)    keep current system (2/3 to 1/3 split, distributed 1-8 for men and 1-4 for women) (YES/NO)

b)   split 50/50 between men and women, distribution to be discussed (YES/NO)

c)    split depending on percentage of entry (e.g. 75% men, 25% women= ¾ for men, ¼ for women. If participants 50/50, then split 50/50). Develop a distribution model based on different participation levels (e.g. for women places 1-2 if less than 5, 1-3 if less than 8 and so on) (YES/NO)

(12) Introduction of a code of conduct for all IKA representatives (A submission from the NVWK)
Purpose: Introducing a code of conduct for IKA officials
Objective: To avoid mixed interest in our organization and make integrity a policy
The NVWK is worried about the transparency of the IKA. With this transparency problem the NVWK is deeply concerned about the current public opinion the kite surfing professionals have of the IKA. We think that a code of conduct written for all people that perform activities in name of the IKA should be constructed. Part of this code should be that members of the executive committee, general assembly and any other person acting in the name of IKA should actively fight even the appearance of having mixed interest in cases concerning decisions of the IKA.  Complementary to that is our proposal that IKA officials whom are involved at decisions concerning the IKA approved competitions, are not involved with the organization, race management and jury of the event itself  (please see NVWK submission 2).

(13) The procedure around the determination of the competition point systems and titles (A submission from the NVWK)
Purpose: To install an independent committee which decides about competition point systems and titles
Objective: Open, transparent and independent decisions concerning competition acknowledgement, titles and point systems.
The NVWK wants more structured, democratic and transparent decisions concerning the decision around “world championship” titles and changes in the base point systems of kite surfing disciplines. An independent committee should be formed in order to make decisions upon explicit variables, which are open and transparent for all. These variables are determined by the members of IKA and discussed and if necessary revised during the AGM meetings.

(14) The decision around base points on wave riding championshipPurpose: New decision about the wave point system in 2012 (A submission from the NVWK)
Objective: A decision which is more transparent and fits the wishes of the riders
The NVWK wants all decisions concerning the wave discipline points and world championship to be undone in 2012. We are surprised that a new event, which still has to prove itself, without any price money, having to high of a participation threshold, is chosen to have so much base factor points (upon variables which are unknown) in comparison to an established event as the PKRA with significant price money.  With the lack of price money it is difficult for professional kite boarders to participate with the events/tour. We think this kind of decisions do not benefit the individual rider, on the contrary, we think these kind of decisions will harm their and the sports interests.

(15) Communication around the IKA (A submission from the NVWK)
Purpose: A communication protocol for all IKA members
Objective: More insight for outsiders in how the IKA is organized and a better name for our organization
The NVWK thinks that the IKA should start to communicate in a better manner to the kitesurfing communities. Not only about the events itself, but especially about the decisions which are made, how they are made and who is making them. We receive worrying sounds about the beach-votings with kiteboarding professionals about IKA matters. They are said to be unorganized, unprofessional and thereby under discussion.  Professional kiteboarders should be actively approached on how policy is made and how they can influence it. The IKA is set to be a democratic institution, which is quite complex and we think this needs extensive explanation. The national members also have a great responsibility in this, but the IKA has to support and coach them to bring the communication at a higher level.

(16) Production class (A submission from the NVWK)
Purpose: No production class
Objective: Stimulating innovation in the new sport of the kitesurfing kite race discipline
For the year 2012 the NVWK would like to, if possible, reverse the decision of production class boards in the racing discipline. In our opinion, the sport is too young to implement such extensive regulation and this will decline the (positive) fast development in the racing discipline. If it is not possible to reverse this decision for 2012, we would like to propose that in 2012 the non-production class boards can still participate in the official racing competition as an open class to prevent the number of participants from decreasing, , for many (especially starting) racers the technical part of this discipline is 50% of the fun. This way we will meet the norms of the apparent Olympic demands, and still stimulate innovation in the sport.

(17) Limitation and registration of kites (A submission from the NVWK)
Purpose: Change article 6h of the championship rules
Objective: Give riders freedom, stimulate safe competition and no financial en administrative load for the industry and event organizations.
The NVWK would like to propose to  limitation of kites to 0 and to cancel all forms of kite registration. We think the registration is an unnecessary policy that will frustrate the rider, producers and event organizations and that fees concerning registration an unnecessary financial weight on kite producers.

(18) Championship Rules Course Racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To amend the Championship Rules for Course Racing as follows:
1.b.i: The time limit for the first finisher is 30 minutes

This is stated twice, once with 30, and once with 15 minutes. Housekeeping

(19) Championship Rules Course Racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
1.c.i: If the wind speed is less than 5 knots 6 knots  average in the starting area at any time during the time between the preparation signal and the last minute prior to the starting signal, or the wind speed is dropping below 5 knots at any time during the last minute prior to the starting signal, the start shall be postponed and a new starting sequence initiated as soon as the wind strength is sufficient.

(20) Championship Rules Course Racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
At the end of 1.c.ii, add: If possible, the wind speed shall be measured also on the windward mark during the times when 1.c.i applies.

(21) Championship Rules Course Racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To delete article 4.a (starting races) and rename the article to “Recalls”

(22) Championship Rules Course Racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To amend the Championship Rules for Course Racing as follows:
5.a Scoring shall be in accordance with Appendix BB – Alternative Low Point System

Housekeeping. This results in using 1 point for the first.

(23) Championship Rules Course Racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To delete Article 6 (Production Division) and reorder the remaining championship rules

Housekeeping. Only production equipment allowed from 2012

(24) Championship Rules Course Racing (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To amend the Championship Rules for Course Racing as follows:
7.c: Master: between 35 and 44 35+ years of age in the year of the competition

Housekeeping. Wrong definition, anyone over the age of 35 is a master.

(25) Championship Rules Kitecross (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To amend the Championship Rules for Kitecross as follows:
8.c: Master: between 35 and 44 35+ years of age in the year of the competition

Housekeeping. Wrong definition, anyone over the age of 35 is a master.

(26) Championship Rules Freestyle (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To amend the Championship Rules for Freestyle as follows:
10.b: Youth: between 14 and 17 under 18 years of age in the year of the competition
10.c: Senior: between 18 and 34 years of age in the year of the competition open to competitors of all ages
10.c: Master: between 35 and 44 35+ years of age in the year of the competition

Housekeeping. Wrong definition.

(27) Championship Rules Wave Riding (a submission from the Executive Committee)
To amend the Championship Rules for Wave Riding as follows:
9.c: Master: between 35 and 44 35+ years of age in the year of the competition

Housekeeping. Wrong definition, anyone over the age of 35 is a master.

(28) Any Other Business (discussion/reporting only)

a)To be added in the minutes

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