AGF Membership & Insurance At A Glance
From The newspaper “On the Flip Side” published by Alberta Gymnastics Federation. April 2017.
AGF MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION
Did you know that clubs are required to register all athletes and coaches with Alberta Gymnastics for each season? Coming Summer 2017, in addition to using Goformz for registration, AGF will also be incorporating an online system with AGF secure file transfer, for all member clubs.
Registrations are completed at four different times during the year: Summer—due in September, Fall–due October (competitive) and November (recreational), Winter–due in February, and Spring due in May. Athletes and coaches need only to register once per calendar year. The AGF calendar year runs from July 1st – June 30th.
DID YOU KNOW? AGF MEMBERSHIP IS TRANSFERABLE!
Did you know that the AGF athlete membership fee can transfer from one club to another, if an athlete decides to move to a new club during the season? Just have the new club contact the AGF office from the athlete membership number, and the paid membership to a club can be transferred to the new club. No need to pay twice!
DID YOU KNOW? AGF COVERS THE COST OF AMBULANCE RIDES!
Did you know that if a participant in your gymnastics facility needs an ambulance ride, the member club can submit the ambulance invoice for reimbursement? All reimbursement should go through the club. For more info, please do not hesitate to contact Joanna at AGF.
WHAT MAKES UP THE AGF FEE?
As a member, you may wonder why you need to pay for an “AGF Fee” when you sign up with a gymnastics club. Think of the AGF membership as support for your club and each of its members including your gymnasts, coaches, and our judges.
With 83 member clubs and 51,000 plus members in Alberta, the Alberta Gymnastics Federation is a leader in assisting our member clubs achieve excellence.
AGF Fee Structure break down:
- Every athlete is required to pay an AGF membership fee. The higher the level of the athlete, the more the AGF fee will be. AGF operates on a system similar to a ‘user pay’ concept. The higher the fee the more services the athlete will receive.
- The AGF fees collected are utilized to offset training camps, competition costs, workshops, events, coaching and judging clinics, as well as member club support and additional membership services.
When a club registers their athletes and coaches with AGF, Toole Peet Insurance covers all AGF members (coaches/athletes/directors/clubs) for the following:
- Commercial General Liability
Currently the AGF carries a primary 5 million Commercial General Liability policy. This policy will defend the club in the case of allegation from a third party for their Property Damage and/or Bodily Injury loss as a result of any AGF sanctioned activities.
The policy will first act in defense of the Club including employees, volunteers, etc. and if legal responsibility or negligence is determined, then, to the extent of coverage and limits, the policy will pay for those Third Party damages.
- Sports Accident Policy
The AGF Sport Accident policy provides a reimbursement for “out of pocket” expenses that pertain to injuries sustained in a member gym.
Expenses such as, but not limited to; ambulance charges, splints or casts, and physiotherapists could be reimbursed through this policy after private benefit plans through an employer or provincial health care provider (Blue Cross for example) are exhausted.
These private plans are treated as the primary coverage for these expenses while the additional coverage through the AGF program is to be viewed as a “top-up”.
In order to make a claim, the injured member is to complete and submit a claims form (found on the AGF website under the insurance section).
- Club Directors and Officers Liability
The AGF has a 1 million D&O limit for the boards of member clubs. This portion provides coverage for claims made against one or all of your Directors and Officers for losses for which they have become legally obligated to pay as a result of any; error, breach of duty, neglect, omission, other act done, or wrongfully attempted by them, to the extent of the policy, on behalf of your association.
MEMBERSHIP GUARANTEES SUPPORT AND IMPROVES CLUB EXCELLENCE
The primary role of the Federation is to provide administrative support in the development and delivery of programs, and competitions in Recreational Gymnastics, National Coaching Certification Programs, Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Tumbling, Acro Gymnastics, and Special Events.
In addition to ongoing support and communication through many available channels, AGF is committed to providing you with all you will need to run successful and enjoyable gymnastics programs across Alberta.
Here is a list of the perks we provide to clubs as members:
- 1. Services and Resources:
- Club management tools
- Regulation of coaching standards
- Comprehensive insurance package, including reimbursement for ambulance
- Comprehensive coach & volunteer screening
- Sport & Club promotion
- Respect in Sport certification
- Grants, funding support letters & funding through partnering organizations
- Input into operation & policy development
- Education courses for coaches and judges
- Recreation events
- Conferences & seminars
Sanctioned competitions for all competitive athletes (Zones, Cups, Provincials, Trials to Westerns, Trials to Canadians, etc)
Host for large scale events such as Western Canada Cup (T&T), Western Canadian Championships (Artistic), Canadian Championships (T&T and Artistic).
Training camps for athletes from pre-competitive to Elite Level gymnasts.
Recreational events such as Gymfest and Gymnaestrada.