FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for 2017 CANUSA Games in Flint, Michigan August 11-13, 2017

Are there tryouts or all athletes who register going to play in the CANUSA Games in Flint?
Most sports do not have tryouts, but those that do, will communicate this to all interested athletes.

Does everyone have to billet?
Yes, all athletes must be billeted. The tradition of billeting is what has made the CANUSA Games unique for 60 years. The Housing Committees from Flint and Hamilton have screened the hosts’ families so that both the host and guest have a positive and fun weekend. The housing committees have designed the registration forms to accommodate allergies and medical needs of the athletes.

How do the athletes get to Flint?
All Hamilton athletes must travel to Flint on the team bus. There will be CANUSA coaches and/or Sports coordinators supervising the athletes on the bus. The athletes must be courteous and respectful at all times especially when the Customs Officers board the bus at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron/Sarnia. NUT/PEANUT products are prohibited on the buses.

Do we need a Canadian Passport to participate?                                                                                   The Canadian Border Services and the United States of America Border services have listed on their website that an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card can be used for those under 15 years of age. Canadian Landed Immigrants, and anyone over 15, must have a passport.

The CANUSA Games, ENCOURAGE passports for all athletes. https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1192/kw/minor%20Canadian%20child%20travel

What about the water issue that Flint is dealing with? How will that affect the Hamilton athletes?
The City of Flint* is in a situation of infrastructure renewal which we’ve been advised doesn’t impact the surrounding Genesee County suburbs*.  The lead pipes that tainted Flint’s water system is in the process of being replaced and our understanding is affected homes and businesses have water filters in place in the interim, in accordance with government standards.  Regular monitoring is also in place to ensure acceptable levels are maintained.

According to the Flint CANUSA Committee, approximately 75% of their athletes actually live in the suburbs outside of Flint where the water infrastructure was never impacted.  Flint understands the concerns Hamilton families may have, thus efforts will be made to house all athletes in the surrounding suburbs, even though affected homes in Flint have acceptable water filters. For facts about the water infrastructure, please visit: www.michigan.gov/deq

*Flint is part of Genesee County, the other major suburbs in the county are Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, and Swartz Creek.   It’s similar to the Greater Hamilton Area (GHA), which includes Hamilton Downtown, Hamilton Mountain, Stoney Creek, Upper Stoney Creek, Glanbrook, Ancaster, Dundas and Flamborough/Waterdown.  e.g. Flint=Hamilton Downtown.  Grand Blanc=Ancaster

How much does it cost? How and when do we pay?
Tryouts and practices will be starting at various times and venues in May and June. The Sports coordinators and coaches will be handing out registration forms once the teams have been chosen. ALL FORMS and payments $60, (hockey and Golf $70) must be in the HAMILTON CANUSA OFFICE BY JULY 27 as Manifest Bus lists must be submitted to the Border.

Any other questions or concerns, please contact the Sports Coordinators or the CANUSA office:

905-546-2424 x 2537 or email canusa@hamilton.ca