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• National Development and Educational Summary from Recent USSA Congress in Park City:
New this year, meetings were divided into two sessions. The first session was focused for National and International Development. The second session was focused for Regional and Divisional issues focusing all the way down to the grass roots. This was a very effective format and allowed for appropriate time and group discussion on motions.
Motion #1 - To compete in International FIS races a FIS age athlete is required to have a minimum of 120.00 USSA points in any event at the time of selection. The current USSA points list available at the time of selection will be used.
Motion Passed: 7/0 1 abstain
Motion#2 - Point Profile Requirement to Access Canadian FIS races.
In order to enter FIS events in Canada, USA competitors must be registered to appear on the FIS points lists and have 120.00 USSA points or better in any discipline; or they must be participating in a nationally or regionally-approved development activity. (will use quotas proposal)
ASC Amended to match Quotas Selection:
In order to enter FIS events in Canada, USA competitors must be registered to appear on the FIS points list, meet the international USSA point-racing standard (minimum of 120 USSA points) and adhere to National quota procedure and criteria. The current USSA points list at the time of selections will be used.
Amendment Passed: 6/2
Motion #3 - Southern Hemisphere racing access for first year FIS athletes.
First year age eligible FIS athletes are allowed to start in all FIS races (southern or northern hemisphere) as long as they have 120 USSA points in any discipline on the current point list at the time of ranking. Beginning 2016 competition year.
First year age eligible FIS athletes are allowed to start in Southern Hemisphere races as long as they meet the international USSA point-racing standard (minimum of 120 USSA points).
Amendment Passed: 7/1
Motion #4 – Start limitation for 1st Year FIS athletes
Motion Failed: 2/6
Motion #5 - USA participation in FIS international children’s competitions
Amended:The USSA may be field teams of U16 athletes to compete in FIS International Children’s competitions through approved regional and national projects.
Amendment Passed: Unanimous
Motion #6 - To create a working group to advise and support the USSA Sport Education Department to deliver educational programs, resources and certification pathways in an American system built around long-term athlete development and sustainable athletic excellence. The group will specifically review and make recommendations on current and future curriculum and certification systems, represent regional and industry challenges and concerns with such systems, and communicate any actions and opportunities to their constituents.
Motion Passed: Unanimous
Motion #7 - U14 Quota to U16 National Championships
Motion Failed: 4/5
Motion #8 - To continue testing ability-matched racing, and would like to expand upon the concept.
Motion Passed: Unanimous
Motion #9 – To replaces the existing two year U18 Age Classification (16 and 17 year olds) with a three year U19 Age Classification (16, 17, and 18 year olds) and, that the U18 National becomes the U19 Nationals.
Motion Passed: 8/1
Note: there was an amendment proposed to make the age change for men only and keep the women age grouping the same. This brought on good discussion but the motion was failed. The same issues still exist for women, just not for the high level performers.
Motion #10 - Continue to allow concurrent FIS.USSA speed event in each region. The vertical drop and the course set would be the same for both events. The top five athletes in the points would be the same for both events, however they would not be required to race the course twice.
Motion Passed: Unanimous
Motion #11 – To adjust the children’s course setting matrix per Western Regions proposal to the matrix.
Motion tabled for further work by regional and national staff. Goal is to have new proposal for end of summer and will require ASC approval before going to print.
Equipment matrix that was approved by ASC Exec was distributed, without discussion.
• Congratulations to Tricia Mangan: Patricia Mangan, Derby, NY, 3/7/97 (National Training Group; Holimont Race Team)
PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named a group of 16 elite athletes to compete at the 2015 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships scheduled for March 7-13 at Hafjell, Norway. Tricia was a member of this highly competitive group of athletes. Congratulations Tricia for your considerable accomplishments this year.
We're also proud of our athletes who represented the East and NYSSRA at U18 National Championships - At U18 National Championships Tricia ranked: DH - 6th, GS - 6th
Congratulations to Cecily Decker: At U18 National Championships she ranked: DH - 8th, SG - 3rd and GS - 7th
Congratulations to Jake Hopfinger: A U18 National Championships he ranked: DH (2) - 36th and 25th, SG - 18th and SL 40th
Beatrix Lever - Former NYSSRA racer and now with Team Canada - Beatrix's dad shared - Beatrix won FIS National Title in SG at Canadian U18 Championships and was 2nd overall with a 5th in GS and 7th in SL. At Okemo FIS Eastern Finals - 4th and 5th in SG
• NYSSRA Racer Support Policy for 2015
U18 FIS Champs
U16 Eastern Champs
U14 Eastern Champs
In order to receive money the athlete/parent must submit a request to Program Director that includes name, address, races attended and receipt of race fees. This will be done on an annual basis and submitted prior to April 20th. Once received, it will be verified and submitted to Treasurer for payment directly to the athlete/parent.
• UVEX Helmets - If you have or are looking to purchase a UVEX helmet, please read this piece sent by Paul Van Slyke
• USSA Membership Pricing (2015-2016 season) under construction
|General Member All Ages USCSA/High School/Club Participant-Not eligible to compete in USSA||$15|
|Competitor U10 & under 9 & under||$25|
|Competitor U12 10 & 11||$50|
|Competitor U14 12 & 13||$75|
|Competitor U16 & over 14 & over (required for FIS registration)||$150|
|Masters 18 & over||$90|
|Coach 15 & over||$135|
|Official 15 & over||$60|
|Club Volunteer 15 & over||$45|
|Short Term Youth Athlete member 11 & under||$15/day|
|Short Term Athlete member 12 & over||$25/day|
|Short Term Masters member 18 & over||$15/day|
• For RA's - Race Fees for '16 Season - If you are holding a race during the '15-'16 season this information is for you.
NYSSRA Boot Fitting Project from Hope Alive Media on Vimeo.
Please watch NYSSRA’s junior boot fitting video before you head to the ski shop for new or used junior ski racing boots!
FINALLY, learn about the best boot fitting process for your racer.
Kathy O - Getting it done - We’re proud of Kathy!