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• Congratulations to Patricia Mangan - Former Holimont racer currently training in Park City - Tricia was 6th in DH, 3rd in SG, 5th in GS and 4th in SL at U18 Nationals at Copper Mtn. Great results Tricia! We're all very proud of you. Please check out picture at the bottom of this page.
• New For '14 Kandahar Championships
Kandahar Championships will include the introduction of the ‘Kombi Adventure’.
Kandahar Championships are a one day event; one run of GS and one run of Kombi.
Kandahar Championship events will be set with the following in mind:U12 Committee has provided guidelines for the championships to ensure a consistent event while introducing Kombi at this level. All of these guidelines are within the USSA rules under U1259.
• U14 State Championships at Windham - To all U14's who qualified for the State Championships:
• Great Article in NY Times about Shiffrin (Thanks to Alex for sharing) -
• U18 Qualifiers to FIS Finals - Okemo - Congratulations!
Women: Lily Hogan WI, Sheila Decker WF, Hannah Doro HO, Madeline Haggerty HH, Maris Van Slyke NWS
Men: - William Mangan HO, Jonathan Yudell HU, Jeff Swagler BM, Ian Zdgiebloski NWS, Hans Poelmann Wi - Good luck and congratulations to our FIS level qualifiers.
* U18 Qualifiers to USSA Finals -Please register via AlpineReg today if you haven't yet done so. Good luck and congratulations!
USSA Finals at Gore - Feb 28-March 2 (Feb 27 -optional SG Training Day) Note: NYSSRA was allocated more spots by USSA East
Men - Jake Middleton NWS, Joey Carrier BM, Phillip Maier TG, Nick Sertl BM, Patrick Burton WM, Ned Feist GO, Ezra Hornick HU, Gunther Webber BM, Joseph Vasile BM, Max Webber BM, Mitchell Teal HO, Harrison Clough HO, Ryan McCarthy HO, Luke Doris HU, Michael Costanzo HV, Austin Swirsky NWS, Alexandar Djafari GP, Garrett Hinge NWS, Mitchell Schweitzer MV, Galen Okoniewski LB, Austin Benincasa GO, Niall Hodges GP
Women - Madison Muxworthy BM, Madison Carts BM, Katharine Grace Norris BM, Tara Seigle GO, Nadine Downing LB, Malone Gabor TG, Sabrina Easton HU, Leah Norris BM, Sophia Richards HO, Alexis Kane SG, Kelly Oot LB, Sara Flaherty HO, Danielle Benincasa GO, Izabella Ostroski HU, Haley Ripa BE, Taylor Feldeisen GO, Meredith Parenti WI, Mimi Gabor TG
* NYSSRA Awards Form - If you wish to submit a name for any of these NYSSRA awards please go to News Bullet #1 - 2014 NYSSRA Awards Nominations Form
• USSA & NYSSRA Race Announcements: Find Race announcements at News - Bullet #1
• New For '14 Kandahars & Kandahar Festival -
Kandahar Festivals and Championships will include the introduction of the ‘Kombi Adventure’.
Kandahar Festivals are a two day event. One day of Giant Slalom and one day of Kombi. Both days will be two run events.
Kandahar Championships are a one day event; one run of GS and one run of Kombi.
Kandahar Championship events will be set with the following in mind: U12 Committee has provided guidelines for the championships to ensure a consistent event while introducing Kombi at this level. All of these guidelines are within the USSA rules under U1259.
**Coaches are encouraged to use a variety of sets in training and truly experience the variety and potential kombi can bring to the table.
**Setting Kombi with paneled gates requires coaches to be creative yet realistic about what to set. The USSA specifications have reasonable parameters in which to set creatively using paneled gates. Course setting is not always easy but we must keep in mind that we want kids to be successful while encouraging them to develop basic skills and tactics. The USSA Course Setting Specification Chart, distances for GS/SL Kombi Format indicate 12-20m/GS and 6-10m/SL. An experienced course setter will be able to set this Kombi with the paneled gates and stay within these USSA specs.
USSA 1259 Children’s Kombi Guidelines: Please See Below (pg 128-129 in USSA Comp Guide for Kombi Specifications)
The children’s Kombi consists of a mixture of standard turns and gates. The event meets developmental needs for this age group, creating a tactical awareness by blending sections of different gates in a flowing, rhythmical, constantly changing pattern.
Results may be determined by combined times of each run, or each run may be classified separately. The Jury must indicate the method in advance.
U1259.1 Course Setting U1259.1.2 The Course Setter and Jury are to provide an interesting but safe course.
U1259.1.3 The racer’s speed must be controlled when transitioning from one section to a different section and the course setting should allow skiers a smooth transition from jumps or waves back into the course.
U1259.1.4 Common course characteristics and recommendations • The course should test the skier’s ability to react and adapt to an ever changing rhythm and radius, but allow the competitors smooth transition between the various sections of gates. • Building terrain is optional but not necessary as the course itself should apply enough demand. Use creativity with available terrain. • Include a minimum of one jump. • Avoid gates that cause sudden braking and deceleration. • Use the entire slope and natural terrain and skiing across the fall line as often as possible. • The first and last gates should lead the skier comfortably. • Forerunners or course testers should be available for course setting.
U1259.1.5 Gates • Gates may consist of one or two poles. If outside gate is used, it must be the same type as turning gate (stubbie gate with stubbie gate, SL gate with SL gate, GS panel with GS panel). • Consecutive gates must alternate in red and blue.
U1259.2 Kombi Design There can be two different forms of the Kombi: • SL/GS format (technical orientation) - setting with stubbies, SL gates and GS gates or colored ground indicators, and • GS/SG format (speed orientation) - setting with GS and SG gates or colored ground indicators. The selected race style must be announced on the race notice prior to the race and again at the first team captains meeting.
U1259.3 SL/GS Kombi: Technical Data SL skis are recommended to be used for SL/GS Kombi.
U1259.3.1 Vertical Drop and Course Setting For vertical drop and course setting specifications, refer to the course setting specification matrix later in this chapter.
NYSSRA - 1259.3.2 Course characteristics and recommendations: • Recommended minimum of 30 turns. • Recommended to have a minimum of five different sections. • It is recommended to use only a single pole for vertical combinations. • There should be at least one section of stubby gates.
U1259.4 GS/SG Kombi: Technical Data GS skis are recommended to be used for GS/SG Kombi.
U1259.4.1 Vertical Drop and Course Setting For vertical drop and course setting specifications, refer to the course setting specification matrix later in this chapter.
U1259.4.2 Course characteristics and recommendations: • Recommended to have 3-5 different sections.
U1259.5 Kombi Inspection A normal one run inspection, with a set inspection time is suggested. The concept is to test reaction and adaptability from a standard amount of inspection time.
U1259.6 Number of runs The Jury should decide on the number of runs by the first team captains meeting. Depending on weather and course conditions it is recommended that entries up to 140 competitors should be two runs and entries over 140 competitors should be one run.
U1259.7 Rules The ACR SL and GS rules apply for running of the Kombi race except as modified in U1259.
U1259.8 Starting order See U1257
• Sally Davis Student/Athlete Award - 2014
For those of you who have already or plan to submit – Please make sure you send recent semester grades from Spring ’13 and Fall ‘13 semester. We cannot consider your request without these documented final grades.
U 18 Sally Davis Award for 2014 - This annual Scholar/Athlete Award is presented to those racers who 1) maintain a 90 average Spring '13 and Fall '13 and 2) are in top ½ of ECS standings.
If your athlete meets these criteria please send their school transcripts for the 2 semesters listed above to Mary Ellen Elizondo,8006 Cross Road, Little Valley, NY 14755 – email firstname.lastname@example.org cell 260.415.3046. if you have further questions.
Thanks to the Dawson Family for sponsoring this award and the annual U18 Awards Ceremony upcoming on Feb 22nd ½ hour after NYS U18 State Championships GS at Gore. It will take place at the NYSEF Training Center. Families, friends and athletes – please join us.
• Words of Wisdom - Eddie Thys Morgan
by EdieTo all parents glued to their smart phones this weekend, here is some food for thought. This article ran recently in Ski Racing. Based on reports from the field, as the competition season begins in earnest this message bears repeating. And trust me, Live-Timing addicts, I fully understand the power of the rabbit hole. Ok-read on!You've probably seen one by now: A picture of an intensely focused ski racer arcing a beautiful turn in front of a cluster of spectators, all of whom have their attention fixed not on the racer, but on a little, "smart" screen. They're not likely looking at a vital message from a loved one or a work emergency. No, they are probably looking at Live-Timing. Chances are also high that rather than results from a far-off race, they are checking the time of the kid just ahead of the kid they are all now ignoring.As a coach, my usual position on race day is at the start, where everyone is full of optimism and energy and there is little time for anything but turning screws, cleaning boots and getting psyched. For those of us challenged at multi-tasking, this is a Live-Timing-free zone. As a parent I am beginning to see this enforced disconnect as a gift.Don't get me wrong—I am a huge fan of Live-Timing. Having a universally accessible real time scoreboard is liberating. In the old days, "live timing" was someone's mother who shuffled between the timing shack and the scoreboard with the latest batch of times, then transcribed them, usually legibly, onto the board to break the suspense. Emotions ensued, the mother returned to the shack, the crowd dispersed, and the next wave of racers built in front of the board.Live-Timing not only did away with that finish line ritual, but the God-like awareness ushered in a host of freedoms, like knowing exactly when to make your way to the course to race or to watch. It eliminated the need for detailed phone reports at the end of a long day, gave faraway family and friends a way to follow the races, and afforded absent parents a heads-up on the prevailing mood to expect upon homecoming. Heck, it even lifted the burden of performing basic math.But as with many modern conveniences, this one offers up potential abuse, particularly by "Live-Timing parents," members of the parental species who have become overinvested in their childrens' results. Like many traits, overinvestment is often hard to recognize in oneself. It's like in the movies when Harry breaks the truth to Sally that she is in fact a high maintenance woman: "You're the worst kind; you're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance." If you're not entirely sure whether you have been sucked down the rabbit hole, here are a few red flags:· Do you call or text the coach the second DNF pops up next to your kid's name on Live-Timing?· Have you ever referred to your kid's performance collectively, as in, "We need a good result today...We need to finish...We had a fast run"?· Do you, after monitoring Live-Timing, call other parents to update them on their and your kid's results?· Have you shed tears (not of joy) over your child's performance?· Do you regularly crow about your child's results in social situations or (cringe) on a social network?· Do you remind your child before races or runs of what result he/she has to achieve to qualify or succeed according to some external standard?This is a partial list, but if you answered yes to most of these questions, you may be a "Live-Timing" parent, and you may want to consider a step-down program. Why? First there is the practical consideration of lowering your own blood pressure, and that of anyone in close proximity. More important is the damaging effect that this hyperawareness of results can have. While it may seem harmless, consider the message it sends to our kids when we tell them to have fun, relax and do their best, then have our eyes on the screen each run, calculating place or race points to determine how close each kid is to qualifying for the next competition.Knowing our kids' results, often before they do, tempts us to put our own judgment on their performances before knowing how the kids feel about them. Maybe she was ok with the run until we walked up with a sad face to console her. Maybe he knows exactly where he had trouble and has a plan for the next run. Maybe the time was fast but she is nonetheless disappointed because she knows she held something back. Our kids have plenty to process without the addition of unsolicited parental input.Admittedly, as a parent I do not always master the fine line between being supportive and being overinvested. Last year I was at a race away from my own team, without any coaching duties and with time to live-stalk on Live-Timing. I attempted to follow boys and girls races in two age groups at two separate mountains, while watching my own son in person at yet another mountain. At first I rationalized that I was merely checking up on my flock. But pretty soon there I was, like a rat in a Skinner Box, incessantly poking the refresh button for another hit of new information, cursing "that darned sun" while shielding my screen from its glare. Not surprisingly I was missing a lot of what was happening on the hill.Quite simply, seeing the times is not the same as seeing the race. Live-Timing doesn't show the spectacular recoveries, the partial yet brilliant runs, the massive physical divergences amongst same-aged juniors, the skills and moves that are mere glimpses of the possibilities that lie ahead. We have to be on the hill, lift our eyes and put away our smart phones to see all those things.I suspect most of us struggle to define the etiquette of managing all the information at our fingertips. (Ok, perhaps the parent making Facebook posts of screen shots from Live-Timing—with his kid atop the results—is unburdened by this struggle). My own sanctuary is imposed ignorance at the start. When a kids reports after his run, "I got a 53!" that number means absolutely nothing to me, so I am left asking the same questions the old style, race-watching parents are asking their kids: "How did you feel? Was there any spot that gave you trouble? Was it easier or harder than you thought? What would you do differently next run?" And sometimes there is nothing to say. From their expressions or their body language you know to just give them a hug or a high five. Either way, you'll want your hands free for that.
• Empire State Games-USSA/NYSSRA Scored Racers - Details from Kathy Pfohl, Program Director ESG
We're looking forward to having you join us at the Empire State Winter Games with over 1300 athletes competing in 19 disciplines. Please note that Empire State Winter Games registration is necessary to be considered an ESWG participant in the Parade of Athletes, Winterfest and to receive a jacket to wear in the Parade.
All ESWG athletes are invited to march in the Parade of Athletes at Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 in the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena. Athlete line-up is at 5:45pm in the USA Rink, enter via the Athlete Entrance on Cummins Road. Athletes will be lined up within their respective sport.
Opening Ceremonies is open, without fee, to all: parents, families and spectators are welcome to attend and enjoy the Houstonettes’ perform on ice, barrel jumpers, the highlight video and an inspirational speaker to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Opening Ceremonies itself will be videoed and available for purchase beginning on Friday at various locations due to popular request.
The fun continues on Saturday in the Olympic Skating Oval from 4:00pm-7:00pm with Winterfest! Try out hockey shot, rail jam, curling, and watch speed skating races, xc sprints and more!!! Warming huts, hot chocolate and music followed by Fireworks over the Arena at 7:00pm. Plenty of time to stop by and finish your evening by enjoying a nice dinner with your families at one of the many local restaurants and eateries.
Each registered ESWG athlete will receive credentials and a jacket or hoodie to wear in the Parade of Athletes. Athlete Check-in begins on Wednesday, Feb 5 and ends Sunday morning Feb 9th. Hours vary-please see the website for details.
Looking forward to the Games! Congratulations and Good Luck!
• U14 Project Added to Schedule - Hosted by VARA/Stratton and written by Alex Krebs, VARA Youth Coordinator
With the help of Stratton Winter Sports Club and Stratton Mountain Resort, we will have a project opportunity for a select group of our young VARA and NYSSRA U14 athletes. NYSSRA athletes will qualify through the U14 NYSSRA State Championships. This is going to be a really fun and competitive event, a way to facilitate our U14’s extended season and to keep their focus of ski racing and get to know some of our Vermont peers!
DATES: March 20-21, 2014
LOCATION: Stratton Mountain, VT (North American and Suntanner)
QUALIFICATION: This event will be 30 VT athletes and 20 NY athletes. The NY athletes will be chosen directly from their results at the U14 NYS State Championships. After naming NYSSRA U14 Eastern Championships Team we will select the next 10 girls and 10 boys to attend this project at Stratton. NO athlete will be allowed to attend both the Eastern Regional Championships and this event, so if an athlete is an alternate to the Eastern Regional Championships and ends up attending that event, the next athlete on the NYS State selection sheet will be invited to this U14 project at Stratton. The list will be final 48 hours before the first Team Captain’s Meeting on March 19th, 2014.
DETAILS: March 20th will be a full day of speed fundamentals. Weather and snow permitting. The plan will be to do longer radius turn sections, jump work, wave track and gliding and tuck work. The goal will be to connect sections for the afternoon for long radius turns, terrain and gliding sections. (GS skis or SG skis)
March 21st will be team duals (VT and NY athletes mixed together) with a dual team Championship Ladder format (SL Skis)
LODGING, EVENT COST AND TICKET PRICING: This will be available shortly. We are still working on lodging packages and tickets for family members.
This is really exciting to be able to offer our VT and NY U14’s a fun event, lengthens their season and gives them all incentive and excitement at the end of March! Please pass this along to all of your coaches and parents to help build enthusiasm around this great opportunity for your U14’s!
We are looking forward to working with SWSC, Stratton Mountain Resort, all of the athletes, parents and coaches and know you will all be as excited about this event as all of us are in VT and NY!
As I said earlier, we will get more details out to all of you on logistics and pricing but please MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This will be a new and fun event!
• U14-U16 NYSSRA Members - During our 2014 season NYSSRA will forward information re: Eastern Youth Projects to NYS U14/U16 coaches on behalf of Tom Ashworth-USSA/East Youth Coordinator.
• Newly Announced Helmet Rules for FIS level and up - To all interested parties,
2013-2014 Helmet Update - FIS
Please see below capture as provided by Dave Pym re executive summary from FIS Council. It is apparent that FIS Council changed the proposed language and the final helmet rule approved by same is as follows. This is a significant change and all stakeholders should be advised.
Paul Van Slyke
• Please review blog recently posted on USSA.org - authored by Luke Bodensteiner
• Purchasing Your Equipment for Upcoming Race Season
Please find the USSA Equipment Rules for the upcoming season on the NYSSRA website - go to top of Offiicals/Coaches drop down page.
USSA will not be adopting the FIS equipment guidelines for the 2013-2014 season.
2) NEW NYSSRA ruling: U16’s participating in ALL scored SG events MUST compete on skis that comply with the 2012/2013 FIS U16 (K2) SG specifications.
USSA Age Change initiative is below. Please take a minute to orient yourself prior to filling out our Membership Form - available now at Active.com. See blue button above.
• USSA Membership Categories for '13-'14
Competitor $150 - Required for all U16 (YOB 1998 and older) and above that wish to have USSA points.
Non-Scored Student $100 - Available for all U16 (YOB 1998 and older)and above that do not wish to have USSA points.
Youth $80 - For all U14 (YOB 2000 and younger) and below. The Eastern region will not have any U14 scored events so there is no need for any U14 and below athletes to join with Competitor licenses.
A USSA competitor membership and membership in one state racing organization are required for all levels of scored racing in the Eastern Region.
Participation in qualifying events leading to regional championships events requires a valid USSA “Competitor” or “Youth” membership depending upon the age group.
• For RA's - Race Fees for '14 Season - If you are holding a race during the '13-'14 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.
Congrats to former NYSSRA Holimont Racer at U18 Nationals, Copper Mtn – 3rd in SG