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U19 Program

Ages 16-18

Philosophy:

The U19 program philosophy is to have fun while seeking mastery in technical and tactical ski racing skills. This is now outside the NVC (Northern Vermont Council) and is state wide competition throughout the season. These athletes will go against some of the best skiers in the region, and the country. This includes collegiate athletes.   U19’s will need to develop precision in the execution of skills, and a firm understanding of the rigors of commitment to the sport.  A high volume of work off hill is necessary to compete at this high level. You have to develop good skiers, before good ski racers. Most of the time will be spent in gates and directed technical skiing with the coaches.

Competitions:

U-19 athletes will be competing in the Vermont Cup Series. There is an entry fee between $45-55 for tech events SL/GS; and a $65-70 for speed events (SG). Athletes will have the opportunity to advance to Regionals, Finals or Nationals by competing in the Vermont Cup Series and the Vermont Cup State Finals.

Method:

Using a variety of drills in free skiing and gate training, coaches will work technically and tactically be able to help the athlete improve. Fundamentals will be a big part of the season. This is the foundation on any level. The US team spends weeks early season dialing in on the basics. Gate training will be a majority of training. There are many elements to set besides just basic courses. Emphasis will be on aggressive, fall line body position, minimizing unnecessary movements and maximizing speed. The group will spend the rest of its time out of gates free skiing, directed free skiing, and learning future competition in the sport.

Equipment:

SL and GS skis are a must. A proper certified FIS marked helmet is also required. Shin pads, pole guards and face guard are necessary for SL events. Arm guards or a stealth or helpful for GS but not required. GS suits are obvious, wear one!

Tuning:

In order to compete at this high level, tuned skis are a must. They should always be tuned, including EVERY practice. Angles of edges (base and side) can be a personal choice. If you ever need assistance with tuning, please ask you coach.

Clothing:

Racing – – It is recommended that the athletes should have a GS suit for all competitions. It is important to dress properly on race day to keep warm and dry, in case of bad weather or long course holds due to injury, course repair, or weather conditions (visibility). They should also have and extra set of lighter clothes (fleece and training shorts) for race day in case that they need to go back to the start for any reason before the clothes are brought down or if there is not enough time in between runs for the coach to come down. The coaches should have a clothes bag with them to transport the clothes from the start to the score board or designated location. It is important on race day to wear clothing that is easy to take off, so we recommend NO SWEATSHIRTS, or a pullover that you can take off over your helmet.

Training – – Dressing appropriately is the most important thing for any training day, may it be SL or GS. We recommend that the athletes wear a GS suit to training, so that they can get a more realistic feel for the speed at which they will be racing. The GS suit will also supply an extra layer of clothing on the really cold days. It is also easier for the coach to evaluation the athletes’ legs during the training sessions.

Labeling – – We ask that every piece of clothing be labeled with the athletes’ name and JPSC. It will be easier to identify and find clothes if we work with another program (which we often do) on race day.

Overall Goals:

• To have fun while learning about ski racing
• To develop strong skiing fundamentals
• To begin to develop race tactics and techniques
• To develop comfort levels at high speeds
• To learn the rewards of working hard
• To learn and implement mental skills that can improve race day performance
• To learn how to use their comfort with speed in training and in racing

JPSC U19 Competencies:

1. Ski challenging runs under a variety of conditions
2. Demonstrate the ability to maintain appropriate balance and stance in all terrain
3. Demonstrate appropriate upper and lower body separation
4. Understand and be able to execute proper GS tactics in varying terrain and conditions.
5. Exhibit a calm upper body with a minimum of excessive movements
6. Utilize ankle flexion to pressure the front of the ski at the initiation of turns.
7. Consistently exhibit pole plant in all turns.
8. Understand how the ski design elements affect technique.
9. Ski with parallel knees, feet, and skis
10. Understand how to properly run and execute SL combinations
11. Use and demonstrate appropriate lower body (hip, knee, ankle) angulations in all terrain and snow conditions

USSA and VARA:

All athletes must have valid USSA and VARA memberships, before the first weekend in December!