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• United States Collegiate ski and snowboard Association hosts 36th Annual U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National Championships at Lake Placid
USCSA, provider of collegiate ski and snowboard events throughout the United States, announces it will provide live audio and video streams of the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard National Championship in Lake Placid March 7th, 2014.
The USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. The USCSA believes that student-athletes of all levels and abilities should have access to quality and exciting venues of competition. Team performance is emphasized within the USCSA, a departure from the typical individual or w World Cup scoring format often found in skiing.
USCSA athletes agree that this team orientation fosters a team approach across their collegiate athletic and academic careers. The organization includes 178 colleges from coast to coast, fielding over 5,000 male and female, alpine, freestyle, cross-country, snowboarding and nordic ski jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.
LAKE PLACID, New York. – MARCH 7th, 2014. The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) kicks off its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship on March 10th, 2013. Athletes across all four disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Snowboarding and Jumping will convene for competitions that will determine the top collegiate teams across the nation.
• NYSSRA/Ontario Team Dual Event Cancelled - This event scheduled for next weekend, March 15th and 16th has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
• Message from Edie Thys
Thanks to Alex Krebs for sharing with NYSSRA -
From Edie Thys - Former USSA Member and Current Mom
Every year on or before March 1, when the high emotional stakes of Championship season are upon us, I roll out the 'Long Road' speech. It already started making the rounds from other sources this year, but for any who missed it and need a little perspective heading into the March Madness of Championship season, check it out.
This year's update comes in the form of a letter, inspired by the following incident along with real scenarios witnessed over the years and across the country.
Earlier this season I was at the top of the race course between runs when a parent arrived, clearly agitated. "That was the most disturbing chair ride I've ever had," he said softly. Looking over his shoulder he proceeded to tell us about the conversation he had just overheard, of a father sternly "coaching" his young ski racer all the way up the lift. When we looked around the father was still lecturing the already tiny kid who seemed to be shrinking before our eyes. It was something short of berating, but certainly 20 minutes of something other than joy.
There wasn't much I could do in that situation, so I decided to write a letter on behalf of that kid and others like him.
I know you love me. And I know you love skiing. But this is getting out of hand. If you really want me to stick with ski racing, we have to clarify some things.
First of all, sometimes I see email headings that say "size matters." You tell me it's just SPAM, but I think there is some truth to it. Have you seen how big some of these kids I'm racing against are? I wear my Power Ranger jammies under my race suit because they make me look a little bigger and give my stick legs some insulation. The guy running ahead of me has size ten feet and facial hair. Do you know what it feels like to follow him out of the start gate? Just plain scary. But I'm actually ok with being a twig, for now, and it might even be an advantage long term. That kinesiology book you used to read to me at bedtime said that the best time to learn technique is before your growth spurt, because during the spurt it's all you can do to manage your arms and legs, and after it your habits may be too hard to break. Either way, I can't help my smallness any more than they can help their bigness, so I'm just going to have to do the best I can with my me-ness.
When you are calculating race points or place points to see how far away I am from qualifying, I see you. I just pretend I am engrossed in Flappy Bird and don't notice. Same goes for the car ride home, when you want to rehash the race. Two words-headphones rock!
It must be really hard to know where the line is between enthusiastic support and, well, maniacal obsession. I love that you give me every opportunity to succeed. Photos and video analysis really help and are cool to look at, once. The elaborate side-by-side montages and Sprongo section timing? I'd rather look at Vines of toddler bloopers and pet trick fails any day. And speaking of video, you might want to mute the camera, because I hear the play-by-play of your emotions when I have a bad run. Trust me, it was enough to live through it in person.
When I do well the feeling I get inside really is enough to make me feel proud. I am glad you are proud too, but I seriously doubt your Facebook friends are that interested in my results. To be fair, I know it's hard for old people to know what is appropriate on social networks, and what kinds of things might really embarrass them (or me) later. But sending a press release about my results and my race resume to the local paper? That's so not going to help my cred at school.
I know you are sometimes stressed because ski racing is really expensive. I have some ideas about where you could save some money, starting with butter. I am, as you've said before, 90 lbs "soaking wet." Butter isn't going to make the difference. You can go ahead and rub soap on the bottom of my skis. I won't notice. And we can put the money you save towards cheeseburgers, which will make me happy right now and benefit me more long term.
Also, instead of getting the latest Malcolm Gladwell book let's just reread that book about training our puppy. It said to reward the behavior you want to reinforce and ignore what you want to get rid of. Well, yelling at me from the side of the course, reminding me of what not to do just before my run and repeatedly warning me about the 7th gate only gives me more anxiety, and sort of makes me feel like those puppies who pee on the carpet every time they get nervous. I'm not saying I'll pee on the carpet, but those reminders don't fill me with confidence.
A lot of times I am ok with how I did, until you come down with a sad face, or I hear you tell the coach I am not "realizing my potential." Other times, I am bummed because I knew I could do better, and you get on my case about having a bad attitude. I care a lot about doing well, and am trying to learn how to control my emotions in the moment. If I have a bad race I'll be bummed, but I'll get over it as long as I can still go out with my friends and train and mess around in the lodge.
Which brings me to our recent lift ride. The 20 minutes you spent lecturing me on line and technique are 20 minutes I didn't get to spend freeskiing, and hanging out with my friends, and making the fun and cool memories that you tell me about from when you were my age.
Sometimes I fantasize about being the next Mikaela Shiffin, but honestly when it comes down to it, I dream about other things too. If I change my mind you will be the first to know. Until then, I do not want a unicycle, juggling balls and a book on sports psychology for my birthday. I just want a thicker pair of jammies, because if I'm going to do this my own way I want to be cozy in the process.
• 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.
• Great Article in NY Times about Shiffrin (Thanks to Alex for sharing) -
* 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
• 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 email@example.com 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.
• 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