U12 and under athletes are the core of NYSSRA development; the age where exploration and acquisition for skill is a primary goal. The journey starts here for the foundational skills that will support all growth to build on: all mountain skiing, directed all mountain skiing, skill challenges, terrain based teaching, duals, skier X, and sectional environments, are all part of the palette that combine to create a fun, progressive, educational platform.
Athleticism, adaptation, and attitude are the blueprint for alpine success. US Ski and Snowboard has a statement on development, which is linked/posted (Alpine Training System) to the youth development tab on this site. A link to Alpine Training Systems is on the Youth Development tab, located on the main page. Please take time to look at this; it will help with the understanding of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).
U12 and under athletes develop and compete in six councils throughout most of the season. Council and club affiliation can be found on the Club tab on the NYSSRA website. Councils will schedule skill development projects, with an appropriate blend of competition. There are additional projects and post season opportunities. NYSSRA coordinates a Kandahar series that will take place in 3 geographic locations in the state. East- Central - West, these are scheduled for March. This series is a blend of skill development and racing.
U12 Athletes will have a development project after the Kandahar Series with first year U12's focusing on a skill development weekend, and second year U12 athletes invited to a intro to Sl skills weekend project. These are open to all U12 athletes.
NYSSRA will also be running projects during the season with early fundamental projects and projects during the season within each council, focusing on skill development covering athleticisim, adaptability, attitude.
Simple goals for athletes moving up to U14 (Key Performance Markers-KPM):
- Boots that fit properly and flex for athletes weight
- Solid dynamic stance- Flexed ankle, knee, hip, a rounded spine, hands and elbows in front of torso, eyes up and forward
- Lower leg activation, fore-aft, laterally, extension/ flexion, rotational.
- Long leg short leg
These are just some simple skills that we can challenge the athletes to attain. Development in all areas of the sport is still a priority and a few performance markers can help with overall picture.