For the 2021-2022 season athletes ages 12 and 13 years of age are considered U14.
U14 athletes compete in the 'Mud Sweat'n Gears' Series. The first series starts with a council event RVW-Mountan-ADK-Central-GVSC-Niagara, then competition moves to an East: RVW-Mountain-ADK; and in the West: Central-GVSC-Niagara series. All competitions are open events. Athletes race within their council and then East or West as the season progresses. U15 State Championships at the end of the season are open events. Selection for Eastern Regional Championships are selected from NYSSRA State Championships. Selection and quotas will be found in the NYSSRA Competition Manual (will be available September 2021)
Athletes in this age group are continuing to work on strong skill development, with emphasis on development with the added blend of more competition.
Some simple skills for athletes moving up to U16 (Key Performance Markers-KPM)
- Upper Lower body separation
- Pressure in the fall-line-SL and Speed development
- Strong inside half
All areas of skill development and disciplines are still on tap, just some basics to make sure are solid.
A link to Alpine Training Systems is on the Youth Development tab, located on the main page. Please take time to look at this as it will help with the understanding Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).