NYSSRA End-of-Summer Newsletter** 2023 U14/U16 tentative calendar links included**

Welcome to the 2022-2023 season with NYSSRA!


Welcome back to our returning families. To our new members, welcome to  the NYSSRA community. This incredible summer has been very HOT and very DRY. The NYSSRA Board of directors are preparing for what is surely heading our way - SNOW and COLD. The NYSSRA team has been working hard since the snow melted. Steve Mergenthaler and Alicia Farone have been doing a great job moving the board forward, getting schedules completed, camps organized and host mountains ready to put on great events. If you see this dynamic duo, thank them. They deserve it. 
There are exciting things on the horizon and I look forward to seeing you on snow soon. 

 If you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Enjoy The View
Enjoy The Journey,

Todd Glick
President NYSSRA


Update from the Alpine Sports Director

Greetings all! Hope all have had a great summer and are gearing up for the ski season. The leaves are already changing in the ‘Dacks and programs are beginning to fire up information and updates they have for you.

NYSSRA has been hard at work this summer, Committees, BOD, and Staff have been working on improvements in programming, structure, and communication. I will give you an overview of what has been going on and what to expect.

With the new bylaws passed this spring the governance / procedures committee has been defining committee structures, and additional operating procedures that steer all aspects of our organization. These will be updated in the NYSSRA manual when completed this fall. 

The 2023 U14 and U16+ competition schedule is primarily set and is attached to this newsletter. U12 schedule will be updated next week.  

U16+ calendar link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16yAHWfybMfyGGBZf4iZtbxE_mA1S-fLP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=118418345376006919229&rtpof=true&sd=true

U14 Calendar link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ndzmN7UTZzz27f6KeARB6jQHhuA1OEkm/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=118418345376006919229&rtpof=true&sd=true

Childrens Committee has met several times to set up a schedule for competition and development that incorporates a healthy blend of both. They have  presented best practices for U12 and under athletes and are diving into key development factors that this age group needs to address. See attached link to our best practice document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12ICKmYhqY8kf_5_3-3vJDI3qbwW3n0YWJ-h4To_VvG8/edit


The Development Committee has produced an effective competition schedule that allows for training intervals through the season. And similar to the Children’s Committee, they are assessing key development focuses for this age group. 


Coaches Education Committee in collaboration with the Alpine Sports Director, has put together another effective schedule for the fall and early season events. Continuing with Zoom presentations and the addition this season of an on-snow, along with indoor presentations at the Olympic Training Center, in Lake Placid NY. Dates will be listed at the end of this update. Content will be centered around key performance markers and junior speed development.


Alpine Officials Committee has been working hard under our new Chair, Steve Burgart, to share responsibilities among the specific talent in the group. This will help with many aspects of scheduling, education, and certification. Updates and testing dates are expected to be up by the end of September. NYSSRA again wants to thank Bill Dewey for his leadership over the last few years as Chair. NYSSRA is looking to bring new officials into the mix this season at all levels; this is critical to sustain our sport.

 

New this October: NYSSRA will travel to areas in the state to conduct the Skills Quest Physical Testing protocols. Dates are still being determined and will post with registration information by September 15, 2022. Registration is only to know numbers to prepare for, there is no athlete cost.
 

NYSSRA Coaches Zooms will be scheduled over the next three months, dates to be announced shortly.

 

NYSSRA Coaches Clinic: NYSSRA Coaches Clinic Olympic Training Center Lake Placid NY/ Whiteface Mountain November 26-27, 2022. Content, schedule and registration posted October 1, 2022.

 

NYSSRA Fundamental Projects: (Must be a USSS and NYSSRA member to attend, first come/first serve through registration timestamp will fill numbers for each project)

  • U16+ - based out of the Olympic Training Center / Whiteface Mountain December 1-4, 2022. Project details and registration will be posted October 1, 2022 (limited to 25 athletes)
  • U14 - based out of Garnet Hill Lodge / Gore Mountain December 1-4, 2022. Project details and registration will be posted October 1, 2022 (limited to 35 athletes)
  • U12 - Will be at Gore Mountain December 3-4, 2022. Project details and registration will be posted October 1, 2022 (limited to 25 athletes)


NYSSRA will continue with midweek development projects during January and February for the 2023 season. We will have commitments from regional programs by December 1, 2022 for locations and registration. These projects focus on U12 athleticism/skill development and U14/16+ SL skills and development.

NYSSRA will also run two regional projects this year for U14 and U16 age groups for speed development. Project content and dates to be announced December 1, 2022. Athletes will be a select group from 2022 State Championships and January results in the 2023 season.

This document is meant to be a short update; you will need to stay tuned to the nyssra.org website (which will be up shortly with a new look)

Watch email blasts for information!