NYSSRA Coaches Clinic, Lake Placid, Nov 26-27

NYSSRA Coaches Clinic

November 26-27, 2022

NYSSRA Coaches Clinic

NYSSRA will conduct a two-day Coaches Education Clinic located in Lake placid NY, November 25-27, 2022, coming in the evening of the 25th. This is the second (COVID interrupted) clinic that NYSRA has scheduled that incorporates on-snow sessions with indoor seminars. The snow portion will be held at Whiteface Mountain with indoor sessions at the Olympic Training Center (OTC). NYSSRA will present content and attendance to USSS Sport Education for continuing education credit. This is an 8 credit event (for two days) that satisfies a two year time period. On-snow is planned to be Saturday (2/3 of a day), classroom Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning through 2:00 PM.

The scope of this project is to present on-snow and in-classroom essential areas of skill development that juniors must have to be successful as they move up in age groups. We will also cover why/how junior speed development is important to introduce early. Additionally,

a special presentation on how athletes deal with/reduce stress on race day by Kathy Okoniewski. Additional presentations from Don DelNegro, former Boston Bruins trainer, on race-event recovery, along with other topics (see schedule below).

The OTC will only have 55 beds for use on these dates. Coaches come in on Friday evening and depart after sessions on Sunday (early afternoon). Registration will open on October 21, 2022  (must be a USSS and NYSSRA member to register) on Adminskiracing.com, first come first serve basis. Additional Coaches will be allowed to register (without lodging) when the 55 lodging spaces are filled but will have to find their own lodging.

Lift tickets at Whiteface, lodging, and meals at OTC are included in the cost.


NYSSRA Coaches Clinic

OTC November 25-27

8 Credits for Continuing Education

US Ski and Snowboard Sport education


11/25 7:00 PM

Stop the Bleed

Royce Van Evera



7:00 AM Breakfast OTC


8:00 AM  NYSEF Training Center

Introductions- Break into groups lead by NYSSRA Coaches   

Education Committee- Essential Jr. Skills/ Jr. Speed Development


4:00 PM OTC Race day stress/Cues

Kathy Okoniewski  USSS Coaches Education Coordinator (ret.)



5:00 PM NWS Tuning Presentation 

Brantley Beach- Ski Technician NWS


6:00 PM Dinner OTC


7:30 PM Social -Lake Placid Pub and Brewery




7:00 Am Breakfast OTC


8:30 AM Essential Jr. skills/Jr Speed Development

Stephen Mergenthaler NYSSRA Alpine Sports Director

Aaron Dewey USSS Sport Education Regional Trainer


10:00 AM Coaches Education update

Gar/Chris Packert USSS Coaches Education


10:30AM Planning for success

Chuck Harris


11:00 AM Race day recovery

Don DelNegro Trainer for the Boston Bruins


12:00PM Lunch


1:00 PM University Games / U16 proposal from ASC

John Norton National ASC Committee / NYSEF Program Director


1:30 PM Development Round Table 

Beatty Schlueter, National Children’s Committee

NYSSRA  Children’s Committee


Andrew Weibrecht, Former US Ski Team Member

Andy Minier, NYSSRA Development Committee Chair


Aaron Dewey, USSS Regional Developer Trainer


Stephen Mergenthaler,  NYSSRA Alpine Sports Director