Eastern Update from USSS Congress 2023

Hello Eastern Region,

After three years of virtual meetings through the COVID pandemic, it was great to have so many people together in-person at the annual U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress. Those in attendance heard meaningful reporting from staff, coaches, and volunteers from around the country, and there was much discussion about the state of our sport and key issues to address as we move forward for the 2023-24 season. For anyone looking for a recap, meeting minutes and reports have been posted online here. Below is a summary of action items that were passed by the Alpine Sport Committee, along with other important informational items.

U18 Start Limitation

The U18 FIS start limitation for the technical events was modified to be 35 for second-year (YOB 2006) athletes. The limitation for first-year (YOB 2007) athletes will remain at 30 starts. There is no limitation in the speed events of DH, SG, and AC. The exceptions will continue for technical starts at the World Cup, World Junior Championships, Youth Olympic Games, U.S. Alpine Championships, and U18 National Championships.

TRS for Scored Events

After being tested this year, the Teasdale and Randall System was officially approved for scored and non-scored competition. TRS is commonly known as random seeding. The method flips the start list for the second run, then butterflies the original start list for the first run of the second day, and flips the butterfly for the second run on the second day.

Random Seeding at U16 Nationals

Random seeding was approved for the U16 National Championships to promote racing from any start position, and to solve for some of the unequal access to points that exists between divisions and regions in different areas of the country. The plan is to randomize the field for Super-G and then re-randomize the start list and run TRS for the four runs of GS and SL racing.

Race Entry and Lift Ticket Cost

Race organizers must publish race entry fees separately from lift ticket costs.

U14 SG Training Run

Official training for U12 and U14 SG must include at least one SG training run prior to the first competition. Official training for U12 and U14 SG events is an integral part of the competition and all athletes are required to participate. In exception cases, a jury decision can authorize a controlled free-ski run in lieu of an official training run. The jury decision must be documented in the jury minutes. If racing with U16 athletes, U1256.4 applies: U14 and younger athletes must be provided a training run as provisioned in this rule.

U14 and Younger Race Local Policy

U14 and younger athletes wishing to race out of Region must have their home club coach obtain permission from their home Regional director and the director of the Region in which they are wishing to race.

Within their home Region, U14 and younger athletes wishing to race out of their home Division must have their home club coach get permission from their home Division and the Division in which they are wishing to race.

Divisions may designate certain races as “Open,” and these events can be open to competitors from the home Region without the requirement for specific/individual permission.

Ski Cross

Ski Cross was approved to move from Free Ski to Alpine and to report to the Alpine Sport Committee going forward. Coordination for events will continue with USASA and the Hole Shot Free Ski tour. An effort will be made to calendar events adjacent to the Alpine calendar as well.

Event Registration

As a result of the partnership with Outside Media, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will no longer use its own internal Event Registration system. Instead, race organizers are encouraged to use other registration systems that currently exist in the market, e.g. skireg.com or adminskiracing.com.

Coaches Education L100 Requirement

As a reminder, the L100 requirement is one season away. Starting in the 2024-25 season, all coaches will be required to have a L100 certification to access the race venue. A one-year grace period will be allowed for first-year coaches.

For those of you who attended this year's Congress either in person or virtually, we invite you to submit some feedback on how you felt it went and what could be done to make it better. The link below has some quick questions if you can respond. The more feedback the better!