To work within the responsibilities of the COVID environment, U12 and under racing will be only in Council for the 2020-2021 season. Councils as in past will set up the schedule for their council. Any events targeted for the end of the season will be within council as well and are -to be determined. As we move forward and wait to see how the spread or control of this virus pans out, adjustments to events will be considered.
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).
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.