U16-U19 USSA Weekend & OMS

This fiery group of young alpine racers encompasses the U16’s (14 & 15 year olds) and U19’s (16, 17 and 18 year olds). During this period of growth, there is much disparity in physical maturity. We accommodate this in our U16/U19 program by focusing on appropriate skill development. We welcome all who strive to be the best that they can be, have team spirit, determination, motivation, and the willingness to show up with your game face on every practice session.

The year begins with a USSA Mid-Vermont competition schedule, which filters out to state competition, and later U16 & U19 Eastern Regional Championships. In preparation for this competitive season, training begins the end of November (weather permitting) and ends in March. Throughout the year there are speed camps and elite competitions injected into the schedule which one must qualify for.

Although an individual sport, there is a team format at all council races, and because we have a team, we strive to be the BEST possible team we can be.

We will continue to, from an organizational standpoint, have the Okemo Competition Center U16 and U19s will train and race together on the weekends.  At Okemo Mountain School, the collaboration will occur whenever appropriate through the week and into the weekend, but with attention to the at times contrasting needs of the U16 and U19 USSA track athletes and those of the U19 FIS athletes and the U16 athletes who wish to make the commitment to preparing to race at a FIS level when they become U19s.  We felt that collaboration of athletes and coaches increased opportunities for all athletes.  We track and monitor the progress of each athlete, by having specific coaches assigned to specific athletes.  Just as with last year while a particular coach will be responsible for a particular set of athletes, they will wind up working with all U16 and U19 athletes at some point.In order to compete you must be a member of OMARA, USSA and VARA.

Welcome, and see you on the hill!

– U16/U19 Coaching Staff

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