U12 and U10 Weekend Update 12/17 and 12/18

Hello U12 and U10 Families!

I hope this email finds you well and excited for the weekend!  Winter is truly here and the skiing is AMAZING!!  We got about 6-8″ of fresh snow yesterday!  The Hammer Campers are having a great week! If you are receiving an email from me for the first time, you are encouraged to check out the blog mentioned in item #2 below and read the attachment mention in #1!

We will be training according to our normal schedule this weekend meeting at our normal meeting spot – Saturday and Sunday 8:30 – 10:30 am/12-2 pm at the top of the AB quad both AM and PM.  GS skis please (if your child has both SL and GS skis – if they only have one pair, that’s the pair for them!).  Coaches will continue to work on early season fundamentals with the athletes through directed freeskiing and drill work.  Stance and balance continue to be the focus now bringing that work onto GS skis.  For those athletes who are ready we will likely be utilizing some drill courses on Wardance as it will hopefully be open by then.  Looking ahead to next week we will be on GS skis through 12/29.

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (you must sign up for the “3 day” option with the Comp Center), you will receive separate communication on this each week.  If you haven’t actually signed up yet, I won’t know you are doing Fridays and you won’t receive emails on this.  Let me know if you think you signed up but haven’t heard from me.***

A few reminders and important info:

1) Please read U12.10 101 2016.17 Editionfor LOTS of information including training and race schedules – this is helpful for new and returning families.  It includes information about the program, some of which has been updated for this year, as well as race schedule info.  So even if you are an old pro, PLEASE read :)! If you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate to be in touch.

2) You can find this and every email I send on the OMARA blog – go2omara.com.  U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically: http://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/ Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/u10u12/devo-program-faqs/ Also new this year, you will be able to access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: http://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/

3) USSA and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12 and U10 must be a current USSA and VARA member.  If you have not registered your child for these memberships, please do so ASAP.  Both can be done online at ussa.org and vara.org, respectively.  More info on these memberships is found in the attachment.  IMPORTANT: For USSA choose, Competitor U12 or Competitor U10 (depending on your child’s age group), NOT General Member – this is not valid for competition.  IF YOU THINK YOU DID THIS OVER THE SUMMER, please double check both VARA and USSA.  Inevitably, I am always chasing people down to complete this every year despite many reminders.

4) Winter Break Schedule: We will train during winter break, but there is no training on December 24 or 25.  The days for winter break training are December 26-31. We are not training on January 1.  We will hold training on December 30th for those not in the End of the Year Open (see next item).  We will train according to our normal daily schedule during this time, unless I tell you otherwise. If your child can’t make it every day, it is not a big deal – I know many of you work and can’t be here the whole time, that school breaks differ, and that you have holiday obligations.

5) End of the Year Open: There is an open GS race for U14 and U12s at Okemo on December 30th. You must enter your child yourself unlike the rest of the normal season races. Registration is NOW OPEN here: https://adminskiracing.com/node/64950 or via the VARA website here: http://www.vara.org/race/okemo-end-of-yr-open-u14-u12/921/    Your child must be current with USSA and VARA to enter. Please be aware that if your child is still a U10 (7, 8, or 9 years old by Dec 31) they are not eligible. I also ask that you do not register your child if they are new to U12s (as in just moving up from Hopefuls or joining the program) – this race will be very intimidating for them and not a good intro to the year!  Racers who aren’t current with VARA will be kicked out of the race at the deadline – so get current!  This race fills up fast, but there is plenty of room for now.  PLEASE NOTE: As Okemo athletes, your children are entitled to a discount though you must initially pay the full price.  In order to get the discount, you will need to let Kim know on the day of the race at registration when your child picks up their bib.  She will then credit your payment method via adminskiracing.

That’s all for now!  Both new and old parents are reminded to read all communication carefully.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Think snow,


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