U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/4 and 1/5

Hello U12 and U10 Families,
Great week of winter break training and great race for the U12s who raced on Monday in the End of the Year Open.  A big congrats to our U12s who brought home some hardware!  Emma Austin won gold for U12 girls, Katie Killian won silver, and Lizzie DeGraw the 4th place medal – way to go girls!!  Our boys had a great showing as well for first year U12s led by Drew Visnic who finished 7th.  Nice first race for all who participated!
It is great to see all of the athletes’ hard work paying off – we have focused hard on skills and fundamentals over the past month and as a result the athletes are skiing very well.  We are all looking forward to heading into January!
This weekend we are continuing to focus on stubby SL and the skills assessment skills the U12s will have to perform – one ski skiing and pole plants.  Normal schedule for Saturday and Sunday. SL skis for the athletes – no armor necessary.  They can wear shin guards if they have them but NO chin bars.
Looking ahead to the following weekend – 1/12 will be SL and 1/13 will be GS.
Please remember:
USSA and VARA memberships:  In order to race, every U12/10 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. 

Register your child for USSA as a youth non-scored competitor in the Eastern Division with Okemo Mountain as their club.  This can be done at www.ussa.org by clicking on the “My USSA” box at the top of the page and following the instructions that follow.  Note that you must actually pay for the membership, not just create a “My USSA” profile for your child.  Once the profile is created, you will be able to get the membership by clicking on “Register a New Member”.  You are not done if you haven’t paid money! 
For VARA, on the home page under the “Members Tab” click “Renew/Join” and follow the instructions there.  You will be linking to a system called adminsports.com.  There you will create a profile and register members.
That’s all for now!!  Remember that the blog has a back log of all of my emails in case you are new to the list and have missed any!
I won’t actually be at training this weekend because I am a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding on Saturday!!  But I will see you all the following weekend!!
Best,
Mariel

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