U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/7 and 1/8

Hello U12 and U10 Families,
I hope you are all enjoying the start of 2016!  The coaches are all looking forward to getting back out on the hill with the athletes this weekend.  LOTS of info here – please read carefully!!!!
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/7: Both U10s and U12s on SL skis freeskiing and training Skills Quest
Sunday 1/8: U12s head to Pico for Skills Quest and team Dual Panel SL.  I will send LOTS of details on this in a separate email, but I am still waiting for a few pieces of info from Pico, so please stay tuned and hold questions specific to Pico until after that email goes out.  Plan on SL skis though for U12s (NO chin bars or shin guards!). U10s are home training on GS skis.
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/14: GS skis for both U10 and U12
Sunday 1/15: GS skis for both U10 and U12
We do not train on MLK Monday (1/16) – if you are able to stick around that day, enjoy it freeskiing with your athlete!
Other info and upcoming special events:
Missing Poles: Merina Visnic’s poles were picked up by mistake on December 29th from the yurt are Leki 110cm and have Drew Visnic written on them in black.  The two poles she picked up are 120cm and 110cm and her brothers will put them in the yurt this week. Email Cindy Visnic [email protected] to arrange a hand off if your child has them.
Mario the Magician presented by OMARA this Saturday 1/7: Don’t miss this great show!  All proceeds benefit OMARA, which is the booster club working to support all of our athletes!  
Races:  Races are beginning for U10s and U12s.  Please refer to the schedule in the u12-10-101-2016-17-edition.  The week of each race I send A TON of info, including instructions for the day, where to go and when to be there, and even driving directions.  So please hold your questions until after reading information for each specific race. U12 and U10 101 has a lot of helpful general race day info.  Also see below for helpful info.
U10 and U12 SL Camp, Friday, February 3rd: This event is at Quechee and is open to all U10s and U12s; however, since space is limited we do a lottery of interested athletes to decide who can attend – sometimes it works out that everyone can.  The day proceeds much like a race day in that you must drive your athlete to Quechee, go through registration, and drive them home.  However, instead of racing, athletes are broken into groups with athletes and coaches from other mountains and they proceed through a variety of gate and drill stations that train SL fundamentals. In the afternoon there is a dual stubby SL set for the athletes to go head to head with one another (no timing).  The event is $30.  I will send much more info on this later including info on how to sign up for the lottery.  It is a very fun event, but please note it is in no way mandatory.
One more reminder – please remember to be sure your child is a current member of USSA and VARA!
Helpful Race Day Info to Know or Review (some of this won’t apply to Sunday’s event):
1) U10 Races are run in bib order for the first run and they run the second run in reverse bib order within gender. U10 girls will go first, then U10 boys.   Please help your child plan accordingly to make it to the start in plenty of time for their run (about 40-50 bib numbers ahead of time is good). First and second runs usually run pretty much back to back since we don’t re-set for the second run. Awards are by best single run time.
2) U12 races are also run in bib order for first run, but the second run is run in reverse bib order within gender.  U12 girls go first, then U12 boys.  Again, they need to plan ahead to be on time for their run.  Courses may be re-set for U12s so they need to listen for directions on second run inspection.  Awards will be by combined time, but even DNFs and DSQs from first run will get a second run.
3) Parents are not allowed on course during inspection or near the starting gate, but are welcome up at the top of the course anywhere outside of the designated “line-up” area. Any parents who are skiing are asked to help in the portage of clothing to the bottom.
5) We often have fun events just after the race is over to keep the kids out skiing and enjoying the mountain – these may be fun duals, scavenger hunts, or freeskiing in groups.  We ask that all racers return to the finish area at the end of the second run (there will be reminder announcements) – they should have their jackets and pants back on over GS suits at the point. The activity will last for about 45 minutes to an hour. Awards may happen before the activity or just after depending on the venue. Your child is then free to go! It is going to be a really fun way to make sure that kids don’t lose that precious free-skiing time on race days and to meet new friends.
6) Skis should always be tuned and race ready!
7) Put your child’s name in EVERYTHING! Pants, jackets, sweatshirts, helmets – everything! Also having some kind of identifying thing on pants (since most are all black!) is a great idea. I  have seen colorful ribbon tied on to the pants, which is great at helping to identify them.
8) On a cold day, I suggest bringing some extra clothes to have at the bottom of the course with you in case their clothes don’t make it down from the top right away.
9) You can also always usually find race info on the VARA website by accessing the individual race through the calendar and downloading the fact sheet or race announcement!
10) Lift tickets are included for athletes in their entry fee and most mountains offer discounted parent tickets.  
Thanks and look for specifics on Pico ASAP!


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