U12 and U10 Training 12/26-12/31

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Hopefully everyone was able to get out and enjoy the AMAZING skiing this past Saturday…and even Sunday the skiing was still great!!  I know that all of us coaches and the athletes enjoyed the snow!

Please remember there is no training this weekend for the holidays, but read on for important information regarding training during the holiday week.  Please also read the attachment if you haven’t done so yet, which includes the U12 and U10’s race schedules, as well as important info on daily schedule and more.  PLEASE NOTE – there has been a change to the U12 and U10 Race Schedule in this document.  Please check it out and discard the older version of U12.10 101 and use this u12-10-101-2016-17-edition.

Training will be according to our normal daily schedule each day with our normal meeting place and will be as follows (subject to change).  Please remember if you child cannot attend all days, that is OK:

12/24 & 12/25: No training

Monday 12/26GS skis freeskiing and drills – advancing the focus to turn initiation for those groups that are doing well with stance and balance.  Drill course gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.

Tuesday 12/27GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation. Gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.

Wednesday 12/28: GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation.

Thursday 12/29GS skis.  Full gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.

Friday 12/30: End of the Year Open – details to come next week for those who are racing.  SL skis for those not racing. Skills Quest focused training.

Saturday 12/31SL skis (no armor) – freeskiing, drills, and Skills Quest training.

Sunday 1/1: No Training

A few reminders and important info:

1) You can find this and every email I send on the OMARA blog – go2omara.com.  U12/10 announcements are at this link specifically: https://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/ Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: https://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: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/

2) 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.

3) 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.  Kim has been processing discounts through adminskiracing as she see Okemo athletes sign up, but if you don’t automatically 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.

A big MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of those that celebrate!  I everyone has a wonderful, fun, and restful holiday season!

Think snow,


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