U12 and U10 Update 12/23-12/31

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Hopefully everyone was able to get out and enjoy the AMAZING skiing this past weekend!!  Please read on for important information regarding training this weekend and 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.
And I can’t remind you enough – make sure your child is current with VARA and USSA (see below for more info)!!  Even if you are returning and think you did it over the summer, please double check!!  I am seeing many still not registered.  Please don’t make me chase you down personally :)!
Training will be according to our normal daily schedule each day with our normal meeting place unless otherwise noted.  Please remember if you child cannot attend all days, that is OK:
Friday 12/22: This day is part of the 3-day program. Email me by end of day Tuesday to sign up if you child wants to train this day.  Must email me to participate and pay drop-in fee to Kim in the Comp Center. Training times and info will be sent separately.

Saturday 12/23: GS skis freeskiing and drills CONDENSED SCHEDULE 8:30 am – 12 pm – we will stop for a mid-morning snack and break in our groups.
12/24 & 12/25: No training
Tuesday 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.
Wednesday 12/27GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation. Drill course gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Thursday 12/28: GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation.
Friday 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.
Saturday 12/30: End of the Year Open – details to come next week for those who are racing (See below on how to register!!).  SL skis for those not racing. Skills Quest focused training.
Sunday 12/31SL skis (no armor) – freeskiing, drills, and Skills Quest/Dual Panel SL training.
Monday 1/1: No Training
A few reminders and important info:
1) Please read the “U12 and U10 101″ attachment for 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 you can access the U10 and U12 training and racing schedule (with very basic info) here: https://go2omara.com/alpine-racing/schedules/u10u12-weekend-training-racing/
3) 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.   If you think you have done both PLEASE double check!!  Every year I have to chase families down to get this done – let’s break that streak!!   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.
4) 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/121487  This race fills fast – sign up NOW!   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.  
5) Registering for regular season races:  I will remind everyone of the specific races to sign your child up for each week as we go along this season.  Although you have to register online yourself unlike in the past, there is no rush to get it done now.  I will send the specific links you need the week before each race.
Let me know if you have any questions!


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