U12 and U10 Weekend Update 12/16 and 12/17

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Greetings from snowy Ludlow!  Close to six inches on the ground and still snowing! Thank you to all who came out Saturday for The OMS Board of Directors’ Reception at OMS in our NEW Fitness Facility!  It was great to see so many U10/12 Comp Center Families! If you couldn’t make it to this event and still want to support OMS with a “holiday gift,” check out our Wish List online!

Weekend Training Info: Saturday and Sunday we will be on SL skis (no armor needed, but if your child has shin guards they can wear them – NO chin bars) for freeskiing, drill work, and some drill course training according to our normal schedule. Looking ahead we are on GS skis 12/23 and 12/26-29 also.

PLEASE see my note below on USSA and VARA memberships and double check that you have registered your child for both – even if you think you did earlier in the summer, check again!  It’s a lot of extra work for me when families don’t have this done.

***Friday training: Anyone who has signed their children up for Friday training (the “3 day” option with the Comp Center) is receiving 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.  If you want your child to drop in for a Friday here or there, that is fine, but you must email me by Tuesday of that week to ensure we can accommodate your athlete staffing-wise and then you must pay a drop in fee to Kim in the Comp Center.***

A few reminders and important info:

1) Please read U12.10 101 2017.18 Edition 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: https://go2omara.com/category/announcements/u10u12-announcements/ Also check out the U12/10 FAQs: https://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) Volkswagen presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent Movie Premier is now SOLD OUT!! Please keep it in mind for next year.  Okemo is doing a screening on 12/26 if you missed out on the OMS screening: https://www.okemo.com/event/warren-miller/

5) 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 or 2.  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.  Please note, there will be training on Saturday, December 23rd, but we will do a condensed day with training from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Training on Friday 12/22 is part of the 3-day program, so your child would need to be registered for that or sign up in advance (email me by next Tuesday) and pay a drop in fee to Kim in the comp center (see note above).

6) 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.

That’s all for now!  Keep thinking snow!


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