U12 and U10 Weekend Update 12/20 and 12/21 plus winter break

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Hopefully everyone was able to get out and enjoy the AMAZING skiing this past weekend!!  I know that all of us coaches and the athletes enjoyed the great snow!
Please read on for important information regarding training this weekend and during the holiday week.  Please also read the U12.10 101 2014.15 Edition 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 Schedule in this document.  I had neglected to update the March 1 race info from last year.  Please discard the older version of U12.10 101 and use this one.U12.10 101 2014.15 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):

Saturday 12/20: GS skis – we will freeski GS and work on drills that carry stance and balance progress onto GS skis.  U12 groups that are ready for it will utilize some brush and stubby GS courses in the afternoon; Other U12 groups and U10s will continue drill work and freeskiing.  PARENT INFO MEETING at 5 PM – see below!
Sunday 12/21: GS skis with the same plan as Saturday.
12/22 – 12/25: No training
Friday 12/26: SL skis (no armor) – the morning will be spent freeskiing and stance and balance drills with a focus beginning to move into turn initiation.  The afternoon will be spent on Wardance introducing some of the Skills Quest skills for the Skills Assessment.
Saturday 12/27: GS skis freeskiing and drills – advancing the focus to turn initiation for those groups that are doing well with stance and balance. Full gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Sunday 12/28: GS skis freeskiing and drills – stance, balance, and turn initiation.
Monday 12/29: GS skis.  Full gate training for those athletes who are fundamentally ready for it and/or racing in the End of the Year Open.
Tuesday 12/30: End of the Year Open – details to come next week for those who are racing.  No training for those not racing – take the day to enjoy some freeskiing with your children or let them have a day off to rest – it is a long week of training.
Wednesday 12/31: SL skis (no armor) – freeskiing, drill, and more Skills Quest.
Thursday 1/1: No Training
Friday 1/2: Fun Day – details TBA
U12/10 Informational Parent Meeting: We will have a meeting for U12/10 parents specifically which will cover A LOT of information (Skills Quest, Schedule, General Info, Training Philosophy…) and be an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.  This meeting will be held on December 20th at 5 pm in the Gold Room at Willie Dunne’s. There will be a cash bar (which likely will be CASH only) and a chance for mingle for a bit at 5:00 before getting down to the info portion around 5:30/5:45 pm.  We should be done by 7 pm at the latest. If you can make it, please do, if not, no need to let me know.
End of the Year Open: I believe there is still room in the End of the Year Open at Okemo on December 30th. You must enter your child yourself unlike the rest of the normal season races. You can do so by clicking on the link to register on the following page: http://www.vara.org/race/end-of-year-open-u12-14-16/603/ and then signing in to adminskiracing.com.  Put OKEMO as their club to get the discounted entry rate for Okemo skiers.  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! The deadline for regular registration is December 27 – the race will likely fill by then, so act quickly. Racers who aren’t current with VARA will be kicked out of the race at the deadline – so get current!
Important Reminder on 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.  We have checked up on the entire list of athletes and there are still some that are missing one or both membership!
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! Just click here.
See you this weekend!!

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