Interclub Race Program
Racing for U8-U14's
Racing for U8-U14's, and first year U16’s (Ages 6-14 as of December 31 of the current year) | Projected Start Date: December 18 weather dependent
Interclub is a race series run through Tri-State with races across Western Massachusetts. This program is designed for young kids who have typically completed at least a season or two (or more) of the Devo program, are ready to step their skills up a notch, and really enjoy the element of competition. The time commitment is greater than that for Devo, and while most activity remains at Catamount, families will be expected to bring their children to a handful of races at other mountains, where the kids can test themselves against peers from other programs in western Massachusetts. While the Interclub program is, by its very nature, an exciting introduction for a youngster to the world of ski racing, the heavy emphasis remains on focused free-skiing and drills to further develop balance, agility, edging, rotary skills, and, oh yeah, fun!
There is no strict time-in-grade type prerequisite. Our coaches consider each child’s eligibility and fit with the Interclub program on a case-by-case basis. In general, most of these kids have typically completed at least a season or two (or more) of the Devo program. More important is the skill, interest, and attitude of the kid and the commitment of the family.
Training is primarily on weekends, beginning in mid-December, conditions permitting. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, we typically offer the Holiday Race Camp, which is included in the Interclub program. A typical training day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 2:30 pm, with an unsupervised hour lunch break around 11 am.
Athletes and coaches work together to develop mutual trust and respect. Athletes are expected to ask questions when they don’t understand or need clarification. Athletes are expected to keep coaches informed of any issues that may impact training or racing performance (e.g. homework, injury, lack of sleep, appointments and other obligations, etc.). It is the combined responsibility of coaches and athletes to make the most of each day out on the hill.
-- Training does not necessarily imply gates --
The majority of training, in fact, will not be in gates. Coaches will determine the appropriate training based on the athletes’ skills, needs, and development. Training activity may include gates, fitness, video review, focused freeskiing, drills, powder skiing, glades, etc.
USSS (U.S. Ski & Snowboard) and TSASRA (“Tri-State” or Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing Association) memberships are required before participating in an Interclub race.
When registering with USSS, the athlete must designate Catamount Ski Team as their program. Athletes must be signed up as an Alpine Competitor member (not a general member, which won’t allow you to sign up for races).Tri-State membership will be processed automatically as a part of the USSS process.
United States Ski and Snowboard website: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/
Tri-State Alpine Ski Racing Association website: https://tristateskiracing.org/
Please be aware, this is a 2 step process that requires all families complete the following:
- Click on the attached link to register on InTouch
- Create an account through TeamSideline at (www.teamsideline.com/Catamount) to register each child under the “enroll” icon. Registration on TeamSideline is mandatory. It is extremely important to upload to TeamSideline all information, including both parents’ email addresses and cell phone numbers, as Team Sideline will be used for all team communications throughout the season.
|September 1, 2022 or later||$1125|
**We will take a total of 120 athletes -- sign up early!**
*** Important Notes ***
- All program fees must be paid in full prior to athletes’ participation in on-hill activities.
- All Early Season Discounts will be applied at checkout
- Season’s passes are required for all participants, are not included in the program fee, and must be purchased separately.
Interclub parent membership in the Parents Association is required. The Parents Association mission is to support the events and activities of the Catamount Ski Team in ways agreed upon with the director of the racing program. Joining this association is a wonderful way to plug into our racing community, learn some of the ins and outs of the sport from veteran families and experienced ski racing parents, and help support some of the great events we host here at Catamount.
*** Note *** In the interest of providing safe, fun, and productive experiences, all training and racing activity is subject to cooperative weather and snow conditions.
Interclub kids compete in a handful of races at other mountains where they can test themselves against peers from other programs in western Massachusetts. Most of the races are Giant Slalom. Families are responsible for registering their athletes for competitions.
The Miles Humbaugh Memorial Scholarship
Established to assist families with financial needs. This fund has been created specifically for the improvement of the Catamount youth racing program which was so important to Miles and the Humbaugh family.