Tri-State Race Program
Tri-State Racing U12-U21 (Ages 10 and up as of December 31)
This program is for kids who are interested and ready to commit to a more intense competitive program. The focus absolutely remains on having fun and developing fundamental skills. However, the level of competition kids will face in this league is decidedly greater than that of Interclub. As participants in this Tri-State series, kids are now part of the USSS National talent development pipeline. As U12s and up in this program, our kids will begin to become eligible for training and racing selection and opportunities at a regional and national level.
While we encourage the drive to compete, to improve, and to win, we discourage premature focus on results and elite performance ambitions; more often than not, that approach backfires. If your child shows special promise, we nurture it but stay sober about it. As parents, it’s easy to get excited about the Olympic podium potential of a fast 12-year old, but at that age (well, at all ages really), it’s critical to keep it fun!
Our coaches focus first and foremost on improving our young athletes’ technique in short and medium radius carved turns. They will also be exposed to a variety of snow conditions and mixed terrain, so that they can further develop an ability to be athletic, dynamic, and make tactical adjustments. Training includes freeskiing all over the mountain in every possible condition, drills to isolate and improve specific skills, and SL and GS gates. Physical conditioning and mental training are also introduced as ways to become better skiers and faster racers.
While it is not a prerequisite, most of these athletes have participated in our Devo and/or Interclub Programs, or they may have previous experience as a member of another program at another mountain. Ultimately, each child’s eligibility and fit with the USSS Program for U12s and older will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Training is primarily during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Friday nights, typically beginning 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 Tri-State program. .
A typical training day begins at 8:30 am. Athletes are required to help coaches set up and take down courses and safety equipment, such as B-Net (as directed). Athletes are also expected to perform routine stretching and warm up activities. Practice usually wraps up at 3 pm, after equipment has been taken down by athletes and coaches.
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 --
A substantial portion of training, in fact, will not be in gates. Coaches determine the appropriate training, based on a variety of factors, including the athletes’ skill, development, and needs. Training activity may involve gates, fitness, video review, focused freeskiing, drills, powder skiing, glades, etc., at the discretion of the coaches.
The appropriate memberships must be purchased when registering for the Catamount program. When registering with USSS, the athlete must designate Catamount Ski Team as their program. Tri-State membership will be processed automatically as a part of the USSS registration
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 to complete the following:
- Click on the attached link to register on Fareharbor here
- Create an account through TeamSideline (https://www.teamsideline.com/Catamount) to register each child under the “enroll” icon. It is extremely important to upload to TeamSideline all information, including both parents’ email addresses and cell phone numbers, as TeamSideline will be used for all team Catamount Race Team communications throughout the season.
|Early Registration||$995||Registration and minimum deposit of $350 is due by October 1, 2021. Balance of program fee must be paid in full by December 15 for early registration rates to apply.|
|Late Registration||$1,095||After October 1, 2021|
*** 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.
Join the Tri-State Race Program!
All Tri-State parents are required to join the Parents Association, whose mission is to support the events and activities of the Catamount Ski Team in ways agreed upon with the director of the racing program. Active involvement among the parents helps build a strong culture within our community. The participation of parents provides families the opportunity to gain knowledge about our sport and helps parents understand how best to support their child’s ski racing activity.
Most athletes in this program compete in regular season USSS races in the Tri-State region. Most of these races are slalom (SL) or giant slalom (GS). Please consult the coaching staff when considering participation in speed events or training.
-- Families are responsible for registering their athletes for competitions --
Athletes have the opportunity to qualify for post-season events to represent the Catamount Ski Team and Tri-State at Eastern Regional and National Championships. More information about these events and the qualification methods is available on the Tri-State website and on the USSS Eastern Regional website.
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.